China tries to choreograph a happy ending to its troubled international tour.
Diplomatic Security Service helps keep games safe.
The Supreme Court prevented the signing of a territorial accord between the state and MILF, a rebel group, Monday. Opponents had called the deal unconstitutional.
Increasingly, athletes are switching national alliances – sometimes for money, but also for better training opportunities or a chance to compete in a sport that’s too saturated with talent back home.
May the Games help break down walls of fear.
The struggles we face daily call for a heroic response.
The Beijing Games have been dogged with global criticism on everything from censorship to pollution. But Chinese people still see them as their government does: a great coming-out party.
Factories have been shut down, and foreign buyers restricted.
Measures include checkpoints around the city and missiles by the Olympic stadium.
Athletes outside the most popular events – gymnastics, track and field, and swimming – win about one third of America’s Olympic medals.
Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled for 23 years, won another five-year term Sunday. His party has overseen several prosperous years; critics say it stifles democracy.
Chinese officials say recent antipollution rules are helping. Critics question their data.