Two-time defending champion Alberto Contador is once again the favorite as the Tour de France heads into the Pyrénéan climbs this week and next week’s Alpine stages.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made his usual denunciations of the US at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's (SCO) meeting in Kazakhstan, but Russia and China seem less interested this year.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization's (SCO) meeting in Kazakhstan focused on how Central Asia could be affected by the possible spread of the Arab Spring – as well as failure to stabilize Afghanistan.
International observers point to serious irregularities during the Sunday snap presidential vote in Kazakhstan that resulted in a sweeping victory of longtime incumbent President Nazarbayev.
A Peking Opera artist performs at a temple fair to celebrate the lunar New Year in Beijing. The Chinese lunar New Year begins on Feb. 3 and marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit, according to the Chinese zodiac.
SADDAM HUSSEIN, 2002: Saddam Hussein touted official results that showed him winning 100 percent of votes in a referendum for a new seven-year term in office. Hussein (l.) is seen here during his swearing-in ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq.
Two-time winner Alberto Contador bumped Andy Schleck out of the lead during the Tour de France Stage 15 today. But fans whistled with displeasure at Contador, who attacked when Schleck's chain fell off.
Alberto Contador tried rapid acceleration and sudden braking in an attempt to drop the Luxembourger, Andy Schleck, during the Tour de France Stage 14. But Schleck didn't take the bait.