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Princess of Monaco Charlotte Casiraghi has become the latest public figure to spark anger for wearing a Native American costume

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...ents. “Other riders dressed up as Roman warriors, donkeys, angels, and Flintstones – you know, costumes – while Casiraghi opted for an outfit that has been publicly denounced as racist time and time again,” reporter Hilary George-Parkin wrote. “As the royal is the face of an international luxury brand (however reluctantly), one would think there would be more oversight [sic] on Gucci’s...

The advert features an Argentine athlete training in the Falklands ahead of the London Olympics in July

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...cal advert filmed on the territory of Falkland Islands without authorization. The advert features an Argentine athlete training in the Falklands ahead of the London Olympics in July. It ends with the slogan: “To compete on English soil, we train on Argentine soil.” Falklands legislator Ian Hansen dismissed it as a piece of “cheap and disrespectful propaganda”. The advert &#...

Volodymyr Gerashchenko, of Ukraine's National Olympic Committee (NOC), told a reporter posing as a UK tout he would have up to 100 tickets to sell

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Volodymyr Gerashchenko, a senior Ukrainian Olympic official, has been suspended after a BBC investigation showed he was willing to unofficially sell 2012 tickets for cash. Volodymyr Gerashchenko, of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee (NOC), told a reporter posing as a UK tout he would have up to 100 tickets to sell. It is a criminal offence, punishable by fines of up to £20,000 ($32,000),...

Olympic flame which will be used for the London 2012 torch relay has been lit during a ceremony in Olympia, Greece

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...lic mirror. The ceremony came amid political and economic turmoil in Greece, the home of the Ancient Olympics, where a week-long leg of the relay will be held. The flame flies to Britain on 18 May for a 70-day relay around the UK. The lighting ceremony took place in front of the ruins of the Temple of Hera, next to the ancient stadium. Actresses playing Olympic priestesses danced and men dressed a...

President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Capralos passed the flame to Princess Anne, president of the British Olympic Association in the Panathenaic Stadium

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...ay. It will then be carried 8,000 miles (12,875 km) by 8,000 bearers in a 70-day relay ending at the Olympic Park. The relay begins at Land’s End on Saturday when triple Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie will be the first to carry the torch on British soil. After criss-crossing every region of the UK, the flame will be used to light the cauldron in Stratford’s Olympic Stadium at the...

First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in London this morning and she has already showed off two very patriotic wardrobe choices as she helps motivate Team USA

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...ps motivate Team USA. Leaving President Barack Obama at home in Washington, the First Lady is in the UK to lead the US Presidential Delegation to the Olympic Games. After a breakfast with Team USA at their training facility in the University of East London, where she wore a bold red and white striped jacket and black tailored trousers, her whirlwind schedule took her to an event to help promote he...

The biggest McDonald’s restaurant on the planet has been built in London, right in the middle of the Olympic park

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...The biggest McDonald’s restaurant on the planet has been built in London, right in the middle of the Olympic park The main restaurant will offer some of the best views across the Olympic Park from its first-floor balcony, which can seat 150 customers. It will be staffed by 500 of its top-performing employees from 85,000 in the UK, with 200 on a shift at any one time. The global sponsor has been li...

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Sofia Vergara's sensational Marchesa silver lace column dress

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This year Met Costume Institute Gala, held in New York last night, was all about who can sparkle hardest, as the celebrities slip into futuristic fabrics. Gwyneth Paltrow had no problems, paying tribute to last night’s hostess Muccia in a stunning short and backless lilac-silver dress that was probably the most elegant outfit on the red carpet tonight. Sparkle seems to work best when given...

US medal-winning athletes at the Olympics will have to pay tax on their prize money

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...8221; system of tax and apply that tax just once – in the country where it is earned. With the Olympics taking place in London, the UK would, in theory, be entitled to claim tax on prize money paid to visiting athletes. But, as is standard practice for many international sporting events, it put in place a number of tax exemptions for competitors in the Olympics – including on any prize...

Spectators who attended a preview of the Olympic Games opening ceremony have been urged to keep the details secret and not spoil the surprise for others

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IOC has begun an investigation into claims Olympics representatives were willing to sell thousands of tickets for the London Games on the black market

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...the nations taking part in the Games, but the IOC has strict rules to try to combat touts. National Olympic committees must ensure that their allocation is only sold within their own region. Last month a senior Ukrainian Olympic official resigned after being filmed by the BBC offering tickets for cash. The IOC said in a statement: “The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has moved quickly...

Find your memorable Halloween costume in one of the London shops

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...nny workshops are also on offer, alongside glamour, editorial and avant-garde make-up workshops. The Costume Studio, 159-161 Balls Pond Road, N1 4BG (020 7923 9472) An impressive selection of authentic-looking costumes and trimmings but at a price: around £80 an outfit for a week’s hire. Their attention to detail makes them a popular choice for costume drama inspired dress. If you’re channeling Do...

Angry Birds is on top of the list of 2011 Halloween costume-related searches from Google

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...al has also had an impact. NBC’s The Playboy Club has inspired the return of the Playboy Bunny outfit, while Christina Ricci’s turn as Maggie in Pan Am has made the air stewardess outfit a new hit, expect to see plenty of blue pillbox hats and jaunty sailor-style collars. Linda Carcaci, from the Creative Costume Company, says she knew Pan Am would spark a Halloween trend as soon as ABC...

Sochi will welcome about 2,900 athletes in 15 disciplines as the opening ceremony begins at 20:14 local time

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...parations. But, at $50 billion, the cost of these Games is more than the combined total of all other Olympic Winter Games to date. Canada, Norway and the United States are considered the likeliest candidates to top the Sochi medal table. Hosting an Olympics for the first time since the boycotted Moscow Games of 1980, Russian athletes are under pressure to improve on the embarrassment of 11th place...

Indian athletes participating at next month's Winter Games in Sochi will compete under the Olympic flag

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Indian athletes participating at next month’s Winter Games in Sochi will compete under the Olympic flag, not their national flag. The three Indians who qualified for the Sochi Games will compete as “independent” athletes, rather than represent their country, after India’s Olympic body failed to schedule elections before the start of the Olympics on February 7. The Indian Olympic...

London's Olympic Stadium will welcome the athletics events later in the day

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London’s Olympic Stadium will welcome the athletics events later in the day, ensuring the Olympic Park’s busiest day since the Games opened a week ago. More than 200,000 people will be at the park, prompting warnings for those not attending the Games to avoid the area. The Central Line, which serves the Olympic Park in Stratford, is suspended from Liverpool Street to Leytonstone. It f...

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Aerial shoot: Olympic Park London Olympics 2012 This summer millions of people will visit London and the UK for the 2012 Olympic Games which promise to be an unforgettable experience. London is a vibrant and exciting city but this summer there will be lots more to enjoy including many free fun and interesting events being held because the Olympics is taking place in and around the city. World-c...

The completed steel sculpture, known as ArcelorMittal Orbit, stands at the heart of the Olympic Park

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Olympic Orbit, the looping red tower that looms over London’s Olympic Stadium, is being officially unveiled today. The completed steel sculpture – known as ArcelorMittal Orbit – stands at the heart of the Olympic Park. It was designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor and structural designer Cecil Balmond. From the end of July, visitors will be able to climb on the £22...

The official Olympic flag has arrived in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, the host city of 2016 Games

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The official Olympic flag has arrived in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, the host city of 2016 Games. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes waved the flag after stepping off the plane with other officials and Brazilian athletes who competed in London. The flag was handed to Eduardo Paes on Sunday in London before the flame at the Olympic Stadium was extinguished. The move marks the official start of Rio&#...

Reuters photographer Luke MacGregor’s perfectly timed snap captured the full moon forming a sixth ring in the Olympic display on London's Tower Bridge

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...hotographer Luke MacGregor’s perfectly timed snap captured the full moon forming a sixth ring in the Olympic display on London's Tower Bridge Many praised the magnificent picture on Twitter, calling it “epic” and a “must see”. But others couldn’t resist joking about the unsanctioned modification by nature of the logo, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) went to painstaking ef...

London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony has started with a performance charting a journey through a day in the life of the capital city

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London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony has started with a performance charting a journey through a day in the life of the capital city. After 16 days of competition, the show, said to be a celebration of British people, music and culture, kicked off at 21:00 BST at the Olympic Stadium. More than 4,100 performers are taking part in A Symphony of British Music. The climax of the ceremony will see th...

A Soyuz rocket is delivering the Olympic torch to the International Space Station

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...aking the torch to the ISS, which it is due to reach in six hours. A Soyuz rocket is delivering the Olympic torch to the International Space Station The Olympic torch will be handed over to fellow cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky, who are already on the orbiting station, when they go on the spacewalk on Saturday. “Our goal here is to make it look spectacular,” Oleg Kotov sai...

Olympic bus crash kills cyclist in Hackney

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...the man was pronounced dead at the scene about half an hour later. The crash involved a media bus. Olympic bus crash kills cyclist in Hackney No arrests have been made in connection with the incident. The crash happened close to the Olympic hockey centre, velodrome and Paralympic tennis arena. The victim has not yet been identified, but an International Olympic Committee official said the dead m...

Dutch Olympic athletes are facing government fines because they delayed finishing their degrees

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Dutch Olympic athletes are facing government fines because they delayed finishing their degrees. About 50 of the athletes competing at the London 2012 Games are still at university or college. For many of them, Olympic training commitments have interrupted their studies meaning they will be forced to pay thousands of euros in penalties. Dutch law states that each student must pay standard tuition...