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Olympics yogurt controversy: World is catching on to what Indians have long known about curds

Of all the things that the Russian government has been pilloried for in the run-up to the winter Olympic Games at Sochi, from being ill-prepared for …

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The dark side of Vladimir Putin's Winter Olympic Games

Corruption, environmental damage and, absurdly, no snow. Neil Tweedie reports from Sochi on the vanity project crippling Russia<p>Snow is not usually in short supply in Russia at this time of year but there is one place where it is the most precious of commodities – Sochi. Fly south from Moscow to …

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What's The Environmental Cost Of The 2014 Winter Olympics?

So much for "no waste."<p>Athletic events are well underway at the 2014 Winter Olympics, which means that their environmental toll is halfway to forgotten.<p>When world athletes gathered for the 2012 Summer Games, host city London won praise for many of its sustainability efforts, such as the remarkably …

Olympic Beer Fridge Only Opens For Canadians

If you're in Sochi right now, better make some Canadian friends. There's a fridge on the scene that only opens for them.<p>And it's full of beer.<p>Here's how it works: Find a Canadian. Make sure he or she has a passport, otherwise find a new Canadian. Scan the passport in the machine and the fridge pops …

How the West lost Putin: It didn’t have to be this way

It's a narrative that's growing in popularity in the West: Vladimir Putin as a 21st-century Adolf Hitler, an unhinged dictator bent on collecting lost Russian lands.<p>It was floated first on CNN last week, where former Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili – who fought and lost a war with Russia six …

Giant-Hearted Russian Billionaire Is Committed To Rescuing Sochi Stray Dogs

Billionaire Oleg Deripaska, one of Russia’s richest men, has made it his mission to save as many displaced stray dogs in Sochi before they can be killed off by independent contractors hired by Sochi officials. So far Deripaska and the makeshift shelter he has organized and funded have rescued …

Russia is Jailing Environmentalists Who Speak Out Against the Sochi Olympics

Russia has gone through great pains to present the Olympic Games in Sochi as an environmentally responsible event. Yet the environmental damage from …

Russia

The Sochi Men's Downhill Ski Course Looks Terrifying (VIDEO)

From what we've seen so far, Sochi has some terrifying-looking tracks.<p>While watching the Winter Games from afar, we've had the pleasure of observing these steep, icy routes from a warm couch seat, never truly knowing what it feels like to have the wind rushing against our face at 84 mph.<p>But BBC …

Alpine Skiing

Russian billionaire's dog shelter offers Sochi strays a second chance

Hoping to prevent the killings of stray dogs who are roaming the streets of Sochi, a Russian billionaire has funded the creation of a shelter where the animals can find new owners.<p>A year before the Sochi Olympics, municipal authorities announced a contract to "catch and dispose" of strays — a move …

Yet another reason why the Olympics should never have been held in Sochi: It’s currently 61 degrees there

The snow is melting at the Winter Olympics<p>Researchers in Canada and Austria made headlines last week with their report that, thanks to climate change, close to half of previous host cities could be too warm to reliably hold the Winter Olympics in just 50 years’ time. Which makes it all the more …

The Promethean Shadow of the Sochi Olympics

When the big Olympic Games sign flashed on in Sochi, a malfunctioning ring left a gap like an eye poked out.<p>According to the modernist worldview, such a glitch has no meaning. Seen through the eye of myth, however, it suggests a disturbing signal.<p>In my Huffington Post blog about "Earthrise" I wrote …

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Most News Organizations Are Using Security Contractors to Help Keep Their Teams Safe in Sochi

With the Winter Olympics underway, the governments of several countries (including the U.S.) have battened down the hatches in case of violence, …

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Sochi Olympics Wins Ratings For NBC, Though They're Down From 2010

The ratings for NBC's first day of primetime Olympics coverage are in, and things are looking pretty good for the network.<p>NBC drew a total of 25.1 million viewers for its Olympics coverage on Saturday night, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers. The network touted the results in a statement on …

Olympics

I Am in Sochi and It Is Amazing

Granted, all of this goodness came from corruption. But it's incredible corruption.<p><b>SOCHI, Russia — I checked into my dacha</b> late last night. It hugs the Caucasus Mountains a mere five kilometers from Polyana Krasnaya or "The Mountain Cluster" of these Olympic Games. And I realized, as I set my …

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With eye on Sochi, New York focuses on keeping 'mass transit Super Bowl' safe

NEW YORK — Super Bowl XLVIII is being billed as a "mass transit Super Bowl." Mindful of bomb attacks last month on a railway station and bus in the region of the Sochi Olympics in Russia, officials in New York on Wednesday said there will be a massive security presence on the routes to Sunday's …

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Putin's Pal And The Other Billionaires Who Helped Bankroll The World's Most Expensive Olympics

<i>Based on reporting by Nadezhda Ivanitskaya for Forbes Russia</i><p>The Russian Federation is gearing up to host its first ever Winter Games, building out infrastructure and constructing new facilities. To get ready for this spectacle, the nation has had to overcome numerous setbacks and scandals …

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Will climate change kill the winter Olympics?

To hold the winter Olympics, you need, well, winter. Cold. Snow.<p>The organizers of the games in Sochi, Russia, promise that there will be snow for the winter Olympics that start there next Friday.<p>They're hoping it's mostly real snow, but they've also got hundreds of artificial snow makers at the …

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So far, a quiet, secure feeling in Sochi Olympic Park

SOCHI, Russia — If there really are 50,000 Russian soldiers and police assigned to protect the upcoming Winter Olympics by creating a “Ring of Steel” around Sochi, they either have not all mustered in the area, or they are being very discreet.<p>There was one policeman in the arrivals area at Sochi’s …

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Sochi Olympics 2014 Snoopers Monitor Journalists' and Athletes' Communications

With the start of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics just a week away, the eyes of the world are on Russia, but rather than focusing on the sports …

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