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World's deepest, longest railway tunnel set to open June 1

Zurich - On June 1, after 17 years of construction, Switzerland will begin testing trains in the world's longest railway tunnel, the Gotthard Base Tunnel that runs through the Swiss Alps.

BAFTA honours Doctor Who’s 50 years of achievement

Doctor Who is to be celebrated at tonight’s BAFTA awards ceremony in London, marking the half-century of the BBC’s iconic science-fiction drama series.

Serena Williams does 'Crip Walk' dance after winning gold (Video)

Serena Williams celebrated completing her Golden Slam with a funky jig known as the "Crip Walk." Williams beat Maria Sharapova in order to grab the gold.

Badminton pairs disqualified from Olympics after 'match-fixing'

London - Eight badminton players accused of deliberately losing their matches on Tuesday night have been expelled from the London Olympics. The women top-seeds were from China, South Korea and Indonesia and were thrown out for not using their "best effort" to win.

NHS in Olympic ceremony angers UK conservatives, vexes US media

London - The prominent inclusion of Britain's National Health Service (NHS) in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics has angered conservative politicians and perplexed many American observers.

Video: Muslim shouts 'Allahu Akbar' — Tries to grab Olympic torch

Gravesend - A 17-year-old Muslim fanatic tries to grab the Olympic torch as it is carried along the A226, Rochester Road in Gravesend, Kent by Anna Skora from Lublin, Poland.

Cambodian workers paid $15 a week to make Adidas Olympic apparel

Phnom Penh - Sporting apparel giant Adidas is under fire for paying workers in Cambodia sweatshop-like wages to manufacture official merchandise for the 2012 London Olympics.

Saudi reneges on allowing women to participate in Olympics

Riyad - Saudi Arabia has reneged on an agreement to allow women to participate in the 2012 Olympic Games, barely before the ink had time to dry on the paperwork.

'Isles of Wonder' to be used as 2012 Olympic ceremony theme

The 2012 London Games will be quite the wonder. As artistic director Danny Boyle channels none other than the playwright William Shakespeare as inspiration for the ceremony he calls "Isles of Wonder."

'No Olympic Torch for Belfast', demands petition for Lennox

Supporters of the Belfast dog Lennox, held captive for euthanasia, demand that Belfast be denied the honor of the Olympic Torch unless it releases Lennox.

Will Olympics sink London theatre for summer of 2012?

London - European tour operators are predicting that visitors will stay away from London in droves during the 2012 Olympic Games next summer.

IOC permits 2012 athletes to use Twitter, blogs

Networking heavyweight Twitter has been noticed and picked up by Olympic officials. As such, they are allowing 2012 competitors to document and share their experiences with it.

Schedule of events for London 2012 Olympics released

A schedule of events at the London 2012 Olympics has been released. Events will begin on July 25 with women's football taking place in Cardiff, Glasgow and Coventry before the opening ceremony takes place on July 27.

Ticket registration for 2012 Olympics reach 2 million

London, England--Two million people have registered for tickets to the upcoming 2012 Olympics, according to Paul Deighton, Chief Executive of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

Ken Livingstone is Labour Party's 2012 London mayoral candidate

London - The former London mayor, Ken Livingstone, has won the Labour Party's nomination for the London mayoral election, which will be held in 2012 .

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