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Down to the river for youths from Iraq's embattled Mosul

Sulaiman Bakhshan - With bare tree branches as diving boards, they take off and plunge into Iraq's Khazir River, a rare moment of respite for boys forced from their homes in the battleground city of Mosul.

Afghan women swimmers defy threats for Olympic dream

Kabul - There are just 30 pools in Afghanistan, only one which welcomes girls -- and it is facing militant threats for doing so. Nevertheless a handful are diving in, pioneers racing to achieve Olympic glory in Tokyo.

Typical urine level in swimming pools revealed

Toronto - Many professional swimmers say they do it, but what about the rest of us? A new survey reveals the typical levels of urine in swimming pools, arising from swimmers going to lavatorial excesses.

German town bans male asylum seekers from public pools

Berlin - A town in Germany has banned male asylum seekers from public swimming pools after complaints from women that they were being harassed by migrants, AFP learnt Friday.

What you need to know about Drowning Prevention Week in Canada

Drowning Prevention Week in Canada has highlighted the importance of keeping children safe by the poolside and by the sea during the summer holidays.

Warning over swimming related drowning deaths

In the U.S. there has been a spate of avoidable deaths by drowning. This is due to “underwater breath-holding behaviors,” which has become a popular dare among young people.

Londoners dream of swimming in the River Thames

London - Work to build an open-air pool on the River Thames in central London could start this year as more Britons dip their toes into the waters of outdoor swimming.

There is now a swimming cap for beards

Men who enjoy swimming, and have beards that they don't want to get completely wet, can now get their hands on a swimming cap for their beards.

Marine animals swim in similar ways

A diverse group of long-finned marine vertebrates and invertebrates use the same fin motion to swim with maximal speed. This example of a similar mechanical action is regarded as unusual.

Couple treads water for 14 hours and survives

A Fort Lauderdale couple fell out of their moving boat and watched it pull away. They treaded water for 14 hours until they were rescued by an unexpected source.

Half of Americans don't know how to swim

Only about 56 percent of Americans can perform the five core swimming skills according to a recent survey conducted on behalf of the American Red Cross.

Photo Essay: Spring has sprung in Savannah and on Tybee Island Special

Savannah - The arrival of Spring has brought forth Mother Nature's color palette and visitors to Georgia's coastal empire. Flowers are blooming, swimmers and sunbathers are at the beach, and all are enjoying the sunshine.

Hackett heads to U.S. to treat drug addiction: manager

Australian swimming great Grant Hackett has flown to the United States to have treatment for an addiction to a sleeping medication, his manager told local media.

Thorpe admitted to rehab for depression: report

Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe has been admitted to rehab after suffering from depression, local media said on Monday.

Review: Brown lab loves water but hates swimming

Big dogs love swimming. Labradors in particular love to get fresh in the water and play with each other in the pool. It is, after all, in their nature.

Two boaters fined for harassing moose swimming in lake

Two boaters were fined a total of $2,500 because they were harassing a cow moose swimming in a northwestern Ontario lake.

Photo Essay: Life is like a day at the beach Special

Tybee Island - What Forrest Gump's momma always said is reinterpreted here and applied to visits to Tybee Island, Georgia, where you never know what you're gonna get.

Olympic champion Amanda Beard promotes 'healthy' swimming

Seven-times Olympic medalist and mom Amanda Beard has teamed up with the U.S. CDC to promote a swimming campaign, with the aim of promoting ‘healthy’ swimming.

Man fails in attempt to swim across Strait of Juan de Fuca

Seattle - A Seattle man came up short while trying to swim across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Canada into the United States on Sunday.

Cranford's Gators swim impressively to beat difficult Hurricanes Special

Cranford - Kicking off the summer swim season with a win for Cranford, the Cranford Gators hosted the Hillsborough Hurricanes for a historically competitive meeting.

Bicycling along the Delaware River yields varieties to discover Special

Frenchtown - The Delaware River offered its bounty of summer delights - seen from the gentle bicycling trail that stretches between its sleepy communities.

Photo Essay: Tybee Island one of five 'hidden gems' for vacation Special

Tybee Island - Travel Media Group has named Tybee Island as one of "its top 5 favorite vacation destinations for summer 2013." Find out why these travel experts are right when they say Tybee Island is among the "hidden gems" of vacation spots.

Lance Armstrong to compete again

Austin - Lance Armstrong is set to return to competition this weekend. However instead of jumping on a saddle this time he will be jumping in the pool.

What now for golden girl Rebecca Adlington?

Mansfield - Rebecca Adlington has announced her retirement from competitive swimming at the ripe old age of 23. Don't expect her to remain unemployed for long.

Op-Ed: Money will buy gold in Rio Special

“They don’t get paid enough to say no to the money.” The words of Australian-born London 2012 gold medallist Melanie Schlanger say it all.

Video: Honey the dog catches salmon swimming upstream on road

Seattle - The video shows a salmon swimming upstream on a flooded road in Seattle, Washington. A dog walks up and picks it up in its jaws with such practised ease that you may think picking up a live fish swimming in water is that easy.

Leisurely Labor Day weekend on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Special

Hilton Head Island - This three-day weekend is a time for honoring workers and is often celebrated by doing anything but work. Americans often go shopping, go to the beach, and have meals together, and such was the case on the Carolina coast.

Michael Phelps records 18th gold at his final Olympics Career

London - Michael Phelps adds up credit to his career with another cherished gold medal winning record in the 2012 London Olympics on Aug 4,2012.

China's aqua Olympians set the gold medal pace in London 2012

London - China has maintained the lead in the London 2012 medal tables with 17 golds, nine silvers and four bronze. Eight out of China's gold medals have been bagged from aquatic events, namely swimming and diving.

Man dies trying to swim English Channel

Paraic Casey, an Irishman, has died whilst trying to swim across the English Channel, the stretch of sea which connects England to France.
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