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Oops! Olympics Clock Breaks After 1 Day

Omega left looking chagrined

(Newser) - Well, this isn't a good omen. The official countdown clock to the 2012 Olympics has stopped just one day after its grand unveiling. The clock, a host city tradition, was installed with great pomp and circumstance in Trafalgar Square on Monday, with a pack of British gold medalists on hand... More »

Olympic Protesters Zero In on Sponsors

Tibet, Darfur activists lobby corporations, with some success

(Newser) - As the Beijing Olympics approach, advocates for a free Tibet and peace in Darfur are trying to hit the Games where it hurts: in the wallet. A coalition of groups has been petitioning the corporations that are sponsoring this year's Olympics to press China on their behalf. The strategy seems... More »

Clooney Wound Up Over Omega Role in Olympics

Presses Olympic sponsor over Darfur

(Newser) - Actor George Clooney is pressuring watchmaker Omega, a key sponsor of  the Beijing Olympics, to speak out against China's involvement in Darfur. Clooney, a spokesman for the legendary Swiss company, is the latest Hollywood figure to use the upcoming Olympics as leverage against China, the strongest ally of Sudan, which... More »

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