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Feb 15, 2008

The European Union wants athletes to resist raising human rights and other sensitive political issues during the Beijing Olympics.

Feb 15, 2008

The summer Olympic Games to be held in Beijing will probably be the most watched ever. That and the location -- China -- make it irresistible to those with a political cause to advocate, be that cause the host country's record on human rights, press freedom and political dissent, or its policies on Dafur.

Feb 15, 2008

The Chinese foreign ministry argued that "it is understandable if some people do not understand the Chinese government policy on Darfur", and went on to urge America to stop its "Cold War thinking", accusing some of its detractors of harbouring "ulterior motives".

Feb 15, 2008

Efforts to link China to the Darfur crisis are "irresponsible and unfair," a government spokesman said in comments published Thursday, following director Steven Spielberg's decision to drop out as a Beijing Olympics adviser on human rights grounds.

Feb 15, 2008

Organisers of the Beijing Olympics denounced any linking of sport and politics as a contravention of the “Olympic spirit” on Thursday following the resignation of Steven Spielberg, the US film director, as an artistic adviser on the games’ opening and closing ceremonies.

Feb 15, 2008

Archbishop Desmond Tutu warned China could face an international boycott of the Beijing Olympics if they did not move to end the atrocities in Darfur.

Feb 15, 2008

With Steven Spielberg's announcement that he will not organise the opening ceremonies, the Olympic Games in Beijing may have already lost a battle. A growing chorus of athletes are starting to speak out.

Feb 14, 2008

Serbian government officials said Thursday an independent Kosovo would be an illegal "false state" that will never be recognized by Serbia.

Feb 14, 2008

Finland's Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva said Monday most European Union member countries are prepared to recognize Kosovo's independence from Serbia. VOA's Barry Wood reports Kanerva is in Washington meeting with U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Feb 14, 2008

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Wednesday said she hopes Serbia will accept a resolution of Kosovo's status and move forward to fuller integration with Europe. Kosovo, a Serbian province administered by the United Nations since 1999, is expected to declare independence within days. VOA's David Gollust reports from the State Department.

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