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Top News Stories 2008-08-11 07:00:41

Front Page: US Clinches Relay, China Leads Medals, Zimbabwe Talks to Resume, Floods in Vietnam Kill 100

  • US Clinches Relay, China Leads Medals:
    The US swimming relay team broke the world record, took gold, and snatched victory from the favored French team as the oldest member of the US swimming team accomplished one of the biggest comebacks overtaking the French team in the last few meters of the relay. The win keeps Michael Phelps dream of winning eight Olympic golds alive. In the overall medal count, China is in the lead with nine golds and 14 medals, South Korea is second in gold, and the US is third with three golds and but second overall with 12. President Bush attended the Games this weekend and said they exceeded his expectations.

  • Zimbabwe Talks to Resume:
    Talks to arrange a power-sharing between Zimbabwe's governing party and opposition are due to resume in the capital today. According to President Robert Mugabe, 14 hours of talks had ended inconclusively though he remains "confident" a deal could be reached. It's thought that Mugabe may become ceremonial president while opposition leader Tsvangirai becomes executive prime minister.
  • Floods in Vietnam Kill 100:
    At least 100 are dead and 50 missing after floods and landslides from tropical storm Kammuri battered the country over the weekend. Flash flooding reduced entire villages to rubble, and the government says more than 4,000 buildings have been flooded. Troops have been deployed in boats to reach those cut off by the waters.

For a stunning underwater photo of the swimming relay,



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UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
USA!!! USA!!! It sucks to be Sweden. They broke the world record, and finished 5th!
trouble450 trouble450 9 years
I missed it! I can't wait to get home to watch it on NBC or whoever has it online!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
It was an AMAZING race! I was downstairs yelling, my wife was upstairs yelling, and the kids were telling us to keep it down so they could go to sleep! :)
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I haven't been watching the olympics...but I just happened to see this race at a pub last night. It was amazing. The whole place was on it's feet cheering. :woohoo: :cocktail:
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
"it was so great especially after the trash talk by the French - their teary reactions made it that much better!" So totally true!!! :) That race was amazing! Go Team USA :cheer: :woohoo:
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Damn zeze I just noticed the swim suite placement, I must have been out it, LOL.
zeze zeze 9 years
ya but the other athletes didn't pull their swimsuits all the way down there....and b/c of that I am not complaining about the pictures in the papers today! The race was good too *heheh* My dad, sister, and I flipped out, it was so great especially after the trash talk by the French - their teary reactions made it that much better!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
The relay race was extraordinary and on a side note no disrespect to baby boy Phelps but the media really needs to temper there habit of over saturation especially when it comes something like the Olympics. I am 100% behind Michael Phelps and his efforts but there are other athletes competing as well.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Go team USA!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Me too, Amy! Watching Phelps' hopes for eight golds stay alive was amazing in and of itself, but the rest of the team was so ecstatic, as well. I loved it!
amybdk amybdk 9 years
That relay was amazing. I was literally jumping up and down with excitement. Go USA!
pinky23 pinky23 9 years
my heart goes out to the vietnam flood victims. it seems like a serious natural disaster occurs every week now. :(
pinky23 pinky23 9 years
that picture is fantastic!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
I was soooo extremely proud of them last night!!! :woohoo: The French team are NOT talking now! :p
mswender mswender 9 years
That picture is amazing!!!
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