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Russia’s anti-gay laws protested worldwide on eve of Sochi Olympics

Russia’s anti-gay laws protested worldwide on eve of Sochi Olympics

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One day before the first events of the Sochi Winter Olympics begin, LGBT rights activists and allies worldwide have been staging demonstrations against the Russian government’s controversial “gay propaganda” law. The protests focused on showing solidarity with Russia’s LGBT community, calling for Olympic sponsors to speak out against Russia’s laws and calling for the International Olympic Committee to better uphold its nondiscrimination principle.

Preliminary events in figure skating, snowboarding and skiing will be held Thursday, with the 2014 Olympics’ opening ceremonies on Friday.

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Winter Olympics torch relay nears end of trek to Sochi

Winter Olympics torch relay nears end of trek to Sochi

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Russian torchbearers started in October the history’s longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi. The relay took the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia’s Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia’s European exclave Kaliningrad.

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Stray dogs being “disposed of” in Sochi ahead of 2014 Winter Olympics

Stray dogs being “disposed of” in Sochi ahead of 2014 Winter Olympics

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A local pest control company has been ordered to exterminate thousands of stray dogs ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control firm Basya Services told USA Today thousands of stray dogs are roaming the streets of Sochi, some of them “biting children” and causing interruptions.

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Sochi from the sky: Olympic Park and elsewhere

Sochi from the sky: Olympic Park and elsewhere

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The Sochi Olympic Park, built along the Black Sea coast, houses all the ice venues such as the Bolshoi Ice Palace, the Maly Ice Palace, the Olympic Oval, the Sochi Olympic Skating Centre, the Olympic Curling Centre, the Central Stadium, the Main Olympic Village and the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre. Reuters photographer Maxim Shemetov takes us on an overhead tour of Sochi ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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