As Olympia prepares for its latest role in the history of the Olympics with a torch lighting ceremony for the homecoming of the Games, the city's mayor voiced a threat to strip the showpiece of the word "Olympic" if his community did not get a bigger role.
To many Palestinians the frail cleric Sheikh Ahmed Yassin symbolized resistance to Israel's grip on occupied territories, and hospitals reported a flurry of newborn Ahmed Yassins after his assassination.
Violinists at a German orchestra are suing for a pay raise on the grounds that they play many more notes per concert than their colleagues do — litigation that the orchestra's director called "absurd."
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