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Crash highlights London cyclists' safety fears

LONDON (Reuters) - London cyclists demanded safer roads on Thursday after a young man on a bike was killed in a crash with an Olympic shuttle bus, just hours after Britain's Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins grabbed gold in the road time trial.

Putin says Pussy Riot should not be judged too harshly - agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that three women on trial for a protest performance in Russia's main cathedral should not be judged too harshly, signalling he did not favour lengthy prison terms for the Pussy Riot band members, Russian news agencies reported.

Turkey's ex-military chief tells court of unease about government

SILIVRI, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's former military chief told a court trying coup plot charges on Thursday that unease about the Islamist-rooted government had led commanders to raise the idea of issuing a written warning to it in 2003.

Adidas says merchandise sales hit $156 million

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Adidas has already reached its target for sales of Olympics merchandise in the UK, as fans snap up Team GB T-shirts, football kits and the Union flag wristbands as sported by tennis player Andy Murray.

China's Yu quits sport over badminton debacle

LONDON (Reuters) - Disgraced Chinese badminton player Yu Yang has quit the sport after being disqualified from the Olympics along with seven other women for deliberately trying to lose to secure an easier draw in the knockout rounds.

Cyclist killed in collision with Olympics shuttle bus

LONDON: A man on a bicycle was killed Wednesday in a collision with an Olympics media shuttle bus just outside London's Olympic Park, police said, while a man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

As Aleppo battle rumbles, hospitals and graveyards fill up

ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - Abdelrahman left school at 17 to join the Syrian rebels in Aleppo. His parents never heard he had reached the city until they got the call to pick up his body.

Cameron's wish comes true with first gold

BELFAST (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron hailed Britain's first Olympic gold medal on Wednesday and said the country had succeeded in putting on an incredible show for the rest of the world.

Media barbs puncture India anti-corruption campaign

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A renewed push by India's anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has been overshadowed by a row with the increasingly powerful media, which could weaken the veteran activist's position as he prepares for another showdown with the government.

England seek to bounce back against Proteas

LEEDS, United Kingdom: England will seek to bounce back after what spin bowler Graeme Swann described as a public humiliation when they face South Africa in the second Test starting at Headingley on Thursday.