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Scandalous Bollywood Film Bores Indian Audiences

Audie Cornish speaks with Aseem Chhabra about the controversial new Bollywood movie, Jism 2, which features a female porn star in a lead role. They discuss the film, and what it does and does not mean for the culture of Indian movies. Chhabra is a freelance writer and popular culture critic.
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Missing Athletes Join Long List Of Olympic Defectors

Multiple Olympians have gone missing from the Olympic Village in London — including seven members of the Cameroon delegation, three from Sudan and one from Ethiopia. One of the athletes is known to have asked for asylum. But the whereabouts of the rest are a mystery. If they have defected, they will join a long tradition of Olympic athletes who have used the Games as an opportunity to escape from their country of origin. Melissa Block speaks with Olympic historian David Wallechinsky, about the history of Olympic defections.
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Olympics Have Temporarily Transformed England

The Olympics are transforming Britain — at least for now. Before the games began The London Times declared they were sure to produce a litany of disasters. But the gloom has been obliterated in just a few days by a tsunami of patriotism and self-congratulation. The nation has been stunned and thrilled that the games are so far successful — and that their trophy cupboard is filling up at unexpected speed.
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Doubts Emerge Over Egypt's Offensive In Sinai

Earlier this week, the Egyptian military announced it had carried out a major security operation in the Sinai against Islamist militants involved in an ambush that left 16 Egyptian soldiers dead. The military said warplanes and artillery were brought to bear against the militants, and there were reports of up to twenty people dead. But reporters on the ground in north Sinai say they have seen no signs of the government offensive like damage or funerals.
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Tiny Island Nation Finds Olympic Pride In Weightlifter

Nauru, the smallest nation at the Olympics, did itself proud in weight lifting. Itte Detenamo was one of two competitors from his country and finished fourteenth in his category.
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Women's Olympic Soccer Final: U.S. Beats Japan 2-1, To Win Gold

The U.S. women's soccer team has won their third consecutive gold medal in the Olympics. They defeated Japan at London's Wembley Stadium, in a game that set a new attendance record of more than 80,000 spectators.

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