Articles by John Leicester



Blinding Speed of the Games

In less time than it took you to read the first 16 words of this comment, four Olympians' hearts were crushed. Two others were filled with joy. Losers, winners, just like that. Gallons of sweat, liters of tears, hours upon hours upon hours of grind over years of slog and training that, in "a hundredth of a second, a blink of an eye," were either tossed away or rewarded.

Chelsea Is the Luckiest Team in Football

Lots of money, lots of luck and players who didn't care about winning ugly, just so long as they won, turned Chelsea into the champions of Europe Saturday night.

Eto'o Full of Cash and Class

"I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody." For their sake, here's hoping that Samuel Eto'o and Asamoah Gyan don't soon find themselves repeating the words immortalized by Marlon Brando.

CanadaТs Puck Gave Russia a Black Eye

The Cold War, is over, but on the hockey ice it never ended. One fan held up a sign: УDa, da Canada. Nyet , nyet Soviet.Ф

EU Nations Arrest 10 In Uzbek Terror Probe

  • 19 May 08
  • The Associated Press
A three-country police sweep instigated by France has netted 10 people suspected of funding al-Qaida-linked militants with roots in Uzbekistan.

VIPs Ponder OpeningBoycott

  • 20 March 08
  • The Associated Press
While there is little appetite for a full boycott of the Beijing Olympics over China's handling of violence in Tibet, many would like to see a symbolic show of disapproval. Which is where the novel suggestion of a mini boycott by VIPs of the opening ceremony comes in. Such a protest by world leaders would be a huge slap in the face for China's Communist leadership.

Arafat Critical as His Coma Deepens

  • 10 November 04
  • The Associated Press
Yasser Arafat's condition deteriorated dramatically overnight as his coma deepened, but the Palestinian foreign minister said Tuesday he is ""still alive"" and his brain, heart and lungs are working.

Hu Hosts 'Who's Who' of French Business Chiefs

  • 29 January 04
  • The Associated Press
A market hungry for investment. Millions of people to transport. Power needs to supply.

France Sides With China on Taiwan Referendum

  • 28 January 04
  • The Associated Press
China and France on Tuesday warned Taiwan against holding a referendum, with French President Jacques Chirac saying that any measure which breeds tension between the two Asian rivals is dangerous.

Putin: Russia Could Use Its Veto at UN

  • 12 February 03
  • The Associated Press
President Putin said Tuesday that unilateral action against Iraq would be a ""grave error"" and he hinted that Russia might be prepared to veto any unreasonable use of force.

France Telecom Loses $11.9Bln, Chief Quits

  • 16 September 02
  • The Associated Press
France Telecom, buried in debt and hunting for new leadership after its chairman resigned, announced record losses Friday and the end of its costly funding for Mobilcom.

China Premier Urges Regulation

  • 06 March 02
  • The Associated Press
Warning of challenges from China's new World Trade Organization membership, Premier Zhu Rongji called Tuesday for tighter oversight of its fast-growing economy to make its markets healthy and ready for global competition.

Provinces May Not Heed Rules

  • 12 November 01
  • The Associated Press
The Marlboro Man can't show his face in Pingyao.

Renovated Tiananmen Reopened

China Enters Final Stage Of Talks to Join WTO

No Devaluation in China, Central Bank Chief Vows

Fellow Chinese Activist Blasts Wei

Jiang Makes Overture to U.S. on Eve of Visit

Dissident Dares to Call for Democratic Reform

Red Cross Arranges Korean Food Aid

North Korea Famine Summit Fails to Reach Aid Agreement

China Says U.S. Exaggerates Trade Deficit, Loss of Jobs

China in Quandary Over Defection

Moslem Rioters Clash With Chinese

Deadly Quakes Claim 12 in China

Chinese Brass Visits Hong Kong

Hong Kong Marks Year Until Turnover to China

Beijing Laboring for 'Toilet Revolution'

Taiwan Poised for Election First

Patten Wins Confidence Vote Over Hong Kong Legal Reform