Chinese netizens have launched a campaign to boycott the French retail giant, Carrefour, via the Internet and text messages following the Olympic torch's embarrassing passage through Paris. (Report: R. Tompsett)
The only threat to torch carriers on Monday was the Gulf's scorching heat, which the organisers avoided by holding the event in the evening. Unlike earlier stages of the relay, this leg was free from protests against Chinese repression in Tibet.
Like dozens of villages across the country, Xiditou is heavily polluted by local factories operating day and night. In the last few years, 10% of the population has died from cancer. (Report: S. Le Belzic)
The Olympic torch has arrived in Oman for an expected quiet stop after an uneventful outing in Tanzania. In earlier stages of the relay, demonstrators disrupted Beijing 2008 celebrations to protest China's policy of repression in Tibet.
The Olympic torch ended an uneventful relay in the Tanzanian capital Dar Es Salaam for its unique African stopover. Though no pro-Tibet plans had been announced, the relay was shortened from 25 km down to just five.