Pro-Tibetan protesters succeeded in disrupting the Olympic torch relay in Paris, forcing officials to put the torch on a bus after a day of clashes, when the flame was extinguished three times. (Report : R. Thompsett)
Pole vault vice-champion Romain Mesnil is in favour of a middle way between boycott and silence, suggesting athletes should emphasise their attachment to human rights, for instance by wearing a green ribbon during the Beijing Games.
France has set no 'conditions' for President Sarkozy to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, said Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, clarifying earlier remarks made by France's Human Rights Secretary Rama Yade.
Wielding the web and his Rolodex, Hu Jia has been a thorn in the Chinese government's side. But on Thursday, China flexed its muscles and sentenced the prominent activist to jail. (Report: C. Norris-Trent)
A Chinese court sentenced Hu Jia, a prominent dissident, to three-and-a-half years in jail for subversion, a day after Amnesty International accused China of trying to silence dissent before the Olympics. (Report: C. Norris-Trent)
After protests marred ceremonies for the lighting of the Olympic flame, and its handover to Chinese hands.It now begins its 127,000 odyssey round the world. Starting in Kazakhstan, it's due to reach Paris on Monday.(Report: B.Harris)