Olympics: Countdown to Opening Ceremony

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    July 31: Performers skate during a procession outside the National Stadium as preparations continue for the Olympic Games in Beijing.

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    July 31: A performer takes part in a procession outside the National Stadium in Beijing.

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    July 31: The National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, is lit at night at the Olympic Green in Beijing.

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    July 31: Performers push props in front of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, after a rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing.

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    July 30: Fireworks burst over the Olympic National Stadium in Beijing during a rehearsal of the Aug. 8 opening ceremony.

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    July 16: Fireworks burst over the Olympic National Stadium in Beijing during a rehearsal of the Aug. 8 opening ceremony.

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    July 30: Full dress rehearsals for the Aug. 8 opening ceremony are being conducted in secret, and workers have signed confidentiality agreements.

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    July 31: An entertainer performs on a float during a parade promoting the Beijing Olympic Games along the Olympic Green in Beijing

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    July 31: A worker puts the finishing touches on a huge swimming poster at an Olympic sponsor outlet inside the Olympic Green in Beijing.

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    July 31: Chinese performers dance in front of a float decorated with Fuwa Huanhuan the Olympic mascot representing fire, during a parade promoting the Beijing Olympic Games along the Olympic Green in Beijing.

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    July 31: Foreign journalists works inside the Main Press Center in Beijing. Olympic organizers are backtracking on another promise about coverage of the Beijing Games, keeping in place blocks on Internet sites in the Main Press Center and venues where reporters will work.

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    July 31: Members of a Chinese police SWAT team clean their armored vehicle outside the hotel where International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge and other IOC officials are staying in Beijing.

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    July 31: A view of the Forbidden City and the egg shaped National Theater is seen on a hazy day in Beijing. China announced Thursday a raft of emergency measures it would take if skies don't clear up further for the Olympic Games, including more factory shutdowns and further restrictions on cars.

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    July 31: Members of North Korean Olympic delegation walk out of Beijing Airport after their arrival, eight days before the Aug. 8 opening of Beijing Olympics. Some of the 10,500 Olympic athletes began arriving in large numbers this week though others headed to train in neighboring South Korea, Japan and other places to avoid Beijing's air for as long as possible.

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    July 31: Special police officers stand guard the bus transporting Argentina men's soccer team members for the Beijing Olympics upon their arrival at a hotel in Shanghai.

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    July 30: A Chinese performer wraps up the stage in front of the television broadcast tower during rehearsal for the Beijing Olympics at the Olympic Green in Beijing, China.

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    July 30: Performers wait to enter the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, for an Olympic opening ceremony rehearsal in Beijing, China. The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games open on Aug. 8.

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    July 30: Performers wait to enter the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, for a rehearsal of the Olympic opening ceremony in Beijing.

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    July 30: Performers wait to enter the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, for a rehearsal of the Olympic opening ceremony in Beijing.

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    July 30: Chinese spectators take part in rehearsals of matches at the Beach Volleyball venue for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

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    July 30: People watch a rehearsal of the Olympic opening ceremony from a viewing tower at the Olympic Green in Beijing. The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games open on Aug. 8.

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    July 30: Chinese officials, athletes and cheerleaders rehearse with test matches at the Beach Volleyball venue for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

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    July 30: Performers wait to enter the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, for a rehearsal of the Olympic opening ceremony in Beijing.

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    July 30: Chinese paramilitary police officers in anti-riot gear go through a drill in front of the Beach Volleyball venue for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

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    July 30: Backdropped by the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, performers wait to enter the National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, for a rehearsal of the Olympic opening ceremony in Beijing. The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games open on Aug. 8.

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    July 29: Tourists use umbrellas for shade while viewing Olympic decorations at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. A brief rain storm moved through China's capital city on Tuesday, helping to clear the air after several days of thick gray smog.

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    July 29: A Chinese woman poses for a photo while other tourists take pictures of a Beijing 2008 Olympic Games countdown clock near Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The countdown clock shows ten days until the opening of the Olympic Games.

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    July 29: Workers arrange flowers on an Olympics decoration ten days ahead of the beijing Olympic Games at Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

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    July 29: Chinese volunteers walk past a sculpture showing a woman in a traditional Chinese costume playing polo along the Olympic Green in Beijing.

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    July 29: A China Central Television helicopter flies past the Olympic rings on a viewing tower in the Olympic Green in Beijing. The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games open on Aug. 8.

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    July 29: China Central Television's helicopter flies over China's National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube, in a clear day in Beijing.

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    July 29: A Chinese worker trims the grass growing along the wall of a building in the Olympic Green in Beijing.

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    July 29: Chinese volunteers wait near decorative poles along the Olympic Green in Beijing.

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    July 29: A view of the Bird's Nest National Stadium is seen from the Olympic Green in Beijing.

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    July 29: A Chinese worker marks seats at the National Olympic Stadium in Beijing. The stadium, known as the Bird's Nest for its elaborate network of steel girders, will host the opening and closing ceremonies and athletics competitions, which open on Aug. 8.

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