- - Monday, February 28, 2011

IRAN

Olympic logo offends Tehran

TEHRAN | Iran is complaining that the logo for next year’s London Olympics resembles the word “Zion,” and is warning of a possible boycott of the summer games.

The secretary-general of Iran’s National Olympic Committee objected to the “racist logo” in a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the official IRNA news agency reported Monday.

He said the 2012 logo spells out “Zion,” a biblical term widely recognized to refer to the city of Jerusalem, now the capital of Israel.

Iran’s brutal theocratic government often calls for the destruction of the Jewish state.

The London logo shows the numbers “2012” in four jagged figures and, until now, has been criticized only for its design.

“Our response is as follows: The London 2012 logo represents the figure 2012, nothing else,” the IOC said.

ITALY

Berlusconi back on trial for tax fraud

MILAN | Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi went back on trial Monday on charges of tax fraud, the first of several court cases to resume after Italy’s Constitutional Court watered down an immunity bill sparing the Italian leader from trial.

Prosecutors say Mr. Berlusconi’s Mediaset media empire purchased television rights for U.S. movies through two offshore companies and falsely declared the costs to reduce its tax bill.

Mr. Berlusconi, who was not in court Monday, has denied the allegations. The case immediately was adjourned until April 11.

VIETNAM

Police accuse dissident of promoting uprising

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