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London 2012: 50 Olympic Athletes to Watch

From Qatar to South Africa, Russia to the U.S., TIME takes you around the globe to meet the extraordinary men and women you'll be seeing this summer at the...

World Cup 2010

All the news, analysis, photos, videos and reports on South Africa's festival of football: the 2010 World Cup

TIME's Annual Journey: 1989

From the Berlin Wall to the Web, from Tiananmen Square to a moment in South Africa, from an oil spill to a banned book — how a year of both hope and despair...

Heroes of the Environment 2009

From saving wild mountain rivers in China to measuring the Arctic's icy expanse, from protecting the lush forests of Africa to conducting a feisty online debate,...

2008 Summer Journey

Who invented chess? Why is polo big in Pakistan? From the ancient city of Ur to modern Africa, from Cornwall to Korea, how sports and games have changed our...