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Olympic Torch Chaos

Olympia (flame lighting ceremony)

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Portraying the "High Priestess" of ancient Greece, actress Maria Nafpliotou lights the flame by a reflection of sunlight on a parabolic mirror before sending it on. But the Olympic Torch relay hasn't been as serene as the Olympiad enactment shows. Those opposed to China's policies in Tibet and its overall human rights record have protested all along the torch's path.
Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images