Daily Archives: August 24, 2012

Esther Bintliff

Some of the stories that have sparked debate on the world news desk this morning:

Lance Armstrong. Photo: Getty

By Jennifer Hughes

Remember Greg LeMond? The name of the three-time Tour de France winner doesn’t resonate far outside of cycling now but as of today, he will be the only American to have won the race in US officials’ eyes.

Lance Armstrong’s decision not to contest further doping allegations levelled by anti-doping authorities means they consider him stripped of his record seven Tour titles. Armstrong’s and LeMond’s Tour-winning successor and compatriot, Floyd Landis, has already lost his 2006 win for doping. Read more

Violence in South African mining and the Julian Assange embassy imbroglio

As the standoff over the extradition of Julian Assange continues London, John Paul Rathbone, Latin America editor, tells Gideon Rachman what Ecuador stands to gain – and lose – from giving the Wikileaks founder asylum in its embassy. Also: Alec Russell, former Johannesburg bureau chief, explains the violence and turmoil in the South African mining industry and its historical context.