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Michael Phelps limbered up for his 200m medley showdown with Ryan Lochte at the US Olympic swimming trials on Friday by booking a semi-final berth in the 100m butterfly. Phelps, whose remarkable 18 Olympic gold medals include three 100m fly victories, was third in his heat in 51.87sec, the sixth-fastest time of the morning in an event topped by the 51.61 of Matthew Josa. Lochte also made it through in the 100m fly, but scratched the semi-finals to focus on his individual medley duel with Phelps.
ROME (AP) — The Colosseum has emerged more imposing than ever after its most extensive restoration, a multimillion-euro cleaning to remove a dreary, undignified patina of soot and grime from the ancient arena, which has been assailed for decades by pollution in traffic-clogged Rome.
Israel on Friday announced a lockdown on the West Bank city of Hebron and a reduction in monthly tax payments to the Palestinian Authority, after a wave of deadly attacks. The measures, including increasing Israel's military presence in the West Bank and described as "the most substantial" in two years, come after a surge in nine months of violence and as Muslims near the end of their holy fasting month of Ramadan.