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N. Korea power cuts ruin Olympics viewing

Published on Aug 3, 2012 1:34 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea has extended its television coverage of the Olympics to an unusual five hours a day, but many people are still unable to watch due to serious power shortages, a report said.

Pyongyang, which previously aired just 15 minutes a day of Olympic sporting events, extended the coverage after its athletes achieved unexpected success, the head of the North's media delegation to London has said.

After the seventh day of competition, the impoverished state of 24 million people had raked in four golds - three from weightlifting and one from judo - and one bronze, to rank eighth in the medals table.

The successes prompted a "tumult of joy" and a flood of congratulatory phone calls to the sports ministry, the official news agency said this week.

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