Beijing to Host 2022 Winter Olympics

Bejiing has been named the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics, beating the Kazakh city of Almaty in a two-horse race. Beijing – which won by 44 votes to 40 – is now set to become the first city to have hosted both summer and winter games. An open letter signed by many high-profile dissidents said that China was on the brink of a "human rights crisis with a scale of violations that is unprecedented since 2008," pointing to a crackdown on government opponents and claiming that the Olympic win would "endorse a government that blatantly violates human rights."