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More than 11,000 will carry the flame

Updated: March 25, 2004, 3:00 PM ET
Associated Press

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece -- The flame that will burn at the Athens Olympics began its round-the-world journey Thursday under unprecedented security that included metal detectors and commandos hiding in laurel groves.

The ceremony was resplendent with tradition but shadowed by the fears terrorism has cast over the games.

"Because of extremist phenomena and uncontrolled fanaticism, we are living under unrivaled conditions of insecurity that paralyze and exhaust us," said Lambis Nikolaou, ...

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