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One woman takes on Rio Olympic builders — and wins

Rio De Janeiro - If the world's strongest and fastest athletes in Rio's Olympic Park want to see a real champion they should look across the fence for Maria da Penha Macena.

Brazil arrests 'amateur' Olympics terrorism group

Bras - Brazilian police have arrested 10 members of an "amateur" would-be terrorist group that expressed loyalty to the Islamic State organization and was preparing attacks ahead of the Olympics, officials said Thursday.

Olympic sailors to get garbage-free waters - maybe, official says

Rio De Janeiro - Trash-free water at the Rio Olympics is not guaranteed but sailing competitors can at least expect a "fair" tournament, a top official said Wednesday.

France says no terror plot against its Rio delegation

Bras - France has informed Brazil that fears voiced last week of an IS-linked plot to attack the French Olympic delegation turned out to be baseless, the Brazilian government said Tuesday.

Brazil Supreme Court lifts WhatsApp blockage: court 

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a lower court order blocking popular smartphone message service WhatsApp for refusing to hand data over to police.

Brazil stages anti-terror drill in Rio station ahead of Games

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian security forces conducted a simulated counterterrorism operation Saturday at a Rio de Janeiro train station ahead of the Summer Olympics, a day after security was beefed up following the truck attack in Nice.

Brazil steps up efforts to prevent terrorism at Summer Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil has assigned more than 22,000 soldiers to assist police and other security protecting the 2016 Summer Olympics scheduled to begin next month.

Brazil to boost Olympics security after Nice attack

Bras - Brazil said it will bolster security for next month's Olympics in Rio following the truck attack in the French city of Nice.

Brazil to boost Olympics security after Nice attack: officials

Bras - Brazil's interim president will hold an emergency meeting with cabinet ministers Friday to bolster security for next month's Olympics, officials said after a suspected terrorist attack in the French city of Nice.

Temer ally voted new house speaker in Brazil

Bras - Brazil's lower house of Congress elected an ally of interim president Michel Temer as its new speaker Thursday, replacing the embattled Eduardo Cunha, an architect of impeachment proceedings against suspended president Dilma Rousseff.

Brazil interim president promises 'democracy' showcase

Bras - Brazil's interim president, who faces accusations of using an impeachment drive against Dilma Rousseff to mount a coup, promised Wednesday that the upcoming Olympics will showcase the country's democratic credentials.

Brazil's Lula says Rousseff can escape impeachment

Bras - Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff could still wriggle out of a looming impeachment vote, her ally and predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Tuesday.

Troubled Rio puts final touches on Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro hosts the Olympic Games in less than four weeks, but crime and economic crisis mean the party-loving Brazilian city is glum and struggling to find its vibe.

Leader of Rousseff impeachment drive resigns Brazil speaker's post

Bras - Eduardo Cunha, the Brazilian politician who spearheaded the drive to impeach suspended president Dilma Rousseff, on Thursday resigned from his post as congressional speaker as a corruption probe closed in on him.

Rio's police kill, torture with impunity: rights group

Rio De Janeiro - Police in Rio de Janeiro state, which hosts next month's Olympics, killed at least 645 people last year and 8,000 over the last decade, a rights group said Thursday.

Rio protesters demand Olympics 'boycott,' clash with police

Rio De Janeiro - Several thousand people demonstrated in Rio de Janeiro, calling for a "boycott" of the Olympic Games less than a month ahead of an event plagued by a financial crisis and crime.

Brazil's Rousseff files defense as impeachment looms

Bras - Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff rejected attempts to impeach her as an "injustice" in a defense filing Wednesday, as a decision on her political fate moved a step closer.

Rio Olympics police reinforcements come under gunfire

Rio De Janeiro - Members of a huge police force sent to secure crime-ridden Rio before the Olympics next month have already come under gunfire, officials said Wednesday as Brazil's interim president promised "absolute peace" at the Games.

Rousseff offers written defense at impeachment hearing

Bras - Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff said she will not appear in person at a hearing Wednesday of a commission handling impeachment proceedings against her, but will defend herself in writing.

Thailand's Amnat Ruenroeng likely to qualify in Rio Olympics

Former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand won his initial battle in the Rio Olympic Qualification event in Vargas, Venezuela en route to a possible entry in the 2016 Rio Olympics boxing competition.
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