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Judge orders Rio 2016 Olympic Games venues shut on security grounds

Bras - A Brazilian court on Wednesday ordered that the 2016 Rio Olympic Games facilities be closed to the public over safety concerns.

US says reports of CIA mole in Kremlin put lives at risk

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday angrily denounced news reports detailing the secret exfiltration of a CIA mole who had operated at the top levels of the Kremlin, saying such reports could put lives at risk.

US extracted spy from Putin's Kremlin: reports

Washington - US agents extracted a high-level mole in the Russian government who had confirmed Vladimir Putin's direct role in interfering in the 2016 presidential election, American media reported.

Ukraine court jails Frenchman over Euro 2016 attack plot

Kiev - A Ukrainian court on Monday sentenced a Frenchman to six years in jail after finding him guilty of planning a terror attack in France during the Euro 2016 football championship.

Kosovo jails Muslim extremists over Israeli football terror plot

Pristina - Eight Muslim extremists who plotted terror attacks against Israeli footballers and fans during a 2016 World Cup qualifier in Albania were jailed for up to 10 years on Friday.

Germany nabs Russian hooligan over Euro 2016 attack on England fan

Berlin - A Russian football hooligan wanted for savagely attacking an England fan during Euro 2016 in France has been arrested, German police said Thursday.

Olympics: Nuzman freed on bail pending Rio Games vote-rig trial

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian judges on Thursday conditionally released from jail the former head of the country's Olympic committee who is charged with corruption in an alleged vote-buying scandal to secure the 2016 games.

Rio 2016 Olympic committee chief resigns after arrest

Rio De Janeiro - The chairman of Brazil's Olympic Committee, who helped organize the Rio 2016 Games, submitted his resignation Saturday, saying he wanted to concentrate on defending himself against corruption charges.

Brazil arrests Rio 2016 Olympic committee chairman on corruption charges

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police on Thursday arrested the chairman of the country's Olympic Committee as part of a probe into alleged vote buying to secure Rio's hosting of the 2016 Games.

Rio Olympics probe puts IOC back under corruption spotlight

Lausanne - The Rio 2016 cash-for-votes inquiry in Brazil has placed the International Olympic Committee under a fresh cloud of corruption less than a week before it is due to award the 2024 Games to Paris.

Brazil police say Rio Olympics were bought in corrupt scheme

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian officials said Tuesday that the country's Olympics chief was the "lynchpin" in a plot to bribe the International Olympic Committee into awarding Rio de Janeiro last year's Games.

Rio's Olympic hotel rooms empty one year later

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro hotels nearly doubled capacity for the Olympics, but had a problem once sports fans went home: the tourism industry had checked out with them.

Violence, chaos plagues Rio one year after Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - Plagued by violence, white elephant sports facilities and corruption scandals, Rio de Janeiro today is unrecognizable from the feelgood city greeting the world at the Olympics exactly a year ago.

Brazil vows good use of abandoned Olympic venues

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian authorities launched a plan Wednesday to make sure expensive venues used last year in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Games do not fall into disuse.

Global renewable energy production hit record levels in 2016

Paris - In 2016, the world produced enough renewable energy capacity to power every home in the UK, Germany, France, and Italy combined, according to a new report released by the Paris-based Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).

China's NEA claims solar production more than doubled in 2016

Beijing - China's National Energy Administration (NEA) released its solar photovoltaic (PV) installation figures for the entire year of 2016 in mid-January, laying claim to being the world's biggest producer of solar energy by capacity.

Tim Cook and other execs took a pay cut for missing targets

Apple CEO Tim Cook and other top executives at the company were paid less in 2016 for missing performance targets, Apple disclosed on Friday.

The year in space — Headlines that made the news in 2016

From Space X successfully landing a rocket on a floating platform to NASA's Juno probe reaching Jupiter after a journey of 1.8 billion miles, 2016 has been a year of many accomplishments in the space industry. Let's look at a few of the stories.

Op-Ed: What do journalists make? Digital Journal has the answer

The relationship between the public and the media has never been more fraught. Journalism and punditry have, in many ways, shown themselves to be out of touch with the reality that people faced this year.

Donald Trump: AFP's person of the year

Paris - US President-elect Donald Trump has topped a 2016 AFP poll to choose the most influential person of the year, just ahead of Russian and Turkish leaders Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

From Panama Papers to impeachments: 2016 rocked by corruption scandals

Panama - From the Panama Papers to the impeachments of the presidents of Brazil and South Korea, 2016 was a year marked by corruption scandals, and by rising public outrage over graft.

Cristiano Ronaldo treble fires Real to Club World Cup

Kitakata - Cristiano Ronaldo smashed a hat-trick as Real Madrid survived a colossal scare to beat Japan's Kashima Antlers 4-2 and lift the Club World Cup on Sunday.

Rosberg v Hamilton — race by race

Abu Dhabi - Nico Rosberg won the 2016 Formula One world championship on Sunday after a season-long duel with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

2016 is still on track to be the hottest year ever

While October's temperatures were warm, the month merely tied for the third warmest October on record. But looking at the overall temperature increases for the year, 2016 is still on track to be the hottest year ever, say federal meteorologists.

Brazil authorizes Irish Olympic chief's release on bail

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian judge ruled that Irish Olympic Committee (IOC) president Patrick Hickey, awaiting trial over an alleged ticketing scam, could be released on bail and leave the country.

Olympian's thanks for medal found in rubbish heap

Rome - An Olympic fencing champion whose Rio Games gold medal was stolen as he slept on a train was celebrating Sunday after receiving news of its discovery by a stranger via a message on Facebook."I'm really happy!

Three ways a Trump presidency could affect Apple

Republican Donald Trump is now the president-elect in what's being called the biggest upset in American political history.

The Chicago Cubs win the World Series and the Internet goes wild

1908 was possibly the most boring World Series on record. The young championship series had seen many great games already, but the fall classic between the returning champions, the Chicago Cubs, and Ty Cobb’s Detroit Tigers was a real let-down.

Rio Paralympics end with music — and relief

Rio De Janeiro - Rio said farewell to the 2016 Paralympics in a closing ceremony showcasing Brazil's passion for music and celebrating what many consider to have been a surprisingly successful Games.

Rio Paralympics stages final show in shadow of tragedy

Rio De Janeiro - Rio on Sunday closes a Paralympic Games that many feared would be a fiasco but which turned into a triumph, though marred in the final hours by the death of an Iranian cyclist.
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ENDORSEMENT: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorses businessman Donald Trump for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination at a campaign event at Iowa State Univ. in January.
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