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UN chief vows to back refugee team as Olympic flame stops in Geneva

Ginebra - UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Friday he will not remain neutral at the Rio Games, pledging to cheer for a team of refugees as the Olympic flame stopped by the United Nations in Geneva.

Armed thieves carjack Rio archbishop

Rio De Janeiro - Armed thieves carjacked Rio de Janeiro's archbishop, making off with his car and briefly holding the driver hostage in the 2016 Olympic host city's latest brazen act of street crime.

Police take over from military at Rio slum near airport

Rio De Janeiro - Despite a recent upsurge in urban violence, Rio de Janeiro officials insisted Wednesday they will manage to pacify slum areas in the run-up to next year's Olympics.Gang warfare saw three people killed and 22 wounded by stray bullets in January.

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