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Olympics: Egyptian Refuses to Shake Hands with Israeli Opponent

By Chris Gallagher and Daniel Flynn RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 13 – Egypt’s Islam El Shehaby refused to shake hands with Israel’s Or Sasson after their judo match at the Rio Olympics on Friday, drawing boos from the crowd and stirring a debate about intolerance at the Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) opened a

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Olympic Housing Built on Slave Burial Ground Angers Descendants

By Chris Arsenault and Jo Griffin RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 8 – Looking out at the new concrete buildings housing international journalists covering the 2016 Olympics, Adilson Almeida cannot hide his anger: he says they were built on a burial ground of his ancestors – Brazil’s former slaves. A local leader of the Quilombo do

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Constrained By War, Syrian Athletes Dream of Olympic Glory

BEIRUT, Aug 4 – As Syrian gymnast Ahmad al-Sawas watched his country fall apart, his Olympic dream collapsed too. The last national champion before the fighting began, he knew that supporting the anti-government side in the five-year-old civil war would prevent him from being selected for the Rio Games. “I chose to be an athlete

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Facebook, Twitter Co-operated With Brazil Probe of Alleged Militants

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 24 – The judge overseeing the probe that led to the arrest last week of suspected Islamist militants in Brazil said Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. co-operated with investigators by providing information about the suspects’ use of both social networks. In an interview late Sunday with Fantastico, a weekly news program

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