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Olympics: Russia facing Rio Olympic, Paralympic ban
Russia on Friday made a last-ditch bid to avoid a blanket ban at the Rio Games over state-run doping as a fresh batch of drug test failures from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 rocked the Olympics.
 
Russia's massive wildfires put key climate resource in danger
Russia's practice of leaving massive wildfires to burn out of control in sprawling stretches of Siberia puts at risk a key global resource for absorbing climate-warming emissions: its trees.
 
Brazil nabs 10 IS backers in Olympics anti-terror swoop
Ten Brazilians who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group were arrested Thursday, authorities announced, describing them as "amateurs" who discussed on social media the possibility of staging attacks during next month's Olympics.
 
Russia loses appeal on Olympic track & field ban
Russia lost its appeal Thursday against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes, a decision which could add pressure on the IOC to exclude the country entirely from next month's games in Rio de Janeiro.
 
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to visit the United States: gov't
Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has accepted an invite from Barack Obama to visit the United States, her government said Thursday, the first time the pair will meet since last year's landmark elections.
 
A Bangladesh court on Thursday convicted the exiled eldest son of the main opposition leader for money laundering and sentenced him to seven years in prison, a move that could end his political ambitions.
 
Independence hero father of Suu Kyi is honored by daughter
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi paid tribute to her independence hero father Tuesday at a memorial attended for the first time by the army chief, a rare show of unity in the former junta-run country.
 
Nepal must investigate allegations that police tortured protesters arrested during demonstrations against a new constitution that left at least 50 people dead nationwide, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
 
Road brings modernity to Himalayan Shangri-La
A Himalayan Shangri-La that was closed to visitors until 1992, the former Buddhist kingdom of Upper Mustang in Nepal is facing unprecedented change as a new highway brings modernity to the roof of the world.
 
Nearly 100,000 Venezuelans cross border hunting for food, medicine
Almost 100,000 Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed into Colombia over the weekend to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home.
 
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