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Source: Common Domain

USA Track & Field President Placed on Leave Amid Corruption Probe

Today 01:32 GMT

The president of USA Track & Field was placed on leave by the organization after being approached by federal investigators as part of a wide-ranging probe into alleged sports corruption.

Lananna was the architect of the bid for the track and field championships in his role as president of TrackTown USA, a local nonprofit group for the sport in Eugene. Lananna and TrackTown USA originally submitted a bid for the 2019 World Championships, but the international governing body voted in 2014 to award that event to Doha, Qatar.

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Source: BBC

The stunning architecture photos taken with a smartphone

Today 01:32 GMT

“Rodriguez’s image is an authentic and real mix of art and technique utilising the Huawei P10 smartphone – lots of sensitive knowledge mixing human movement and art tradition with well-known architecture names as Nouvel and architecture space,” Ramiro Larragan of Huawei Spain said of the image.

Looking at the Architecture and Design category alone, the images, all captured on a smartphone, iPod or tablet, are astounding.

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Source: Fox News

Venezuela's migrant crisis could match scale of Syria's catastrophe, experts say

Today 03:23 GMT

Venezuela’s ongoing economic and political crisis has sparked a flow of millions of refugees that could lead to a humanitarian crisis even worse than that in civil war-torn Syria, according to some experts.

“The economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is perhaps the worst that the hemisphere has seen in modern history,” Dany Bahar, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, wrote in The Hill. “To keep proportions, bear in mind the estimates of refugees who left Syria during the war account for about five million individuals.

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Source: DW

Brazil to create new ministry for public security

Monday 06:05 GMT

Brazilian President Michel Temer on Saturday announced he wants to create a public security ministry for the country, after handing over control of security in Rio state to the military.

"From next week or the next, I want to create a Ministry of Public Security to coordinate all efforts," said Temer after leaving the meeting. Send Facebook Twitter Google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. Read more: Brazil: Army takes control of Rio security in bid to quash gang violence. Army patrols are already used in Rio's gang-ruled favelas, but a decree signed by Temer on Friday gives the military overall control of security operations in Rio state, which the president said had been virtually seized by organized crime gangs.

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Source: Washington Post

Rio’s Carnival goes political, and a little-known samba school ignites a firestorm

Sunday 14:30 GMT

With Brazil’s president portrayed as a “neoliberal vampire” and dancers dressed as shackled slaves and downtrodden street vendors, a scrappy samba school brought politics to the heart of Rio’s glamorous Carnival parade, posing the sensitive question of whether slavery still exists in the country and setting off a firestorm of praise and criticism.

Paraíso de Tuiuti is a relatively unknown samba school that previously participated in the iconic Carnival competition of samba troupes only twice, placing last both times.

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Source: New York Times

Brazil Looks to Crack Down on Fake News Ahead of Bitter Election

Sunday 20:55 GMT

Worried that Brazilians will soon be flooded with fake news ahead of a critical presidential election, the country is setting out to crack down on organized efforts to intentionally mislead voters.

“It is necessary to consider which of these two principles must be sacrificed in the name of an election that is neutral and not tainted by deceitful news,” said Luiz Fux, a Supreme Court justice who recently assumed the presidency of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, the highest authority on election laws and regulations. “Sometimes the excessive concern with freedom of expression ends up violating a more important principle — the democratic principle.”


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte