RIO OLYMPICS: WHY A MOSCOW BAN COULD EXTEND FAR BEYOND JUST SPORTS
Two weeks to the Rio Olympics and Russia’s participation is hanging by a thread after a slew of doping accusations. Faced with calls to be banned, some say it would be detrimental to Russia's national pride and further polarise the giant of the East. As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced it was seeking legal advice on possibly banning Russia from the 2016 Summer Olympics after a new report accused the sporting superpower of systematic and “state-dictated” doping, President Vladimir Putin moved to suspend officials named in the investigation.
UK’S MAY TO HOLD TALKS WITH MERKEL, HOLLANDE ON BREXIT
British Prime Minister Theresa May is heading to Berlin on Wednesday and Paris on Thursday to start thrashing out the roadmap for Britain's departure from the EU. In her first foreign visits, a week since taking over as Britain's premier, May will plunge straight into laying out the Brexit groundwork in talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande. May's Downing Street office said she would try to establish a personal relationship and explain how her government needed time to consult before sculpting its objectives.
BRAZIL BOOSTS OLYMPICS SECURITY FOLLOWING ATTACK IN NICE
Brazil said Friday it will bolster security for next month's Olympics in Rio following the truck attack in the French city of Nice. Brazil's interim president Michel Temer held an emergency meeting with his intelligence chief and members of his cabinet to weigh the next steps after the Nice attack. As he left the meeting, intelligence chief Sergio Etchegoyen said new security measures would include extra checkpoints, barricades and traffic restrictions. Brazil had already planned to deploy 85,000 police and soldiers to provide security, double the number used in the 2012 London Games.
FRENCH POLICE DETAIN SEVERAL SUSPECTS OVER NICE TERRORIST ATTACK
French police detained three more people in Nice Sunday in connection with the probe into the Bastille day attack that killed at least 84 people when a truck rammed into crowds in the Riviera city, police sources said. Two men and a woman were taken in for questioning, according to an official with the Paris prosecutor’s office, which oversees national terrorism investigations, but the official provided no details on their identities.
FACEBOOK HELPS FIND BABY LOST IN NICE TERROR ATTACK
An eight-month-old baby boy lost in the chaos after a truck rammed into a crowd in the French Riviera city of Nice killing at least 84 people was tracked down through Facebook on Friday. Tiava Banner -- who said she was not the mother of the baby -- sent out an appeal on Facebook looking for any information on the whereabouts of the child who had been lost in his blue stroller when the rampaging truck sent hundreds fleeing in panic as they watched Bastille Day fireworks.