IOC faces historic call on Russia Rio ban

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach pictured in Lausanne in JuneThe International Olympic Committee held showdown talks Sunday on whether to ban Russia from the Rio Games over state-run doping, an unprecedented decision that could spark the Olympic movement's worst crisis in decades. An independent report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Russia's sports ministry directed a vast doping programme with support from the state intelligence agency that saw thousands of tainted urine samples destroyed or swapped for clean ones. The cheating affected 30 sports and went on during the 2014 Sochi Games and other major Olympic and international events, according to the WADA report released last week by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren.



Bavarian official says military aid needed in time of crisis

People mourn behind flower tributes near the Olympia shopping center where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before, in Munich, Germany, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Police piecing together a profile of the gunman whose rampage at a Munich mall Friday left nine people dead described him Saturday as a lone, depression-plagued teenager. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)MUNICH (AP) — Bavaria's top security official says Germany needs to be able to call upon its military in times of crisis like Friday night's shooting rampage at a Munich mall.



Turkey readies first cross-party rally against coup as purges continue

Supporters of President Erdogan hold Turkish national flags and a portrait of the president during a rally against the military coup on Taksim square in Istanbul on July 23, 2016Turkey readied Sunday for its first cross-party rally against the bloody putsch attempt, following the break up of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's presidential guard as sweeping purges of suspected state enemies continue. The mass rally, to be held under tight security on Istanbul's iconic Taksim square, was called by the biggest opposition group, the secular and centre-left Republican People's Party. "The Turkish republic is stronger than it was in the past," wrote Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in an editorial in the HaberTurk daily.



G20 will use 'all policy tools' to lift growth as Brexit weighs

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors pose for a group photo during a conference held in Chengdu in Southwestern China's Sichuan provinceBy William Schomberg and Elias Glenn CHENGDU, China (Reuters) - The world's biggest economies will work to support global growth and better share the benefits of trade, policymakers said on Sunday after a meeting dominated by the impact of Britain's exit from Europe and fears of rising protectionism. Philip Hammond, Britain's new finance minister, said the uncertainty about Brexit would begin to abate once Britain laid out a vision for a future relationship with Europe, which could become clearer later this year.



Afghanistan marks day of national mourning after huge attack

Afghans help a man who was injured in a deadly explosion that struck a protest march by ethnic Hazaras, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Afghan Health Ministry officials say tens of people have been killed and over 200 wounded in the bombing Saturday, that was claimed by the Islamic State group according to a statement posted on the IS-linked Aamaq online news agency. The protesters Saturday were demanding that a major regional electric power line be routed through their impoverished home province. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan marked a national day of mourning on Sunday, a day after at least 80 people were killed by a suicide bomber attack on a peaceful demonstration. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group.





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