Friday, July 29, 2016

World News Briefs -- July 29, 2016 (Evening Edition)

Deployed: An infantry unit guarding the Olympic Tennis Center in the Barra Olympic Park, to the west of Rio

Daily Mail: Welcome to the first Olympics in the shadow of ISIS: Rio prepares for Games with a warship on the Copacabana, troops on the streets and chemical attack drills as $900 million security operation begins

* Massive security in Rio de Janiero with a week to go until the start of the Olympic Games
* Brazilian army and navy have been deployed over fears of terror attack with an alleged ISIS plot already broken up
* 88,000 military personnel and police are involved in security operation - double the level at London 2012 games
* Preparations already in place include a frigate stationed close to Copacabana Beach, which will host events including beach volleyball
* Soldiers are on guard at the airport where athletes have started to arrive
* Army, navy and marines have all conducted drills for hostage rescue and bomb attempts

This is the warship stacked with missiles and an arsenal of lethal weaponry that is leading the show of force ahead of the first Olympics Games held in the shadow of ISIS terrorism.

Brazil is using the frigate, and a small fleet of other vessels to patrol the waters around tourist hot spot Copacabana Beach - where some of the .

Thousands of sport loving fans will visit Rio during the world's biggest sporting event, when it begins next week.

Brazil is spending almost $900 million on protecting the Olympics from terrorist attack and the 500,000 foreign visitors expected in Rio for the games.

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UN Syria envoy tells Russia: Leave Aleppo corridors 'to us'.

Syria war: 'Civilians die' as US-Russia plan falters.

Syria's Nusra Front says ending al Qaeda ties; U.S. fears for Aleppo.

Syrian army commander said to ‘narrowly survive’ Israeli strike.

Syria conflict: Deadly strike on Save the Children maternity hospital.

ICRC: Anti-'IS' fight could displace 1 million in Iraq. Up to one million people could flee battle for Iraq's Mosul: ICRC.

Yemen: Houthi, Saleh council formation criticised by UN.

Iran threatens to close Strait of Hormuz if it faces military action from 'enemies'.

Turkey’s Erdogan slams US reaction to failed coup.

Turkish army says five soldiers killed in clashes with Kurdish militants.


SIGAR report: Taliban gained territory in Afghanistan. Afghan government loses 5 percent of territory in 4 months: U.S. government watchdog.

Nearly 300 ISIS militants killed in Nangarhar operations, Afghanistan's MoD claims.

Afghan cleric arrested for marrying six-year-old girl.

North Korea threat prompts Japan to upgrade Patriot batteries in time for Olympics: sources.

China, Laos say rail project to go ahead, pending environment study.

South China Sea: Vietnam airport screens hacked.

Exclusive: New York Fed asks Philippines to recover Bangladesh money. Malaysia names new anti-graft chief as corruption scandal drags on.

Australia's PM fails to endorse predecessor Kevin Rudd for UN job.


Nigeria set to deploy troops against oil rebels.

Regional troops recapture Nigeria town from Boko Haram.

Nigeria Boko Haram crisis: UN aid convoy ambushed.

Zimbabwe veterans' spokesman in court for insulting Mugabe.

Tanzania's president threatens crackdown on opposition protesters.

Tens of thousands rally in support of Congo's Kabila. Some 40,000 join pro-govt rally as DRCongo poll row mounts.

Libyan forces battle Islamic State snipers for streets of Sirte.

Libya forces 'retake' Benghazi district from jihadists.

Hissene Habre: Chad's ex-ruler ordered to pay compensation to victims.

South Sudan's new VP pours scorn on predecessor Machar, deepening rift.

South Sudanese refugees influx to Uganda straining UN.

Two Kenyans sentenced to death for police murders before elections.


Spanish government seeks criminal charges against Catalan leader.

Islamic State threat in Europe shifts.

Summer of fear: the anxious mood in Germany and France.

French PM open to temporary ban on foreign financing of mosques. France church attack: Manuel Valls highlights 'justice failure'.

Eurozone GDP growth halves as French economy stalls.

Pope Francis visits Auschwitz death camp.

Russia will seek Ukraine foreign assets freeze if $3bn debt not repaid.

Ukraine bans 243 Russian companies from working on its territory — security service.

IMF announces further delay in Ukraine bailout.

Air France grounds scores of flights.

Recent attacks in Western Europe are scaring away Chinese tourists.


Trump's Russia reset ideas alarming allies, many in US.

Clinton kicks off swing state tour vowing to create jobs.

Clinton to nation: It's a 'moment of reckoning'. Clinton promises steady leadership, strong hand as commander in chief.

Exclusive: FBI probes hacking of Democratic congressional group - sources.

US GDP growth misses forecasts despite spending surge.

El Salvador claims blow against powerful street gang.

Venezuela’s armed forces tighten grip as food crisis grows.

Venezuela has a new 'forced labor' law that can require people to work in fields.

CDC: Zika could affect 10,000 pregnancies in Puerto Rico by year's end.

Zika virus: Florida cases 'likely' to be first US-based infections.


US intelligence chiefs say war on ISIS will suffer now President Erdogan has jailed some of Turkey's best officers.

Al-Nusra Front's Jolani speaks to media.

US General: Afghan IS linked to main group.

FBI chief: Success against ISIS means more terror.


Facebook to challenge US bill for back taxes.

Profit at oil firms hit by fall in crude.

Amazon boss Bezos becomes world's third richest.

Last call for free Windows 10 upgrade.

Good-bye, video cassette recording!.

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