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Tokyo Olympics Begin with Muted Ceremony and Empty Stadium

TOKYO (AP) — Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics finally opened Friday night with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a colorful but strangely subdued ceremony that set a striking tone to match a unique pandemic Games. As their opening played out, devoid of the usual crowd energy,…

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President Biden Announces Presidential Delegation to Japan to Attend the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Japan to attend the Opening Ceremony and events of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games beginning Friday, July 23, 2021. First Lady of the United States Jill Biden will lead the delegation. Member of the Presidential Delegation: Mr. Raymond Greene, Chargé…

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Long-Banned Athlete Protest Acts Expected at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Athlete activism is making a comeback at these Olympic Games. When play starts at the Tokyo Games on Wednesday, acts of free expression of the kind athletes were long banned from making at the Olympics will take center stage. The British women’s soccer team has pledged to take a knee before kickoff against Chile…

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Rescuers Race to Prevent More Deaths from European Floods

BERLIN (AP) — In one flooded German town, the ground collapsed under family homes. In another, floodwaters swept through an assisted living center, killing 12. Rescue workers across Germany and Belgium rushed Friday to prevent more deaths from some of the Continent’s worst flooding in years as the number of dead surpassed 125 and the…

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Hundreds Greet Aristide on Return to Troubled Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned to Haiti on Friday after a nearly a month in Cuba, thrilling hundreds of supporters who gathered at the airport at a time of tensions over the recent assassination of the country’s leader. Aristide, a charismatic yet divisive figure in Haiti who was receiving unspecified medical…

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England player abused by racists slams social media giants

LONDON (AP) — One of the England soccer players targeted with online racist abuse after his team’s loss in the final of the European championship condemned social media companies Thursday for doing too little to block “hateful and hurtful” messages on their platforms. In comments directed at Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, Bukayo Saka said he…

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Haiti Caucus Co-Chairs Demings, Pressley, Clarke, Levin Urge Biden Admin. to Support Haitian Community Amid Ongoing Political Crisis

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Source: Congresswoman Val Demings’ Office // Today, House Haiti Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Val Demings (FL-10), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Yvette Clarke (NY-09), and Andy Levin (MI-09) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas calling on him to take a series of steps to support the Haitian diaspora amid…

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