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Greek actress Katerina Lehou, playing the role of High Priestess, lights a torch from the sun’s rays reflected in a parabolic mirror during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece, April 21, 2016. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

The official countdown to this year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics began on Thursday when the torch was lit at the site of the ancient Games, with organis(...)

Protesters opposed to the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff watch the voting session on television in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photograph: Igo Estrela/Getty Images

Brazil’s leftist President Dilma Rousseff lost a crucial impeachment vote in the lower house of Congress on Sunday and is almost certain to be forced(...)

Many consistently confuse the Czech Republic, with its predecessor, Czechoslovakia, or its cousin, Slovakia. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

The Czech Republic is set to change is name to “Czechia” in an effort to achieve greater recognition on the global stage. The Czechs, pushed and pu(...)

 Anti-impeachment protestors attend a rally in support of  Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff in  Rio de Janeiro on Monday night. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A committee of Brazil’s lower house of Congress has voted to recommend the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, who faces charges of breaking budg(...)

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said he will give priority to pass a new anti-doping law to beat a deadline and ensure the east African track giants compete at the Rio Olympics. Photograph: Getty Images

Kenya will beat a May deadline to comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code and avoid sanctions that could include a ban from the Rio Olymp(...)

Supporters of Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff demonstrate  in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on Thursday. Photograph: Jefferson Bernardes/AFP/Getty Images

Is there an attempted coup under way in Brazil? Embattled president Dilma Rousseff thinks so. Presidential ceremonies are now noisy rallies in which (...)

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure still hopes to make it to Rio Olympics. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho.

April 1st is a serious day for Irish rowing. The top Ireland crews fly to Italy at the start of an international season which will spin out all the wa(...)

Dusseldorf International Airport, where some family members of people believed to have died in the crash began to gather on Tuesday. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images

Tuesday’s tragic loss of a Germanwings Airbus A320 is the first crash of a European airliner since June 2009, when Air France Flight 447 crashed into (...)

Alexis Sanchez scored Chile’s opening goal of the World Cup in the 3-1 defeat of Australia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba last Friday. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

The first week of this World Cup has seen events on and off the pitch conspire together for the perfect start.On the field the football has been attac(...)

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