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Dilma Rousseff, Fabiana Claudino

Rousseff lights Olympic flame as protesters hit the streets

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's embattled President Dilma Rousseff ignited the Olympic flame on Tuesday, as a nationwide torch relay got underway with protests highlighting the country's deep political and economic crisis.

Rousseff presided over the flame ceremony in Brasilia, even though she faces impeachment and is unlikely to be in office when South America's first Olympics open in less than three months.

"Brazil is ready to host the most successful Olympics in history," Rousseff said in a speech to off the torch relay, which will reach 329 Brazilian cities and end on Aug. 5 at the opening ceremony in Rio's Maracana stadium.

Cho Yang-ho

2018 Winter Games chief quits; ex minister set to step in

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A former South Korean government minister was nominated to take over the organizing committee of the 2018 Winter Olympics on Tuesday, just hours after Cho Yang-ho quit amid escalating financial troubles at the business group his family controls.

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