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Rio city council commission formed to probe Olympic projects

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's city council set up a commission on Tuesday to investigate whether the city's Olympic projects were tarnished by corruption.

The five-member commission will have up to six months to examine contracts and other documents related to the stadiums, highways and other projects tied to the Aug. 5-21 games. The group is also expected to hear expert testimony on whether the structures are technically sound, members said.

Ex minister nominated to head 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean organizers have officially selected former government minister Lee Hee-beom as the new head of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Lee was nominated Wednesday, a day after the sudden resignation of Cho Yang-ho as president of the local organizing committee.

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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.

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