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Rio Olympic flame visits UN office in Geneva

GENEVA (AP) — The Olympic flame for the Rio de Janeiro Games came to the United Nations in Geneva on Friday, where officials said a team of refugee athletes will bring a message of hope for refugees around the world.

The flame, which was lit in Greece last week and taken to Switzerland in a lantern, was brought to the U.N. offices for the first time before it heads to Brazil for the torch relay ahead of the opening ceremony in Rio on Aug. 5.

"This flame is a beacon of solidarity with all peoples of the world," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

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Olympic champion Kirani James breaks Drake record in 400

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Kirani James let the rest of the world know that he's still the man to beat in the 400 meters.

The defending Olympic champion broke the Drake Relays record with a world-leading time of 44.08 seconds Friday. James, who represents Grenda, beat American LaShawn Merritt by 0.14 seconds and shaved over a quarter of a second off the time he posted at a race in the Bahamas two weeks ago.

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