Relax, Olympians and Rio-bound fans: August is a bad time for the mosquitos that transmit Zika. Researchers estimate only 1 to 16 of the half-million people attending will show symptoms of Zika — and 3 to 37 travelers headed home will be infected.
Brazilian police carried out “Operation Hashtag” in states across the country, arresting 10 people suspected of being radicalized online and plotting to buy assault rifles to carry out terror attacks at the Olympics. The arrests came as terror-related web “chatter” in Brazil is on the rise.
Brazil’s lauded pacification effort is crumbling. The drug gangs are gaining back ground and crime is rising across Rio de Janeiro. Some are wondering if the gangs and police will strike a truce in time for the Olympics.
A series of doping scandals involving Russian athletes has led to calls for an outright ban against the entire Russian Olympic squad. Now Russian athletes are waiting to find out whether they're going to have to sit this one out.
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