Rio de Janeiro will be "the safest city in the world" during the Olympics Games in six weeks time, organising committee spokesman Mario Andrada has insisted. The buildup to the August 5-21 Games have been clouded by health and security worries, after an Australian Paralympic athlete was robbed at gunpoint in the city just days ago, while several high-profile golfers have withdrawn because of fears surrounding the Zika virus. Sailor and wheelchair basketball player Liesl Tesch became the second Olympian to be the victim of an armed robbery in Rio in the last month.
American bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley has died at the age of 89, according to his grandson, who said the singer and banjo player had been battling skin cancer. "He went peacefully in his sleep due to a long, horrible battle with skin cancer," musician Nathan Stanley announced on his website on Thursday. Stanley was born and raised in southwest Virginia, where he and his brother Carter were taught clawhammer style banjo by their mother, according to a biography released by his publicist Kurt Webster.
By Ingrid Melander and Richard Lough PARIS (Reuters) - The European Union has suffered an "explosive shock" and must reinvent itself to prevent its break-up and restore the confidence of voters, French leaders said on Friday after Britain voted to quit the bloc. President Francois Hollande must navigate a fine line between tackling French voters' increasing disillusionment with the EU and France's ambition to be in the driving seat alongside the bloc's powerhouse Germany. "Europe must be understood and controlled by its citizens.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is worried that France, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland and Hungary could also seek to leave the European Union after Britain's vote to quit the bloc, German newspaper Die Welt said on Friday, citing a finance ministry strategy paper. The strategy paper recommended that Germany, in coordination with the EU, offer Britain "constructive exit negotiations" aimed at making the UK an "associated partner country," the newspaper reported. It estimated Germany's contribution to the annual EU budget could rise by 3 billion euros once Britain exited the group. ...
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