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The Gulf of Porto, a paradise of land and sea

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The hidden secrets of Les Invalides

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Anger over restaurant's decision to deny service to Muslim women

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Fed rate hints show Brexit 'not a shock' for US economy

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A huge blow for Russian athletes.... After years of tough training.. It's now almost certain they'll not be allowed to compete in this summer's Olympic games.Sebastian COE - President of International Association of Athletics FederationsThe IAAF council was unanimous that RUSAF had not met the reinstatement conditions and that Russian Athletes could not credibly return to international competition without undermining the confidence of their competitors and the public.President Putin has suggested the decision was down to an anti-Russian sentiment... But few believe that Moscow had nothing to do with coordinating, aiding, or at least turning a blind eye to doping..In a bid to improve relations with the International Association of Athletics Federations the Russian sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, is said to have confessed to problems left-over from the cold war.5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rune Andersen, Independent Chair of IAAF inspection team:"I think that the decades of doping regime in Russia and the Soviet Union is quite clear and I don't think anybody denies that, in conversations with minister Mutko he has admitted that they have inherited a doping culture from the Soviet Union." The IAAF decision came as no surprise after the latest report from the World Anti-Doping Agency..It said hundreds of attempts to carry out drug tests on Russian athletes this year had been thwarted, with drug testers facing intimidation and threats from armed Russian security forces while athletes continue to evade doping control officers.Tere is one last glimmer of hope for some Russian athletes however.. On Tuesday international sports officials will meet to decide whether to allow individuals to compete if they have met all the testing requirements and not tested positive for a banned substance.

IAAF extends ban on Russian athletes ahead of Rio Olympics

The world athletics governing body on Friday unanimously voted to extend the ban on the doping-tainted Russian federation, but left the door ajar for some of…

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