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Extra! Olympic Torch In Brazilian Hands

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Kathimerini, April 28, 2016

"Greece hands the Olympic torch to Rio," writes Athens-based daily Kathimerini on its front page Thursday, featuring a picture of Wednesday's handover ceremony in Athens.

To mark 100 days before the start of the 2016 Olympic Games due to take place in Rio de Janeiro from Aug. 5 to 21, thousands of spectators gathered in Athens' Panathenaic Stadium to witness the passing of the torch to the Brazilian delegation.

The torch is scheduled to arrive in Brazil on May 3 and be carried around the country before the opening ceremony.

Answering concerns about the state of preparedness of the Brazilian city, Rio mayor Eduardo Paes told the BBC that the Olympic park is almost ready, though some other projects are indeed behind schedule.

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A Writer's Advice For How To Read The Words Of Politics

Colombia's reformist president has promised to tackle endemic violence, economic exclusion, pollution and corruption in the country. So what's new with a politician's promises?

Image of Colombian President Gustavo Petro speaking during a press conference in Buenos Aires on Jan 14, 2023

Colombian President Gustavo Petro, speaks during a press conference in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 24, 2023.

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Héctor Abad Faciolince

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BOGOTÁ — Don't concentrate on his words, I was once advised, but look at what he's doing. I heard the words so long ago I cannot recall who said them. The point is, what's the use of a husband who vows never to beat his wife in January and leaves her with a bruised face in February?

Words are a strange thing, and in literal terms, we must distrust their meaning. As I never hit anyone, I have never declared that I wouldn't. It never occurred to me to say it. Strangely, there is more power and truth in a simple declaration like "I love her" than in the more emphatic "I love her so much." A verbal addition here just shrinks the "sense" of love.

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