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Builders work on the construction site of the Olympic and Paralympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015
Builders work on the construction site of the Olympic and Paralympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015
Nicola Pamplona, Bruno Villas Boas and Lucas Vettorazzo

RIO DE JANEIRO — If the much-criticized but equally awaited Rio Summer Olympics have had one advantage, it's that they have shielded the Rio de Janeiro construction industry from the massive layoffs seen elsewhere in Brazil.

But as the August launch of the Games approches, so does the fear that some 35,000 workers are going to swiftly lose their jobs.

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War In Ukraine, Day 126: Russia Watching NATO, As Path Cleared For Finland And Sweden To Join

As NATO leaders meet in Madrid, Finland and Sweden look much closer to joining the alliance after Turkey dropped its objections to their membership. It's yet another momentous change underway since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

International leaders after having their photograph taken before the start of the NATO 2022

Anna Akage, Shaun Lavelle, and Emma Albright

A high-stakes NATO summit has kicked off in Madrid, as leaders of the world’s largest defense alliance discuss the war in Ukraine and key decisions that will shape the organization’s future direction. NATO Secretary-GeneralJens Stoltenberg said the Russian invasion of its neighbor had prompted a fundamental shift in its approach to defense.

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Finland and Sweden look much closer to joining the alliance after Turkey dropped its objections to their membership. The three countries released a joint memorandum that “extend[ed] their full support against threats to each other's security," FinnishPresident Sauli Niinistö said.

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