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Photos: Brazil’s 200-Year-Old National Museum Completely Destroyed by Fire

A fire of unknown origin destroyed the entirety of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro Sunday night, collapsing at least two of the 200-year-old former palace’s floors and destroying most of the items on display, including Latin America’s largest ancient Egyptian exhibit, priceless fossils, and natural artifacts.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 02: A fire burns at the National Museum of Brazil on September 2, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The museum, which is tied to the Rio de Janeiro federal university and the Education Ministry, was founded in 1818 by King John VI of …

Two Years After Olympics, Brazilian Military Takes over Crime-Ridden Rio de Janeiro

Nearly two years after Rio de Janeiro police welcomed Olympics spectators at their airport with a banner reading “Welcome to Hell,” Brazilian President Michel Temer sent the nation’s military to take over the city on Friday, cracking down on a crime wave exacerbated by Carnival festivities and a woefully underfunded law enforcement corps.

Brazil's Temer gives army full control of Rio security

Brazil: Prosecutors Find ‘Olympic Corruption’ in Rio 2016 Game Planning

Brazilian prosecutors have uncovered a sprawling corruption scheme following a raid on the home of Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman, presenting mounting evidence that Brazil bought its way through the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) voters to secure the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games.

The Christ the Redeemer statue is seen through a set of Olympic rings in Rio de Janeiro

Stanford Beats Cal, USC Beats UCLA at 2016 Summer Olympics

The ongoing rivalry between the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Southern California (USC) has yielded another victory to USC, with the Trojans earning more Olympic medals from the Rio Summer Games than their Bruin counterparts. But Stanford stands alone on top, with 27 medals, according to one count.

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USA Today: Rio Police Lying About Ryan Lochte Gas Station Encounter

In an extensive investigation featuring an eyewitness interview, observance of multiple surveillance camera videos, and an on-location visit, USA Today has found significant evidence that American Olympic champion Ryan Lochte was robbed at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro, and police lied about him and three other U.S. swimmers vandalizing a bathroom.

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Rio Shakedown: U.S. Swimmers Allowed to Leave with $11,000 Payment

Rio de Janeiro police have agreed to let U.S. Olympic swimmer James Feigen return home if he pays $11,000 to a charity of the city’s choice, following an incident in which Feigen and teammates Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, and Jack Conger were forced to pay gas station attendants money for damage at gunpoint.

The Associated Press

Brazil Bans Ryan Lochte from Leaving Country (He Already Left)

The judge overseeing an investigation into the early-morning robbery of U.S. swimming champion Ryan Lochte and three colleagues during the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics has banned the Americans from leaving Brazil and called for their passports to be confiscated. The order comes one day after Lochte flew back to the United States, ending his Olympic trip early.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12: Ryan Lochte of the United States attends a press conference in the Main Press Center on Day 7 of the Rio Olympics on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

Business Booming in Rio’s ‘Bin Laden Bar’ Despite Islamic State Threat

Brazil’s O Globo has revisited Rio de Janeiro’s “Bin Laden Bar,” an establishment first made famous when foreigners discovered it during the 2014 World Cup. The bar is a hit with Olympic athletes, who find its “local flavor” superior to the allegedly insipid Olympic Village.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - APRIL 29: Osama bin Laden lookalike Ceara Francisco Helder Braga Fernandes (R) serves customers in his 'Bar do Bin Laden' on April 29, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Braga says he was known as the 'Beard Man' before 9/11 but became known as a Bin Laden …

Rio Olympics: Ryan Lochte’s Robbers Had Police Badges

Brazilian civilian police are opening an investigation into the robbery at gunpoint of American Olympics swimming champion Ryan Lochte and three other athletes, who contend men with “police badges” held them up at gunpoint and stole their wallets.

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Russian Olympic Champion Narrates ‘Amicable’ Robbery in Rio

The latest high-profile victim of a violent robbery in Rio de Janeiro is Yevgeny Korotyshkin, an Olympic silver medalist and the president of the Moscow Swimming Federation. He joins Portugal’s Minister of Education and the head of security for the 2016 Olympic Games in having experienced a mugging while traveling between Olympic venues.

Russia's Evgeny Korotyshkin poses on the podium with his medal after winning silver in the men's 100m butterfly final swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 3, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/GettyImages)

Olympics Chaos: Staffers Sold Tickets for Seats That Don’t Exist

Brazil has had a difficult time selling tickets to Olympic events for months, as media coverage of Rio de Janeiro’s violent crime problem and the Zika epidemic dissuaded tourists from visiting. As the first week of Games continues, reports are surfacing that those who did buy tickets may have been given tickets to Olympic seats that simply do not exist.

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Brazilian Police: Gunshots at Media Bus in Rio May Have Been Rocks

Police in Rio de Janeiro are refusing to confirm, despite witness statements, that a bus full of international basketball journalists was shot at on its way to the main Olympic park, arguing that assailants could have broken the bus’s windows by throwing rocks at it.

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Portuguese Minister of Education Mugged at Rio Olympics

Portugal’s minister of education was held up at knifepoint after leaving an Olympic venue in Ipanama, Rio de Janeiro, on Saturday. He temporarily lost some valuables before civilians stopped and beat the robbers and retrieved the loot.

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The Rio Olympics Is Brazil’s Reward for Trusting in Socialism

As Rio de Janeiro rings in its tenure as host city to the Summer Olympics with street violence, deadly pollution, jihadist threats, incomplete facilities, and a plague, many around the world are wondering: who thought the embattled Brazilian city would

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