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IAAF confirms ban on Russia's track and field athletes in Rio

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The global governing body for athletics on Wednesday stood behind its ban on Russia's track and field athletes competing at the Rio Olympics, effectively leaving all avenues explored in Moscow's attempts to get the team readmitted.

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Putin: Olympic ban on Russian athletes is result of political plot

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin said a shadowy political plot had succeeded in unfairly stripping some Russian sportspeople of the right to compete at the Rio Olympics over doping allegations and promised to defend Russia's tarnished sporting reputation.

Russian athletes affected by Rio bans

Following the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision on Sunday not to issue a blanket ban on Russian athletes despite evidence of systematic doping across the majority of Olympic sports, global sporting federations have been left to decide which Russians can compete at next month's Rio Games.

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Olympic ban on Russian athletes is result of political plot - Putin

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin said a shadowy political plot had succeeded in unfairly stripping some Russian sportspeople of the right to compete at the Rio Olympics over doping allegations and promised to defend Russia's tarnished sporting reputation.

UPDATE 2-Putin: Olympic ban on Russian athletes is result of political plot

* Predicts scandal will unite, strengthen Russians (Recasts, adds Putin comments, details, IAAF decision)

FACTBOX-Olympics- Russian athletes affected by Rio bans

July 27 Following the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision on Sunday not to issue a blanket ban on Russian athletes despite evidence of systematic doping across the majority of Olympic sports, global sporting federations have been left to decide which Russians can compete at next month's Rio Games.

UPDATE 2-Olympics-Athletics-IAAF confirms ban on Russia's track and field athletes in Rio

* Putin says political campaign waged against Russia (Adds federation decisions, more quotes)

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Obama says it is possible Russia would try to sway U.S. election

WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama said it was possible that Russia would try to influence the U.S. presidential election, after a leak of Democratic National Committee emails that experts have attributed to Russian hackers.

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Kerry hopes to work with Russia on Syria, U.N. aims to restart talks

VIENTIANE/GENEVA The United States said on Tuesday it hoped to announce in early August details of planned military cooperation and intelligence sharing with Russia on Syria, and a United Nations envoy said he would also aim to resume peace talks next month. | Video

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Exclusive - Scrutiny on global sport bodies as they decide Russians' Olympic fates

MOSCOW/BELGRADE The International Olympic Committee's decision to let individual sport federations decide whether to ban Russians from the Rio games over doping has put Moscow's links to the governing bodies under scrutiny.

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Turkey detains more journalists in clampdown on cleric's followers

ISTANBUL/ANKARA Turkey ordered another 47 journalists detained on Wednesday, part of a large-scale crackdown on suspected supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of masterminding a failed military coup.