Russia escapes Olympic ban as Aussie athletes arrive to ‘uninhabitable’ village

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1. Russia escapes Olympics ban

Russia will not suffer a blanket ban from competing at next month’s Rio Olympics after the International Olympic Committee handballed the decision to the relevant sporting bodies. It followed the independent report into the Sochi Winter Olympics which found evidence of widespread and – crucially – state-sponsored doping amongst athletes. [Fairfax]

Russia is grateful for the reprieve. But the reaction from the rest of the international community is that the IOC abdicated its responsibility. [BBC]

Meanwhile the Australian team has deemed the athletes village at Rio “uninhabitable” thanks to problems like “blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors in need of a massive clean.” The AOC is not letting athletes move in until the problems are repaired. Rio’s mayor is mocking Australia – wondering if putting a kangaroo out the front might make the Aussie team feel a bit more at home! [Greg Baum, Daniel Cherny/Fairfax]

The Games begin on August 5.  2. Syrian asylum-seeker with machete kills woman in Germany

A Syrian man, who was known to police for acts of violence, has been arrested over the machete murder of a women in Reutlingen, south-west Germany. [Fairfax] Two more people are reported to have been injured. There is no indication of terrorism.

The attack comes after the Friday night (local time) shooting in Munich by an 18-year-old who killed nine people. He’d been planning his attack for a year. [Fairfax]

After the Brussels terror attacks earlier this year, I wrote a story about the pattern of sibling males who perpetrate terror attacks together. There is an amazing two-part piece in Der Spiegel about two brothers who went incredibly different ways – one detonated a nail bomb in February, the other is an Olympian about to represent Belgium in Taekwondo.  [MUST-READ!] 3. Australia to detain terrorists after their sentences expire

Malcolm Turnbull wants to fast-track legislation to enable the authorities to hold indefinitely terrorist offenders deemed to be a continued national security risk, even after their sentences have expired. [Fairfax] 4. Malaysia Airlines MH370 cover-up?

The MH370 search team says it must be looking in the wrong place. Photo: Joshua Paul

The New York magazine reported on the weekend a crucial detail the Malaysians have never revealed: that the pilot of MH370 practised flying over the southern Indian Ocean until he ran out of fuel. The FBI was able to recover the data from the home-built flight simulator pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah had in his home. The revelation would be the first hard evidence to support the theory that the pilot deliberately downed the plane, which killed all souls on board when it disappeared in March 2014.

Australia has been leading the underwater search (so far to no avail) at an expected cost of more than $100 million, and now the federal opposition wants the government to reveal what it knows about this crucial information. The government is refusing, saying its a matter for the Malaysian investigators.  [The Australian] 5. 60 Minutes – Tara Brown returns 

Tara Brown returned to 60 Minutes on Sunday night. Photo: Channel Nine

Star presenter Tara Brown returned to the Nine network’s airwaves for her first report since the disastrous child-abduction plot the program in April. The program had cooked up the plot that eventually landed the team in jail, and the network having to pay half a million bucks to the father of Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner – a man the program had intended to portray as a villain for refusing to return the two children to their mother. Brown made no mention of the Lebanon disaster. [Fairfax]

Brown’s much-vaunted ‘”return” came just as the self-styled child recovery agent Adam Whittington, the man the network hired but then left behind in Lebanon to rot in jail, left Lebanon. Whittington, along with the three other men who actually carried out the kidnapping, was photographed at Stockholm airport reuniting with his wife, nearly four months after being detained. [Courier Mail]

He’s now intent on crowd-funding to raise the bail for his three colleagues.  6. Froome wins Le Tour

Three-times Tour de France winner Chris Froome. Photo AP

Booted out of the Euros, self-carded from the European Union, Britain finally has a reason to smile on the world stage: Chris Froome has become the first Briton to win the Tour de France three times. This is no small deal: Froome has become one of only seven riders to win the Tour three times or more – above him only the legends Philippe Thys, Louison Bobet, Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and, of course, Eddy Merckx. [Fairfax]

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