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Published:Friday | July 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Man suspected of terrorism links arrested


Brazilian federal police say they've arrested a 28-year-old Brazilian-Lebanese man suspected of ties to terrorism.

The attorney for Chaer Kalaun told journalists at Rio de Janeiro police headquarters that his client only posted messages on social media and never intended to attack the Olympics that start August 5. Police didn't describe possible charges.

The arrest on Wednesday came a week after police arrested 12 people who allegedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. Authorities described them as "amateurs" who used social media to discuss the possibility of staging attacks during the Olympics. All are being held in a maximum security prison for at least 30 days.

Security is a top concern during the Olympics.

11 Russian cyclists approved


Cycling's governing body has approved 11 Russians for the Olympics, but three other Russian riders have not been cleared to compete and a further three have been withdrawn by their country's Olympic committee.

The International Cycling Union says the three riders who have not been cleared are "potentially implicated" by the World Anti-Doping Agency, whose report accused Russia of organising a state-sponsored doping programme.

A further three cyclists were withdrawn from the team by Russia's Olympic committee because they have previously been sanctioned for doping. The International Olympic Committee ruled on Sunday that Russians who had previously been banned for doping could not compete at Rio.

Protesters clash with police


Demonstrators protesting against the money spent on the Olympics have clashed with police and forced the cancellation of part of the torch relay celebrations in a south-eastern Brazilian city.

The incident occurred Wednesday night in Angra dos Reis soon after the runner bearing the torch entered the city. Protesters blocked his way, prompting police to disperse the crowd with rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray.

No injuries were reported.