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Some 70 Russian competitors from the country's depleted Olympics team flew out from Moscow for Rio on Thursday as sports federations whittled down the number of athletes allowed to take part. Dressed in red and white sports uniforms the Olympic hopefuls -- including Russia's volleyball, handball and synchronised swimming squads -- received a warm send-off despite the scandal over state-run doping that has seen over 100 competitors banned. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) sparked fierce criticism from outside Russia on Sunday when it resisted a blanket ban on the country in favour of allowing individual sports federations to make the call on which Russians can go to Rio.
By Chine Labbé and Michel Rose PARIS/SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (Reuters) - The second teenager involved in the killing of a priest in a church in France this week was a 19-year-old who was known to security services as a potential Islamist militant, police and judicial sources said on Thursday. Police have identified the man as Abdel-Malik Nabil Petitjean from a town in eastern France on the border with Germany, a judicial source told Reuters. Security services had on June 29 opened a special file on Petitjean for becoming radicalized, a police source said separately.