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ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — The Olympic flame has by lit in Greece, the birthplace of the ancient Games. At today's flame-lighting ceremony at Ancient Olympia, the Game's organizers voiced confidence that Brazil would overcome its political and economic problems to stage successful games, the first in South America. The opening ceremony is Aug. 5 in Rio de Janeiro.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Barack Obama met today in Saudi Arabia with top officials from six Arab nations to discuss regional security issues in the Persian Gulf including the fight against the Islamic State militant group. Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and other Gulf countries share the U.S. view that IS militants pose a threat, and have joined the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the group. But they want the U.S. to do more to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (yehnz STOHL'-tehn-burg) says efforts to stem the tide of migrants seeking the shores of Europe are working. Under an EU-Turkey deal signed last month, migrants arriving on Greek islands from the Turkish coast from March 20 onwards face deportation to Turkey unless they successfully apply for asylum in Greece. The International Organization for Migration says over the past 10 days, fewer than 70 migrants per day have been arriving in Greece, down from 1,500 per day.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Today is the day Volkswagen will have to tell a federal judge in San Francisco its plan to make nearly 600,000 diesel cars comply with clean air laws. The vehicles were rigged to cheat on emissions tests. A person briefed on the matter says a deal between Volkswagen, the U.S. government and private lawyers calls for the automaker to buy back some of the vehicles and compensate owners.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials are investigating Mitsubishi after the company said it had found employees manipulated fuel efficiency data of more than 620,000 of its light vehicles. Yesterday, the automaker apologized for what it said was intentional falsification of mileage test data that falsely boosted fuel economy by about 5 percent to 10 percent. The inaccurate tests involve so-called "minicars."
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