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AUG 12, 2016 - Yahoo! News

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Dutch gymnast Van Gelder loses bid for Olympic reinstatement

ARNHEM, Netherlands (AP) — Gymnast Yuri van Gelder lost his legal battle Friday to rejoin the Dutch Olympic team in Rio in time to compete in the rings final on Monday.

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AUG 12, 2016 - Yahoo! News

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Dutch gymnast Van Gelder seeks reinstatement to Olympic team

ARNHEM, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder took his fight to take part in the Olympics rings final to a Dutch court Friday, arguing he was unfairly thrown out of Rio by team managers for late-night drinking and missing an early morning training session.

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AUG 12, 2016 - The Economist

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Infertile Crescent

It’s too darn hot “UNTIL the 1970s Basra’s climate was like southern Europe’s,” recalls Shukri al-Hassan, an ecology professor in the Iraqi port city. Basra, he remembers, had so many canals that Iraqis dubbed it the Venice of the Middle East. Its Shatt al-Arab river watered copious marshlands, and in the 1970s irrigated some 10m palm trees, whose dates were ...

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