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Six months after hosting South America’s first-ever Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Rio de Janeiro venues – some of which have been looted – sit mainly idle and already in disrepair, raising questions about a legacy that organisers promised would benefit the Brazilian city and its residents.

The iconic stadium has fallen into a state of abandonment and has been closed to tourists due to a dispute between the stadium operators, the Rio state government, and Olympic organisers over $1m in unpaid electricity bills and management of the venue.” 

more photos: guardian, 10.02.17

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PHOEBE AND RENEE ARE MY ONLY TRUE FRIENDSSS. ಥ_ಥ

Seriously though, if a friend declares war on you just because you like the same person, they’re not really a good friend…

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Rio Olympic venues have turned into quasi-ghost towns six months later

The closing ceremony was six months ago Tuesday, and already several of the venues are abandoned and falling apart. The Olympic Park is a ghost town, the lights have been turned off at the Maracana and the athlete village sits empty.

“It’s not a good look for us,” IOC member John Coates told Around the Rings in a story published Tuesday.

And yet it was one that so easily could have been avoided.

(Photos: AFP/Getty Images and AP)

SYRIA. Aleppo governorate. Aleppo. September 20, 2012. A wounded woman still in shock leaves Dar El Shifa hospital. Dozens of Syrian civilians were killed, four children among them, in artillery shelling by Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian town.

This picture was part of a larger portfolio of images from Syria by AP photographers that won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.

Photograph: Manu Brabo/AP

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Armie and Elizabeth at the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” MET Gala 2017, on May 1st in New York City. Armie is wearing a Ralph Lauren Purple Label velvet tuxedo jacket, turtleneck and tuxedo pants, along with Louboutin shoes. Elizabeth is wearing a black lace Ralph Lauren dress from the evening dress collection. – Styled by Ilaria Urbinati – Grooming by KcFee of The Wall Group – Pictures : Getty Images/AP/Various

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People’s Climate March across the U.S.

Thousands of people across the U.S. are marching on President Donald Trump’s hundredth day in office to demand action on climate change.

In Washington, D.C., large crowds on Saturday made their way down Pennsylvania Avenue in sweltering heat. They planned to encircle the White House.

Organizers say about 300 other protest marches are expected around the country.

Participants in the Peoples Climate March say they’re objecting to Trump’s rollback of restrictions on mining, oil drilling and greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants, among other things. (AP)

(Photos: Mike Theiler/Reuters, Marc Piscotty/Getty Images, Astrid Riecken/Getty Images, Mary Altaffer/AP, Mike Theiler/Reuters)

See more photos from the protests on Yahoo News.

SYRIA. Aleppo governorate. Aleppo. October 3, 2012. A Syrian man cries while holding the body of his son near Dar El Shifa hospital. The boy was killed by Syrian army shelling.

This picture was part of a larger portfolio of images from Syria by AP photographers that won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.

Photograph: Manu Brabo/AP

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CHEERY RED - photography by Tarun Chhabra, National Geographic Your Shot - text: Janna Dotschkal

‘Tarun Chhabra’s 15-year effort to capture Indian culture in a “self-initiated” photo project has yielded this “good and rare picture” of Holi celebrants in India. Holi is the Hindu festival of love in which participants splash each other with bright colors that represent “energy, life, and joy.” Chhabra writes of the experience, “I was kneeling down in the middle of a group of people who were singing bhajans (devotional songs). People were throwing lots of water and colors, and I was fully drenched … My eyes were filled with water-and-color paste, and this was very irritating and painful. With great difficulty I tried to slightly open my eye … and found the beautiful moment unfolding just in front of me. People … were singing devotional songs, and red color was flying like clouds. This amazing moment [gave] me inner strength, and I dared to open my eye slightly more to compose the picture.”

1) ©Tarun Chhabra 2) ©Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images 3) ©Kevin Frayer/AP Photo 4) ©Achal Mishra