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The International Olympic Committee on Sunday decided against hitting Russia with a blanket ban from the Rio Games over state-run doping but laid out unprecedented eligibility conditions for individual Russian athletes. IOC president Thomas Bach said the body stopped short of an outright ban to protect the rights of clean Russian competitors hoping to take part at the Games which start in two weeks. The IOC faced intense pressure to act after a World Anti-Doping Agency report last week detailed a massive cheating programme directed by the Russian sports ministry with help from the FSB state intelligence agency.
Many thousands of flag-waving Turks massed Sunday for the first cross-party rally to condemn the coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, amid an ongoing purge of suspected state enemies. Istanbul's Taksim square was transformed into a sea of red national flags in what was dubbed a "democracy festival". Despite the high tensions since the coup attempt, the mood in Istanbul was celebratory and strongly patriotic, with security tight following a series of recent attacks by Islamic State jihadists and Kurdish militants.