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In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network (ENN), anti-Syrian regime protesters carry a banner at Kafr Nabil town in Idlib province, northern Syria, Friday, June 7, 2013. Activists say rebels have attacked an air base in northern Syria but failed to capture it. The attack on Mannagh came after Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters captured the strategic central town of Qusair near the border with Lebanon on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)
NEW YORK: The overwhelming news in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics has been about the rampant dysfunction of the host city, Rio de Janeiro, and for good reason. The stories are gruesome and sensationalistic, filled with the kinds of pulpy details that make a mental imprint deeply difficult to dismiss.