We covered the kidnapping of Bernie Ecclestone’s mother-in-law, Aparecida Schunk, and the strange express kidnapping/extortion of jiu-jitsu star Jason Lee by members of the military police. We have had posts on the fighter jet collision, Whatsapp outages, terrorism and the ever-present Zika virus.

We asked experts what they think the biggest and most overlooked risks of the Olympics are, and what people can do to mitigate those risks. We also held #KRQA with Nicole Elliott, in which she discussed kidnappings in Brazil – another essential read.

While it is easy to focus on the negative aspects of this Games – in part because they are quite a few to choose from – we wanted to take a moment to look at the positives as well.

At a time of troubling headlines, teams are flying in from all around the world to compete. Sports will triumph over the man-made divisions that dominate our lives. A team of refugees will be competing, representing the 65m people worldwide who find themselves without a home. For a few weeks, we will come together to cheer on athletes and to celebrate what humans are capable of achieving.

Here is one more round up of some of the doom and gloom that has emerged in the final countdown to the start of the Olympics…

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