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The two mascots for the Rio 2016 Olympics have been given names following a public vote.
The will be names Vinicius and Tom after famous Brazilian musicians Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim, who were key members of the Bossa Nova sound.
Two Olympic silver medallists were left fearing for their lives after being mugged at knifepoint in Rio de Janeiro.
Sailing duo Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, who came second in the women's 470 class at London 2012, were robbed as they walked back to their training base.
The former world champions have been in Brazil ahead of the Rio Olympics, due to take place in the summer of 2016.
Writing on their Facebook page, 470 Girls, they said:
Back in Rio for 2 weeks training. Top News Today: We've been mugged.
Our delightful walk back from the sailing club to the hotel turned fairly nasty when two guys wielding 7inch knives ran at us, pushed us around and grabbed everything we had.
Along with the things that were actually worth something, the most annoying thing right now is our lycra we were sailing in got taken. Unbelievable!!
Anyway, we made it back to the hotel slightly shaken but all okay.
Protesters and police have clashed again near Copacabana beach in Brazil after demonstrators returned from the graveside of a man allegedly shot by the police this week in a nearby favela.
Stun grenades and tear gas in Copacabana. Demo returned from the grave of the man who died this week in favela. Met by big police presence.
A Rio de Janeiro slum near the Copacabana beach has erupted in violence following the killing of a popular local figure, with residents starting fires and hurling home-made explosives and bottles in the city's main tourist zone.
ITV News Brazil correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports:
According to news website G1, the man was mistaken as a drug dealer. The area is currently on lockdown by police.
Thousands of England fans are expected to travel to Rio in June and July, where the national team will be based during the 2014 World Cup.
The International Olympic Committee has sent a clear warning to the organisers of the Rio 2016 Games that "every second counts" after visiting the Brazilian city.
With just over two years to go, the IOC said that a "constant, concerted and integrated effort is required for the successful delivery of the Games and its legacy".
It added: "Although progress is being made, each decision that is postponed and each subsequent delay will have a negative impact on delivery. Total focus and dedication are therefore required."
ITV News' Brazil correspondent Nick Ravenscroft, who was at the news conference, tweeted:
IOC presser re Rio 2016. Time + again say they have been "given assurances" that problems and delays in preparations will be resolved (1/2)
Scepticism from assembled hacks. These sound v much like assurances given re preparations for World Cup. And that's dangerously late. (2/2)
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