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This year we'll bring multimedia coverage from the first South American city to host the games — Rio de Janeiro. We'll provide round-the-clock breaking news and shareable content for all platforms and devices from our team of writers, photographers and videographers, including many who live in Rio and know firsthand the culture, politics and safety issues surrounding the games.

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AP has expanded its custom content and distribution service, re-branding it AP ContentWorks, to reflect its broader set of capabilities. This latest evolution in AP's content marketing efforts builds on the success of the photo and video assignments AP has executed for years.


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With jihadis at the door, Syrians rush to rescue history

With Islamic State group militants on the doorstep of his hometown in eastern Syria, Yaroob al-Abdullah had little time. He had already rushed his wife and four daughters to safety. Now he had to save the thousands of ancient artifacts he loved. In a week of furious work in summer heat, tired and dehydrated from the Ramadan fast, the head of antiquities in Deir el-Zour province and his staff packed up most of the contents of the museum in the provincial capital. Then al-Abdullah flew with 12 boxes of relics to Damascus.

Iraq routed IS from Ramadi at a high cost: A city destroyed

In the once thriving Haji Ziad Square, not a single structure still stands. Turning in every direction yields a picture of devastation. A building that housed a pool hall and ice cream shops — reduced to rubble. A row of money changers and motorcycle repair garages — obliterated, a giant bomb crater in its place.

Islamic State tightens grip on captives held as sex slaves

The advertisement on the Telegram app is as chilling as it is incongruous: A girl for sale is "Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old.... Her price has reached $12,500 and she will be sold soon." The posting in Arabic appeared on an encrypted conversation along with ads for kittens, weapons and tactical gear. It was shared with The Associated Press by an activist with the minority Yazidi community, whose women and children are being held as sex slaves by the extremists.

Islamic State razing of Iraq monastery condemned

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