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Fireworks, Pageantry As Rio Opens 2016 Olympic Games

The 2016 Summer Olympics have opened amid fanfare and partying in the host city Rio de Janeiro, featuring a diminished Russian team, Iran's first-ever woman flag-bearer, and a team from Kosovo who are in their first games.

The August 5 opening ceremony in Rio's Maracana stadium celebrated Brazil's history and natural beauty, before former marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima lit the Olympic cauldron.
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Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony.
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Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony.

Brazilian soldiers march past the Olympic and Braziilian flags.
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Brazilian soldiers march past the Olympic and Braziilian flags.

The Olympics – the first to be staged in South America -- will run until August 21. 
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The Olympics – the first to be staged in South America -- will run until August 21. 

Children enter with kites in the shape of doves.
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Children enter with kites in the shape of doves.

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