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Lighting of Olympic Torch ceremony began with Brazil's political and financial turmoil at Olympia

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    During the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece

    Greek actress Katerina Lehou, playing the role of High Priestess, lights a torch from the sun's rays reflected in a parabolic mirror

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    Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, who cancelled her trip to ancient Olympia, is facing impeachment and federal prosecutors are investigating ...

    Priestesses including Greek actress Katerina Lehou (R) attend the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games inside the ancient Olympic Stadium on the site of ancient Olympia, Greece

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    handing the torch over to Brazilian double Olympic volleyball champion Giovane Gavio.

    Greek gymnastics world champion Lefteris Petrounias started the domestic relay after receiving the flame

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    (The torch lighting) brings a message that can and will unite our dear Brazil," Rio Games chief Carlos Nuzman said in his speech.

    A refugee will also carry the torch during the Greek leg of the relay in a symbolic move to highlight the plight of refugees before Brazilian organisers

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