Firework explodes above the Baku Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Just as the inaugural European Games have sought to establish themselves on the global sporting calendar, so host nation Azerbaijan has used the event to make its mark on the world stage.

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