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Dozen arrests, tear gas at Salvador Cup demo SAO PAULO: Brazilian police made 11 arrests and used tear gas to disperse anti-World Cup demonstrators Friday in the northeastern city of Salvador.Military police told AFP the arrests had been for "vandalism" in the city located just five kilometers (three miles) from the Fonte Nova stadium where the Netherlands beat reigning champions Spain in their opening group match.Some protesters threw stones at vehicles on display at automobile dealers and also cars parked in the streets, according to police.Online news portal G1 indicated some 100 protesters angry at the $11 billion cost of the World Cup attended the demonstration. Police declined to give a figure.Thursday saw smaller anti-World Cup demonstrations of a few hundred people each in six of the 12 host cities before Brazil scored a 3-1 victory in the tournament's opening game in Sao Paulo.Preparations for the event were marred by the late delivery of several stadiums and facilities ...

Brazil gets in the World Cup swing as protests quiet down SAO PAULO: World Cup fever gathered steam across Brazil on Friday as fans streamed to a second day of matches and violent protests subsided, although a last-minute scramble to get some host cities ready kept organizers on edge. Brazil's opening victory over Croatia unleashed celebrations late into Thursday night, with fireworks and car horns echoing for hours in major cities as fans got into the spirit of the first World Cup on Brazilian soil since ...
Rio airport staff declare partial strike for World Cup kick-off RIO DE JANEIRO: Ground staff at Rio de Janeiro's three airports will stage a 24-hour partial strike Thursday, the day Brazil hosts the opening match of the World Cup, their union said.The workers vowed to maintain 80 percent service, but the strike will nevertheless raise fears of delays as a flood of football fans descends on the tourist-magnet city around the opening match in Sao Paulo and first match in Rio on Sunday.Copyright AFP (Agence ...
Brazil floods kill 11 people SAO PAULO: Floods in Brazil's southern state of Parana have killed 11 people and forced hundreds to flee their homes in a World Cup host city, authorities said Wednesday.Nearly 500 people were evacuated in Curitiba, the state's capital that also serves as the base camp for defending cup champions Spain, who arrived Sunday.Nigeria and Iran will play in Curitiba's 43,000-capacity Baixada Arena on June 16 followed by Spain-Australia on June 23.Authorities had reported nine deaths ...
Brazil's Rousseff loses support ahead of October election: poll RIO DE JANEIRO: Support for President Dilma Rousseff continues to slip ahead of October elections, according to a poll released Tuesday, but she remains comfortably ahead of her two main rivals.Rousseff, a leftist from the ruling Workers' Party, would receive the vote of 38 percent of those surveyed by pollster Ibope, compared with 40 percent during a previous poll in May.Aecio Neves, the senator from the centrist PSDB party who is Rousseff's biggest rival, was ...
Colombia government in preliminary peace talks with ELN rebels BOGOTA: Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has begun exploratory peace talks with leftist ELN rebels, he said on Tuesday, just days before voters go to the polls in one of the tightest presidential election battles in decades.The centre-right government said it started discussing an agenda early in the year to begin official negotiations to end a half century war with the National Liberation Army (ELN).The government has been in peace talks with the ELN's larger ...
Six killed in Mexico City attack MEXICO CITY: Armed assailants killed six people, including two teenagers, in a densely populated neighborhood in northern Mexico City, authorities said Tuesday.Local news reports said the killings in Cuautepec Barrio Alto appeared to have stemmed from a dispute over drug sales.Among those slain were a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, according to a source with the prosecutor's office.The adult victims were a man and three women, the source said, adding some were members of ...


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