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26,000 police and soldiers to provide World Cup final security SAO PAULO: Some 26,000 police and soldiers will provide security Sunday for the World Cup final in Rio between Argentina and Germany, the Brazilian justice minister said Thursday.After a meeting with FIFA and the federal government in Rio, minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo said that force has not been increased despite a flood of Argentines heading to Rio for the final.Rather, this is the force originally planned for the final, he said.Cardozo also noted Brazil's shocking exit in a 7-1 drubbing by Germany in the semi-finals."We lost on the field but off of it we are winning and the world is applauding this," he said, referring to Brazil's organization of the tournament, in comments picked up by the web site of the newspaper Globo.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Carlos Slim eyes entry into television market MEXICO CITY: Mexican telephone tycoon Carlos Slim's America Movil is planning to enter the television business, company officials said Wednesday, one day after the legislature here approved sweeping telecoms reform.Slim is eyeing paid television service as the next move for the company, said Arturo Elias Ayub, the company's spokesman and the phone magnate's son-in-law."We want to offer our clients that famous 'Triple Play' service," said Ayub, referring to the trifecta of phone, Internet and television ...
FARC, Colombian government to resume talks in Cuba HAVANA: Marxist FARC rebels and Colombia's government will resume peace talks on July 15 in Havana after a break, the two sides said Tuesday.After a pause of more than a month, negotiators have already held some preparatory discussions on the highly thorny issue of victims of the country's conflict. That one is next up on the agenda of talks aiming to reach a deal that would end Latin America's longest-running civil war.Agreement has been reached ...
Brazil launches election campaign amid Cup fever BRASïLIA: Playing second fiddle to the injury woes of soccer star Neymar and the host country's bid for World Cup glory, Brazil on Sunday kicked off its campaign for October 5 general elections.The continent-sized nation of 200 million will hold elections for the presidency, Congress, state governorships and state legislatures, and Saturday night marked the deadline for candidates to come forward and register.Opinion polls make leftist President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party (PT) favorite ...
Venezuela El Universal daily bought by Spanish investors CARACAS: One of Venezuela's leading newspapers, El Universal, has been purchased by a group of Spanish investors, the daily announced on Saturday.The century-old Caracas-based newspaper vowed to maintain the same editorial line under its new majority ownership by Spanish investment firm Epalisticia.El Universal said it would provide more details about the stock transfer transaction in Sunday's paper.The Madrid-based Epalisticia said on its website that it specializes in "risk capital" investments in Europe and Latin America.The ...
Radioactive material stolen in Mexico: officials MEXICO CITY: The Mexican government warned on Friday that a vehicle containing radioactive material has been stolen, and issued a dire warning to the thieves against taking the potentially deadly material from its protective container.Federal civil defence officials said the vehicle had been transporting deadly iridium-192, a radioactive substance used in making some industrial products.The substance "can be dangerous for human health if removed from its container," the officials said in a statement, adding that ...
FIFA member behind illegal Cup ticket sales: police RIO DE JANEIRO: Football's powerful governing body came under renewed scrutiny after a Brazilian police chief said Thursday a FIFA member provided thousands of World Cup tickets sold illegally at games for millions of dollars.Police commissioner Fabio Barucke said "someone from FIFA" and "an intermediary from Match Hospitality", FIFA's ticket agency, had channelled the tickets onto the black market.The FIFA figure, whom police are trying to identify, is believed to be staying at the Copacabana ...


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