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World Cup rush leaves gaps in Brazil cell network

By Brad Haynes and Luciana Bruno SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Rio de Janeiro's legendary Maracanã stadium was in a frenzy. Brazil had trounced the Spanish world champions. Yet 73,000 soccer fans could scarcely send a text message to celebrate. The final of the 2013 Confederations Cup, a dress rehearsal for this year's World Cup, was a promising 3-0 victory for Brazil's national team but a bad omen for its cellphone network.

Rio workers end strike but issue pay talks warning

By Rodrigo De Miguel and Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Workers at the main venue for the 2016 Olympics ended a two-week strike on Thursday but a full return to work will only come next week and they will strike again if pay talks prove fruitless, union officials said. The first of about 2,500 workers returned to Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Park on Thursday morning after contractors agreed to increase the value of the daily lunch vouchers given to each employee.

Brazil unveils $10 billion infrastructure budget for Rio

By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian authorities unveiled an infrastructure budget of 24.1 billion reais ($10.76 billion) for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 25 percent more than planned, as they try to reassure the world they can deliver facilities on time. The budget covers 27 projects in urban development and public transport, including 8 billion reais for a newly added fourth metro line for Rio, Brazil's congested second largest city, where getting around town is an ordeal.

Police strike spurs looting in Brazilian city

Rio de Janeiro, Apr 16 (EFE).- Salvador, the capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, was the scene of store and supermarket looting in the wee hours of Wednesday, shortly after the state police went on strike. In addition to the looting of commercial establishments in Salvador, which will host matches during the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament, there were also attacks on buses, which provoked an immediate reduction in public transportation services, according to officials at the state Public Safety Department.

Petrobras HQ raided by Brazil police in money-laundering probe

By Rodrigo Viga Gaier RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's Federal Police raided the headquarters of state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA in Rio de Janeiro on Friday as part of a money-laundering probe, two sources with direct knowledge of the operation told Reuters.

Rio resorts to stop gap clean-up of bay to host sailing

By Felipe Pontes RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Rio's attempts at cleaning the waters where Olympic sailing events will be held in 2016 are so far behind schedule clean-up efforts are now stop gap rather than lasting, local officials admitted on Thursday. "Cleaning rubbish from the Guanabara Bay will be a stop gap effort," said Carlos Portinho, the state's sub-secretary for the environment. "But it's what we have to do."

Brazilian police backed by troops occupy slum by Rio airport

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian police backed by troops occupied a massive slum next to Rio de Janeiro's international airport without firing a shot on Sunday to secure one of the city's most violent neighborhoods long run by drug dealers. Wresting control of the area from drug lords was a security priority for authorities because it surrounds the expressway to Galeao airport where tens of thousands of foreigners will land in June for the soccer World Cup.

Petrobras ex-director arrested for links to money-laundering ring

Rio de Janeiro, Mar 20 EFE).- A former director of Brazilian state-controlled energy giant Petrobras' downstream operations was arrested Thursday for alleged links to a gang accused of laundering illicit proceeds. Paulo Roberto Costa, a senior executive at Brazil's largest company for many years, was detained at his residence in Rio de Janeiro, the Federal Police said. He also faces charges of destroying evidence.

Football: World Cup 100 days to go advisory

Tuesday will mark the 100 days to go mark for the World Cup opener opposing hosts and five-times fromer winners Brazil against Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12. AFP has compiled the following package of stories to put the spotlight on the country's state of readiness on the logistical, security as well as the purely sporting fronts. Brazil-WC2014-security,FOCUS RIO DE JANEIRO

AFPTV-Advisory 2200GMT

LONDON, February 26, 2014 (AFP) - We plan to file the following videos: -- TOP WORLD NEWS -- + UKRAINE Coming up: KIEV: Rolling news coverage of developments in Ukraine. RAW - Ukraine's interim cabinet will be symbolically revealed on Kiev's Independence Square. RAW. 2000 GMT - US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns meets political and civil society leaders. RAW. TBA
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