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Football: World Cup stadium cost add-ons pile up in Brazil

The cost of Brazil's World Cup is edging ever higher, amid new estimates indicating Rio and Sao Paulo authorities must find more cash for temporary installations. Rio's state government earlier this week revealed in Brazil's Official Journal that it expected to spend 33.7 million reais ($14 million) on temporary structures around World Cup final venue, the Maracana stadium.

Football: Brazil World Cup stadium damaged in storm

Wind and rain blew debris from the roof onto the pitch shortly before a regional league match at the Mineirao World Cup stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazilian media said Sunday. Just over three months before the big kick-off, workers had to sweep the debris away at the 63,000-capacity stadium after pieces of metal designed to collect and drain rain water became detached during a storm and plunged to the ground, Folha de Sao Paulo reported. Three metal pieces came loose and fell, just before a match on Saturday between hosts Gremio and Minas Boca. Nobody was hurt.

Football: Santos fan killed in post-match violence - club

A fan of Brazilian side Santos died Monday after he was beaten up leaving a league match in Sao Paulo, which will host the opening match of the World Cup, his club said. The 34-year-old fan was attacked by some 15 fans, who beat him with metal bars at a bus stop following a match between Pele's former side Santos and Sao Paulo. jt/cw/pi

Brazilian cops arrest group accused of attacking gay men

Sao Paulo, Feb 3 (EFE).- Police here in Brazil's largest city arrested six young males who are charged with several attacks on gay men, including a deadly assault last week, authorities said Monday. The suspects, two of them minors, were arrested Sunday in connection with the Jan. 28 beating death of Bruno Borges de Oliveira, 18, in downtown Sao Paulo, a police communique said.

Brazilian cops arrest group accused of attacking gay men

Sao Paulo, Feb 3 (EFE).- Police here in Brazil's largest city arrested six young males who are charged with several attacks on gay men, including a deadly assault last week, authorities said Monday. The suspects, two of them minors, were arrested Sunday in connection with the Jan. 28 beating death of Bruno Borges de Oliveira, 18, in downtown Sao Paulo, a police communique said.

Sao Paulo swelters in record heatwave

Residents of Brazil's business hub Sao Paulo are sweltering in record temperatures after a January with the highest average in 70 years, while low rainfall could lead to water rationing. Meteorologists recorded 35.8 Celsius (96.4 Fahrenheit) Saturday afternoon -- the highest February temperature since records began in 1943. And the Inmet meteorological institute said Sunday the hot spell would continue. The seething metropolis of 20 million has been laboring under baking conditions since the turn of the year.

Record Brazil heat pressures crops, energy prices, government

By Caroline Stauffer and Anna Flávia Rochas SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Even by Brazilian standards - man, it's hot. January was the hottest month on record in parts of Brazil including its biggest city, São Paulo. The heat, plus a severe drought, has kindled fears of water shortages, crop damage and higher electricity bills that could drag down the economy during an election year for President Dilma Rousseff.

World Cup protests draw small crowds across Brazil

Brazil saw Saturday the first in a wave of planned protests against its hosting the World Cup, after activists from radical activist group Anonymous warned football's fabled event would not take place. With less than five months before the June 12 kick-off -- when the five-time champions and hosts take on Croatia -- Brazil is again facing the social rumblings that marred last year's Confederations Cup dress rehearsal.

Brazil flooding deaths reach 22

The death toll from a flood in southern Brazil a week ago rose to 22 Saturday with the discovery of two more bodies. Five people are still missing in the town of Itaoca and one remained hospitalized, the Sao Paulo state's Civil Defense department said. Some 332 people -- or about 10 percent of the town's population -- were left homeless by flooding of the Palmital River following torrential downpours in the area 340 kilometers (210 miles) southwest of Sao Paulo. ga/jm

Police may have had role in Brazil killings

A Brazilian police commander said Tuesday that there was strong evidence that fellow officers may have been involved in a spate of killings in the southeastern Brazilian city of Campinas. Monday, ten public buses were destroyed in Campinas in rioting that erupted after 12 people were shot and killed in murky circumstances. Julio Cesar Fernandes Neves, the recently arrived police inspector general of Sao Paulo state, said nine out of ten people who have talked investigators said they suspected police involvement.
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