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President says discontent in Sao Tome army, plays down fears of uprising

SAO TOME (Reuters) - Sao Tome and Principe's president warned of discontent in the island nation's military after striking soldiers boycotted his presidential guard in protest at rising prices, but played down fears of a new uprising. The presidential honor guard failed to report for duty at the airport as President Manuel Pinto da Costa left on a state visit to Congo Republic late on Monday.

Brazil's World Cup may go well for the wrong reasons

By Brian Winter SAO PAULO (Reuters) - It's the catchphrase of the year in Brazil: "Imagina na Copa!" The Portuguese phrase, which basically means "Imagine what it'll be like during the World Cup," has become a favourite among Brazilians stuck in traffic, or in line at their woefully overcrowded airports. The underlying belief is that the chaos will be worse when Brazil hosts the football tournament in June 2014, and hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors fly in to see the games.

Strike shuts down 36 Brazilian ports

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 22 (EFE).- A strike to protest the Brazilian government's plan to privatize several ports shut down at least 36 terminals for six hours on Friday, union spokespersons said. Stevedores did not show up for work on Friday's first shift as part of a bid to pressure the government to modify the port-overhaul plan. The strike affected several of the country's main ports - including Santos, Latin America's largest - Paulo Pereira da Silva, a lawmaker and president of the Força Sindical trade union, said.

Soccer-Portuguese fans entranced by Cape Verde v Angola duel

By Daniel Alvarenga LISBON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - As Cape Verde Islands tussled with Angola in a nerve-shredding contest that ended with a last-gasp winner in South Africa, soccer fans in Portugal were left biting their nails as they followed the twists and turns of the first African Nations Cup clash between the two former colonies.
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