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Jun 5, 2014

Brazil’s World Cup infrastructure: still a work in progress

June 5 (Reuters) – Brazil has come through with only half of the infrastructure improvements it had planned to modernize the country before the start of the World Cup at a cost of 25.8 billion reais ($11.3 billion).

The shining 12 soccer stadiums are ready to field players from 32 nations, even though three are not entirely finished and six will have no wi-fi service. Only a few airports have been upgraded and just a third of the urban transport projects aimed at easing congested city traffic have been delivered.

Jun 5, 2014

World Cup leaves Brazil costly stadiums, poor public transport

BRASILIA (Reuters) – When the final whistle blows at the World Cup, Brazilians will be left with some of the world’s costliest soccer stadiums and few of the public transport improvements they were promised.

Long-overdue airport upgrades have been made just in time for the World Cup which starts on June 12 but many of the longer-term investments in rapid transit systems in Brazil’s main cities have been delayed or scrapped.

May 30, 2014

Hacker group threatens cyber-attack on World Cup sponsors : source

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – The hacker group Anonymous is preparing a cyber-attack on corporate sponsors of the World Cup in Brazil to protest the lavish spending on the soccer games in a country struggling to provide basic services, said a hacker with knowledge of the plan on Friday.

Earlier this week, Anonymous attacked the Brazil’s Foreign Ministry computer networks and leaked dozens of confidential emails.

May 27, 2014

Chemical weapons team in Syria attacked but safe: organization

AMSTERDAM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – A team of international experts investigating the alleged use of chlorine bombs in Syria came under attack on Tuesday but all members of the team were safe and returning to base, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said.

Syria accused rebel fighters of abducting the members of the joint OPCW/U.N. fact-finding team, who had traveled to the central province of Hama to investigate allegations of illegal chlorine attacks by government forces.

May 25, 2014

World Cup a minefield for Brazil’s Rousseff in election year

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – The script was simple enough: host the soccer World Cup, win it for a record sixth time and ride a wave of national euphoria to another four years in power.

Yet Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party may find it’s not that easy.

May 24, 2014

Brazil ready to quell protests during World Cup

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil has stocked up on riot gear and is ready to deploy police and military forces to contain anti-government protests expected during the 32-nation World Cup soccer championship starting next month, authorities said on Friday.

Brazilian officials believe the protests will be smaller than the massive demonstrations that unexpectedly erupted in June of last year during a warm-up event for the World Cup.

May 22, 2014

Brazilian leader’s rivals close gap ahead of Oct vote

BRASILIA, May 22 (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff’s main
rivals have cut her lead ahead of Brazil’s elections in October,
though she is still favored to win re-election if the race goes
to a second round, according to a poll published on Thursday.

As the campaign shifts gears and undecided voters begin to
pick candidates, Rousseff’s opponents have gained more traction
than the president from growing media exposure, making a run-off
more likely.

May 19, 2014

Scores arrested in global sweep over ‘Blackshades’ malicious software

AMSTERDAM/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Authorities arrested about 100 people as part of a global crackdown on malicious software used to infect half a million computers, U.S. and European authorities said on Monday.

The software, created by an organization called “BlackShades,” allows hackers to control other people’s computers remotely, recording keystrokes, stealing passwords and gaining access to their personal files.

May 14, 2014

Brazil Senate opens inquiry into Petrobras mismanagement, bribes

BRASILIA, May 14 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Senate opened an
inquiry on Wednesday into alleged corruption and mismanagement
at state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, a
probe that could complicate President Dilma Rousseff’s bid for
reelection in October.

A panel of senators will look into the costly purchase of a
refinery in Pasadena, Texas, for which critics say Petrobras
paid 20 times the market value.

May 9, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff drops in new election poll, rivals gain

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Support for President Dilma Rousseff among Brazilian voters has fallen and her main rivals have gained ground, reducing her chances of an outright win in the October 5 election, a new poll by Datafolha showed on Friday.

The poll showed support for Rousseff slipped one percentage point to 37 percent, while Aecio Neves added four points to 20 percent and Eduardo Campos increased one point to 11 percent compared with its April poll, Datafolha said.