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Brazil police, protesters clash as World Cup begins

SAO PAULO: Brazilian police and protesters clashed in Sao Paulo on Thursday just hours before the opening game of the World Cup, which has been marred by construction delays and months of political unrest. Police fired tear gas and noise bombs to disperse more than 100 demonstrators angry about heavy government spending on the event, a spokesman for Sao Paulo state's military police said. Demonstrators regrouped about two hours later and clashed with police again three blocks away, hurling rocks and setting fire to trash.…

Brazil police, military take to the field for World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO: A crowd of about 200 soccer fans awaited the Dutch national team on Monday outside its temporary home at the Caesar Park hotel, a 23-story tower along Rio de Janeiro's spectacular beachfront. But their orange jerseys, placards and party hats weren't the only thing odd at an entrance normally frequented by business executives and high-end tourists. How about the 18 Brazilian soldiers, in helmets and flak jackets, wielding clubs, stun guns, pistols, and rifles? Or the helicopter patrolling above the famous…