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Brazil to host ‘World Cup of World Cups’: Rousseff

Brazil to host ‘World Cup of World Cups’: Rousseff

Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff insists the country will host the “World Cup of World Cups” despite a series of setbacks affecting preparations for the event. Rousseff used Twitter to counter FIFA president Sepp Blatter who a day earlier accused Brazil of waiting too long to implement World Cup projects. “Brazilians start 2014 confident that they are going to host ...

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Fire breaks out at oil plant in Brazil

Fire breaks out at oil plant in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro: A small fire broke out at a petroleum coke plant in Duque de Caxias, a city in Rio de Janeiro state, but no one was injured, state-controlled oil company Petrobras said Sunday. Production of petroleum coke, which is used as a fuel in power plants, has been interrupted since Saturday night, when the fire started, Petrobras said. The blaze ...

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Brazil to probe football fan riot

Brazil to probe football fan riot

Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian prosecutors will this week investigate a riot that left four football fans injured and raised fresh doubts about the country’s ability to host the 2014 World Cup. The Campeonato Brasileiro match between Atletico Paranaense and Vasco da Gama was stopped for almost an hour when rival fans clashed at Arena Joinville in Brazil’s southern state of Santa ...

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BRICS should strengthen security cooperation: Chinese leader

BRICS should strengthen security cooperation: Chinese leader

Cape Town: BRICS nations should strengthen cooperation and coordination to play their roles in safeguarding international and regional peace and stability, Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi said. Yang made the remarks at a meeting of BRICS senior representatives on national security held Friday in South Africa’s Cape Town city, reported Xinhua. He also said cyber and information security is vital to ...

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If I feel like coming back, I could: Phelps

If I feel like coming back, I could: Phelps

Sao Paulo: Retired swimming legend Michael Phelps has left open the possibility of competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The 18-time gold medal winner earlier this year ruled out a come back but he suggested a possible change of plans during a promotional visit to Brazil Wednesday, reported Xinhua. “I don`t know what`s gonna happen in three years. I ...

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Australia assumes G20 presidency, invites Singapore, New Zealand

Australia assumes G20 presidency, invites Singapore, New Zealand

Canberra: As Australia officially assumed the presidency of the G20 Sunday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said hosting the event in 2014 is a “big opportunity”. ”Hosting the G20 in 2014 is a big opportunity and a big responsibility for Australia,” Xinhua quoted Abbott as saying in a press release. Abbott said the G20 presidency allows Australia to “help shape the global economic ...

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Itaquerao World Cup stadium cleared to resume construction

Itaquerao World Cup stadium cleared to resume construction

Sao Paulo: Authorities in Brazil have cleared the resumption of construction work at the Itaquerao World Cup stadium. However, a section of the venue where a facade partially collapsed Wednesday, killing two workers, remains cordoned off as investigations continue to find the cause of the accident. A joint statement issued by builder Odebrecht and stadium owner Corinthians Thursday said the venue had ...

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Starting a business in India tough, says Canadian chef

Starting a business in India tough, says Canadian chef

New Delhi: The flavours of the Pita Pit food joint have been tasted in over 400 locations around the globe and its doors have now opened in Gurgaon too. Setting up the business here has however been a task which required “patience”, says founder Nelson Lang, a well-known chef from Canada, but says “India is the future in many respects.” He ...

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Messi’s favourite teams in Brazil 2014 World Cup

Messi’s favourite teams in Brazil 2014 World Cup

Buenos Aires: Argentine football star Lionel Messi said his favourite teams to win the 2014 Brazil World Cup are Germany, Brazil, Spain, France and Argentina. ”Germany, Brazil, Spain, France and us also,” said the Barcelona forward Friday during an interview with Buenos Aires’ radio station La Metro in Spain, when he was asked on his favourite teams to win the 2014 Brazil ...

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Qualified teams for 2014 FIFA World Cup

Qualified teams for 2014 FIFA World Cup

London: The following are the 32 teams that have qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil: Uruguay filled the final qualifying berth Wednesday. The draw for the tournament will be held Dec 6. Europe: Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, England, Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Portugal, France Asia: Japan, Australia, Iran, South Korea South America: Brazil (Hosts), Argentina, Colombia, ...

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Julio Cesar could return to Brazil in January

Julio Cesar could return to Brazil in January

Rio de Janeiro: Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has said he will be looking for a new club in January when the transfer window opens again. The QPR stopper has been unable to cement a regular place in the London club’s starting line-up this season and needs playing time before the World Cup in June and July next year. Cesar is currently coach ...

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BASIC ministers call for specifics on funds to mitigate climate change

BASIC ministers call for specifics on funds to mitigate climate change

New Delhi: The BASIC countries have countered the US position and demanded that the global climate agreement to be signed by 2015 should not focus just on actions to reduce greenhouse emission reductions but also resolve how these actions in the developing world be funded, supported by technology transfer and the adaptation needs met. The BASIC position was put forth ...

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BRICS agriculture ministers address food security

BRICS agriculture ministers address food security

Pretoria:  Agriculture ministers of the BRICS countries met here Tuesday to address the negative effects of climate change on world food security. The gathering, the third of its kind, will culminate in the signing of a joint declaration which will demonstrate BRICS’ determination to meet the challenges confronting food security, Xinhua reported. BRICS is an acronym for world’s major emerging markets, namely, Brazil, ...

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India ranks 134th in ease of doing business

India ranks 134th in ease of doing business

Washington: India ranked a lowly 134 in the ease of doing business index, but implemented the most number of business regulatory reforms in 2012-13 reforms in the South Asian region. A new World Bank Group released Tuesday also finds that India has made an improvement of 0.5 percentage points in what is called “the distance to frontier” measure with a range between ...

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