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JAN 26 - Brazil's health minister says the country will mobilize some 220,000 troops to battle the mosquito blamed for spreading ZIKA virus suspected of causing birth defects, but he also was quoted Tuesday as saying the battle already is being lost. And all major Brazilian dailies quoted Castro as saying the country is "badly losing the battle" against the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.

JULY 05 - A “mutilated body” that was found on the Copacabana beach, the site where the beach volleyball is proposed to be held.

JULY 27 - Rio 2016: Brazil prepares to host the Olympics in a country with a pre-9/11 notion of security

In Rio, spotlight on Pakistanis linked to recent terror plot
Brazil's Counter-terrorism Director Luiz Alberto Sallaberry has revealed that the threat by the ISIS to the Olympic Games is genuine.The national intelligence agency has been on an overdrive scanning the entry and exit of suspected radical Islamists. According to officials, many Pakistanis, including the recent suspects, came into the country during the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and did not return. The security spotlight is on them.

- Rio Olympics 2016 disaster: No order. No progress.
The 2016 Olympic Games already stand to go down as one of the greatest Olympic calamities in modern history—and the opening ceremonies are still two weeks away. One of the great mysteries of our time is why global cities still vigorously compete to host the Olympic Games despite the cost-overruns, negligible tourism increases, and general disappointment of the local populations in the wake of hosting the Games.

Is Rio ready for Olympics?
Questions and complaints are mounting as Brazil prepares to host the Summer Olympics in August. There have been concerns raised about infrastructure, safety, health, and Brazil’s economic and political crisis. The latest controversy has come from the Australian Olympic team. The team’s leader, Kitty Chiller, has decided to keep her group from the Athletes Village until improvements are made to the facilities. Chiller cited “blocked toilets, leaking pipes, and exposed wiring”, reports the Washington Post. More than 10,000 athletes from over 200 countries will be converging in Rio over the next few weeks.
JULY 29 - Brazil nabs former Hezbollah member wanted for drug trafficking.

In a continued roundup of suspects who could have links to terrorism ahead of the Rio Olympics, Brazilian police said Friday they had arrested a Lebanese man who was a former member of the militant group Hezbollah and wanted for drug trafficking. Fadi Hassan Nabha, 42, was arrested late Thursday at his home in Caieiras, a suburb of Sao Paulo, on orders from the Justice Ministry that has been seeking to expel him from Brazil, a spokesman for the military police said.

AUG 01 - Rio instability stirs fears of attack, terror experts say.

There are growing fears the Rio Olympics could be attacked with a 'dirty bomb' as the security operations are ramped up ahead of the Games. United Nations security chiefs have sent their top detection gear to Brazil to help intercept terrorist communications amid concerns ISIS are planning to detonate a radioactive bomb at the Olympics. Counter terrorism director Luiz Alberto Sallaberry said the 'credible threat' of an ISIS attack had increased dramatically in recent months due to the stream of terrorist acts across Europe.


October 06 - Police on Monday detonated an explosive device discovered at a taxi stand in Sao Paulo - Brazil's largest city, thereby averting a potential national disaster. The device, comprising a small cylinder of gas, cables and a timer, was left inside a backpack near a main intersection in Sao Paulo's financial district.
Dec 15 - A flight operated by Brazilian flag carrier TAM Airlines was forced to return to Madrid late Monday after a bomb threat, the company said in a statement.

Flight No. JJ8065, a Boeing 777-32W aircraft, left Madrid's Barajas Airport around 9:21 p.m. local time (4.21 p.m. ET). The plane turned back shortly after passing Casablanca in Morocco, about an hour and a half into the flight, according to, an air traffic tracking site. TAM was informed of the alleged bomb threat by Spanish authorities, the airline said via Twitter.


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April 18, 2014

Brazil police end strike after crime wave (Thirty-nine deaths and widespread looting of supermarkets, pharmacies and electronics stores were reported in a 48-hour crime wave, adding to concerns about Brazil's ability to deliver a safe World Cup).



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