There is no room for poverty in the official vision for Brazil's forthcoming World Cup. Desperate squatters are being forced from their homes to avoid embarrassment when hordes of international visitors arrive in June.
Brazilian troops seek out gangs raiding five slums in Rio de Janeiro, one year on from Olympic Games glamour. Little remains of this except economic downturn, corruption, risen homicide rates, and public distrust.
Hundreds of favela residents have rallied on Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Copacabana beach, weary of the violence in the city's slums. The shooting death of a mother and daughter pushed the residents to act.
Fifteen games, zero losses; Germany have wrapped up a near perfect year with a 2-2 draw against France. They head into a World Cup year not only as the defending champions, but as the world's most in-form national team
The corruption involving Brazil's largest constructor has spread into the sports world. Nearly 100 politicians are currently under investigation in connection with the ongoing scandal.
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