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- MEXICO/ USA : 11 Oct. UPDATE: Navy Admits Killing Top Zetas Leader Lazcano...Was Accident; 'La Ardilla' Smirks Over His Arrest For Falcon Lake Murder; Analysis Of Calderon's 'Kill The Capos' Plan.
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- BRASIL / ITALY / GUATEMALA / USA / RUSSIA: 1 Dead, 7 Injured In Rio Fuel Tanks Fires/ Blasts; Ruby Heartstealer Admits Lying About Silvio's Sex Parties, Money; Ex-Prez Alfonso Portillo Extradited To USA For Money Laundering; Moscow Bans VKontakte By 'Mistake.'
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- BRASIL: Rio Debates Squatters And Slums After Tragic Landslides.
27 March 2013
BRASIL / OLYMPICS / FOOTBALL: 28 Mar UPDATE: Big Stadium Trouble In Rio Revealed; Shut But Not Demolished.
A football stadium built just 6 years ago...and slated to host the 2016 Olympics...has been shut down because of serious structural problems with its roof...but will not be demolished.
Rio's Mayo Paes says engineers feared it could not withstand winds over 60 km/h/40 mph.
The Joao Havelange stadium was slated to be the main Olympics football venue...but its future is still in doubt.
This serious setback will again raise questions about Rio...and Brasil's...capabilities to complete major infrastructure changes in time for the 2014 World Cup...and 2016 Olympics.
The stadium...called Engenhao by locals...opened late in 2007 and way over budget...costing $190 million.