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Brazil boosts World Cup security budget

Published 11:37 AM ET, Wed December 5, 2012
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The Brazilian city of Sao Paulo has been battling a crime wave, with 100 police officers dying this year -- prompting security concerns ahead of the 2014 World Cup. AFP/Getty Images
The Brazilian government has implemented programs to control violence in shantytowns around the country. Here an officer patrols one of Rio de Janeiro's favelas. AFP/Getty Images
The South American nation's World Cup bid team has announced that $900 million will be spent on security for the soccer tournament as it tries to appease safety concerns. Getty Images
Brazilians are passionate about football. Here Corinthians supporters cheer their team's players at at the Cumbica International Airport in Sao Paulo before their departure to December's FIFA Club World Cup in Japan. AFP/Getty Images
While the draw for next year's Confederations Cup was taking place, members of the anti-violence group Paz de Rio protested in Sao Paulo against the increase of the murder rate in Brazil. AFP/Getty Images
Brazilian model Adriana Lima was enlisted to help with the draw for the tournament, which is traditionally staged by the World Cup host as a warmup event and features eight nations. AFP/Getty Images
Rio's iconic Maracana Stadium is still undergoing renovation, but is expected to be ready for when Brazil's five-time world champions begin their defense of the Confederations Cup title next June. Getty Images