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Mounties ask Moncton residents for evidence in shootings investigation

The New Brunswick RCMP is asking anybody with photos or videos connected to a shooting rampage in Moncton that left three Mounties dead to submit them as evidence.

A special website has been set up where people can upload any digital recordings that may help in the investigation.

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MORE INFO: Visit the  RCMP page to submit photo and video files

In a release, the RCMP says the site is designed to make it easier for eyewitnesses to come forward, and that any evidence could “greatly assist” investigators.

The Mounties are especially interested in photos or videos from citizens who were under lockdown within the search zone in Moncton’s north end.

Officers plan to canvass every home in the lockdown zone, and have already made more than 1,500 inquiries in the neighbourhood.

Police have already received hundreds of tips, and are asking residents in the area to search their properties for evidence. If anything is found, residents are asked not to touch or disturb the article and contact Codiac Regional RCMP at 506-857-2400.

On Tuesday, police and members of the public filled a hockey arena in Moncton for the regimental funeral of constables Dave Ross, Douglas Larche, and Fabrice Gevaudan.

Ross, Larche and Gevaudan were gunned down on June 4 after responding to a report of a man with firearms in a residential neighbourhood in the northwest area of Moncton.

READ MORE: 13-year-old musician pens song honouring fallen RCMP officers

The shootings and the ensuing 30-hour manhunt for the alleged killer brought the city of 69,000 to a standstill until an arrest was made just after midnight on June 6.

Two other officers – constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen – were wounded and released from hospital.

Justin Bourque, 24, of Moncton is facing three charges of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. He is scheduled to be in provincial court July 3.

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Darryl Hickie commits to staying on as Prince Albert MLA

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – A Saskatchewan member of the legislature who came under fire earlier this week for working for the Prince Albert police force will continue to serve his constituents.

Darryl Hickie announced in April that he would not run again in the Prince Albert Carlton riding and would return to his old job as a police officer in the northern Saskatchewan city.

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He then started his requalification and training to return to the force.

In a statement from the Saskatchewan Party on Friday morning, Hickie said he has now completed that process and will commit his time to serving as a member of the legislature.

“Just to be clear, I will continue to serve as MLA until the time of the next election and until then, I will not be doing any further work for the Prince Albert Police Service,” said Hickie in the release.

“At that time, I will move from serving the people of Prince Albert as their MLA to serving and protecting the people of Prince Albert as a police officer.”

The Opposition NDP raised the issue after people raised concerns about Hickie spotted carrying out investigations.

They said people were uncomfortable a politician may be conducting investigations involving his own constituents.

Premier Brad Wall said he was okay with Hickie returning to his old job only for retraining and recertification and that Hickie would step down if he decided to return to active duty at the end of retraining.

Hickie has represented the constituency of Prince Albert Carlton since 2007. He served as minister for corrections, public safety and policing from 2007 to 2009 and most recently was tasked with leading an all-party committee on improving traffic safety.

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UN warns of war crimes, atrocities in Iraq – National

WATCH: The U.S. has now ruled out sending troops to help Iraq deal with Sunni militants, who have captured more towns and are moving closer to Baghdad, but Iran says it will get involved. The situation is a concern for the stability of the region and it’s also going to have an impact at the gas pumps.

GENEVA – With Islamic insurgents pushing toward Baghdad, the U.N.’s top human rights official expressed “extreme alarm” Friday at reports of war crimes.

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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned of “murder of all kinds” and other war crimes in the fast-deteriorating Iraqi war zone.

In a first estimate of the number of killed and wounded in the area, her office said the number of killed may run into the hundreds and the number of wounded could approach 1,000.

Pillay also shed some light on the brutalities occurring in Iraq, saying her office had received reports of militants rounding up and killing Iraqi army soldiers and 17 civilians in a single street in Mosul.

Her office said it has also learned of summary executions, rape, extrajudicial and reprisal killings, and about civilians being shelled as fighters from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant overran a succession of major cities earlier in the week.

Deeply disturbing, she said, are reports that the fighters, including prisoners they had released from jails in Mosul and provided with arms, have been actively seeking out and sometimes killing soldiers, police and others. She said victims also included civilians, who the fighters believe are associated with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government.

WATCH: President Obama says he will be weighing options for how to assist Iraq’s security forces, in the face of what he described as “significant gains” by insurgents

Pillay warned those fighting to abide by international law, which requires human treatment of members of armed forces who have laid down their arms. She also stressed that “murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture constitute war crimes.”

“I am extremely concerned about the acute vulnerability of civilians caught in the cross-fire, or targeted in direct attacks by armed groups, or trapped in areas under the control of ISIL and their allies,” Pillay said.

“And I am especially concerned about the risk to vulnerable groups, minorities, women and children,” she said. “There will be particular scrutiny of the conduct of ISIL, given their well-documented record of committing grave international crimes in Syria.”

A U.N. commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria said that the fighters were committing crimes against humanity and other violations in the Syrian provinces of Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo as recently as March.

Sunni fighters with ISIL have captured large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria, aiming to create an Islamic emirate spanning both sides of the border.

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Kelowna residents deem road changes unsafe

KELOWNA – Plans to widen a main road in the old Glenmore area of Kelowna are being met with a lot of opposition from area residents.

The city is planning to widen Clifton Road between Clement and Lambert Avenue from two lanes to four this summer.

But many residents call the project dangerous and ill conceived.

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One of the issues locals are concerned with is that left turns onto Clifton will only be allowed at controlled  intersections.  That means drivers coming from side roads will have to turn right and make a lengthy detour to get back down to Clement.

Local residents say not only will this be inconvenient but it will increase traffic on quiet streets throughout the neighborhood as drivers take short cuts to get onto Clement.

Residents say a new development going up on the corner of Clifton and Clement will only add to the traffic congestion in the area.

The city held an open house last night to show residents the design plans.  It brought out many residents who wanted to express their concerns to city staff.

One of the other concerns residents have is the lack of controlled crosswalks across a busy Clifton Road.  They say the design plans need more crosswalks.

“We have children that live on either side of the street and have to cross there every day and four lanes of traffic to negotiate is frightening,” says one resident.

City staffers are collecting feedback from residents for consideration but admit they won’t be making every change that’s been suggested.

“We take the information here and then we rank it and look at different options what we can do to help but some changes will be made, some changes won’t.  That is just the nature of these sessions,” says City of Kelowna’s Purvez Irani.

The city hopes to start construction in August.

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P.F. Chang’s confirms credit and debit card breach – National

NEW YORK – P.F. Chang’s confirmed Friday that data from credit and debit cards used at its restaurants was stolen.

The company learned about the security breach on Tuesday from the U.S. Secret Service and began investigating the breach with the agency and a team of forensics experts.

While it knows that customers were exposed, it doesn’t know how many, when it happened, or which restaurants were affected.

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The company is working with credit card companies to determine which cards may have been affected.

READ MORE: Target confirms some Canadian shoppers had info stolen

All P.F. Chang’s restaurants are now using manual credit card imprinting devices to process card payments while the investigation continues. There are 209 P.F. Chang’s restaurants around the U.S. There are three Canadian locations.

It is unclear if Canadian consumers were affected by the breach.

For now, the company is asking customers to monitor their credit and bank accounts and report any fraudulent activity to their card companies. It also launched a website to keep people updated on the investigation and answer questions.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc., based in Scottsdale, Arizona, owns its namesake restaurants and Pei Wei Asian Diners. The company was taken private in 2012 by Centerbridge partners LP for about $1.1 billion.

A wave of data breaches at other major U.S. corporations is putting consumes on alert and raising awareness about how vulnerable the system is.

Late last year, thieves stole 40 million credit and debit card numbers from customers shopping at Target Corp. stores. Personal information of about 70 million Target customers was also taken. Other companies, such as Neiman Marcus, Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. and Michaels Stores Inc., have also revealed breaches of their systems.

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Rogers plans $450M wireless upgrade for B.C.

VANCOUVER – Rogers Communications will spend an additional $450 million over the next three years to upgrade its wireless communications network in British Columbia, where it’s in a tight race for market share with Telus Corp.

Toronto-based Rogers announced Thursday that more than 70 communities in the province will get improved coverage, including an unspecified number that have been outside its coverage areas.

It says Fort Nelson, along Highway 5 north of Kamloops and Rogers Pass are among the areas that it will begin to serve.

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Rogers also says it will enhance its current mobile network so it can carry high-speed Internet to more places, including deep inside buildings, elevators and basements where signals may not have reached previously.

To achieve the improved penetration, Rogers will use some of the 700 megahertz spectrum that it acquired in a competitive auction conducted in January by Industry Canada.

Rogers outspent its two main rivals in the 700 MHz auction, paying a total of $3.29 billion compared with $1.14 billion for Telus and $565.7 million for BCE’s Bell.

Rogers has the largest base of wireless subscribers in Canada at the end of the first quarter of this year, followed by Telus Corp. and BCE’s Bell, according to the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has estimated that Rogers and Telus were roughly tied for market share in British Columbia in 2012, the latest figures available.

All three of the three biggest national carriers are upgrading parts of the networks with the 700 MHz spectrum, which helps deliver TV-quality video and fast music downloads to smartphones, tablets, laptops and other connected devices.

Telus announced in May that it would invest $2.8 billion in new infrastructure across British Columbia through 2016, but the company hasn’t disclosed how much of the total is going to its wireless network and how much to its landline networks.

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Brands owned by the world’s biggest beer brewers – National

NEW YORK – The world’s largest beer brewers have a few things in common: they’re very large, very old, and they often have very close relationships with their competitors. That would increase if Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch InBev buys Miller brewer SABMiller, uniting the two largest beer makers.

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV

Brands: Budweiser, Bud Light, Corona, Beck’s.

Latest annual revenue: $47.06 billion.

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Size: World’s largest brewer. According to Euromonitor, AB InBev has a 21 per cent share of the global beer market. The company makes almost half the beer sold in the U.S.

History: The company traces its lineage to a brewery in Belgium in 1366. In 2004, Belgian Interbrew combined with Brazilian Ambev to make InBev, and in 2008 InBev bought U.S.-based Anheuser Busch. The company later acquired Mexico’s Grupo Modelo, but sold Modelo’s U.S. business.

SABMiller PLC

Brands: Miller, Peroni, Milwaukee’s Best, Grolsch.

Annual revenue: $26.29 billion.

Size: World’s second-largest brewer, with a market share of almost 10 per cent.

History: South African Breweries bought Miller Brewing Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2002. SABMiller sells beers including Miller Lite, Coors Light and Blue Moon in the U.S. and Puerto Rico through a joint venture with Molson Coors. A joint venture with China Resource Enterprises sells Snow, a beer that is only sold in China and is the biggest-selling single brand of beer.

Heineken NV

Brands: Heineken, Dos Equis, Tecate, Amstel.

Annual revenue: $21.76 billion.

Size: About 9 per cent share of the global beer market.

History: Founded in 1864 in the Netherlands. Teamed with Carlsberg to buy UK-based Scottish & Newcastle in 2008, keeping the company’s cider and beer business.

Carlsberg AS

Brands: Carlsberg, Tuborg, Somersby.

Annual revenue: $9.77 billion

Size: A 6 per cent global market share.

History: The Danish company was founded in 1826 and combined with competitor Tuborg in 1970. Carlsberg acquired Orkla of Norway in 2004, expanding its business in Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltic countries, and built on those moves with its part of the Scottish & Newcastle deal.

Tsingtao Brewery Co.

Brands: Tsingtao.

Annual revenue: $4.55 billion

Size: A global market share of 4.7 per cent.

History: Founded in 1903 and started exporting beer in 1954. The Chinese state-owned company says its beer is the number one consumer product exported from China.

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RCMP charge Quebec teen after alleged Bell Canada private info hack

OTTAWA – The Mounties have charged a Quebec youth after the user names, passwords and credit-card information from some of Bell Canada’s small-business customers were posted online.

The RCMP say they started investigating after one of Bell’s third-party IT suppliers was cyber-hacked.

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As a result of the hacking, investigators say, 22,421 user names and passwords and five valid credit-card numbers were displayed for anyone to see on the Internet.

The youth, who cannot be identified because of his age, was arrested at a Bagotville, Que., residence early Friday and charged with one count of unauthorized use of a computer and two counts of mischief in relation to data.

Police said he is believed to be a member of a hacktivist group NullCrew, alleged to be responsible for hacking into computers of businesses, schools and government agencies.

The youth is scheduled to appear in Ottawa court Aug. 19.

Investigators had help with their investigation from south of the border, said Supt. Dean Buzza, the officer in charge of the RCMP’s specialized operational services.

“Co-operation with our FBI counterparts permitted us to pursue this investigation, which ultimately led to identifying a Canadian suspect,” said Buzza.

“This demonstrates yet again the importance of law enforcement working together to fight cybercrime.”

The allegations against the youth have not been proven in court.

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Loonie falls as Iraq conflict intensifies, putting oil supplies at risk – National

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar fell Friday, as the conflict in Iraq intensified and triggered fears that oil supplies from the Middle Eastern country may be at risk.

The loonie faded 0.10 of a cent to 92.02 cents US.

In Iraq, Islamic militants vowed to march on to Baghdad after pushing deep into parts of the country’s Sunni heartland previously controlled by U.S. forces.

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The al-Qaida-inspired group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, captured two key cities earlier this week and has now taken over two towns in an ethnically mixed province northeast of the capital.

U.S. officials have ruled out putting troops back on the ground, despite this being the biggest threat to the country’s stability since the Americans withdrew at the end of 2011.

On Friday, a representative for Iraq’s top Shiite cleric urged citizens to pick up arms and defend their country from the militants.

One of the two cities that were invaded, Mosul, lies in an area that is a major gateway for Iraqi oil. While the loss of the city has no immediate effect on oil exports, now at over three million barrels a day, it adds to concerns over security and the country’s plans to expand oil production.

The upheaval comes after the Organization for the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) met in Vienna this week and said it will maintain its current output of 30 million barrels a day. Iraq is OPEC’s No. 2 oil producer.

The July crude contract advanced 13 cents to US$106.66 a barrel.

“Today, the focus is on oil markets, where prices have risen on the back of rising supply risk from developments in Iraq,” wrote Camilla Sutton, chief FX strategist at Scotiabank.

“However, the impact of high oil prices on CAD are typically more powerful when they are high on the back of demand versus supply issues,” Sutton said in a research note.

Meanwhile, investors were still digesting the latest announcement from the Bank of Canada.

In a semi-annual financial review Thursday Governor Stephen Poloz signalled that the central bank would likely keep interest rates on hold for the near-future. Some analysts expect that date to be closer to the second half of 2015.

“(Poloz) has a fine balancing act between recognizing the shift in the fundamentals but highlighting that the underlying strength of the economy is still vulnerable and unbalanced,” said Sutton. “For CAD (Canadian dollar), the core message is a zone of stability, as the fundamentals have improved but interest rates are likely to remain on hold for an extended period of time.”

In other commodities, August gold bullion added 20 cents to US$1,274.20 an ounce, while July copper jumped two cents to US$3.04 a pound.

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PHOTOS: 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil in pictures – National

Despite all the issues and questions leading up to the World Cup in Brazil, the country and its people shined both on the pitch and off once the opening ceremonies were underway.

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Brazil the soccer team is off to a promising – if controversial – start to the month-long contest defeating Croatia 3-1 to open the tournament. Group stage games will be played through July 4, then things get serious as the knockout stage starts.

SEE MORE: Pool standings and match schedule

Here’s the best in photos from the 2014 World Cup so far.

READ MORE: Brazil’s World Cup opening ceremony shines

Brazilian fans cheer prior to the Group A soccer match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo.

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Participants take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo.

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Brazil fans enjoy the atmosphere before the opening ceremony prior to the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo. Beer sales have been permitted in stadiums for the first time in more than a decade.

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The Happiness Flag is seen as artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA football World Cup at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo.

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A young Brazilian fan attends the Group A soccer match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians Arena.

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Singers Claudia Leitte, Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA football World Cup at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo.

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the Corinthians Arena.

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo.

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Singers Claudia Leitte, Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo.

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Brazilian fans attend the opening ceremony before the Group A soccer match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the Corinthians Arena.

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A person in a Batman costume holds a sign during an anti-World Cup demonstration in Rio. Demonstrators were protesting outside stadiums in Rio and Sao Paulo ahead of and during the opening ceremonies.

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Protestors rally during an anti- World Cup demonstration Rio de Janeiro. Demonstrators were protesting outside stadiums in Rio and Sao Paulo ahead of and during the opening ceremonies.

A line of police stand guard during an anti-World Cup demonstration in Rio.

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Croatia fans pose before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match.

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Brazilian fans cheer before a Group A soccer match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians Arena.

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The drama on the pitch has come fast and furious through the first weekend of play.

Neymar of Brazil scores on a penalty kick to give the host nation a win to open the tournament.

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Mexican forward Giovani dos Santos reacts after his goal was disallowed due to an offside call.

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Oribe Peralta of Mexico celebrates his goal in the second half against Cameroon. Mexico won 1-0.

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A superb header from Netherlands’ forward Robin van Persie was the first of five goals for Netherlands.

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Arjen Robben, left, and Wesley Sneijder of Netherlands celebrate as Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas looks dejected after the Netherlands second goal . Spain, the defending World Cup champion, lost 5-1 in their opening match.

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Yeltsin Tejeda of Costa Rica holds off a challenge by Egidio Arevalo Rios of Uruguay.

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Giancarlo Gonzalez of Costa Rica jumps on his teammates as they celebrate the team’s second goal. Costa Rica upset Uruguay in their opening match.

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Salvatore Sirigu of Italy reaches for the ball as Daniele De Rossi and Wayne Rooney of England move behind him.

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Fanny Neguesha, the Belgian fiancee of Italy star Mario Balotelli cheers while fans look on.

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England’s goalkeeper Joe Hart lies in the net after Italy forward Mario Balotelli scored.

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Daniele De Rossi of Italy celebrates Claudio Marchisio’s goal with him during the opening Group D match. Italy won 2-1.

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France’s Benzema vies for a header during a 3-0 victory over Honduras on Sunday.

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Roger Espinoza, left, and Oscar Boniek Garcia of Honduras protest France’s second goal with referee Sandro Ricci.

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Karim Benzema of France celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match. France beat Honduras 3-0.

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Brazil faced serious questions about its ability to host the 2014 tournament as it scrambled to complete facilities in the weeks and days before the start of the tournament.

SEE MORE: Is Brazil ready to host the World Cup?

This aerial view shot through an airplane window shows the Maracana stadium behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. As opening day for the World Cup approaches, people continue to stage protests, some about the billions of dollars spent on the World Cup at a time of social hardship, but soccer is still a unifying force. The international soccer tournament will be the first in the South American nation since 1950.

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The view from inside the Maracana stadium during a press tour this week. The stadium will host the World Cup Final on July 13.

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Work continues at the Arena da Baixada in the southern city of Curitiba. The host country had seven years to get ready for the World Cup, but it enters the final month of preparations with a lot yet to be done. The unfinished stadium was nearly excluded from the tournament by FIFA earlier this year.

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An aerial view of the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil from January. A worker at the World Cup stadium died on May 8 in an electrical accident.

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Members of the Homeless Workers Movement protest against the money spent on the World Cup near Itaquerao stadium which will host the international soccer tournament's first match in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, May 15, 2014.

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Labourers work on constructing Terminals 3 and 4 at the Sao Paulo/Guarulhos Governor Andre Franco Montoro International Airport in October.

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This Sept. 11, 2013 file photo released by Portal da Copa 2014 shows an aerial view of the Galeao international airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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A collapsed metal structure sits on the ground at the Arena Corinthians, known locally as the Itaquerao, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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This March 2014 file photo released by Portal da Copa, shows an aerial view of the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visits the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro in early April.

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Brazil’s previous World Cup champions, from left, Zagallo, Marcos, Rivellino, Amarildo who holds the World Cup, and Bebeto pose for a photo below the Christ the Redeemer statue at the launch of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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The World Cup trophy sits on display during the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour at Maracana stadium.

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Popular demand: Star Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho is putting his Rio de Janeiro mansion on the rental market during the World Cup. The five-bedroom house is available for the first 15 days of July for $15,500/day.

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The tournament has not been without its fair share of controversy within Brazil and with the sport’s organizing body, FIFA, itself. Strikes and other civil strife have plagued the Cup contest in Brazil, and are likely to continue throughout the tournament.

READ MORE: Civil strife part of the game in Brazil

Protestors hold up signs during an anti-World Cup demonstration in the Copacabana section on June 12, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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PROTEST 06515580A demonstrator protest while wearing a mask with the face of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and that reads in Portuguese, “Go to see the game, You fool”, during a march against the FIFA 2014 soccer World Cup, at Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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A protestor lies on flags in front of police during an anti-World Cup demonstration in the Copacabana section on June 12, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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A police officer stands next to a destroyed police car during a violent demonstration at the 2014 soccer World Cup in the center of Belo Horizonte , Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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A soccer fan (L) and anti-World Cup protestors yell at each other at a restaurant that was showing the game on Copacabana beach on June 12, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Protesters and Brazilian police continued to clash in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and at least three other World Cup cities Thursday.

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A line of police stand guard during an anti-World Cup demonstration in Rio.

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Protestors rally during an anti- World Cup demonstration Rio de Janeiro. Demonstrators were protesting outside stadiums in Rio and Sao Paulo ahead of and during the opening ceremonies.

Police move past burning debris during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Metro workers meeting in Sao Paulo on Wednesday raise their hands to vote the end of their strike — less than 24 hours before the World Cup opener.

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Despite the uncertainty about Brazil’s readiness and the protests, Brazil’s youth showed why the South American country is the world’s leading soccer nation.

SEE MORE: Brazil’s youth show off their street soccer joy as heroes await World Cup

Children play a game of soccer in the streets of a ‘favela’ called Santa Marta in Rio.

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Children play a game of soccer in the streets of a favela called Santa Marta in Rio de Janeiro on June 8.

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Brazilian children play football on a street near the Fonte Nova Arena stadium in Salvador, one of 12 host cities.

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Brazilian children play football on a street near the Fonte Nova Arena stadium in Salvador, one of 12 host cities.

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Brazilian children play football on a street near the Fonte Nova Arena stadium in Salvador, one of 12 host cities.

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Brazilian children play football on a street near the Fonte Nova Arena stadium in Salvador, one of 12 host cities.

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Youngsters play soccer in front of a mural of Argentine football player Lionel Messi, left, and Brazil’s Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. at a field of Tavares Bastos, a shantytown in Rio de Janeiro.

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Serbia’s Nemanja Matic vies for the ball with Brazil’s Neymar during a friendly match ahead official World Cup action. The match was June 6 at Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo.

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