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Brazil prepares

An aerial view shows the Arena das Dunas stadium, which will host matches for the 2014 soccer World Cup, in Natal January 22, 2014. When Brazil drafted plans to host the upcoming World Cup, this Atlantic beach destination was exactly the type of city it wanted to show off. (REUTERS/Sergio Moraes)

Brazil prepares

Yahoo News


When Brazil drafted plans to host the upcoming World Cup, Natal, the Atlantic beach destination was exactly the type of city it wanted to show off. Five years later, and four weeks before kickoff, little besides the arena and a remote, untested airport are complete.

Almost half the more than $1.3 billion in promised developments never began. What did has languished, including ongoing road work that has rendered the stadium's outskirts a raw sprawl of rebar, dust and concrete. (Reuters)

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