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July 29, 2016 10:51 am

Rio de Janeiro Boosts Security as Terror Threat Looms Ahead of 2016 Olympic Games

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The Jesus statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2016 Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Jesus statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2016 Olympic Games will be held in the city. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A half-million foreign tourists, dozens of heads of state and the attention of the world’s media. If there were ever a headache for anti-terror forces, it’s the Olympics.

In the aftermath of deadly attacks by the Islamic State group in France and elsewhere, Brazil, which has almost no experience combating terrorism, is beefing up security for the games that start in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5. Plans include doubling the number of security forces on the streets, erecting more checkpoints and working closer with foreign intelligence agencies than Brazilians did in the 2014 World Cup.

Read full story at The Associated Press.

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