Hundreds protest against the World Cup in Brazil

Brazil World Cup Protests

Demonstrators destroy a bank to protest the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament and demand better public services in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Last year, millions of people took to the streets across Brazil complaining of higher bus fares, poor public services and corruption while the country spends billions on the World Cup, which is scheduled to start in June. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

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5-story building collapses in Sao Paulo suburb

Brazil Building Collapse

Firefighters search in the the rubble of a collapsed building in Guarulhos, outskirt of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Firefighters said it was not yet clear what caused the building to fall. The collapse comes just days after a deadly accident at a Sao Paulo stadium that is slated to host the opening game of next year’s World Cup. A crane collapsed Wednesday at the Arena Corinthians, killing two construction workers and sparking questions about Brazil’s readiness to host the soccer tournament.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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Brazil commercial building collapses, traps at least 15 in rubble

A commercial building in Brazil's biggest city has collapsed and officials say at least 15 people are trapped in the rubble.

A commercial building in Brazil’s biggest city has collapsed and officials say at least 15 people are trapped in the rubble. Google Maps

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SAO PAULO, Brazil – A commercial building in Brazil’s biggest city has collapsed and officials say at least 15 people are trapped in the rubble.

Firefighters say they’ve pulled three survivors from the collapse in Sao Paulo. It’s not yet clear what caused the building to fall.

About 60 firefighters were carefully searching the rubble, using dogs to help locate victims. Nearby vehicles were covered with chunks of concrete let loose as the building fell.

The building was either being built or was under repair. It was two stories high.

Firefighter Marcos Palumbo tells the Globo TV network that “right now the work is slow, very cautious, because to pull people from the rubble we need a lot of technique and patience.”

Brazilian bus plunges from bridge near Rio de Janeiro, killing at least 6 people

 Brazilian authorities say a passengerbus has plunged 40 metres (130 feet) off a bridge in Itaguai, a city near Riode Janeiro.

Brazilian authorities say a passengerbus has plunged 40 metres (130 feet) off a bridge in Itaguai, a city near Riode Janeiro.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Brazilian authorities say a passenger bus has plunged 40 metres (130 feet) off a bridge in a city near Rio de Janeiro.

Firefighters say at least six people died in Wednesday’s accident. There was no word on the number of people injured, how many were aboard or how the wreck happened.

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26 Qantas passengers struck down with gastro illness on QF28 from Santiago to Sydney

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A group of 26 teenagers has been struck down with what is believed to be a gastro-intestinal illness on a 14-hour flight from Chile to Sydney.

The young tour group from Victoria was returning from Catholic World Youth Day in Brazil when group members became ill on the Qantas flight with vomiting and diarrhoea.

The group was met at Sydney airport at 6pm on Thursday by a fleet of ambulances and is receiving medical treatment for suspected gastroenteritis.

An ambulance spokeswoman says they assessed the group, and took 16 of them to hospital.

Three of the patients were so ill they had to be stretchered off the plane.

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