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Brazil switches on World Cup security hub

Brazil switches on World Cup security hub
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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has inaugurated a security command centre on the eve on the 2013 Confederations Cup.

The hi-tech security hub is based in the capital Brasilia, with links to Rio de Janeiro and other cities.

The eight-nation football tournament, which gets under way over the weekend, is seen as a warm-up for the 2014 World Cup and beyond that the Olympics in 2016.

Security is high on the agenda for such global events and Brazil has spent some 700 million euros on the state-of-the-art system, which will monitor threats during the Confederations Cup and the build up to the World Cup.