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In November 2013 the Ukrainian goverment decided not to sign an association agreement with the European Union. This decision led to massive protests throughout the country. Kiev's Independence Square (also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti) was at the center of the protests. The originally peaceful demonstrations against pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych turned into violence in February. Many people have been killed in street fighting. Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko said that the Ukrainian police force has been given combat weapons for use in the civil unrest in Kiev.
FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil
The FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil is the 20th international men’s football tournament organized by the international governing body of football, the FIFA. The soccer world championship takes place from 12 June to 13 July 2014 in Brazil for the second time since 1950.
Defending champion Spain and host nation Brazil participate together with 30 national teams in the final tournament. A total of 64 matches are played in twelve cities across the South American country with the final being played at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
The match procedure will be supported by the goal-line technology, which is being used for the first time at a FIFA World Cup. The tournament takes place against the background of civil unrest and violent protests in opposition to the FIFA event’s high costs and against corruption in the Brazilian government and the financial management of the country.
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