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Brazilian defense officials said last week about 160,000 police and soldiers would be deployed during the World Cup at a cost of $856 million. Daily demonstrations - centered on rising prices and poor public services - took place a year ago during the Confederations Cup, a warm-up for the World Cup.

Brazil has also beefed up security around its border with 10 neighboring countries, and has received specialist military and police training from several countries including the United States, Japan, France, Britain and Germany.

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