• BRAZIL GEARS UP FOR WORLD CUP BUT STRIKE THREAT LOOMS

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    SAO PAULO: Global football leaders descend on Sao Paulo on Tuesday amid tensions over subway workers’ new threat to spoil Brazil’s World Cup party by going on strike the day of the opening match. FIFA opens its 64th Congress under the cloud of a corruption scandal surrounding the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, which has drawn rebukes from some of the world football body’s biggest sponsors. Sao Paulo is meanwhile facing headaches of its own after subway workers threatened to resume a damaging strike on Thursday, the day the world’s eyes turn to the Brazilian mega-city for the start of a World Cup whose build-up has been plagued by delays, overspending and protests.

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