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WASHINGTON (AP) — Silicon Valley is escalating pressure on President Barack Obama to curb the U.S. government surveillance programs that vacuum personal information off the Internet and threaten the technology industry's financial livelihood.
Brazil pledged to stamp out stadium violence Monday after hooliganism marred a weekend first division league game, raising fresh doubts about its ability to stage a trouble-free World Cup. President Dilma Rousseff said Brazil could not and would not tolerate soccer violence after fans of Atletico Paranaense and Vasco Da Gama fought pitched battles in the southern city of Joinville. There was further controversy after police failed to intervene and it later transpired that Atletico had only drafted private security personnel to 'police' a "private event." Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo also condemned the violence and vowed that his ministry would be asking why military police had not been on hand.