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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the West of plotting to control Ukraine and said the pro-Russian insurgents in the southeast would lay down their arms only if the Ukrainian government clears out the Maidan protest camp in the capital Kiev.
Brazilian police fired tear gas to disperse dozens of angry mourners who attended the Rio funeral of a dancer friends and family say was the victim of police brutality. Violence flared on Tuesday in the city's tourist Copacabana Beach area following the man's death, heightening fears about security in a city that will host seven World Cup games including the July 13 final. Large crowds had earlier marched ahead of the open coffin of Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira as his body inched its way towards the Sao Joao Batista cemetery where 400 people were gathered shouting "Justice! Justice! Police murderers!" Local media says the 25-year-old died after he was mistaken for a drug trafficker by police, sparking unrest in a favela, or slum, just a stone's throw from Copacabana Beach and close to another well-heeled tourist area, Ipanema.