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Costa do Sauipe (Brazil) (AFP) - Sweltering temperatures and palm-tree fringed beaches home to dozens of newly-hatched turtles heading for a glistening sea provided the backdrop as World Cup organisers met Wednesday to finalise preparations for Friday's draw. FIFA chose the northeastern resort of Costa do Sauipe for the draw, an hour by road north of the city of Salvador, once Brazil's capital and still the focus of the country's African heritage. World football's governing body Tuesday had to accept publicly that three of the 12 tournament venues will not meet what had been a strict December 31 delivery deadline -- but FIFA maintains that will not affect the event being a success. But FIFA president Sepp Blatter insists everything will come together in time to stage an event to remember.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Towering over his fellow protest leaders, reigning world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko has emerged as Ukraine's most popular opposition figure and has ambitions to become its next president.