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Why I have good reason to worry when I go to the World Cup in Brazil

It's part of the ritual of big sporting events. In the run-up, there's always a bit of worry about whether all the venues will be ready in time. But in Brazil, which is hosting this year's World Cup soccer tournament, that worry is more like an anxiety attack right now. And since I'm planning to travel to Brazil for the World Cup this summer, I'm feeling some of that anxiety too.

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Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Kabul, Afghanistan. It's home to Skateistan, a group building a new skateboarding center for boys and girls in the Afghan capital. The World's Aaron Schachter checked it out

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Geo answer

We were looking for a Spanish city that's playing host to a rematch between chess greats Garry Kasparov Garry and Anatoly Karpov. The answer is Valencia. Anchor Marco Werman speaks to two journalists covering the chess re-match.

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In other soccer news

The World's William Troop tells anchor Jeb Sharp about a shocking incident of foul play on the soccer field � an incident that seems to have denied Ireland a place at the soccer World Cup.

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Selling Olympic flowers

When the Olympic winners take the podium over the next two weeks, they won't just get a medal. They'll also get a flower bouquet. The World's Jason Margolis visited the little flower shop that could in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey.

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Russians disappointed in Vancouver

Russians are disappointed with their country's low medal count in Vancouver. Russia's president says the coaches should resign. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Gennady Fyodorov, a sports reporter for Reuters in Moscow.

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London's curious Olympic monument

The World's Alex Collins reports on the controversial design for a new Olympic monument in London. The monument is meant to attract tourists to East London well after the 2012 Summer Olympics. But many Londoners think it's just plain ugly.

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World Cup singer dies

South African tenor, Siphiwo Ntshebe, the opera singer hand-picked by Nelson Mandela to perform at the opening ceremonies of the World Cup, died suddenly this week from acute bacterial meningitis. Anchor Marco Werman has more.