BRAZIL BEEFS UP SE­CU­RITY IN AD­VANCE OF OLYMPICS

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil is re­vis­ing its se­cu­rity for next month’s Sum­mer Olympic Games in the wake of the at­tack in Nice, France, that killed 84 peo­ple, of­fi­cials said as they car­ried out the lat­est in a se­ries of counterterrorism ex­er­cises.

This coun­try, which has never suf­fered a ter­ror­ist at­tack, will host up to half a mil­lion tourists for South Amer­ica’s first Olympic Games, which start in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5.

Ex­tra mea­sures will be im­posed, in­clud­ing in­ten­si­fied searches, in­creased se­cu­rity on streets, re­stric­tions on traf­fic on some routes and an in­creased safety cor­don around some venues, gov­ern­ment min­is­ters said, with­out pro­vid­ing de­tails.

The city had al­ready planned to de­ploy 85,000 po­lice, mil­i­tary and mem­bers of a Brazil-style na­tional guard called the Na­tional Force on Rio’s streets. But the scale of the car­nage caused by the truck used in the Nice at­tack prompted Brazil to re-eval­u­ate its se­cu­rity mea­sures.

De­fense Min­is­ter Raul Jung­mann told re­porters Brazil had a data­base of 500,000 peo­ple sus­pected of some as­so­ci­a­tion with ter­ror­ism, com­piled with the help of the United States and France.

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