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Rio Chiefs Meet To Discuss Hovercrafts For World Cup Tourist Transportation

04 / 17 / 14

Rio de Janeiro "is eyeing a new way to bring World Cup tourists to the city from the airport: hovercraft," according to David Biller of BLOOMBERG. Rio state’s Tourism Secretary Claudio Magnavita met with Transport Secretary Tatiana Vaz Carius on April 13 "and discussed the idea." The state "wo...

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04/01/14
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03/31/14
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03/31/14
IPL Opening Ceremony May Lose Glitter

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03/28/14
Malaysian Grand Prix To Honor MH370

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03/28/14
Violence Plagues World Cup Host

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