Brazilian soldiers were on the streets Saturday, checking out spots around the city that will get intense security when the Rio de Janeiro Olympics open in just under four weeks. Armored vehicles and trucks carrying troops were accompanied by soldiers decked out in camouflage gear and matching helmets, with rifles slung over their shoulders.


The soldiers covered the city – from Copacabana Beach to the central train station and the renovated port area. Rio’s rising crime rate is at the top of a long list of problems confronting South America’s first games: the Zika epidemic, severe water pollution, a crushing recession and slow ticket sales. READ MORE