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By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A string of power cuts has been reported in a number of states around Brazil in recent days, leaving thousands temporarily without power and many vital public buildings, most notably Rio's airport, without air conditioning. The government has been quick to rule out that a lack of investment on its part was the cause of the outages.

President Dilma Rousseff instead blamed “human error,” but admitted that there had been a reduction in maintenance expenditure.

Passengers and workers at Rio’s Galeão International Airport have been left sweltering . . .

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