Screen grab from Dilma Rousseff's TV address
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Brazil's Dilma Rousseff defends World Cup spending

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has defended the country's spending on the football World Cup, which starts on Thursday.

Brazil has seen a year of protests against bad governance and perceived excessive spending on the tournament.

In a TV address, President Rousseff described the pitting of funding for the World Cup against funding for education and healthcare as "false dilemma".