Tight security as World Cup soccer kicks off

As fans from around the globe pour into Germany for the World Cup soccer tournament, which begins today, security experts from German government agencies and international police groups will be glued to their computer screens evaluating thousands of messages generated daily by security authorities on the ground.

Tucked away in the Interior Ministry in Berlin is the National Information and Cooperation Center (NICC), which this reporter visited on Wednesday. For the duration of the month-long event, the center will be manned around the clock by security experts from around 20 government agencies, including the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, the Federal Intelligence Service and the Federal Office for Information Security, in addition to Europol and Interpol.

The NICC was tested successfully during the F

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