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Teenage gangs are descending onto Rio De Janeiro's beaches to rob tourists en masse, according to authorities, a crime wave possibly linked to the pacification scheme in the city's slums.
An average of five people were killed by police every day in Brazil last year, according to an annual security report, revealing an entrenched culture of violence within the country's security forces.
Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon, which hit a low point in 2012, is on the rise again according to authorities, evidence of the difficulties of finding a sustainable solution to the threat posed by eco-traffickers and other actors pillaging the region's natural resources.
Sao Paulo's state government is rolling out new measures to combat Brazil's PCC prison gang, but there are reasons to doubt the group can be thwarted.
Authorities in Paraguay have captured four members of a PCC cell operating on the country's eastern border with Brazil, reinforcing notions that the Brazilian organized crime group is increasing its presence in its neighboring country.
A new report examines aggressive attempts by Brazil's government to secure the country's borders by building regional alliances, the results of which have echoed the successes, failures, and regional tensions seen in US-led "war on drugs" security policies.
Rio de Janeiro State's Public Safety Secretary Jose Mariano Beltrame -- who has led Rio's efforts to modernize its police force through the creation of Police Pacification Units (UPP), among other projects -- laid bare the results of his tenure, as well as the challenges ahead for the project, at a recent public event chronicled by Rio-based blogger Julia Michaels.
Brazilian prison gang the PCC has threatened to commit a series of attacks during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, highlighting both the complex security challenges faced by the state during the event, and the power of the group to exploit these weaknesses.
Brazil's largest organized criminal group, the PCC, is attempting to establish political influence, in a sign of its continued development from its origins as a prison gang.
Authorities in Brazil are concentrating public security on high-profile organized crime groups and in World Cup 2014 host states, providing an opportunity for lesser known criminal groups to expand in peripheral regions, according to a new report from Southern Pulse.