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Arrest of Rio Drug Kingpin Unlikely to Break Gang Control

One of Rio’s most wanted drug kingpins has been arrested in a massive security operation, raising questions about how his capture might affect...
Un guardia dispara un arma de electrochoque contra un recluso
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Brazil Video Shows Prison Torture

Shocking footage of Brazil prison guards torturing inmates has sparked an investigation, and serves as a stark reminder of the poor prison conditions...
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Prison Massacre Charges Highlight Source of Brazil Security Crisis

Prosecutors in Brazil have charged more than 200 inmates in connection to one of the country’s bloodiest prison massacres in recent years, as the security...
UPP officers in a Rio favela
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Citizens Lack Trust in Rio Military Police but See Few Alternatives

Brazil's justice minister caused a stir this week when he accused Rio de Janeiro's military police of maintaining ties to organized crime, and recent polls show...
Brazil is in a state of "national emergency" due to rising insecurity
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Brazil Lacks Coherent Plan to Deal With ‘National Emergency’ of Insecurity

Brazil's president has described a deepening, nationwide crisis of insecurity as a "national emergency." But contrary to official rhetoric, the government does not...
Violence against Brazilian adolescents is worsening
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Brazil’s Youth Violence Crisis Deepening: Report

Nearly four in every 1,000 Brazilian adolescents living in the country's biggest cities are murdered before the age of 19, according to a new UN report that...
Brazil soldier on patrol wearing a skull mask
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Brazil Senate Vote Could Shield Soldiers Charged With Abuses

Brazil's Senate approved a controversial measure that would transfer jurisdiction for alleged crimes committed by members of the armed forces to the military...
Brazil Olympics Head Carlos Arthur Nuzman
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Brazil Corruption Probe Ensnares Rio Olympics Chief

The head of Brazil's Olympics committee has been detained for his alleged role in a bribery scheme to win the bid for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, a scandal that...
The Specialized Police Unit facility where Jarvis Chimenes Pavão is detained
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Brazil’s Biggest Gang Planning Kingpin’s Paraguay Prison Break: Police

Brazil's largest and most powerful criminal organization is allegedly plotting to free a prominent drug trafficker currently jailed in Paraguay, raising questions...