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Rio Police Target Justice League Mafia

Rio de Janeiro police struck a blow against the Justice League, a militia led by jailed ex-politicians, arresting five people, including three former military...
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São Paulo Car Theft Feeds Drug Trade

Sky-high rates of car theft in São Paulo are fueled by an international car trafficking industry that reportedly funds Brazil's drug and weapons...
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Land Activist Gunned Down in Brazil Amazon

A land activist was shot dead in the Brazilian state of Para, apparently by hired killers, in the sixth killing which has been linked to land conflict in the region...
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Judge’s Death Sparks Crackdown on Rio Transport Mafia

The murder of a Brazilian judge by the mafia that runs illegal public transport in a Rio suburb draws attention to the links between death squads, the police, and...
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Interactive Site Aims to Help Brazilians Report Crime

The latest anti-crime initiative in Brazil involves interactive websites where citizens can anonymously report crimes, which are placed on a map to show the areas...
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Crack Cocaine on the Rise in Brazil, Argentina

While crack cocaine has declined in popularity in the U.S., its use is increasing in Latin America, spreading to non-coca producing countries like Brazil and...
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Rio Cracks Down on Gangs Suspected of Judge’s Murder

Rio de Janeiro authorities carried out a large operation to combat a group known as the "Mafia of the Vans," which was allegedly involved in the assassination of...
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Militias Blamed for Murder of Brazil Judge

The assassination of a Rio de Janeiro criminal judge, known for handling cases against the city's powerful urban militias, has called attention to the threats...
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Brazil May Extend Border Security Pact to Peru

Less than a week after approving a border security plan with Colombia, Brazil signaled that it would like to extend the security initiative to another partner in...