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Rio Officials Defend Police Occupation of Favelas

Rio-based blogger Julia Michaels reports on the city's attempts to defend its favela occupation program, despite fresh outbreaks of violence between locals and...
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‘Paraguay Marines Fire on Brazil Police to Protect Smugglers’

Brazilian and Paraguayan forces allegedly exchanged fire last week in the crime-ridden border region, highlighting possible tensions between the security forces of...
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Brazil Arrests 3 Police Over Judge’s Death

Brazilian authorities have arrested three military police officers suspected of the recent murder of a Rio de Janeiro judge, who they suspect was targeted for her...
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Cracks Show in Police Occupation of Rio Favelas

Hundreds of military police reinforcements were sent to Complexo de Alemao, a shantytown in the north of Rio de Janeiro, after a rash of violence and...
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Mass Arrest of Brazil Police as Investigation into Judge’s Death Continues

A state attorney general in Brazil ordered the expulsion of 34 military police officers in São Goncalo, where a high-profile criminal judge was gunned down in...
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Violence Returns to Rio’s Army-Occupied Favelas

Rio de Janeiro's program to retake favela neigborhoods from the militias and drug gangs that control them has hit a bump in the road, as security forces clash with...
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Brazil Plans ‘Mega Operation’ to Secure Paraguay Border

The governor of Brazil’s Parana state announced a plan to use spy planes and satellites to boost security on its border with Paraguay, a key location for the...
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Drug Traffickers Invade Indigenous Land in North Brazil

Half of the territory reserved for indigenous communities along River Guama in the state of Para, northern Brazil, has been seized by drug traffickers, loggers, and...
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Rio Militia Boss Flees Jail

A leader of the Justice League, one of Rio de Janeiro's most powerful militia groups, escaped from prison after the launch of an operation against his...