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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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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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Rio’s Turnaround: The Next Phase

With some of Rio de Janeiro's most crime-ridden favelas under police occupation, the next step is to build solid institutions to make sure the progress sticks,...
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Brazil Arrests 14 Police ‘Members of Militia Group’

At least 14 current and former policemen were arrested in Rio de Janeiro in an operation aimed at taking down a militia group, including high ranking officers...
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Rio Real: How Firemen, Militias and Politicians Mix in Brazil

Rio's firemen are striking for higher salaries, and many support them. But behind the calls for better pay for heroes may lie a thorny issue about encouraging the...
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Rio’s Militias: Fighting Crimes or Committing Them?

A Brazilian militia's invasion of hundreds of government apartments in Rio, which it then sold on, is another sign of how these vigilante groups seem more...
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Brazil Cleans Up Police As Well As Slums

Rio de Janeiro has named its first female police chief after a purge of the city's civil force revealed widespread corruption, as the struggle continues to pacify...