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Nov 13, 2011

Rio de Janeiro mounts big operation to occupy slum

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Hundreds of police and soldiers backed by helicopters occupied Rio de Janeiro’s largest slum on Sunday, the biggest step yet in the Brazilian city’s bid to improve security and end the reign of drug gangs.

The occupation of Rocinha, a notorious hillside “favela” that overlooks some of Rio’s swankiest areas, is viewed by officials as a crucial part of the city’s preparations to host soccer’s World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics two years later.

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Rio police nab “most wanted” drug trafficker

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Police captured Rio de Janeiro’s most-wanted drug trafficker on Thursday as they prepared to occupy the Brazilian city’s largest slum, a vital step in preparations to host the Olympic Games in 2016.

Antonio Bonfim Lopes, the alleged drug lord of the teeming Rocinha slum, was captured in bizarre circumstances when police found him in the trunk of a luxury car of a man who claimed to be a senior diplomat from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Nov 7, 2011

Brazil labor minister latest to feel scandal heat

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Brazil’s labor minister
came under pressure to quit on Monday after media allegations
of corruption put him at risk of becoming the seventh member of
President Dilma Rousseff’s Cabinet to fall this year.

Carlos Lupi became the latest minister in the firing line
on Saturday when weekly magazine Veja, citing unidentified
lawmakers and officials, reported that advisers to the minister
had demanded kickbacks on government contracts with
nongovernmental groups.

Nov 7, 2011
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