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BRAZIL / 15 AUG 2011

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 facing judicial authorities across Brazil.

BRAZIL / 3 AUG 2011

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, explains Rio-based blogger Julia…

BRAZIL / 27 JUL 2011

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 accused of leading…

BRAZIL / 14 JUN 2011

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 city's brutal…

BRAZIL / 2 JUN 2011

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 interested in committing crimes…

BRAZIL / 18 FEB 2011

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 the favelas before…

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