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U.S. plans nearly $1 billion arms deal with Iraq

The United States plans to sell nearly $1 billion worth of warplanes, armored vehicles and surveillance aerostats to Iraq. The deal includes 24 AT-6C Texan II light-attack aircraft, a turboprop plane manufactured by Beechcraft that has .50 caliber machine guns, advanced avionics and can carry precision-guided bombs, the Pentagon said.…

Police occupy crime-ridden Rio favela following massive dawn raid

More than 1,000 Brazilian police backed by helicopters and naval armored vehicles took over a favela near Rio de Janeiro’s international airport Sunday, less than three months before the World Cup. The swiftly conducted dawn operation was the latest attempt to drive drug gangs out of the notorious Mare shanty…

Rio de Janeiro police raid drug-trafficking stronghold Mare in dawn operation

More than 1,000 police backed by the military and armored vehicles occupied the vast Mare favela near Rio's international airport at dawn Sunday, just 74 days before the World Cup. Brazilian authorities are stepping up efforts to quell violence in Rio……

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