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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…

How organized crime has adapted to globalization

“THEY were my partners in crime. They were my best friends. They were my children’s godfathers.” So said John Martorano, a former hitman known as “The Executioner”, of his fellow mobsters in a gang led by James “Whitey” Bulger (pictured),…  …

Organized crime blamed for 160,000 business closures in Mexico in 2011

Insecurity created by organized crime in Mexico forced the closure of more than 160,000 companies in 2011 alone, according to the country’s employers confederation Coparmex. The warning, late Tuesday, came amid raging gangland-style violence across swaths of the country which is blamed for some 50,000 deaths since 2006. “Organized crime…

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