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Brazil to send troops into Rio De Janeiro’s slums to boost World Cup security

Brazil will deploy the military in slums near Rio’s international airport to back up police as the city braces for the arrival of hundreds of thousands of tourists for the World Cup, authorities said Monday. Justice Minister Eduard Cardozo announced the reinforcements, without giving troop numbers nor the start date…

Rio begins 1,000-day countdown to Olympics with a blast

Rio marked 1000 days to the 2016 Olympics by starting the impending countdown with a blast, dynamiting the entrance to a tunnel to the new Transolimpica expressway which will link the city centre with future Games sites. Organising Committee president Carlos Arthur Nuzman and Rio governor Sergio Cabral were on…

Brazilian police accused of torturing bricklayer to death and hiding his body

Ten Brazilian policemen may face trial after being accused of torturing a bricklayer to death and then hiding the body, a police official said Thursday. The 10 were arrested this week following the July disappearance and presumed death of Amarildo de Souza in Rocinha, Rio’s largest favela with 70,000 inhabitants.…

Sequins and robberies at Rio’s pet Carnival

Hundreds of pets decked out with sequins, ruffles and hats paraded on Rio’s famed Copacabana beach Sunday in an annual pre-Carnival extravaganza briefly interrupted by a spate of robberies. The annual “blocao,” a play on the Portuguese words for “street party” and “dog,” brought together dogs and their owners on…

London mulls Rio-style Jesus statue for Olympics

London may erect a replica of Rio de Janeiro’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue to mark the passage of the Olympic torch to Brazil at the end of this year’s games, reports said. The 30-foot (10-metre) sculpture would sit atop Primrose Hill, one of the most popular viewing points in…

Three dead, 16 missing in Rio high-rises collapse

Three people were confirmed dead and 16 were still missing early Thursday after three office buildings, one of them 20 stories high, collapsed in downtown Rio de Janeiro, authorities said. Officials in Brazil’s second largest city said the three bodies were retrieved as rescue teams with search dogs and heavy…

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