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By Nelson Belen and Ciara Long, Contributing Reporters RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Late Thursday, December 8th, local news outlets reported that Italian tourist Roberto Bardella, 52, was shot in the head after inadvertently entering the favela community of Prazeres...
By Shalina Chatlani, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For Dia das Criancias - or Children's Day - held today on October 12th, the Pacifying Police Units (UPP) of Rio de Janeiro will be holding a special program to...

Elite What?

Opinion, by Samantha Barthelemy RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week I went to Cinemark Barra Downtown, twice, to watch director José Padilha’s Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2). I was quite late, as over eleven million spectators watched...
By Sibel Tinar, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO – A violent confrontation between drug traffickers and the police led to a state of emergency in Rio de Janeiro this morning, as a group of bandits took thirty-five guests and employees...
By Lindsay Spratt, Sub Editor RIO DE JANEIRO - Evandro João da Silva, coordinator of Afroreggae, one of Rio de Janeiro's largest non-profit organizations, was shot to death after being mugged on Sunday morning, October 18.  Evandro was on his way to...
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