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By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Friday, Transparency International released their annual global Corruption Perceptions Index for 2011, ranking Brazil 73rd out of the 183 countries they surveyed. The index ranks countries according to their perceived level of corruption in the public sector, using data gathered from assessments and opinion surveys carried out by independent institutions.

With an overall score of 3.8, (with 9.0 - ten being very clean and zero – 0.9 being very corrupt), Brazil was ranked in thirteenth place out of the Americas.

Despite several high-profile government

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