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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The 'irregular' communities of favelas in and around the city are home to approximately 22 percent of Rio, and now following the UPP (Police Pacification Unit) program is an effort to legalize property titles. Authorities last week reported that 103,000, or 23 percent, of the homes are in the process of regularization, which will take years to complete.

There are several government bodies that originally owned the land, as well as . . .

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