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By Doug Gray, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – The Institute of Public Security (ISP) has published details of a sizable drop in homicide rates in the State of Rio De Janeiro for the month of February 2010, along with other indications pointing towards significant decreases in smaller crimes. The picture outside the state capitals, however, appears to be getting bleaker, with an upward trend in crime uncovered in the municipalities.

Rio has long struggled with an image of a city full of violence and barely controlled criminal gangs . . .

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