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By Patricia Maresch, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Militia groups have gained power and become prominent in headlines over the last few years, and now recent reports indicate they are responsible for almost half of the homicides in Rio. Figures from the special Divisão de Homicídios (Homicide Division) show that 45 percent of the murders in Rio de Janeiro in 2010 were committed by militias, other violent deaths were the result of violence by drug traffickers, street fights, crimes of passion and the 'occasional' murders.

The militias are reportedly concentrated in the Zonas Oeste and Norte . . .

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