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Brazilian leader Rousseff slips in poll on economic woes

By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Support for President Dilma Rousseff is slipping among Brazilian voters who are increasingly pessimistic about their country's economy and disappointed with her performance, according to a poll published on Saturday. While Rousseff is still on track to win re-election outright in elections on October 5, she has lost six points among potential voters since last month, a survey by local Datafolha polling firm said.

Brazil stock rally shows investors hoping for the worst

By Asher Levine SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian stocks have soared in recent days despite a deteriorating economic and corporate outlook, and some investors hope things get even worse. After years of complaining that President Dilma Rousseff's government mismanaged the economy and destroyed the market value of state-run firms, investors have latched on to the idea that Brazil's outlook has deteriorated enough to spark change.

Never mind: Poll that sparked Brazil's outrage was wrong

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - It turns out that Brazil is still the land of the bikini. A poll released on March 27 appeared to show that 65 percent of Brazilians believed women in revealing clothes "deserve to be attacked," sparking a furious backlash on social media, concern over risks to tourists during the soccer World Cup, and even a comment from Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's first woman President. But, after more than a week of national soul-searching, a hitch emerged on Friday: The poll was totally wrong.

Brazilian troops to patrol gang-dominated Rio slum

Rio de Janeiro, Apr 3 (EFE).- Some 2,700 soldiers will replace the police officers who last week occupied the complex of shantytowns that had been considered the last great bastion of drug trafficking in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian military said Thursday. The operation will be supported by tanks and other military transport vehicles as well as the air force, if necessary, army Gen. Ronaldo Lundgren told a press conference. A total of 2,050 soldiers, 450 marines and 200 members of the Militarized Police will participate in the mission.

More Brazilian police sentenced to jail for 1992 prison massacre

By Caroline Stauffer SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A Brazilian court has sentenced 15 police officers to 48 years in prison each for their roles in the deaths of four inmates in the bloody crackdown of a 1992 prison riot that left 111 people dead. Known as the Carandiru massacre after the now-closed prison where it unfolded, the incident is one of the darkest chapters in Brazil's struggle to improve conditions in overcrowded penitentiaries and to ensure police obey the law.

Underdog for Brazil's presidency bets on post-World Cup surge

By Anthony Boadle and Jeferson Ribeiro BRASILIA (Reuters) - Aecio Neves is running for president of Brazil and promising to turn the page on 12 years of leftist government. But he has a problem. Despite being the grandson of a famous politician and the leader of Brazil's main opposition party, seven out of 10 Brazilians have never heard of him. Unfazed, he says that will change after Brazil finishes hosting the soccer World Cup in July and the presidential race kicks off in earnest in the Brazilian media.

Brazil's Rousseff remembers coup victims 50 years on

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday commemorated those killed during the country's military dictatorship half a century ago. "We can bear and overcome the wounds as today we have a social democracy and we can tell our story," said Rousseff, who as a member of a leftist guerrilla movement was imprisoned and tortured under the military regime.

Brazilian police occupy dangerous shantytowns with armored vehicles

Rio de Janeiro, Mar 30 (EFE).- About 1,200 Brazilian police supported by armored vehicles provided by the navy on Sunday peacefully occupied the Mare Complex, a group of 15 "favelas," or shantytowns, considered to be the most dangerous in Rio de Janeiro, The operation, which had been previously announced and proceeded without gunfire or any other violence, began at 5 a.m. (0800 GMT) when 21 navy armored cars led the police into the shantytowns, where some 120,000 people live.

Rio police storm vast crime-ridden favela near airport

More than 1,000 Brazilian police backed by helicopters and naval armored vehicles took over a favela near Rio de Janeiro's international airport Sunday, less than three months before the World Cup. The swiftly conducted dawn operation was the latest attempt to drive drug gangs out of the notorious Mare shanty town, a haven for organized crime and one of the city's most dangerous places.

Rio police storm vast crime-ridden favela near airport

More than 1,000 Brazilian police backed by helicopters and naval armored vehicles took over a favela near Rio de Janeiro's international airport Sunday, just 74 days before the World Cup. The swiftly conducted dawn operation was the latest attempt to drive drug gangs out of the notorious Mare shanty town, a haven for organized crime and one of the city's most dangerous places.
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