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Rio police step up favela action after fatal shooting

A policeman was shot in the throat and killed in a Rio slum on Saturday, a day after the federal government stepped in to bring violent favelas under control before the World Cup. Police said the 44-year-old officer was shot in an exchange of gunfire in a western district in the early hours after he had challenged two young men who fled on a motorbike.

Protests break out in Brazil

Demonstrators from both ends of Brazil's political spectrum clashed briefly Saturday in Rio, where leftists came to blows with a group commemorating 50 years since the military coup. More than 2,000 people meanwhile demonstrated in Sao Paulo, sending out a message to President Dilma Rousseff which read, "Dilma, listen, there will be fighting at the (World) Cup," and there were smaller protests in various other Brazilian cities.

Petrobras fires exec behind controversial U.S. refinery purchase

Rio de Janeiro, Mar 22 (EFE).- Brazilian state-controlled oil giant Petrobras said it fired a senior executive who recommended the costly purchase of a Texas refinery in 2006, a deal that is being investigated for alleged irregularities. Nestor Cuñat Cervero will be temporarily replaced as chief financial officer of Petrobras Distribuidora by the current president of that fuel-distribution subsidiary, Jose Lima de Andrade Neto, the company said in a statement.

Policeman shot dead in Rio favela violence

Fresh violence in a Rio slum left one policeman dead Saturday -- one day after the federal government stepped in to bring unruly favelas under control before the World Cup starts. Police said the 44-year-old officer was shot in the throat in an exchange of gunfire in a western district in the early hours after he had challenged two young men who soon fled on a motorbike.

Scandal involving purchase of oil refinery in Texas hits Brazil's Petrobras

SAO PAULO - The directors of Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras are gathering for a special board meeting amid a scandal over the company's 2006 purchase of Texas oil refinery that threatens to involve President Dilma Rousseff. A Petrobras official confirmed Friday's special meeting, but declined to be identified because she was not authorized to speak to the press. Petrobras spent $1.2 billion to acquire the refinery in Pasadena, Texas, starting in 2006. A year earlier, Belgium's Astra Oil had paid $42.5 million for it.

Rio seeks federal help on violence ahead of World Cup

Rio de Janeiro's state governor headed to Brasilia on Friday to seek help from the government in a bid to stamp out a surge in slum violence ahead of the World Cup. A series of attacks on police units in Rio's sprawling favelas have raised alarms among state security officials, less than three months before the World Cup kicks off.

As Cup looms, Rio seeks federal help on favela violence

With the World Cup less than three months away, Rio de Janeiro's governor turned to President Dilma Rousseff Friday for federal help in controlling the city's lawless slums. A series of attacks on police units in the sprawling favelas have raised alarms among state security officials. "It is clear that criminals want to weaken our policy of pacification and take back territories which were in criminal hands for decades," Rio state governor Sergio Cabral said. "The state will not back down. The public may be sure we shall act, " he vowed.

As Cub looms, Rio seeks federal help on favela violence

With the World Cup less than three months away, Rio de Janeiro's governor turned to President Dilma Rousseff Friday for federal help in controlling the city's lawless slums. A series of attacks on police units in the sprawling favelas have raised alarms among state security officials. "It is clear that criminals want to weaken our policy of pacification and take back territories which were in criminal hands for decades," Rio state governor Sergio Cabral said. "The state will not back down. The public may be sure we shall act, " he vowed.

As Cub looms, Rio seeks federal help on favela violence

With the World Cup less than three months away, Rio de Janeiro's governor turned to President Dilma Rousseff Friday for federal help in controlling the city's lawless slums. A series of attacks on police units in the sprawling favelas have raised alarms among state security officials. "It is clear that criminals want to weaken our policy of pacification and take back territories which were in criminal hands for decades," Rio state governor Sergio Cabral said. "The state will not back down. The public may be sure we shall act, " he vowed.

Brazil's president holds wide lead ahead of re-election bid -poll

By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is holding on to her wide lead over potential rivals and would win a second term outright in the October 5 general election, according to a poll published on Thursday. Despite Brazil's lackluster economic performance and stubbornly high inflation on her watch, Rousseff would be re-elected in the first round if the vote was held today, the Ibope poll showed.
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