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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.

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.

Rousseff maintains wide lead in latest Brazil voter survey

Rio de Janeiro, Mar 20 (EFE).- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff would win re-election in the first round if the election scheduled for October were held today, according to a voter survey released Thursday by the Ibope institute, thus maintaining her broad lead over all challengers. The survey, which was made public by the São Paulo daily O Estado and Globo television, found that Rousseff would receive 43 percent of the votes, the same rating she held last November in the latest poll undertaken by the firm.

Rousseff maintains wide lead in latest Brazil voter survey

Rio de Janeiro, Mar 20 (EFE).- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff would win re-election in the first round if the election scheduled for October were held today, according to a voter survey released Thursday by the Ibope institute, thus maintaining her broad lead over all challengers. The survey, which was made public by the São Paulo daily O Estado and Globo television, found that Rousseff would receive 43 percent of the votes, the same rating she held last November in the latest poll undertaken by the firm.

Hundreds of police swarm Rio favelas

Hundreds of police troops took up position in two volatile Rio de Janiero favelas Saturday, part of a drive to clean up the city for the June-July World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. The favelas in Rio's north, Complexo do Alemao and Penha, are among those authorities say they have "pacified," but a renewed uptick in organized crime and violence in recent weeks has regularly targeted police and security forces. A policeman was shot dead in clashes with drug traffickers in another "pacified" shantytown in Rio on Thursday, while another was killed Saturday in another area.

Football: Brazil leader receives soccer racism victims

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday personally received Cruzeiro star Tinga as well as a referee after both were subjected to racist chants at recent games. Rousseff has spoken out against racism in the game as Brazil prepares to host the World Cup and received Tinga at the presidential palace along with referee Marcio Chagas da Silva. Tinga was subjected to foul chanting during a Copa Libertadores match against Garcilaso in Peru -- whose President Ollanta Humala condemned the racist behaviour.

Brazil police take over favela without violence

A 270-strong police force Thursday occupied a favela in western Rio riven by drug violence, as authorities pursue their pre-World Cup crime crackdown. A convoy of police armored vehicles met no resistence after driving into the area before sunrise -- although some residents had set up barricades of trash, piles of wood and, in one case, a sofa to slow their progress.
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