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Brazil deploys 400,000 police, troops for poll RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil is deploying more than 400,000 security personnel, including 30,000 military, for Sunday's presidential and general elections, the country's Superior Electoral Court (TSE) said Saturday.The TSE told broadcaster Globo it had authorized the deployment of troops in 254 municipalities in 11 of Brazil's 27 federal states, including Rio, scene of urban violence across the week which claimed at least five lives, and Amazonia.During the last elections in 2010, the TSE authorized the deployment of troops in 256 municipalities in 12 states.Following drug-related violence earlier in the week, Rio state governor Luiz Fernando Pezao decided to beef up security in Rio, where some 30,000 police have been on duty since Friday.Rio state security secretary Jose Mariano Beltrame indicated criminal groups tend to step up their activities in the run-up to elections and several such groups have promised as much via social media.In the slum area of Mare near ...

Brazil primed for closest election in decades RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's presidential elections on Sunday are likely to be the closest in a generation, but polls suggest leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff will secure a second term after a run-off.Rousseff, who was jailed and tortured as a dissident under the 1964-85 military dictatorship, has over the past month steadily risen in polls that now forecast her winning an October 26 second-round contest.The second half of August saw the 66-year-old playing catch-up after environmentalist-evangelist ...
Young 'Chavista' lawmaker murdered in Caracas CARACAS: A young lawmaker allied with Venezuela's socialist government was found murdered in Caracas, and the president hinted Thursday at political motivations.The bodies of Robert Serra, 27, and his partner Maria Herrera, were found at his home late Wednesday. Officials said they had been stabbed.Serra's coffin, draped with the Venezuelan flag and carried by government supporters, arrived at the National Assembly chapel Thursday, where members paid tribute to their slain comrade.Throngs of government supporters remained ...
Rousseff pulls clear in race for Brazil presidency: poll RIO DE JANEIRO: Marina Silva is losing ground in the race for the Brazilian presidency and may not even make the run-off, an opinion poll showed Thursday, three days ahead of the vote.For the first time last week, polls put the environmentalist and Socialist Party candidate behind incumbent Dilma Rousseff in the event of a run-off, and put her neck-and-neck with Social Democrat Aecio Neves, who for weeks had been running a distant third.But the ...
Fleeing war, Syrians find refuge in Latin America MONTEVIDEO: Forced to flee the war raging in his native Syria, 22-year-old Hussein Al Fleig Al Ali first tried neighboring Lebanon before discovering he had more opportunity in far-away Uruguay.While most of the more than three million refugees who have fled the Syrian conflict have flooded into neighboring countries such as Lebanon and Turkey, a growing number are defying language barriers and distance to try their luck in Latin America.The three-and-a-half-year-old war has stretched refugee ...
Brazil stocks slide as Rousseff gains in polls RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's stock market and currency tumbled Monday on signs that President Dilma Rousseff is making up ground on her main challenger less than a week before the country's elections.The nation's benchmark Bovespa index fell 4.52 percent on the day, while the real slipped 1.67 percent against the dollar to 2.457 from Friday's close -- its lowest level in six years.Investors were discouraged by Datafolha poll numbers released Friday showing Rousseff 13 percentage ...
El Salvador police swoop on 140 gang suspects SAN SALVADOR: El Salvador police rounded up 140 suspected gang members on Friday in a broad sweep encompassing several communities across the country, which has one of the highest murder rates in the world.The suspects were arrested in connection to a range of crimes including murder, extortion, robbery and rape, a statement from the attorney general's office said.In the west San Salvador community of Las Palmas, 31 members of the notorious Barrio 18 gang were ...

 



 
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