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Four police slain in 24 hours in Rio, host to 2016 Olympics RIO DE JANEIRO: Four police officers were killed over the weekend in and around Rio de Janeiro, highlighting the Brazilian city's struggle to tame street violence ahead of the 2016 Olympics.An officer from a special battalion for security at major events like the pope's recent visit, the 2014 Wold Cup and forthcoming Olympics, died after being shot seven times late Sunday, according to G1 Globo news site.Approximately 24 hours earlier, a civil police inspector was killed in the northern Baixada Fluminense suburb.Meanwhile, in the town of Niteroi, across Rio's famous bay, an officer was killed while returning from the carnival champions' parade.A fourth died in a shootout after a bakery robbery in the Nova Iguacu suburb.Rio's authorities launched what they call a pacification program in the city's notoriously violent slums, or favelas, in 2008. The clampdown aimed to restore order to swaths of Rio ahead of the World Cup and ...

Toll in Brazil oil rig blast rises to six BRASÍLIA: The death toll from a blast which ripped through a Petrobras oil rig off Brazil last week has risen to six after the discovery of another body, local media said Tuesday.Five people remain in stable condition in a hospital, the rig's Norwegian owner BW Offshore told Brazilian media, after the February 11 explosion that the oil workers' union said was caused by a gas leak, although investigations are ongoing.The rig operates in the Camarupim ...
Venezuela's Maduro announces supposed coup attempt CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that a coup being plotted by military aviation officials had been dismantled and those involved detained.Like his predecessor Hugo Chavez, Maduro frequently announces supposed coup attempts and blames right-wing forces, as well as the United States and Colombia. "We have broken up and foiled a coup attempt against democracy and the stability of our country," Maduro said at a ceremony in Caracas. "This was an attempt to use ...
Death toll from Brazil rig explosion rises to five OSLO: The death toll from a blast which ripped through a Petrobras oil rig off Brazil has risen to five, with another four people still missing, the rig's owner said Thursday.Wednesday's explosion -- which the oil workers' union said was caused by a gas leak -- also left two people injured, according to Norwegian owner BW Offshore.The incident adds to the woes of Petrobras, the embattled Brazilian state oil giant which is mired in a ...
Peru gives Argentine oil firm three days to leave Amazon LIMA: Peru's government said Thursday it would give an Argentine oil company three days to withdraw from an area in the Amazon where its presence had sparked violent protests that left one person dead."I am going to ask the company to leave in three days," Energy Minister Eleodoro Mayorga told hundreds of indigenous villagers gathered in main plaza of the community of Pichinaki.Villagers responded that they wanted Pluspetrol, the target of the protests, to withdraw ...
Venezuela says SwissLeaks accounts 'transparent' CARACAS: The Venezuelan government's bank accounts at the Swiss division of HSBC, which were revealed in the "SwissLeaks" scandal, are "totally transparent," said the South American country's economy minister.Venezuela ranked third among the countries with the largest dollar amounts in the leaked Swiss files, behind Switzerland and Britain, journalists with access to the secret documents said at the weekend.Clients connected to the oil-rich South American country had $14.8 billion in accounts detailed in data stolen ...
One dead in Peru in oil-related protest LIMA: Police clashed with protesters fighting oil company operations in the Amazon, leaving one dead and 20 injured, police and local media reports said.The protest in the village of Pichanaki in central Peru came Tuesday on the second day of a strike targeting oil operations that local people fear will contaminate rivers and soil.Police confirmed a 25-year-old villager died early Wednesday but did not provide details on the cause of the death.Protest organizers said he ...

 



 
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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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