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By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Justice Department is terminating 29 contracts signed to build desperately needed prisons that never left the drawing board. It means Depen, Brazil’s National Penitentiary Department, will have to...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The president of Chevron for Africa and Latin America, Ali Moshiri, said on Thursday that the Frade oil field leak was under control and that the slick some 75 miles...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has said that the face of poverty in Brazil is one that is “black and female,” which highlighted the need to bolster public policies in...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Federal Police will investigate claims made by State Environment Secretary Carlos Minc, who has accused oil company Chevron of implementing an illegal sandblasting technique to deal with the...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The first stage of the operation to cement shut a leaking Chevron oil well 230 miles (370km) off the Rio de Janeiro coastline appears to have been successful, officials...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This morning, Rocinha, Rio’s largest favela, and Vidigal, became the most recent communities to be pacified by Brazil’s military and police forces - without shots fired. The operation included...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Authorities say some 150,000 people took to the streets in downtown Rio de Janeiro yesterday protesting against new legislation which is likely to take oil revenues away from oil-producing...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Levels of violent crime reported in Rio de Janeiro state have fallen significantly in three target areas, according to figures for the first seven months of 2011 released by...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil has reiterated its rejection of foreign intervention in Syria, where more than 3,000 people have recently been reported killed in the violent suppression of anti-government protesters calling for...

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