Just a few years ago, the slums of Rio de Janeiro were considered too dangerous for tourists. Now organized tours take visitors there for a different type of sightseeing.
Brazil's president has said a Ministry for Public Security will be created to coordinate security countrywide. The announcement comes after security control in crime-riddled Rio de Janeiro was given to the military.
Brazil's military has taken full control of security in Rio de Janeiro and the surrounding state in an effort to fight gang violence. The move comes after the Defense Ministry said security in the city was "broken."
A Brazilian drug dealer was killed in the hours-long shootout between the police and armed criminals near Rio de Janeiro's Cidade de Deus slum. The battle spilled over to a major road, forcing drivers to seek cover.
Brazilian authorities have detained one of Rio de Janeiro's most notorious drug traffickers. Some 3,000 officers and troops were involved in the operation to arrest the man known to most by his nickname, "Rogerio 157."
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