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Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro brace for new protests

Security is being increased in Brazil’s biggest cities after protesters announced they would go ahead with mass demonstrations that would take them to the streets “to celebrate” the reversal of a public-transport fare increase announced on Wednesday. The protests, which were originally triggered by the increase, have since grown into a much wider movement. Demonstrators are angry at corruption and spending on next year’s World Cup. The authorities in the city of Rio de Janeiro have erected barricades around the state legislature building, which was vandalised during protests on Monday. The state governor’s office, Guanabara Palace, has also been secured by a double layer of barricades. Workers have also fenced … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Santos Cruz to head UN’s DR Congo mission

The UN has appointed a Brazilian general credited with bringing a Haiti slum under control to lead peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gen Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz will lead 20,000 troops, including a new combat force charged with targeting rebels in the east of the country. This is the most offensive mandate given to any UN peacekeeping force. Gen Santos Cruz told the BBC his troops would be trained to consider civilians and private property in DR Congo. “The most critical area is nowadays the eastern part of the country,” he told the BBC’s Newsday programme. “I am ready to face the most difficult of scenarios. The … Continue reading

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