Alert for Brazil
Two killed after crane collapses at World Cup stadium - 28 November 2013:
Two construction workers have been killed after a crane collapsed at a football stadium in the city of Sao Paolo. The stadium is due to host the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup finals and the accident occurs amid increasing pressure on the Brazilian government to meet a Fifa deadline to have all of the tournament stadiums completed by the end of December.
Soccerex cancelled in Rio over security concerns - 6 November 2013:
Organisers from Soccerex have cancelled their flagship football conference in Rio de Janeiro due to concerns over civil unrest in the city. The cancellation of the event, which was scheduled to be held in the city's iconic Maracana stadium, is a further blow to the Brazilian government as fears grow over its ability to host next summer's World Cup.
Former footballer decapitated in Rio de Janeiro - 4 November 2013:
The severed head of a retired Brazilian footballer has been discovered by his wife in the Realengo area of Rio de Janeiro. João Rodrigo Santo Silva, who retired two years ago, was kidnapped outside the shop he owned last Monday. His wife Geisa, who works as a social worker for the city's Police Pacification Unit, found his head in a backpack which had been left on their front door step on Tuesday morning.
Sao Paolo bus station attacked during protest - 27 October 2013:
A bus station has been attacked in the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo after a demonstration over public transport costs turned violent. Hundred of masked protesters, reportedly members of the Black Bloc anarchist group, clashed with riot police, resulting in at least six arrests.
Troops deployed ahead of controversial oil field auction - 21 October 2013:
The Brazilian government have deployed more than 1,000 troops around a hotel in Rio de Janeiro ahead of a controversial auction for drilling rights in the huge Libra oil field. President Dilma Rousseff personally ordered security to be increased at the hotel following a series of anti-government protests in the city.
Violence flares after teacher protests - 16 October 2013:
Riot police have clashed with a small group of protesters following the latest series of marches in support of striking teachers in Brazil. Masked members of the anarchist group Black Bloc threw petrol bombs and rocks at police in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, who responded with tear gas and percussion grenades.
Protesters disrupt FIFA visit to Cuiaba stadium - 9 October 2013:
A group of around 50 protesters have stormed the Arena Pantanal stadium in the western city of Cuiaba as it was being inspected by a delegation from FIFA. The protesters held banners criticising the cost of hosting the World Cup in 2014, calling for the money to be spent of health and education instead.
Violence erupts during teacher protests - 8 October 2013:
Clashes have been reported between riot police and protesters in the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Thousands of people joined the mass protests in support of the country's teachers, who are demanding a pay increase and improved working conditions.
Security forces storm Rio de Janeiro favelas - 7 October 2013:
More than 1,000 Brazilian security officers have launched a major operation to occupy 12 favelas in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The officers, backed by armoured vehicles and helicopters, are battling to reclaim the slum areas from drug gangs and criminals.
Brazilian police officers charged with murder - 3 October 2013:
Ten Brazilian police officers have been charged with torturing and murdering a construction worker from the Rochina slum in Rio de Janeiro. Amarildo de Souze, whose disappearance sparked violent protests in the city, has been missing since 14 July when he was arrested by members of the Pacifying Police Units (UPP).
Striking teachers clash with police in Rio - 2 October 2013:
Striking school teachers have clashed with police for a second night in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The teachers, who have been on strike for 46 days, are angry at the government's proposed pay and benefits package.
Anti-government protests break out on Independence Day - 8 September 2013:
Brazilian riot-police used tear gas to disperse protesters in the Brazilian capital Rio de Janeiro during Independence Day celebrations. Around 200 anti-government protesters interrupted the traditional Seventh of September military parade, demanding improved public services.
Pope visit marred by civil unrest in Rio de Janeiro - 23 July 2013:
Riot police have fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters who were demonstrating at the cost of Pope Francis' visit to the country. The Brazilian government has spent around $53 million on the 76-year old's first foreign trip since becoming the first Latin American pontiff.
Violence erupts during union-led strikes - 12 July 2013:
Riot police have clashed with protesters in central Rio de Janeiro during a march organised by trade unionists. Thousands of people took part in national strikes across all 27 Brazilian states, calling for improved working conditions and better public services.
Protesters clash with police during Confed Cup final - 1 July 2013:
Around 5,000 protesters clashed with Brazilian riot police during the Confederations Cup final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and other missiles at police, who responded by firing tear gas into the crowds. The unrest was sparked by rising public transport costs and the government's investment in major sporting events, such as the 2014 World Cup.
Protesters clash with police outside Belo Horizonte stadium - 27 June 2013:
Brazilian riot police have clashed with protesters outside the Mineirao football stadium in Belo Horizonte. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds, who had gathered during a Brazil-Uruguay Confederations Cup match.
Rio de Janeiro favela Police operation leaves at least nine dead - 26 June 2013:
At least nine people have died in gun battles with drug dealers in a shanty town (favela) in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, reports say. The battle started at the conclusion of a demonstration which then deteriorated into mass disturbances and robberies.
Brazil sends troops to quell protest - 19 June 2013:
Brazil is to send troops to five major cities to help restore order after massive protests calling for better education and transport, the justice minister says.
Protest rallies held in Brazil's major cities - 18 June 2013:
More than 100,000 people have marched through cities across Brazil to protest over rising public transport prices and the cost of staging the 2014 football World Cup.
Twenty arrested in Sao Paulo protest - 13 June 2013:
A protest against price rises on public transport in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo turned violent after the protesters blocked a main thoroughfare.
German tourist wounded in Rio shooting - 3 June 2013:
A 26-year old German tourist was shot and seriously wounded on Friday in one of Rio de Janeiro's largest favelas. Frank Daniel Benjamin was shot twice in the stomach in the Rochina slum in the south side of the city.
Two football fans shot dead near World Cup stadium - 15 April 2013:
Two football fans have been shot dead by rival supporters outside the Arena Castelao World Cup stadium in north-eastern Brazil. It was reported in the local media that Ceara fans sparked the unrest when they started throwing stones at Fortaleza supporters. Brazil is preparing to host the 2014 World Cup, as well as the 2016 Olympic Games.
Police officers arrested in murder probe - 1 April 2013:
Eight Brazilian military police officers have been arrested after the fatal shooting of two teenagers in Sao Paolosao was broadcast on television. Globo TV aired CCTV footage of two armed men shooting dead two teenagers at close range, while a military police vehicle was stationed nearby. Prosecutors say the police did not attempt to prevent the shooting or pursue the killers.
US woman sexually assaulted in Rio de Janeiro - 1 April 2013:
A US woman has been raped by three men during a three hour ordeal in the Copacabana district of Rio de Janeiro. The attackers beat the woman and tied up her companion, a French citizen, before forcing them to withdraw money at an ATM. They were finally released at a bus station on the outskirts of the city.
Landslides kill 16 in Petropolis - 19 March 2013:
At least 16 people have been killed in mudslides triggered by heavy rainfall in the town of Petropolis, located 30km north of Rio de Janeiro. A month's rain fell within the space of 24 hours in the town, where more than 900 people died in flooding in 2011.
Health minister confirms dengue fever outbreak - 26 February 2013:
Brazil's Health Minister Alexandre Padilha has confirmed that there is an outbreak of dengue fever in the country. The number of reported cases in the start of 2013 was 190 percent up on the same period last year. The southern state of Mato Grosso has been hardest hit, with at least 42,015 cases.
Night club fire leaves 245 dead in Santa Maria - 27 January 2013:
At least 245 people have been killed in a fire at a night club in the southern city of Santa Maria. The fire at the Kiss nightclub reportedly started when the singer of a band set off fireworks.
Dengue fever outbreak in Campo Grande - 21 January 2013:
Around 600 residents are reported to have contracted dengue fever in the southern city of Campo Grande. Recent heavy rains have increased the number of disease carrying mosquitoes in the area.
Three teenagers shot dead in Minas Gerais - 19 January 2013:
Three Brazilian teenagers have been killed after gunmen opened fire on a samba school in the eastern state of Minas Gerais. The victims were practising for a carnival in the city of Sao Joao Del Rei when they were attacked by four men on motorbikes.
Six killed in Sao Paolo bar shooting - 07 January 2013:
At least six people have been killed in a shooting at a bar in restive city of Sao Paulo. Police said the incident took place in the early hours at the Campo Limpo bar in the south side of the city.
Rio police arrested for receiving gang bribes - 04 December 2012:
Investigators in Rio de Janeiro have arrested 63 police officers accused of taking bribes from local drug gangs. It has also been alleged that the police sold weapons to the main criminal group - the Red Command.
Mass protest held in Rio de Janeiro over oil revenue plan - 27 November 2012:
Around 200,000 people have gathered in Rio de Janeiro to protest against a government bill which will distribute oil revenues more evenly between producing and non-producing states. Local politicians claim the move would cost Rio around $1.7bn in 2013 and jeopardise the states ability to host the World Cup in 2014.
Police launch Sao Paolo crackdown - 06 November 2012:
Police in Brazil have launched a new operation aimed at combating rising violence in the city of Sao Paolo. At least 90 police officers have been killed in the city so far this year, most of which by the First Command of the Capital gang.
Police in Rio favela drug raid - 14 October 2012:
Police supported by armoured cars and helicopters have moved to take control of two notorious Rio de Janeiro favelas. The Jacarezinho and Manguinhos slums are known as areas for the trafficking of crack cocaine.
EU diplomat kidnapped in Brazil - 03 October 2012:
An Italian member of the European Union's diplomatic team was the victim of an express kidnapping in Brasilia. Local police confirmed that the victim was abducted by two armed men in the affluent Asa Sul district of the capital before being taken to the poor suburb of Ceilandia.
Seven arrested from Sao Paulo kidnapping gang - 01 August 2012:
Seven youths have been arrested in connection with a series of express kidnappings in the city of Sao Paulo. The accused, aged between 18 and 21, are said to be part of a 16-member gang operating in the city's southern Brooklin district.
Gunmen kill eight during football celebrations - 12 July 2012:
Eight people have been shot dead in greater Sao Paulo during celebrations by football supporters. Unknown gunmen opened fire indiscriminately on crowds in several parts of Osasco after local team Palmerias had won the Brazilian Cup final.
Indigenous group attack police station in Jacareacanga - 04 July 2012:
A group of indigenous Munduruku people have attacked a police station in the northern town of Jacareacanga. Police said that the attack was related to the murder of a Munduruku man in June, and the subsequent decision of a judge to release two of the four suspects.
Journalist shot dead in Maranhao state - 25 April 2012:
A political journalist has been shot dead in the north-eastern state of Maranhao. His murder has been linked to his newspapers critical coverage of political corruption in the state. He is the fourth journalist to be killed in Brazil in 2012.
Hotel guests robbed in Rio de Janeiro - 18 July 2011:
A group of armed men have robbed guests at a luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro, taking money and personal possessions from at least 10 guests. Security camera footage showed four men climbing over a perimeter wall before entering the Santa Teresa Hotel in central Rio.
Flooding death toll rises to 500 - 14 January 2011:
More that 500 people are now reported to have been killed in the severe floods which have affected the south-east of the country.
Flooding leaves over 100 people dead in south-east Brazil - 12 January 2011:
Floods and landslides near Rio de Janeiro have killed over 100 people with dozens more still missing. At least 89 people were killed by landslides in Teresopolis, around 100km north of Rio, due to extremely heavy rainfall in the region.
Escalating gang violence in Rio de Janeiro - 23 November 2010:
There has been a significant increase in violent gang activity in recent days in the favelas surrounding Rio de Janeiro. Additional military police have been deployed to tackle the violence which has seen armed gangs setting up roadblocks around the city and robbing motorists.