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Brazil's top judge urges political killings probe

The head of Brazil's Supreme Court called Thursday for a rapid investigation into a spate of killings of candidates ahead of municipal elections. Justice Gilmar Mendes said the killings, including the "shocking" shooting on Wednesday of a mayoral candidate in Itumbiara in central Goias state, were alarming. "We're paying very close attention and also asking for investigations to be carried out as quickly as possible," he told journalists in Brasilia.
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