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Crime-ridden Brazil gets off to a bloody start in 2018

The year was just a few hours old when a prison riot near the capital Brasilia left nine inmates dead -- two of them decapitated -- and set the stage for what is proving to be a deadly 2018 in Brazil. Since then, the country has seen a wave of violence that prompted Defense Minister Raul Jungmann this week to declare that "the security system is broken." There have been 688 shooting incidents reported in Rio de Janeiro state in January, many of them focused in the same few sprawling, poor neighborhoods known as favelas where police are barely in control.
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