January 28, 2013 |
SANTA MARIA, Brazil - Brazilian police reportedly took four people into custody Monday in connection with a deadly nightclub fire that killed at least 231 people, as funerals began in the small town of Santa Maria. Two owners of the popular Kiss club and two members of the band that was performing at the time of the blaze early Sunday were being held for questioning, according to local press reports. The tragedy, meanwhile, put the country in a period of national mourning and self-reflection, with social networks and political discourse busy with commentary on the many issues facing Brazil, especially fire safety at night-life venues.
February 5, 2009 |
Brazilian police killed at least 10 male suspects, including two teenagers, during operations against drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro. Police inspector Rodrigo Oliveira told O Globo newspaper that 300 police officers took part in the early-morning raids. The action came a day after hundreds of police occupied a slum in Sao Paulo in response to shootouts and car burnings sparked by the alleged police killing of a suspect.
December 14, 2008 |
In late 2007, Carlos Miguel Sobral and 14 other Brazilian police investigators were getting ready for another day of fighting Internet crime when one of them suggested looking into peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. Sobral said the other federal investigators agreed, choosing to focus on eMule, Brazil's most popular file-sharing program. The investigators soon saw that the network was being used to distribute child pornography, not just in Brazil but around the world, Sobral told the Associated Press on Friday.
August 19, 2008 |
Brazilian police said Monday they have found a stolen Picasso print, the last of four artworks to be recovered following a museum heist in June. On June 12, three robbers stole Picasso's "Minotaur, Drinker and Women," along with the Picasso print "The Painter and the Model," from Sao Paulo's Estacao Pinacoteca Museum. Thieves also took the paintings "Women at the Window" by Emiliano DiCavalcanti and "Couple" by Lasar Segall. The artworks are estimated to be worth $630,000.
August 8, 2008 |
Brazilian police say they've recovered two more stolen paintings but have yet to find a missing Picasso from a Sao Paulo art museum heist in June. Police spokesman Mauricio Rodrigues said that officers recovered the paintings by Brazilian artists Emiliano Di Cavalcanti and Lasar Segall on Wednesday night. Three of four paintings -- worth $630,000 and stolen from the Estacao Pinacoteca Museum on June 12 -- have now been recovered, including the Picasso print "The Painter and the Model," discovered in an attic on the city's outskirts in July.
June 19, 2000 |
Thousands of residents of crime-hit Rio de Janeiro, many of them wearing black, joined an anti-violence march along the picturesque Ipanema beach Sunday after a bloody hostage drama that shook Brazil last week. "Mourning for peace," read a banner, carried by marchers in black. "We are prisoners of fear," read another placard. "Enough, enough, enough of violence!" was written on another.