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October 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Brazilian police were ordered to seize the passports of two American pilots whose private jet clipped an airliner that crashed in the Amazon jungle last week, killing 155 people, a Justice Department spokeswoman said. The daily O Globo newspaper said the jet, carrying seven Americans, disobeyed an order to descend to a lower altitude just before coming into contact with Gol Airlines Flight 1907. The damaged jet landed safely.
August 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A reputed leader of Colombia's biggest drug cartel radically altered his face with repeated plastic surgeries. But U.S. agents identified Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia, who was arrested Tuesday, using the equivalent of a vocal fingerprint, his attorney said in Sao Paulo, Brazil Brazilian police taped Ramirez Abadia's phone conversations, said lawyer Sergio Alambert. Colombian officials provided a recording of Ramirez Abadia, and both sets of recordings were passed to the U.S.
April 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
About 18 heavily armed men dressed as police stormed a Sao Paulo prison and freed 150 inmates, Brazilian police said. The gang broke into the Pinheiros Prison and overpowered guards during a shootout, a police spokesman said. Prisoners fled through the front gates and rushed onto a nearby highway, where they stopped traffic, stole cars and escaped on buses, local television and radio said.
January 1, 1989 | from Reuters
A Brazilian police reporter who had often investigated death squad killings was shot dead last week in the Amazon city of Manaus. Police said Luis Otavio Monteiro, 39, was shot four times in the head. His body was dumped on low-lying ground in Manaus' industrial district, where death squad victims are often found. Brazilian press reports said that 21 murders in Manaus last year were attributed to death squads and that not one of them was solved.
December 27, 1997 | Reuters
Brazilian police Friday were looking for a man who killed his wife after complaining that she did not cook a big enough Christmas meal for guests. Edvaldo Canela da Silva shot his 22-year-old wife, Isabel, shortly after midnight Thursday at their home in a Rio slum, police said. Witnesses told police da Silva had invited the guests at the last minute and had been drinking heavily before the shooting. He has not been seen since he fled the house early Friday, police said.
July 29, 1987 | From Reuters
An Israeli coroner investigating whether the remains found in Brazil two years ago were those of Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele was quoted Tuesday as saying he is still unsure about the evidence. Tel Aviv morgue director Maurice Rogev told the newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo that although the work of Brazilian forensic experts was first-class, "there is still some information that must be clarified before any official statement can be made." He did not elaborate.
June 3, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Brazilian police said they had broken up the biggest illegal logging operation in the Amazon with the arrests of 89 people, nearly half of them from the government agency charged with protecting the forests from a gang that has allegedly illegally cut an estimated $370 million in Amazon timber since 1990.
March 11, 2005 | Henry Chu and Solomon Moore, Times Staff Writers
People in this placid surfing town knew him as Miguel, the young gringo who lived with his Brazilian girlfriend and jogged on the beach with his two pit bulls. He seemed to drink a lot, kept to himself and spoke hardly a word in his American-accented Portuguese. When he did, neighbors said, it was often in a domestic quarrel or, once, in a drunken spat with customers in the bar across the street from the small beach house he shared with his girlfriend. "He always had his head down....
August 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Brazilian police officer Carlos Jorge Carvalho was convicted of taking part in a shooting spree last year that killed 29 people. He was sentenced to 543 years in prison. The term is largely symbolic because Brazilian law prohibits sentences longer than 30 years.
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