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Police wrest control of Rio’s largest favela

Crack police forces early Sunday took control of Rio’s biggest favela from drug traffickers who had been ruling it for the past 30 years, local television reported. The long anticipated operation in

Rio protests against corruption

More than 2,000 protesters took to the streets in Rio de Janeiro Tuesday over growing corruption and after a profusion of major scandals claimed the jobs of several prominent politicians. “All Brazilians

‘Rio’ rocks box office while ‘Scream 4’ bombs

LOS ANGELES – Moviegoers around the world headed to ‘Rio’ for the weekend. The 3D animated misadventure of a Brazilian macaw scored the biggest opening so far this year at the North American box office, and was the top choice overseas for a second weekend, distributor 20th Century Fox said on Sunday. The film sold an estimated $40 million worth of tickets across the United States and Canada during the three days beginning April 15, coming in at the top end of expectations.

CineStar Cinema premiers Rio in 3D

LAHORE – CineStar Cinema held the premiere show for 3D films on Saturday, where selected guests were invited to view the newly-released animated movie Rio.
Prior to the film, many guests crowded the main hall of the cinema, waiting for the halls to open. Some celebrities were seen coming in, with others accompanying them.
All were excited to see the film in 3D, as this was the first time in Lahore, thanks to Mandviwala Productions, which opened Pakistan’s first ever 3D Mall

Movie may take Rio garbage worker to Oscar stage

RIO DE JANEIRO – A Brazilian garbage worker may be sharing the Oscar stage with the likes of Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp next month after his starring role in a documentary on the transformative power of art. In Oscar-nominated ‘Waste Land,’ Sebastiao Carlos dos Santos and a group of other workers at a huge, ugly Rio de Janeiro landfill become muses for artist Vik Muniz, who shines a light on an activity society would rather ignore.
Using blown-up photographs of themselves and the

Rogge sees Rio on track for Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO – Jacques Rogge, the head of the International Olympic Committee, said Wednesday he saw Rio de Janeiro as well on its way to preparing to host the 2016 Olympic Games.
“I’m very happy today because I see the preparations for the Games well underway,” he said as he laid a symbolic first stone at what will become the Olympic Village in the city.
The ceremony gave an official profile to works that are already underway to have the facility ready for the world’s

Brazilian film highlighting Rio violence is a hit

SAO PAULO: A Brazilian film highlighting the violence in Rio’s notorious slums, “Elite Squad 2,” has broken national box office records, with nearly 11 million tickets sold.
The cops-and-criminals picture, which mixes explosive action with an expose of corrupt politicking, has usurped a 1976 Brazilian supernatural erotic classic, “Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands,” for the status as most-watched movie in the country’s history.
Its success coincided with a spectacular real-life

Rio braces for more violence in drug crackdown

RIO DE JANEIRO: Residents of Rio’s northern slums braced for more violence on Friday as hundreds of reinforcements joined a widening crackdown on drug gangs that has killed at least 30 people in six days.
Armored vehicles rumbled through the pockmarked streets of the Vila Cruzeiro slum on Thursday as elite police units backed by helicopters and snipers battled drug traffickers under a cloud of black smoke from torched buses.
Police claimed to have wrested control of the

BHP and Rio scrap giant iron ore joint venture

MELBOURNE: The end was swift but not unexpected. BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto ditched plans to form the world’s biggest iron ore joint venture, in a victory for steel makers and a move that could prompt both miners to step up rival campaigns of expansion.
The deal, mired in disputes from the beginning, is the second failed attempt in three years by BHP CEO Marius Kloppers to buy into Rio’s superior iron ore assets and strengthens the hand of steel mills, which had feared the pair