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Three Brazilians die in shoot-out in Rio shantytown
Three Brazilians die in shoot-out in Rio shantytown
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Local media reported that two youths and a police officer died in the incident in the Complexo do Alemao shantytown.

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Three people have been killed in a shoot-out between police and alleged drug traffickers in a shantytown in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

Local media reported that two youths and a police officer died in the incident in the Complexo do Alemao shantytown.

Another officer and a youth were injured in the shooting, which happened in the early hours of Monday.

The shooting took place as tens of thousands of football fans are in Rio for the 2014 World Cup.

Brazilian security forces moved into Complexo do Alemao in an effort to wrest control from criminal gangs in 2012.

It is one of the largest favelas in the Brazilian city having a population of 100,000 people. It has become something of a tourist destination for visitors wanting to see the poorer parts of Rio.

Police said they had been fired at while on patrol in Complexo do Alemao. The officers alleged that the two dead youths had links to drug trafficking.

"They use radios to tell each other where there's a patrol and when they spot a small group of officers, they give orders to attack," a local policeman told O Globo.

Despite the fact that the Complexo do Alemao was among the first favelas to be "pacified" the shootings continue to be frequent in the area.

Soldiers first moved into the shanty town in 2010, and in 2012 a permanent police presence was established in the area.

One of the main concerns for the Brazilian authorities during the World Cup have been the Security along with thousands of extra troops and police that have been deployed to guarantee the safety of visitors and residents alike.



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Cyprus president seeks peace deal in Switzerland
Cyprus president seeks peace deal in Switzerland

Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades said Monday he hopes to clinch a reunification deal laying out a new security blueprint for the divided island during a crunch summit in Switzerland this week. Anastasiades will attend United Nations-backed talks at the Alpine Crans-Montana ski resort Wednesday with "complete determination and goodwill... to achieve a desired solution", he said in a statement. He said he hopes to "abolish the anachronistic system of guarantees and intervention rights", with a deal providing for the withdrawal of the Turkish army. The eastern Mediterranean island has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded its northern third in response to an Athens-inspired coup seeking union with Greece. Turkey maintains around 35,000 troops in northern Cyprus. The so-called guarantor powers of Turkey, Britain and Greece retain the right to intervene militarily on the island. Greek and Turkish Cypriots are at odds over a new security blueprint, but their leaders are under pressure to reach an elusive peace deal. "I am going to Switzerland to participate in the Cyprus conference, with the sole aim and intent of solving the Cyprus problem," Anastasiades said. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci is also set to attend the summit, which is expected to last at least 10 days. Greece, Turkey and Britain will send envoys along with an observer from the European Union. UN-led talks on the island hit a wall in late May after the sides failed to agree terms to advance toward a final summit. Unlocking the security question would allow Anastasiades and Akinci to make unprecedented concessions on core issues. But they have major differences on what a new security blueprint should look like. Anastasiades's internationally recognised government, backed by Athens, seeks an agreement to abolish intervention rights, with Turkish troops withdrawing from the island on a specific timeline. Turkish Cypriots and Ankara argue for some form of intervention rights and a reduced number of troops remaining in the north. Turkish Cypriots want the conference to focus on broader issues of power-sharing, property rights and territory for the creation of a new federation. Much of the progress to date has been based on strong personal rapport between Anastasiades and Akinci, leader of the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. But that goodwill has appeared frayed in the build-up to their meeting in Switzerland. The Greek Cypriot presidential election next February has also complicated the landscape, as has the government's search for offshore oil and gas, which Ankara argues should be suspended until the negotiations have reached an outcome.