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View of the Alemao complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fresh violence in Rio’s slums has led to growing doubts over the effectiveness of Brazil’s seven-year-old strategy of “pacifying” districts in thrall to gangs and drug traffickers.
Patricia Sebastiao, 22, sits for a portrait in an open-air crack cocaine market known as a crackland where users can buy crack cocaine in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Patricia, who has a 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son, is pregnant with her third child. She said she is 6 or 7 months pregnant, but was not exactly sure.
Dead fish on the banks of the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday. International Olympic Committee members meeting in Rio de Janeiro this week will understand if its waters are not completely clean for the sailing events in 2016
Revellers from the Grande Rio samba school participate in the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro‘s Sambadrome
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam in Nazare Paulista, São Paulo state. Brazil’s worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira resevoir, which provides greater São Paulo with most of its water, at its lowest level on record
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A girl plays in a curtain of water at Madureira park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A swimmer practices in the waters off Copacabana beach as the sun rises in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A man dressed as Santa Claus zip lines away from Sugar Loaf mountain after riding on top of a cable car in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday. The cable car company surprised tourists with a visit from Santa to celebrate Christmas
A woman walks between palm trees before sunrise on Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday
Street artist Cezar Vanuty, wearing a Santa hat, performs with knives on a street in Brasilia, Brazil on Tuesday
The statue of Christ the Redeemer is lit up in red to promote the “Test, Treat, Live Better” awareness campaign marking World Aids Day in Rio de Janeiro.
The Atibainha dam in Brazil, part of the Cantareira reservoir, has been hit by a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state. It is the area’s worst drought in 80 years and has left the Cantareira system, which provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record.
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Residents of the building occupied by FLM (Front Fight for Housing) are held by police during confrontations after a building repossession on Tuesday in the city centre of Sao Paulo, Brazil
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A blaze engulfs part of a national forest in Brazil, the Floresta Nacional in Brasilia, as the nation’s capital is hit by a drought.
Fernanda Rodrigues of Brazil serves to her Belgium opponents during the FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014 final round match in Tokyo
Sheilla Castro De Paula Blassioli (L) and Thaisa Menezes (R) of Brazil jump to block the ball spiked by Gozde Sonsirma of Turkey during their FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014 final round match in Tokyo on Wednesday.
A fisherman gets ready to cast his line near the body of a dead humpback whale washed ashore on Macumba beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,.
The supermoon behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro
A Brazilian woman and an Argentinian man samba at Fifa Fan Fest 2014 on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Argentina reached the World Cup final after beating Holland, while Brazil failed to make it through after losing to Germany
The sun rises over Rio de Janeiro’s Sugarloaf Mountain on Wednesday, a day after Brazil’s national football team suffered a humiliating 7-1 World Cup defeat to Germany