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Residents from the nearby Providencia ‘favela’ community swim and cool off in the polluted Guanabara Bay in the historic port district in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Providencia ‘favela’ is considered to be the oldest in Rio. The polluted bay will host sailing events during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Ahead of the games, the port district is undergoing a controversial multibillion dollar urban renewal program although some projects have been delayed in the midst of Brazil’s recession. Many parts of the port district retain descendants of African slaves along with Afro-Brazilian historical locations including the area where samba music is thought to have been born in Rio.
Special Operations Battalion (BOPE) Police officers patrol as residents move about the Sao Carlos slum complex where the bodies of two men were found in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday
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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
A worker prepares to fill a car at a gas station close to Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Reuters photographers from Mali to Mexico have shot a series of pictures of fuel stations. Whether it is plastic bottles by the roadside in Malaysia or a futuristic forecourt in Los Angeles, fuel stations help define our world. Oil prices steadied above $48 a barrel on Tuesday, recovering from earlier losses as the dollar weakened against the euro. Oil prices have dropped nearly 60 percent since peaking in June 2014 on ample global supplies from the U.S. shale oil boom and a decision by OPEC to keep its production quotas unchanged.
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A girl plays in a curtain of water at Madureira park 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
A police officer walks among crosses planted by the NGO Rio de Paz (Peace Rio) on Copacabana beach today in memory of police officers killed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Paz placed 152 black crosses symbolising the same number of police officers killed in the last two years in Rio de Janeiro, according to NGO.
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
An anti-government demonstrator dressed as Batman holds up a sign on the Lapa Arches during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Policemen of the “Choque” special unit pose during the presentation of security forces for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, in Flamengo beach in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
A boy plays alone as he practices scoring in a small court in the Tavares Bastos shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The high costs of preparing for the 2013 Confederations Cup and upcoming World Cup, blamed in part by the late rush to get projects done, ignited a wave of public criticism from a population already tired of poor public services and widespread corruption, yet in Brazil, soccer is a unifying force
Christ the Redeemer statue is silhouetted against the glow of the moonset in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Police patrol after shootings in Pavao-Pavaozinho, near Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Violent protests broke out after the body of dancer Douglas Rafael da Silva was discovered in the “favela”, amid allegations that he was beaten by police.
The Unidos da Tijuca Samba School carnival parade, at Sapucai Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil late on Monday. Rio’s two nights of carnival parades began on March 2, attracting thousands of people from home and abroad.