Americas

News and reports from North, Central and South America.

Rio carnival organiser 'executed' by drugs gang

Preparations for Rio de Janeiro's dazzling carnival have been tainted by the murder of one of its organisers over his choice of parade queen.

Rio protesters oppose tax-funded 'cure' for gays

Protesters have descended on Rio's legislative assembly opposing state proposals offering to bankroll the psychological "conversion" of homosexuals.

Brazil: Football king's mother abducted

The kidnapping of a national football star's mother shows the dark underbelly of Brazil's beautiful game and its ransom-fuelled snatch squads.

Rio drugs boss murder threatens return to chaos

The assassination of a renowned Rio drugs lord throws Brazil's tourism capital into further violence with some areas on a war footing.

Defending Guantanamo's detainees against Bush

Steven Macpherson Watt, the lawyer battling the Bush administration over the detainment of ‘enemy combatants’ at Guantanamo Bay, speaks about his uphill fight for justice.

Hawaii: The dark side of paradise

Paradise isn't what it used to be. There's a dark side to America's 50th state that tourists seldom see, but the growing pains are all too obvious to its inhabitants.

Jail riots kill up to 80 as gangs rebel

Prisoners are beheaded and burned as violence from warring drug factions spreads across Rio de Janeiro's prisons.

Vying for peace in Brazil's real-life City of God

A special report from the centre of Rio's ongoing drugs feud as police forces battle to stop all-out war.

Rio kids caught in drugs war crossfire

Parents at an upmarket school in Rio's embattled Rochinha district want its owners to relocate so their children are not killed in the raging drugs war that surrounds it.

Brazil drugs battle leaves three dead

An attempted invasion of Rio de Janeiro's largest favela by rival drug traffickers on Good Friday left at least three civilians dead and wounded scores of others.

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