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Recently released video of a police shootout in a Brazilian slum has ignited controversy in Rio de Janeiro, raising important questions about the city's crackdown on crime ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics — both of which will be hosted in Rio.

The black-and-white video, captured using heat-seeking technology last May, was recorded from a police helicopter during a pursuit of Márcio José Sabino Pereira — a 36-year-old convicted drug trafficker who went by the name "Mathematician." The helicopter tracks Mathematician through the densely populated slum of Favela da Coréia, before unloading a torrent of bullets just as he entered a car. As the New York Times reports, some of these bullets hit buildings surrounding...

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The Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, Wales, is exhibiting work from Sebastian Liste’s “Urban Quilombo” series, beginning tomorrow through June 23. There will be an opening tomorrow at 7pm. Visit the gallery’s Web site for more information.

Sebastian, who is represented by Reportage by Getty Images, is a Spanish photographer now living in Brazil. In 2010, while he was earning a Master’s degree in photojournalism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, he won the Ian Parry Scholarship for his long-term project ‘Urban Quilombo’, about the extreme living conditions that dozens of families face, who set up home in an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

Caption: A boy jumping from a building of an abandoned chocolate factory, on March 20, 2011, in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Sebastian Liste/Reportage by Getty Images)

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Deep inside the massive favela called Brasilandia, one of the biggest of Sao Paulo’s wretched slums, lives Rose with her husband Ivo and their three disabled children. Their surname: “Amor Divino,” translates as Divine Love. Read photographer Nacho Doce’s personal account of documenting the families life.

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It's not every day you stumble across a video game that is, at its core, about the fear and pain of growing up with an alcoholic, abusive father. But it's just that kind of personal backstory that makes upcoming PS3 indie puzzle platformer Papo & Yo stand out among crowds of first-person shooters and throwaway casual games that seem to be the focus of much of the industry these days.

Not that the game is in your face about its message. You can play Papo & Yo and be totally unaware of the specific inspiration for the game's hulking pink monster, who can eat frogs to transform from being young protagonist Quico's best friend into an uncontrollable force of nature that is Quico's biggest threat. But creator Vander Caballero said he hopes the metaphorical beast will convey the feelings he had growing up in a house with just such an unpredictable parent.

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The children were very concentrated on painting the favela wall, but when I climbed up a house to take a panoramic shot I realized how tiny that one wall was among so much poverty.

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the most dangerous favela of Rio de Janeiro
After a harsh confrontation between police and the army against a gang of drug dealers, the security forces in Brazil have managed to gain control of the favela of Vila Cruzeiro, one of the most dangerous of Rio

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