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Amar Toor


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 Brazilian Amazon, home to 60 percent of the world’s largest forest and 20 percent of the Earth’s oxygen, remains threatened by the rapid development of the country. The area is currently populated by over 20 million people and is challenged by deforestation, agriculture, mining, a governmental dam building spree, illegal land speculation including the [...]

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Mario Tama, a Getty Images staff photographer since 2001 and based in New York, has covered conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan - as well as numerous humanitarian crises and natural disasters in the US and around the world, including most recently the earthquake in Haiti and the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri. He's also spent extensive time documenting Hurricane Katrina and it's aftermath. Mario will be working on several feature stories in Brazil, ahead of the Rio +20 UN Conference on Sustainable Energy, his first work featured in this post. The summit aims to overcome years of deadlock over environmental concerns and marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. Brazil is now the world's sixth largest economy and is set to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Mario’s' editor on the project describes him as passionate and enthusiastic about showing us pieces of a country in which he has traveled before, drawn by the people, the culture and the economics/development of the region. -- Paula Nelson (48 photos total)
Federal highway BR-222, June 9, 2012 in Para state, Brazil. Highway construction through Amazonian rainforest has led to accelerated rates of deforestation. Although deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is down 80 percent since 2004, environmentalists fear recent changes to the Forest Code will lead to further destruction. Around 20 percent of the rainforest has already been destroyed. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish bride Nechama Paarel Horowitz fulfils the Mitzvah tantz during her traditional Jewish wedding with Chananya Yom Tov Lipa, the great-grandson of the Rabbi of the Wiznitz Hasidic followers, in the Israeli town of Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Mitzvah tantz, in which family members and honored rabbis are invited to dance [...]

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RIO RAID: Authorities patrolled Rio de Janeiro’s Rocinha slum Monday. About 3,000 police officers and soldiers raided the crime-ridden slum a day earlier. Officials hope to have the area under control in time for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

OPEN WIDE: A child received a polio vaccination at a health center in San’a, Yemen, Monday. (Yahya Arhab/European Pressphoto Agency)

MAYDAY: Responders worked to extinguish flames on the Sergei Abramov ship at a pier in Moscow Monday. There were no immediate reports of injuries or casualties. (Maxim Shipenkov/European Pressphoto Agency)

KIDS BEING KIDS: Schoolchildren dressed as brides and grooms waited to perform during Children’s Day celebrations at a school in Amritsar, India, Monday. The day is meant to promote the welfare of children. (Narinder Nanu/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

PHILIPPINES FIRE: A man collected scrap metal from his burnt home after a fire in Quezon City, Philippines, Monday. About 100 homes were gutted. There were no immediate reports of injuries. (Rouelle Umali/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

BOMBER KILLED: An Afghan soldier stood guard near the scene where security forces shot dead an alleged would-be bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. Regional leaders will meet at the venue later this week. (Musadeq Sadeq/Associated Press)

STREET VENDORS: A family sold tea, pastries and cigarettes at their cart on a street in Hyderabad, India, Monday. (Noah Seelam/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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