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Brazil: Drug War Rages In Rio, Beyond Olympics' Glow

South America (MAP) - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 12 Aug 2016 - RIO DE JANEIRO - Fans were lining up to watch an American beach volleyball duo square off against Mexico on the alluring sands of Copacabana Beach. But across town, far from the Olympic excitement, the crackling of gun battles echoed through the colossal favelas that envelop Rio de Janeiro's hillsides.
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Colombia: Colombians See A Future In Pot

South America (MAP) - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 05 Aug 2016 - RIONEGRO, Colombia - Like many drug barons in Colombia, Federico Cock-Correa wants to sell his product globally. Just 15 miles outside Medellin, Mr. Cock-Correa is looking to replace vast acres of flowers with marijuana plants, with plans to export the harvest. But unlike the brutal heroin and cocaine trade that once flourished nearby, his operation has the government's stamp of approval.
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