Americas

News and reports from North, Central and South America.

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.

Brazil holiday capital sees sun, sea and shootouts

Clashes between police and slum-dwellers turn Rio de Janerio's world-famous beach neighbourhood of Copacabana into a war zone.

Rio suburb faces drugs war showdown

As City of God - a film depicting wars between rival drug gangs in Rio de Janeiro - receives four Oscar nominations, a real life version is taking place in the city.

Pioneering Brazilian writer Queiroz dies

Rachel de Queiroz, grand dame of the Brazilian literary community, passed away quietly this week. A published author at 20, Queiroz was a remarkable novelist, playwright, raconteur and columnist.

Rio de Janeiro mounts 'war on terror'

Gunfights between police and gangs in a bustling Brazilian 'favela' see students at Rio's neighbouring 'American School' running for cover.

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