Brazilian police killed six people every day over a five-year period – totalling more than 11,000 deaths between 2009 and 2013, a report has claimed.
The study, by the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety, states that officers in the country killed more in just five years than police in the US had over a 30-year timespan, in what it labelled “unacceptable standards” revealing systematic “police victimisation”.
The annual report – which also reveals black people were 30.5 per cent more likely to be killed – accused the force of “abusive use of lethal force” when responding to crime and violence.
It suggested that 143,000 rapes were committed in the country in 2013, only a third of which were reported, and said the “crisis in public safety” had cost the economy more than 250 billion Brazilian Real (£61bn) last year alone.
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Prison riots in Brazil have seen two inmates beheaded and another killed after being thrown off the roof, according to the Associated Press news agency.
Prisoners in the city of Cascavel took two officials and a number of other inmates hostage during the uprising, the news agency reports.
The revolt was said to have begun after a prison guard during breakfast, while dozens of prisoners were also reported to have climbed onto the roof of the building.
Environmentalist Marina Silva will be the new presidential candidate for Brazil's Socialist Party a week after its previous nominee was killed in a plane crash.
Ms Silva, who had been Eduardo Campos' vice presidential running mate, met members of the party in Brasilia who officially approved her as the new candidate.
The decision was widely expected. Party members and Ms Silva's associates had said over the weekend that the main leaders had already chosen her to run in Mr Campos' place.
Tens of thousands of Brazilians gathered in the north eastern city of Recife to bid farewell to presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, killed in a plane crash four days ago, as debate swirled about the impact of his death on the October election.
Locals waited hours in line to pay their respects in front of Campos's coffin and watch an open-air mass attended by a number of Brazilian officials, including President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has cancelled campaigning for three days ahead of the October elections in the country after one of the candidates was killed in a plane crash.
Eduardo Campos' private jet carrying seven people crashed in the coastal city of Santos during bad weather as it was preparing to land.
Five people on board were reportedly rushed to a local hospital. Their identities and what condition they were in is unknown.
Campos, leader of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), had been running third in the polls. The elections are due to take place on October 5.
Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos has reportedly been killed when his private jet crashed in the city of Santos in Sao Paulo, according to local TV network GloboNews.
Campos, 49, is a former governor Pernambuco state.
He positioned himself as a business-friendly leftist and was a former ally of President Dilma Rousseff, who is seeking a second term.
A private jet carrying Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos has crashed, sources in his political party told Reuters.
The plane lost contact with air traffic control as it was preparing to land in Santos, Sao Paulo, according to an Air Force statement.
A police official in Santos said there were "certainly" fatalities in the crash, but could not provide any additional information.
The party source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Campos' running mate, Marina Silva, was not on board.
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The hospitality company MATCH said that any charges brought against a British manager of the firm will be "rebutted".
Ray Whelan, the British manager of the hospitality firm is being investigated over alleged illegal World Cup ticket sales.
He handed himself in to a judge in Brazil this evening.
A statement by MATCH said: "MATCH remains absolutely confident that any charges raised against Ray will be rebutted."
MATCH admitted that offering the packages for cash was "highly unusual" but that it was "permitted under the various terms and conditions".
The company also said that Whelan was unaware that MATCH had put a block on Fofana buying any more packages or tickets.