Brazilian police pose for selfies with gang boss


Police in Brazil are facing an angry backlash after posing for selfies with a gang kingpin accused of extortion, drug-trafficking and multiple murders.

Rogerio Avelino da Silva, also known as Rogerio 157, was arrested on Wednesday in what should have been a victory for detectives grappling with the bloody criminal violence that plagues the streets of Rio de Janeiro.

Owning public space is expensive. So why do developers want to do it?


A great deal has been written about privately owned public space, or POPS. A Guardian investigation earlier this year revealed the proliferation of “pseudo-public spaces”. Tales of people being watched, removed from or told off in POPS have spread online. Activists have taken to monitoring POPS, and politicians on both sides of the pond are calling for reforms in how they are run.

Lisbon is a city famed for its nightlife – and the residents hate it


Lisbon’s nightlife runs on a late schedule. Few arrive at a bar before midnight, at a club before 4, or go home until long after the sun has risen.

All that is about to change, however, as the city government approves new licensing laws to ease tension between party goers and embattled residents in the Portuguese capital.

UK police forces under pressure to stop using spit hoods

THE GUARDIAN – w/ Josh Holliday and Jamie Grierson

Provincial police forces are under pressure to stop hooding detainees after it emerged that the practice has been used hundreds of times despite being banned by Britain’s biggest police forces.

Official figures obtained by the Guardian show that spit hoods have been used 513 times since last year by a handful of provincial police forces.

New Chapter for Classic Paris Bookstore: Books Printed on Demand


PARIS — Gauthier Charrier, a graphic design student, stepped inside one of Paris’s newest bookstores and wondered, “Where are all the books?”

“I saw this empty, open space — just a couple of stools — and I wondered, ‘Did someone mess up?’” Mr. Charrier, 20, said.

How to Spend Christmas in Buenos Aires


Christmas in Buenos Aires can feel strange for the uninitiated. Many porteños leave town to visit family, the holiday’s religious roots remain dominant over its more tinsel-y incarnations, and seasons’ greetings can barely be heard over the phrase: “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!”

Stitched Up: The Labour Abuses in Argentina’s Textile Industry


On a busy Thursday afternoon on Av. Cabildo in Belgrano, passersby weave around makeshift stalls and carefully arranged mats, stopping to examine the abundance of knock-off Adidas t-shirts and Louis Vuitton handbags on offer. Dotted throughout the crowd, police officers remain glued to their usual street-corner positions, showing little concern for the scene before them.

Falklands climbdown in sight as peacemaker takes poll lead


A BUSINESSMAN has taken a surprise lead in the polls for next Sunday’s Argentine presidential election on a promise to bring an abrupt reversal to more than a decade of isolationist government.

Mauricio Macri, the 56-year-old mayor of Buenos Aires and former head of the Boca Juniors football club, has established a lead of about eight percentage points over the Peronist Front for Victory candidate, Daniel Scioli.