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Brazil Contenders Gear Up for Final Vote

Leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff and Social Democratic challenger Aecio Neves are fighting to break a statistical tie in the polls a week out from next Sunday's presidential runoff.

The contest has developed into the closest-fought in a generation as Neves, scion of a political dynasty, looks to unseat Rousseff, whose Workers Party (PT) has been in power for 12 years.

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Brazil Inmates Release Hostages, End Riot

Inmates at a prison in southern Brazil ended a two-day uprising Wednesday after releasing guards and other prisoners they had taken hostage, officials said.

A spokesman for the Parana state's justice secretary said 28 prisoners will be transferred from the jail in Guarapuava to other detention centers in the state and in neighboring Santa Catarina state.

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Talks Resume to Free Hostages and End Brazil Prison Riot

Negotiations resumed Tuesday at a Brazilian prison where rioting inmates took 12 guards and several fellow prisoners hostage, the latest in a series of uprisings.

"There is no one demand that has been communicated," a spokeswoman for the state justice department said, adding that "we know some inmates are seeking transfers."

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Talks Resume to Free Hostages and End Brazil Prison Riot

Negotiations resumed Tuesday at a Brazilian prison where rioting inmates took 12 guards and several fellow prisoners hostage, the latest in a series of uprisings.

"There is no one demand that has been communicated," a spokeswoman for the state justice department said, adding that "we know some inmates are seeking transfers."

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Brazil's Neves Wins Key Endorsement in Vote Battle with Rousseff

Brazilian presidential hopeful Aecio Neves on Sunday earned a key endorsement in his bid to defeat incumbent Dilma Rousseff -- from environmentalist candidate Marina Silva.

Neves, a Social Democrat, lost to Rousseff in the first round a week ago, but opinion polls now show him in a statistical dead heat with her ahead of the October 26 run-off -- making Silva's backing vital.

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Brazilian Police Arrested in Rio Drugs Racket

Brazilian authorities have arrested 16 military police on suspicion of extorting bribes from suspected drug traffickers and other offenses, authorities said Thursday.

The arrests stem from a raid carried out earlier this year in northern Rio in which two suspected drug traffickers were captured but later released.

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Reports: Brazil Power-Broker Silva Mulls Backing Neves

Environmentalist Marina Silva, who emerged as a key power-broker after Brazil's first-round election, is leaning toward endorsing business favorite Aecio Neves for president, though it could provoke a rift with her party, reports said Tuesday.

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Beaten Silva Bides Time on Brazil Presidential Endorsement

Environmentalist Marina Silva, eliminated from Brazil's presidential election after placing third Sunday, did not reveal who she would endorse in the October 26 runoff.

Although most Brazilians say they want change after 12 years of rule by the Workers Party (PT) of incumbent Dilma Rousseff, the president topped the poll, going forward to a second round against Social Democrat Aecio Neves.

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Neves Calls on Rival Silva's Party to Ally for Brazil Run-Off

Brazilian presidential candidate Aecio Neves called on his rival Marina Silva's Socialist party to ally with his Social Democrats after defeating her Sunday to reach a run-off against incumbent Dilma Rousseff.

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Brazil Deploys 400,000 Police, Troops for Polls

Brazil is deploying more than 400,000 security personnel, including 30,000 military, for Sunday's presidential and general elections, the country's Superior Electoral Court (TSE) said Saturday.

The TSE told broadcaster Globo it had authorized the deployment of troops in 254 municipalities in 11 of Brazil's 27 federal states, including Rio, scene of urban violence across the week which claimed at least five lives, and Amazonia.

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