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Latest update : 2017-01-05

Prison break: Brazil to overhaul penal system after bloody riot

This week, we focus on Brazil's penal system after a deadly prison riot. 184 inmates escaped from two jails in Brazil in the wake of the worst prison violence there in 25 years. Close to 60 were killed in fighting between rival drug gangs at Manaus jail. Many of those slain were beheaded before being tossed over the prison walls. The violence prompted the justice minister to announce plans to completely overhaul the country's overcrowded prison system.

We also head to the US, where the 115th Congress opened this week. When Donald Trump takes office on January 20th, it will be the first time Republicans have controlled both houses of Congress and the White House since 1928. The GOP has vowed to push through one of the most conservative agendas in decades. But divisions are likely to emerge over Trump's cabinet picks and allegations of Russia's interference in the election.

One of Trump's big campaign promises was bringing jobs back to the United States. This week, US carmaker Ford said it was cancelling a 1.6 billion dollar plant in Mexico in order to beef up a current factory in Michigan. Several major US companies have also started investing in production sites at home. American-made products are still more expensive than those made overseas, but consumers say they're willing to pay a little bit more to buy local.

By Genie GODULA , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Joanna COCKERELL , Sonia BARITELLO

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2017-03-24 Brazil

Export bans hit Brazil amid tainted meat scandal

After the discovery by Brazilian police of a corruption network in which some meatpackers paid crooked inspectors to pass off rotten and adulterated meat as safe, worldwide...

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2017-03-15 USA

Trump administration: Kellyanne Conway's 'alternative' world

This week, we focus on the woman known as the "Trump whisperer". Kellyanne Conway is a character full of contradictions, who studied at Oxford and talks about spy microwaves with...

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2017-03-08 Brazil

Brazil, the transsexual murder capital of the world

In Brazil, 144 transsexuals were killed last year - the highest number in the world. Transsexuals are the celebrated queens of the famous Brazilian carnival, admired and...

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2017-03-01 USA

United States: the white nationalists seeking redemption

As the past few months have seen an increase in hate crimes across the United States, we meet some former white supremacists trying to use their new lives to stop the hate spread...

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2017-02-22 Brazil

Brazil: Carnival in a time of crisis

This week, Brazil is gearing up for its annual carnival. From February 24 to 28, Rio de Janeiro will host the world-famous event. It's hoped the close to one million visitors...

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