SAO PAULO - More than 100 people have been arrested during a month-long anti-crime crackdown in Brazil's most populous city Sao Paulo focused on the notorious slum of Paraisopolis, police said on Thursday. Sao Paulo state Governor Geraldo Alckmin and his new security chiefs on Thursday toured the slum, where more than 500 state military police were deployed in an attempt to end robberies, drug trafficking and weapons sales. The high-profile operation was launched in response to a wave of violence linked to an undeclared war between the state's military police force and a powerful prison gang known as the PCC, or First Command of the Capital. … [Read more...] about More than 100 arrested in Sao Paulo crackdown
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Britain's Foreign Office spent 10,000 pounds (US$16,100) to re-stuff the corpse of a giant 120-year-old snake, at a time when government departments are being told to rein in spending. … [Read more...] about Cash-strapped UK govt spends $16,000 on a dead snake
Agricultural giant Cargill Inc said on Saturday it was recalling more than 1 million pounds of ground beef distributed in the United States because of possible E. coli contamination. Cargill Meat Solutions said the 1.084 million pounds (491,700 kg) of ground beef was produced at the Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, facility between October 8 and October 11, and distributed to retailers across the country. Beef cattle graze in Wisconsin August 20, 2007 … [Read more...] about Cargill recalls 1 mln pounds ground beef in US
Coffee beans from the season started last month in Vietnam, the world's largest producer of the robusta variety, will reach Europe by mid-December at the earliest, helping erode stockpiles, Volcafe said. Workers sort through green robusta coffee beans for defects at a processing plant in Ho Chi Minh City. … [Read more...] about Vietnam coffee to reach EU next month at earliest, Volcafe says
With 24 restaurants around the world, 11 Michelin stars, numerous cookbooks, and TV shows, Gordon Ramsay is the top earning chef in the United States, with an estimated global income of $38 million, according to a new list by Forbes.com. Scottish-born Ramsey, known to U.S. television audiences for his acerbic comments on "Master Chef" and "Hell's Kitchen", surpassed Rachael Ray, who earned an estimated $25 million for the year ending June 2012 from her TV show, magazine and cookbooks. Austrian-born Wolfgang Puck, whose 20 restaurants contributed to his $20 million in earnings, came in third on the list of top earning chefs who have a strong presence in the United States. Puck is based in California. "They are very diversified," said Dorothy Pomerantz of Forbes.com. "There is nobody who just has restaurants. TV is a huge factor in making this list because they make so much more money from television than they can from their restaurants." Merchandising and cookbooks also pumped up … [Read more...] about Gordon Ramsay named highest earning chef in U.S.