At least 25 killed as Rio de Janeiro police raid drug traffickers May 07, 2021 0 43 12345 dpa Rio de Janeiro At least 25 people have died in a shoot-out during a police operation against an organized crime gang in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, according to local media.The victims of the raid include 24 suspects and one police officer, the news portal G1 reported citing law enforcement officials.The violence took place in a favela in the Brazilian mega city’s Jacarezinho neighbourhood, an area known as one of the bases of the Comando Vermelho (Red Command) criminal group.Powerful crime syndicates like the Comando Vermelho and a number of smaller gangs vie for control of drug trafficking and protection rackets in the poor neighbourhoods.Two passengers riding the metro, which passes near the favela, got caught up in the mayhem on Thursday and were shot while inside a train car. They survived, according to the report.Several other people were reported to have received slight injuries.Faced with heavy gunfire and explosions, residents were unable to leave their homes and a health clinic was closed. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Top diplomats of Turkey, Germany discuss stability of ‘fragile’ Libya May 07, 2021 0 550 EU to debate Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver after US U-turn May 07, 2021 0 328 Two US students sentenced to life for killing Italian police officer May 07, 2021 0 45 US reports over 45,000 new Covid cases; total 794 new deaths dpa Washington The US reported 45,085 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the national total to 33,321,244. The country also recorded 794 new deaths on the same day. With this, the Covid death toll in the US .. EU agency says titanium dioxide not safe as white pigment for food Rome Titanium dioxide, often used as a colourant in many foods, is not safe for human consumption because of possible cancer risks, an EU agency said on Thursday. Titanium dioxide, often called E171 in the list of .. Simple measures could reduce global warming from methane : UN Berlin Simple and inexpensive measures could reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas methane by 30 percent by 2030, slowing the rate of global warming, according to a UN report released on Thursday. The methane cuts ..