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Brazil Set to Start Shooting Down Drug Planes

Brazil is set to start shooting down aircraft suspected of smuggling drugs across its jungles in 90 days, now that it issued a controversial new law on Monday after a six year delay. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s signature on the law, which was approved by Congress in 1998, has prompted Washington to warn that it could curtail anti-drug cooperation with Brazil if it concludes there are not sufficient precautions to satisfy U.S. law. Publication of the measure in the government’s official diary on Monday starts a 90-day clock at the end of which it goes into effect. Brazilian Defense Minister Jose Viegas has said the law is necessary to curb constant incursions by drug traffickers from neighboring countries into Brazil. Full Story

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