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  NBC News Update: July 25nd, 2013

German tourist shot and seriously wounded in Rio slum

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A German tourist was shot and seriously wounded in the stomach on Friday in one of Brazil's largest slums, where drug traffickers still control areas despite a crackdown in 2011. Full story

India rape accused made our lives hell, neighbors say

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Some of Ram Singh's neighbors grimaced with disgust as they remembered a man they described as a menace, who was violent, drank heavily and used to harass women by peeking at them as they undressed. Full story

Fire torches 450 slum homes in Bangladesh

  A fire broke out in a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh Sunday night and destroyed about 450 shelters. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

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