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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says Rio de Janeiro can become a safe city before it hosts the 2016 Olympics. And his consulting firm will be paid to offer advice on how to make that happen.

Giuliani visited a slum in Rio on Thursday and praised Rio's efforts to pacify the violence-plagued areas where drug traffickers hold sway.

Rio Governor Sergio Cabral sys that Giuliani's consulting firm will be contracted to give security advice, though details of the deal were not disclosed.

As mayor from 1994 to 2002, Giuliani oversaw a drastic drop in crime in New York, which backers attribute to his tough, zero-tolerance stance.

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