U.S. Diplomat Shot In Foot In Robbery Attempt Near Rio

A senior U.S. diplomat in Brazil was shot in the foot during an attempted robbery on a highway near Rio de Janeiro, highlighting surging violence in Rio state where an economic crisis has drained public resources, Reuters reports. Police said in a statement on Friday that the vice consul, whom the Associated Press identified as Stephanie Bohlen, was taken from the scene near Angra dos Reis to the Hospital Samaritano in the state capital to undergo surgery. Press representatives at the U.S. Embassy in Brazil did not immediately respond to questions about the incident, which newspaper O Globo said happened on Thursday night. A U.S. State Department spokesperson confirmed that “a consulate…