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Brazil official: World Cup, Olympics will be safe

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 17:55:37 +0000

Brazil's foreign minister says "all necessary measures" are being taken to ensure security at next year's soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympics following the deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon.



Brazilian meat packers face fines

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:45:10 +0000

Federal prosecutors in Brazil want 26 meat packing companies to pay fines of more than $200 million for buying cattle raised illegally.



Price surge for tomatoes has Brazilians up in arms

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 05:51:21 +0000

The tomato has long been a near-obligatory garnishing for just about any Brazilian dish, yet it's becoming the country's apple of discord.

A woman shops for tomatoes with her daughter at a supermarket in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, April 11, 2013. A longer-than-usual rainy season, high fuel prices and superheated demand have combined to send prices for the beloved vegetable soaring, and consumers are seeing red. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)


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Brazil city bans public transit vans in some areas

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:57:17 +0000

Public transit vans like the one in which an American student was gang raped last month were banned Thursday from Rio de Janeiro's touristy South Zone neighborhoods.

FILE - This April 2, 2013 file photo shows a public transport van along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An American woman was gang raped and beaten aboard a public transport van like this one, while her French boyfriend was shackled, hit with a crowbar and forced to watch the attacks after the pair boarded the vehicle in Rio de Janeiro's showcase Copacabana beach neighborhood after midnight on March 2. Public transit vans like the one in which an American student was gang raped last month were banned Thursday, April 11 from Rio de Janeiro's touristy South Zone neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)


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Brazil task force to deal help Haitian immigrants

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:50:13 +0000

The government has set up a task force to deal with the influx of Haitian immigrants into Brazil's northern state of Acre.



Brazilian team finds new porcupine species

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:07:33 +0000

A new species of tree-dwelling porcupine has been discovered in Brazil's Northeastern Atlantic Forest, one of the world's most threatened habitats, researchers said.

This March 15, 2009 photo released on April 10, 2013 by Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, shows a new species of the porcupine "Coendou speratus," in Pernambuco, Brazil. Brazilian researchers say they found the tree-dwelling rodent in a small and isolated fragment patch of forest in the northeastern state of Pernambuco. With just 2 % of the region’s original forest habitat still standing, the new porcupine must be considered to be endangered said Antonio Rossano Mendes, a zoology professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco and part of the team who discovered the new species. (AP Photo/Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Antonio Rossano Mendes)


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Brazil authorizes Chevron to resume production

Tue, 9 Apr 2013 16:22:39 +0000

Brazil's National Petroleum Agency says it has authorized Chevron Corp to resume production on six offshore wells off the coast of Rio de Janeiro after more than 100,000 gallons of crude seeped into the ocean there.



Report: Police apprehend teen in Brazil gang rape

Mon, 8 Apr 2013 20:11:24 +0000

A news report says Rio de Janeiro police have detained a 14-year-old suspected of participating in the brutal gang rape of an American student inside a moving public transit van.



Brazil: 26 police tried in 1992 prison massacre

Mon, 8 Apr 2013 15:36:35 +0000

Trial began on Monday for more than two dozen police involved in the infamous 1992 massacre at Sao Paulo's Carandiru prison, which left 111 inmates dead.



Brazil prosecutors want ex- president investigated

Sat, 6 Apr 2013 18:50:54 +0000

Brazil's federal prosecutor's office has asked police to investigate allegations that former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was involved in the massive cash-for-votes scheme in Congress that led to the conviction of several of his closest aid

FILE - In this April 14, 2012 file photo, Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends a ceremony to inaugurate an elementary school in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. Lula da Silva has voiced his support for ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro ahead of Venezuela's April 14, 2013 presidential election. In a video broadcast on state television in Venezuela, Silva says he believes Maduro would be capable of accomplishing goals set by late President Hugo Chavez. Chavez and Silva were close political allies, and their two countries share close trade ties. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)


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Brazil: Steel company must move 750 people

Fri, 5 Apr 2013 19:15:24 +0000

The state environment minister has called on a Brazilian steel company to immediately move around 750 people living near its plant in a Rio de Janeiro suburb. Soil there was found to contain up to 90 times the legal limit of toxic and potentially carcinog



Trial in deaths of Amazon activists ends in Brazil

Fri, 5 Apr 2013 01:07:54 +0000

A man who prosecutors accused of masterminding the killing of two Amazon activists in northern Brazil in 2011 was acquitted by a jury on Thursday.



Head of Brazil's HR Commission refuses to resign

Thu, 4 Apr 2013 20:48:34 +0000

The president of the Commission for Human Rights and Minorities of the lower house of Brazil's Congress says he will not step down despite mounting pressure from critics who say he is homophobic and racist.



Survivor: fight likely caused Brazil bus plunge

Wed, 3 Apr 2013 00:25:21 +0000

A police officer investigating a deadly crash in which a bus plunged from a 10-meter (30-foot) high viaduct onto one of Rio de Janeiro's busiest thoroughfares said Wednesday he plans to indict the driver and an angry passenger who allegedly fought jus

A bus is seen upside down after falling from a viaduct into Avenida Brasil, the largest avenue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. A passenger bus plunged from a 10-meter-high (30-foot) viaduct in central Rio de Janeiro killing at least seven people and closing a major thoroughfare. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A bus is seen upside down after falling from a viaduct into Avenida Brasil, the largest avenue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. A passenger bus plunged from a 10-meter-high (30-foot) viaduct in central Rio de Janeiro killing at least seven people and closing a major thoroughfare. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

People watch a bus that fell from a viaduct into Avenida Brasil, the largest avenue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. A passenger bus plunged from a 10-meter-high (30-foot) viaduct in central Rio de Janeiro killing at least seven people and closing a major thoroughfare. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A bus is seen after falling from a viaduct into Avenida Brasil, the largest avenue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. A passenger bus plunged from a 10-meter-high (30-foot) viaduct in central Rio de Janeiro killing at least seven people and closing a major thoroughfare. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)


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Prosecutors file murder charges in Brazil fire

Tue, 2 Apr 2013 20:22:32 +0000

Eight people have been charged in connection with the deadly nightclub fire in southern Brazil that killed 241 people earlier this year, prosecutors said Tuesday.



Brazil's Lula da Silva backs Maduro in Venez vote

Tue, 2 Apr 2013 14:59:00 +0000

Brazil's former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has voiced his support for ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro ahead of Venezuela's presidential election.

Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an event at the Casa Nacional de las Letras Andres Bello, where independence hero Simon Bolivar started his studies, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 1, 2013. Both Nicolas Maduro, Chavez's chosen successor, and opposition Gov. Henrique Capriles face the challenge of spelling out a vision for a future without Chavez, who dominated this 28 million-person country like few other leaders have during his 14 years in power. Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

FILE - In this April 14, 2012 file photo, Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends a ceremony to inaugurate an elementary school in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. Lula da Silva has voiced his support for ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro ahead of Venezuela's April 14, 2013 presidential election. In a video broadcast on state television in Venezuela, Silva says he believes Maduro would be capable of accomplishing goals set by late President Hugo Chavez. Chavez and Silva were close political allies, and their two countries share close trade ties. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles hold up posters of him prior to the start of a march against violence in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 1, 2013. Both Nicolas Maduro, Chavez's chosen successor, and opposition Gov. Henrique Capriles face the challenge of spelling out a vision for a future without Chavez, who dominated this 28 million-person country like few other leaders have during his 14 years in power. Venezuela will hold a presidential election to replace late President Hugo Chavez on April 14. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)


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Brazil govt: Homicide rate dips after gun control

Mon, 1 Apr 2013 19:51:00 +0000

A new study suggests the number of homicides in Brazil has fallen since the passage of a law restricting gun ownership.



Rape, kidnap of tourists feed Rio safety fears

Mon, 1 Apr 2013 15:34:32 +0000

A late night outing turned into a six-hour-long nightmare after an American woman was gang raped and beaten aboard a public transit van while her handcuffed French boyfriend looked on helplessly, in an incident that's shocked this resort city as it ge

Map locates Rio de Janeiro where tourists were attacked and one was sexually assaulted aboard a public transport van

Suspects Wallace Aparecido Souza Silva, left, Carlos Armando Costa dos Santos, center, and Jonathan Foudakis de Souza are presented to the press at the Special Police Unit for Tourism Support (DEAT) after being arrested for allegedly attacking tourists in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. An American woman was gang raped and beaten aboard a public transport van while her French boyfriend was shackled, hit with a crowbar and forced to watch the attacks after the pair boarded the vehicle in Rio de Janeiro's showcase Copacabana beach neighborhood, police said. The attacks took place over six hours starting shortly after midnight on Saturday. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A public transport van picks up passengers along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. An American woman was gang raped and beaten aboard a public transport van while her French boyfriend was shackled, hit with a crowbar and forced to watch the attacks after the pair boarded the vehicle in Rio de Janeiro's showcase Copacabana beach neighborhood, police said. The attacks took place over six hours starting shortly after midnight on Saturday. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Wallace Aparecido Souza Silva is presented to the press at Special Police Unit for Tourism Support (DEAT) after being arrested for allegedly attacking tourists in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. An American woman was gang raped and beaten aboard a public transport van while her French boyfriend was shackled, hit with a crowbar and forced to watch the attacks after the pair boarded the vehicle in Rio de Janeiro's showcase Copacabana beach neighborhood, police said. The attacks took place over six hours starting shortly after midnight on Saturday. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Jonathan Foudakis de Souza is presented to the press at Special Police Unit for Tourism Support (DEAT) after being arrested for allegedly attacking tourists in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. An American woman was gang raped and beaten aboard a public transport van while her French boyfriend was shackled, hit with a crowbar and forced to watch the attacks after the pair boarded the vehicle in Rio de Janeiro's showcase Copacabana beach neighborhood, police said. The attacks took place over six hours starting shortly after midnight on Saturday. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Suspect Carlos Armando Costa dos Santos is presented to the press at Special Police Unit for Tourism Support (DEAT) after being arrested for allegedly attacking tourists in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. An American woman was gang raped and beaten aboard a public transport van while her French boyfriend was shackled, hit with a crowbar and forced to watch the attacks after the pair boarded the vehicle in Rio de Janeiro's showcase Copacabana beach neighborhood, police said. The attacks took place over six hours starting shortly after midnight on Saturday. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)


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Brazilian doctor suspected of killing patients

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:57:06 +0000

Brazil's health ministry says a doctor is suspected of killing seven terminally ill patients in a southern Brazilian hospital.



Disabled surfers brave the waves in Brazil

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 07:14:34 +0000

One minute, Renata Glasner is watching the waves crash on Leblon beach from her wheelchair. The next, she's plowing through the turbulent waters on a specially adapted surfboard.In this March 10, 2013 photo, Renata Glasner, is helped by AdaptSurf volunteers into the water at Leblon beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Glasner, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis four years ago, is one of dozens of disabled people on this special strip of Rio de Janeiro beach who is conquering the waves. Glasner is able to savor that experience on a weekly basis thanks to AdaptSurf, a Rio-based non-governmental organization that aims to make beaches accessible to the disabled and encourage them to practice water sports. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)In this March 10, 2013 photo, a surfboard tagged with a disabled symbol sits on the sand in Leblon beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dozens of disabled people on this special strip of Rio de Janeiro beach are conquering the waves. Men and women with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, people missing a limb, the blind, the deaf and even the paralyzed all hit the waves at Leblon. They all require a different kind of assistance depending on their disabilities and maneuver their boards in different ways - some standing, some on their knees, others flat on their bellies and using their body weight to steer the boards. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)In this March 16, 2013 photo, AdaptSurf co-founder and physical therapist Luiz Phelipe Nobre, center, teaches surfing lessons at Barra da Tijuca beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AdaptSurf is a Rio-based non-governmental organization that aims to make beaches accessible to the disabled and encourage them to practice water sports. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)In this March 10, 2013 photo, AdaptSurf co-founder and physical therapist Luiz Phelipe Nobre pulls the wheelchair holding Renata Glasner, on Leblon beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Glasner, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis four years ago, is one of dozens of disabled people on this special strip of Rio de Janeiro beach who is conquering the waves. Glasner is able to savor that experience on a weekly basis thanks to AdaptSurf, a Rio-based non-governmental organization that aims to make beaches accessible to the disabled and encourage them to practice water sports. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)In this March 16, 2013 photo, Camila Fuchs, right, is accompanied by an AdaptSurf volunteer as they head out to sea to catch some waves, at Barra da Tijuca beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AdaptSurf is a Rio-based non-governmental organization that aims to make beaches accessible to the disabled and encourage them to practice water sports. The organization is the first of its kind in Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)In this March 16, 2013 photo, AdaptSurf co-founder and surfer Henrique Saraiva rides a wave at Barra da Tijuca beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He and two friends created the organization in 2007, some 10 years after a mugging left Saraiva partially paralyzed. The then-18-year-old was cycling near his home when he was set upon by several young men who were after his bike. One of them pulled a gun. A single shot went in through his stomach and lodged in his spinal column. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)In this March 16, 2013 photo, surfing students exercise on their boards before hitting the waves at Barra da Tijuca beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dozens of disabled people in Rio are conquering the waves. Men and women with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, people missing a limb, the blind, the deaf and even the paralyzed all hit the[...]


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Brazil's supermarkets pledge to reject Amazon meat

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:48:54 +0000

A group representing Brazil's supermarkets says its members are pledging to avoid selling meat from cattle raised in the Amazon rainforest.



Police seek criminal charges in Brazil club fire

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 20:52:17 +0000

Criminal charges are being sought against 16 people in connection with the nightclub fire that killed 241 people in southern Brazil earlier this year, police said Friday.



Indians, police clash at Rio Indian museum

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:18:42 +0000

Indians with faces painted and armed with bows faced off Friday against police at an old Indian museum complex next to legendary Maracana football stadium, resisting a forced eviction and the destruction of the building to make way for World Cup works.A supporter of the indigenous people who have been occupying the old Indian Museum kicks a can of tear gas in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, March 22, 2013. The clash Friday is a bid to expel the group, some of whom have been squatting in the crumbling complex for years. The Indian museum has been at the center of a drawn-out legal battle between the several dozen Indians who've been living there for years and state and local authorities. Officials initially wanted to raze the complex as part of renovations ahead of Brazil's 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Supporters of the indigenous people who have been occupying the old Indian Museum are grabbed by riot police as they blocked the road outside the museum in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, March 22, 2013. The clash Friday is a bid to expel the group, some of whom have been squatting in the crumbling complex for years. The Indian museum has been at the center of a drawn-out legal battle between the several dozen Indians who've been living there for years and state and local authorities. Officials initially wanted to raze the complex as part of renovations ahead of Brazil's 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Supporters of the indigenous people who have been occupying the old Indian Museum are grabbed by riot police as they blocked the road outside the museum in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, March 22, 2013. The clash Friday is a bid to expel the group, some of whom have been squatting in the crumbling complex for years. The Indian museum has been at the center of a drawn-out legal battle between the several dozen Indians who've been living there for years and state and local authorities. Officials initially wanted to raze the complex as part of renovations ahead of Brazil's 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)A supporter of indigenous people is grabbed by riot police outside the old Indian Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, March 22, 2013. The clash Friday is a bid to expel the group, some of whom have been squatting in the crumbling complex for years. The Indian museum has been at the center of a drawn-out legal battle between the several dozen Indians who've been living there for years and state and local authorities. Officials initially wanted to raze the complex as part of renovations ahead of Brazil's 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)A supporter of the indigenous people who have been occupying the old Indian Museum is held by police as she protests outside the old Indian Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, March 22, 2013. The clash Friday is a bid to expel the group, some of whom have been squatting in the crumbling complex for years. The Indian museum has been at the center of a drawn-out legal battle between the several dozen Indians who've been living there for years and state and local authorities. Officials initially wanted to raze the complex as part of renovations ahead of Brazil's 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Indigenous people and their supporters hold a baby while shouting to police as they stay inside the old Indian Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, March 22, 2013. Police have surrounded Rio's Indian Museum complex next to the legendary Maracana stadium in a bid to expel a group of indigenous people and their supporters.[...]


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Indians, police clash in Rio over World Cup preps

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:49:24 +0000

Pandemonium broke out in the shadow of Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium on Friday as riot police raided an old museum that authorities want razed ahead of the 2014 World Cup, but where a few indigenous people had squatted for years.A supporter of the indigenous people who have been occupying the old Indian Museum kicks a can of tear gas in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, March 22, 2013. The clash Friday is a bid to expel the group, some of whom have been squatting in the crumbling complex for years. The Indian museum has been at the center of a drawn-out legal battle between the several dozen Indians who've been living there for years and state and local authorities. Officials initially wanted to raze the complex as part of renovations ahead of Brazil's 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Supporters of the indigenous people who have been occupying the old Indian Museum are grabbed by riot police as they blocked the road outside the museum in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, March 22, 2013. The clash Friday is a bid to expel the group, some of whom have been squatting in the crumbling complex for years. The Indian museum has been at the center of a drawn-out legal battle between the several dozen Indians who've been living there for years and state and local authorities. Officials initially wanted to raze the complex as part of renovations ahead of Brazil's 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)A supporter of indigenous people is grabbed by riot police outside the old Indian Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, March 22, 2013. The clash Friday is a bid to expel the group, some of whom have been squatting in the crumbling complex for years. The Indian museum has been at the center of a drawn-out legal battle between the several dozen Indians who've been living there for years and state and local authorities. Officials initially wanted to raze the complex as part of renovations ahead of Brazil's 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)A supporter of the indigenous people who have been occupying the old Indian Museum is held by police as she protests outside the old Indian Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, March 22, 2013. The clash Friday is a bid to expel the group, some of whom have been squatting in the crumbling complex for years. The Indian museum has been at the center of a drawn-out legal battle between the several dozen Indians who've been living there for years and state and local authorities. Officials initially wanted to raze the complex as part of renovations ahead of Brazil's 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Indigenous people and their supporters hold a baby while shouting to police as they stay inside the old Indian Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, March 22, 2013. Police have surrounded Rio's Indian Museum complex next to the legendary Maracana stadium in a bid to expel a group of indigenous people and their supporters. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Indigenous people and their supporters protest as police surround the old Indian Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, March 22, 2013. The clash Friday is a bid to expel the group, some of whom have been squatting in the crumbling complex for years. The Indian museum has been at the center of a drawn-out legal battle between the several dozen Indians who've been living there for years and state and local authorities. Officials initially wanted to raze the complex as part of renovations ahead of Brazil's 2014 World Cup. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)[...]An indigenous man shouts to [...]


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Brazil doctor group urges legalization of abortion

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:23:11 +0000

A group representing Brazilian doctors on Thursday urged federal lawmakers to change the country's restrictive abortion law to allow abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.