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Brazil beefs up police to quell trucker protest

Bras - Brazil dispatched extra police to quell a strike by truckers opposing rising fuel and freight costs, after demonstrations turned violent.Nearing its second week, the strike has hit 11 of Brazil's 26 states.

Brazil teen killed by police recorded shooting on phone

Rio De Janeiro - A 15-year-old Brazilian shot dead by police last week was carrying a mobile phone that caught the incident on camera, according to video published Thursday by a news site.

The perils of publication, scientist in dispute with journal

Sao Pedro D'aldeia - The American Diabetes Association faces a lawsuit after journal editors express concern over several papers. This is a rare activity within the science world.

Brazil's Rousseff refuses Indonesian envoy credentials

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday refused to accept the credentials of the Indonesian ambassador to demonstrate her anger at last month's execution of a Brazilian citizen for drug smuggling.

Controversy-hit samba school wins Rio carnival title

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian samba school shrugged off a controversy over alleged funding by an African strongman president and went on to claim its 13th win at the Rio Carnival championship on Wednesday.

ISIS vows to take down Rome

In the most recent propaganda video released by the militant group ISIS, the terroristic group vows to conquer Rome. Some say it is a blatant attack on Christians.

Ghost super moon on February 18th will not be visible

The first "Super" moon of 2015 will rise on Feb. 18th. As the moon rises it will be a rare "Super New Moon" which means the moon will not be visible.

Dali, parachutists, African polemic at Rio parade

Rio De Janeiro - A Dali-style homage to Rio ahead of the city's 450th birthday, parachutists landing on the piste and a polemic on the funding of an elite samba school paying tribute to Africa marked Monday's carnival parade.

At Rio carnival, not even downpour dampens show

Rio De Janeiro - Tens of thousands of people defied a thunderstorm to pack Rio's Sambadrome as elite dance schools paraded in dazzling costumes and revelers shed inhibitions at street parties.

Drones to search Amazonian forests for ancient civilizations

Scientists plan to use drones to scour the Amazonian forests for evidence of ancient civilizations. New discoveries suggest that sophisticated cultures similar to those in other parts of the Americas once occupied the area.

Sao Paulo drought worsens — Rationing may be next

Brazil's Sao Paulo state is experiencing their third year of drought, with soaring temperatures and rainfall averages well below normal. With the country's economy in a slump, about the only people doing a brisk business are the water tankers.

Brazil drops Cup scalping claim against British executive

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian authorities have dropped their case against a British businessman accused of being involved in a $100-million ticket scalping racket at last year's World Cup, his company reported Wednesday.

Three dead in Petrobras rig blast off Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - An explosion ripped through a Petrobras rig off Brazil Wednesday, killing three people, injuring 10 and leaving six others missing in a new blow to the embattled state oil giant.

Can Brazil president survive growing Petrobras scandal?

Bras - Mounting allegations that her party received hundreds of millions of dollars in a kickbacks scandal engulfing oil giant Petrobras have sent Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's poll ratings tumbling and could fatally undermine her.

Nonito Donaire picks William Prado for March 28 fight in Manila

Fve-division world champion and the former WBA (Super) Featherweight champion Nonito Donaire has picked William Prado of Brazil for his first comeback fight since losing to Nicholas Walters of Jamaica via a sixth round TKO in October last year.

Fake orgy plot helps 28 inmates escape from Brazil jail

28 inmates at a prison in Brazil escaped after three women in dominatrix costumes tricked guards into thinking they were going to have an orgy.

Dirty milky rain falls over Washington and Oregon

Residents of Washington and Oregon are cleaning up a strange white milky residue that fell from the sky during the last rain storm.

Couple gives birth to twins on way to hospital

On Thursday morning a married couple attempted to reach a hospital in Lincoln Nebraska. Their attempt was interrupted as their unborn twins had other plans and made their debut to the world on the side of Highway 77.

Police seize Brazil tycoon Batista's cash, cars

Rio De Janeiro - Police on Friday seized a piano, the equivalent of $45,700 in cash, six cars and other possessions from the home of Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista, once Brazil's richest man, who is on trial for insider trading.

China's golden mussel threatens Amazon River

The diminutive invader grows to no more than an inch in length, but it is a prolific breeder, reproducing nine months out of the year. The golden mussel, native to China, spread to Taiwan and Japan in the latter part of the 20th century.
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