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Brazil announces torch route ahead of 'historic' Olympics

Bras - Brazil's president unveiled the 2016 Olympic torch Friday with a vow to overcome the Latin American giant's mounting problems -- ranging from massive corruption to street violence -- in time for a "historic" Rio games.

Brazil targets 15 banks in forex fixing probe

Bras - Brazil's antitrust body announced a probe into alleged foreign exchange market rigging by 15 banks including Citigroup and HSBC.

Rio slum tests security with Olympics a year off

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police assumed control over one of Rio's most dangerous neighborhoods Tuesday, replacing the army in a key test for how to suppress crime ahead of next year's Olympic Games.

Hate crimes shake Brazil's religious melting pot

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's image as a religious melting pot has been shaken in recent weeks by a series of hate crimes, raising alarm over growing intolerance amid a surge in Evangelical Christianity.

Rousseff puts spy scandal behind her with U.S. visit

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff arrives in the United States on Saturday for a long-delayed visit, looking to shore up economic ties almost two years after scrapping a trip following revelations that Washington spied on her.

Medium killed, tomb desecrated in latest Brazil attacks

Rio De Janeiro - A well-known medium popular with the stars was killed and the tomb of another was desecrated Friday in the latest wave of violence targeting spiritualists in several days in Brazil, police said.

Murders of indigenous people up sharply in Brazil: Report

Bras - Murders of indigenous people rose sharply in Brazil last year with 138 Indians killed, a rights group said Friday, warning they were also committing suicide in growing numbers.

Brazil ramps up punishment for cop killers

Bras - The Brazilian parliament passed a law toughening penalties for murderers of policemen, a measure widely demanded by the security forces of a country where hundreds of officers are killed every year.

Brazil sets 20 percent quota for black judges

Bras - Brazil has moved to correct a huge racial imbalance in its judiciary, reserving 20 percent of future judgeships for candidates who are black or of mixed race.

Big turnout for Sao Paulo gay pride

S - Tens of thousands of revelers thronged Sao Paulo's main Paulista Avenue thoroughfare on Sunday to cavort at the city's annual Gay Pride march.

A year before Olympics, protesters decry filthy Rio bay

Rio De Janeiro - Dozens of demonstrators gathered at Rio de Janeiro's heavily polluted Guanabara Bay, demanding that officials clean it up before it is used as a 2016 Olympic sailing venue.Amid whistles of disapproval and shouts of "shame!

Seven new tiny frog species found in the Brazilian cloud forest

After almost five years of exploration in southern Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest, researchers have discovered seven miniature frog species, no bigger than an adult's thumb. Scientists also say these little fellows are already at risk of extinction.

Brazil prosecutors investigating ex-football confederation leader

Rio De Janeiro - Prosecutors have launched an investigation against Ricardo Teixeira, former Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president, for alleged crimes including money-laundering and fraud, officials said Monday.

Media NGO RSF decries Brazil journalist deaths

Rio De Janeiro - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Monday urged Brazil to take "concrete and effective" measures to protect journalists after two reporters were murdered in May.

Review: Indie Artist Karen Stever shares new Blackguard video and vision Special

Independent Artist Karen Stever releases her third video "Blackguard" from the Idiot Savant collection. Stever shares her ever growing creative vision with the Digital Journal.

Rio knife attacks claim more victims: Police

Rio De Janeiro - Two more people were injured Saturday in knife attacks in Rio, raising to 13 the number of stabbing victims in as many days in the city that hosts the 2016 Olympic Games.

Rio to allow transgender inmates to choose male or female prison

Rio De Janeiro - Transgender inmates jailed in Rio de Janeiro's penitentiaries will be able to choose incarceration in prisons for men or women, a first for Brazil.The new rules were approved Friday by the state of Rio de Janeiro's department of prisons.

Brazil protesters demand Rousseff impeachment

Bras - Several hundred protesters gathered Wednday in Brasilia to demand the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff after they completed a 1,000-kilometer (650-mile) march on the capital.

Brazil's new Right on the march

Bras - The teenage flag-bearer of Brazil's new Right, Kim Kataguiri, is marching on Brasilia as more conservative voices demand the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.

Brazil arrests Mafioso on run since 1980s

Bras - A crime boss convicted of more than 20 murders and sentenced to life in prison in his native Italy was arrested in Brazil Tuesday after nearly 30 years on the run, police said.
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