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Gang-rape internet video shocks Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Two gang rapes of teenage girls including one supposedly involving 30 men that was filmed and posted online have shocked Brazil.

Gunmen run wild in Rio tourist spots ahead of Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - Pulling in at one of Rio's swishest buildings, the driver of the blue luxury car turns on the blinkers, pauses for the security gate to open -- and suddenly is staring into the barrel of a gun.

Brazil leader hails deficit win, corruption scandal lurks

Bras - Brazil's interim president Michel Temer celebrated a first victory Wednesday for his urgent economic reforms after Congress agreed to widen the budget deficit, but fresh corruption allegations haunted his government.

Brazil congress approves deficit spending

Bras - Brazil's congress early Wednesday approved a deficit spending plan proposed by the interim government of President Michel Temer after 16 hours of debate. The government says it is facing a record 170.

First train runs along new Rio metro line crucial for Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - A train has made the journey for the first time along Rio de Janeiro's new underground metro line, considered a crucial link for public transport during the Olympic Games in less than three months.

Brazil president urges economy reforms, slams 'psychological aggression'

Bras - Brazil's acting president Michel Temer on Tuesday called for reforms to haul Latin America's biggest economy back from crippling recession and slammed what he called "psychological aggression" against his government.

Corruption scandal throws Brazil's interim government into disarray

Bras - Acting Brazilian president Michel Temer's government faced its first major crisis Monday when a key minister stepped aside following a leaked recording in which he appears to discuss using Dilma Rousseff's impeachment to derail a huge corruption probe....

Corruption claim engulfs new Brazil government

Bras - A leaked recording allegedly showing a minister plotting the impeachment of Brazil's Dilma Rousseff in order to derail a massive corruption probe put acting president Michel Temer under intense pressure Monday.

Spanish Olympic team members robbed at gunpoint in Rio

Rio De Janeiro - Three members of Spain's Olympic sailing team were robbed at gunpoint in a popular tourist area of Rio de Janeiro, where the Summer Games will start in less than three months, officials said Saturday.

Brazil deficit much worse than thought: Minister

Bras - Brazil's projected budget deficit for this year will be nearly twice as big as forecast when Dilma Rousseff was president, the new finance minister said Friday.

Brazil's suspended president Rousseff launches online fightback

Bras - Critics branded her aloof and inaccessible in leadership, but since being suspended as president pending impeachment proceedings, Brazil's Dilma Rousseff is reaching out to the nation in a feverish online campaign.

New Brazilian FM promises shift away from left

Bras - The foreign minister for Brazil's new government following the suspension of president Dilma Rousseff said Wednesday that Brasilia will now pursue economic interests over leftist ideological goals.

Leading ally of Brazil's Lula sentenced to 23 years

Bras - A leading ally of Brazil's leftist icon and ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison for his part in a giant corruption scheme that has shaken the country's elite.

Brazil names new central bank head, eyes reforms

Bras - Brazil's interim government on Tuesday named economist Ilan Goldfajn as the new head of the central bank, a key post in the fight to coax the giant economy out of recession.

Free super-strong condoms for Australian Olympic athletes

Australian athletes competing in the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be given super-strength condoms as protection against the Zika virus.

Olympics to give battered Brazil economy only limited boost: report

Rio De Janeiro - The Rio Olympics in August will give Brazil's battered economy only a limited shot in the arm, Moody's ratings agency said Monday, as bad news mounted for the city's Olympic transportation network.

Protests cloud Brazil acting president's political honeymoon

Bras - Street protests and controversy over the absence of female ministers clouded Brazilian acting president Michel Temer's political honeymoon as he began his first full week in power.

Post-Rousseff Brazil dismisses 'lies' from leftist LatAm leaders

Bras - Brazil's new interim government on Sunday dismissed "lies" from left-wing Latin American leaders who are refusing to recognize its authority and the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff.

Brazil's new government vows support for graft probe

Bras - Brazil's new justice minister pledged his "full support" for an explosive corruption investigation that has a host of top politicians in its sights, including several of his colleagues.

Brazil's new rulers, rich, white, conservative and in trouble

Bras - The two dozen ministers in Brazil's new government have a lot in common: they're white, male, conservative, often wealthy and in numerous cases face legal problems.
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