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Gilberto Gil daughter becomes healthy food 'guru'

Rio De Janeiro - Bela Gil may be the youngest daughter of Brazilian singer and politician Gilberto Gil, but she's not riding on her father's musical coat tails.

Brazil sends 1,000 additional officers to combat Rio violence

Rio De Janeiro - The Brazilian government has deployed a thousand additional personnel to combat insecurity in Rio de Janeiro, which has seen a spike in violence in recent months, authorities said Thursday.

Havaianas: the flip-flops emblematic of Brazil — corruption and all

Rio De Janeiro - You'd be hard pressed to find an item more representative of Brazil than Havaianas: those brand-name flip-flops adopted by just about every inhabitant, rich or poor, as well as tourists seduced by the beach vibe.

Brazil judge freezes ex-president Lula's assets after conviction

Bras - A Brazilian judge leading an anti-corruption probe has ordered assets belonging to former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva frozen after last week convicting and sentencing him to prison for graft.

Want to escape Sao Paulo's traffic? Take a flying taxi

S - While Uber has changed ground transport in many cities, Sao Paulo's infernal traffic jams have sparked a new app that opens the sky to commuters: Voom, a helicopter taxi service that charges according to distance and the passenger's weight.

Cop killed in flare up of violence in Rio de Janeiro

Rio De Janeiro - A spasm of violence in Rio claimed another life Monday as a policeman was shot dead, a day after a gun battle sparked panic on the road to the airport and prompted some drivers to seek shelter in the trunks of their cars.

Brazil's defiant Lula says people will decide his fate

S - Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Saturday that voters would decide his fate, shrugging off his graft conviction and insisting he was still in the presidential race.

Lawmakers back quashing graft trial of Brazil President Temer

Bras - Brazilian President Michel Temer looked on track on Thursday to avoid trial over graft charges, after a committee of lawmakers recommended the accusations against him be shelved ahead of a congressional vote.

Lawmakers back quashing graft trial of Brazil President Temer

Bras - Brazilian President Michel Temer looked on track Thursday to avoid trial over graft charges, after a committee of lawmakers recommended the accusations against him be shelved ahead of a congressional vote.

Sentenced to prison, Lula sets eyes on Brazil's presidency

S - Brazil's former leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Thursday defiantly brushed aside his conviction on corruption charges and said he plans to run again for president next year.

Former Brazil leader Lula gets nearly 10 years in jail for graft

Bras - Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for graft on Wednesday -- a stark fall from grace for the iconic leftist leader, and the latest twist in a sprawling political corruption probe engulfing Lat...

Former Brazil leader Lula sentenced to jail for graft

Bras - Former Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was convicted and sentenced on Wednesday to nine and a half years in prison for corruption and money laundering.

Rio's City of God clinic becomes 'war' hospital

Rio De Janeiro - In the City of God, a Rio slum made famous by a movie of the same name, the local clinic used to treat minor ailments like the flu or stomach aches.

Brazil lifts ban on controversial sterilization implants

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil has lifted a ban on the sale of Essure female sterilization implants after receiving results from clinical trials on its risks, authorities said Tuesday.

Special class for Rio's teachers: how to survive a shooting

Rio De Janeiro - Teachers in violence-wracked Rio de Janeiro started a new course on Monday -- they are learning how to react to the shootings and violence plaguing the host city of last year's Olympic Games.

Brazil convict: jailbird by night, congressman by day

Bras - For many politicians, a jail sentence means the end of your career, but not for lawmaker Celso Jacob. He still comes each day to Brazil's National Congress -- straight from prison.

Brazil president presents graft defense, denies bribery

Bras - Lawyers for Brazil's President Michel Temer presented their defense Wednesday against corruption charges that threaten to drive him from office, denying allegations that he took a $150,000 bribe.

Brazil president to present graft defense Wednesday

Bras - Lawyers for Brazil's President Michel Temer said they will present their defense Wednesday against corruption charges that threaten to drive him from office.

Ex-minister to Brazil's Temer arrested in graft widening scandal

S - A former cabinet minister in the government of Brazil's President Michel Temer has been arrested and charged with obstruction of justice, officials said on Monday.

Brazil president confirms G20 trip

Bras - Brazil's scandal-hit President Michel Temer reversed a plan to skip this week's G20 summit and will make the journey to Germany for Friday's gathering after all, his office said Monday.
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