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Brazil says almost 1,300 hit by Zika-linked microcephaly

Bras - Brazil's outbreak of Zika -- which has been linked to the devastating microcephaly birth defect in newborns in 1,271 cases since October -- has also killed 57 of those babies, authorities said Wednesday.

Corruption twist boosts Brazil's 'president in waiting'

Bras - An explosive new twist in Brazil's corruption and impeachment crisis has weakened President Dilma Rousseff days before her probable suspension from office and strengthened the man likely to replace her.

Timeline of political turmoil in Brazil

Bras - Below are key dates in two months of Brazilian political turmoil where interconnected crises threaten to bring down President Dilma Rousseff.

Brazil prosecutor 'seeks obstruction of justice probe against Rousseff'

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's top prosecutor has asked the Supreme Court to open a probe into alleged obstruction of justice by President Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian media reported, in a potentially explosive twist to the country's political crisis.

Brazil to end WhatsApp smartphone app blockage: Company

S - A Brazilian court will soon reverse a ruling that blocked smartphone message service WhatsApp for 24 hours, the company said Tuesday.

Rousseff vows crisis won't mar Rio Games as flame relay begins

Bras - Embattled President Dilma Rousseff greeted the Olympic flame in Brazil on Tuesday, promising not to allow a raging political crisis, which could see her suspended within days, to spoil the Rio Games.

Olympic flame arrives in crisis-hit Brazil

Bras - The Olympic flame arrived in the Brazilian capital Tuesday for a symbolic handover that could mark the last big public appearance of Dilma Rousseff as president if she is impeached.

Corruption probe requested against Brazil opposition leader Neves

Bras - Brazil's chief prosecutor asked the Supreme Court Monday to authorize a corruption investigation of opposition leader Aecio Neves, one of embattled President Dilma Rousseff's top rivals.

Court order shuts down WhatsApp in Brazil, again

S - Irate Brazilians found themselves without the popular WhatsApp smartphone messaging application for the second time in six months Monday, after a court blocked the service for 72 hours.

Brazil impeachment: Rousseff begins her long goodbye

Rio De Janeiro - Dilma Rousseff greets the Olympic flame in Brazil on Tuesday, but the pomp and ceremony will seem empty to a president likely to be suspended from office just a week later.

Rousseff rallies Brazil anti-impeachment crowd

S - Brazil's embattled leftist President Dilma Rousseff vowed at a protest Sunday to go down fighting ahead of what could be her final full week in power before impeachment.

Zika linked to autoimmune disorder

Zika virus disease has been affecting a host of countries worldwide, with Brazil in particular hit hard. As scientists examine the virus and its effects on the human body, new manifestations become apparent. The latest is a type of autoimmune disease.

Rio exhibit celebrates Brazil's 'first' man in flight

Rio De Janeiro - One of Brazil's most famous and eccentric heroes, the aviation pioneer Santos Dumont, lifts off again with an exhibition in Rio's new Museum of Tomorrow.

Rio shrugs off Olympic doubts for 100 day countdown

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday launched the 100 day countdown to hosting South America's first Olympic Games with government and global sports leaders insisting they can overcome Brazil's political meltdown and troubled preparations.

Amnesty says Rio police killings rising

Rio De Janeiro - Amnesty International said Wednesday that inhabitants of Olympic host Rio de Janeiro's slum favelas are "living in terror" after 11 people were killed in police shootings in the past month.

Will Brazil's mega-crisis hurt the Olympics?

Rio De Janeiro - On the streets of Rio de Janeiro, it feels like a long time since the heady days in 2009 when the city was named to host South America's first Olympics.

Brazil records 91,000 new Zika cases this year

Bras - Brazil has recorded 91,000 new cases of Zika -- which is linked to the devastating microcephaly birth defect in newborns -- since the start of the year, health officials said on Tuesday.

Majority of Brazilians back snap elections: poll

S - Six out of 10 Brazilians want snap elections to resolve the country's political crisis in which leftist President Dilma Rousseff faces impeachment, a poll released Tuesday said.

Refugee fights way into Olympics and new life

Rio De Janeiro - Ferocity may sound like a good thing in martial arts, but when Popole Misenga started training for his Olympic judo team he was, well, too ferocious -- "brutal," one coach says.

Eleven dead in Rio Olympics construction over three years: Official

Rio De Janeiro - A total of 11 people have been killed over the last three years on construction projects for the Rio Olympics, an official told AFP on Monday."It's a frightening number," said Robson Leite, inspector for the labor office in the state of Rio de Janeiro....
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