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Op-Ed: Amazon explorer — We must rewild ourselves to save species Special

Cape Town - Human activity has sparked a mass extinction of species that may rival, and even surpass the death of the dinosaurs. With that in mind, a mother-and-son team is set to pedal across the Southern Atlantic on a customized boat powered only by foot pedals.

Brazil finds Zika virus causes deformities in babies

Bras - The Brazilian health ministry confirmed that there was a link between cases of microcephaly, a head deformity, in babies and the Zika virus, transmitted by mosquitoes that spread dengue.

ISIS fueling soldiers with drug that makes them feel unstoppable

ISIS has allegedly been supplying its militants with a drug that makes them feel unstoppable. The drug Captagon creates an euphoric state where the user feels no pain, unbelievable strength and will not sleep for days.

No known terrorist threat to Rio Olympics: Official

Bras - Brazil is preparing to deal with a terrorist attack at the Rio Olympics but has no information of any planned plots, the country's intelligence chief told AFP Friday."We have no information about a terrorist cell preparing in Brazil.

Brazil mining giant rejects UN anger over 'toxic' flood

Rio De Janeiro - Mining giants responsible for a dam spill in Brazil earlier this month rejected Thursday accusations by the United Nations that "20,000 Olympic swimming pools of toxic mud" spewed into a river.

Foreign security agencies helping Brazil's Olympic prep

Rio De Janeiro - Foreign security agencies including in the United States and France are working closely with Brazil ahead of next year's Rio Olympics, the Latin American country's lead security official for the games said Wednesday.

Arrests of senator, bank CEO deepen Brazil corruption probe

Bras - Brazilian police on Wednesday arrested a senior ruling party senator and a billionaire investment banker in the ever-intensifying probe of a huge corruption network centered on state oil giant Petrobras.

Brazil can help lead world to climate deal, France says

Bras - France is counting on Brazil to convince world leaders to strike a deal to limit annual temperature rise at an upcoming Paris summit, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday.

Sludge from deadly Brazil mine accident reaches Atlantic

Rio De Janeiro - The torrent of mud and toxic mineral waste that buried a Brazilian village earlier this month has reached the Atlantic Ocean after a long passage down the Doce River, officials said.

Pearl Jam donates concert proceeds to Brazil mine victims

Rio De Janeiro - US rock group Pearl Jam donated proceeds from a concert in Brazil to victims of a toxic mining spill that killed 12 people and was the country's worst environmental disaster.

Mine spill Brazil's worst environmental catastrophe: Minister

Rio De Janeiro - A deadly mine waste spill that buried a village and contaminated a river basin two weeks ago is the worst environmental disaster in Brazilian history, the environment minister said Friday.

New daddy longlegs named after Smeagol of Lord of the Rings

Living in a deep, dank cave in Brazil, this tiny, pale creature never emerges into the sunlight. Even if it did, the little harvestman, or daddy longlegs, is blind, so seeing sunlight isn't something it could ever do.

Terrorism top concern at Rio Olympics: security chief

Rio De Janeiro - The risk of a terrorist attack is the main security fear at the Rio Olympics, a top official said, with the Paris attacks highlighting the potential for Brazil to be sucked into conflict for the first time with Islamic extremists.

Two more waste reservoirs in Brazil risk bursting: Company

Rio De Janeiro - The owner of a mining waste reservoir that burst in Brazil last month, killing 10 people and causing a huge environmental disaster, says two more are at risk of breaking.

Brazil declares emergency after mine waste spill

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian authorities declared a state of emergency Tuesday in more than 200 towns affected by a deadly mining waste spill.

Brazil far-right protesters call for military coup

Bras - Several hundred far-right protesters in the Brazilian capital Sunday called for a military coup against unpopular leftist President Dilma Rousseff.

Brazilians strip off to expose violence against women

Rio De Janeiro - Topless, with slogans scrawled on their bare skin, feminist protesters in Rio made a colorful sight Saturday, yet their worries about horrific violence against women were deadly serious.

Bill restricting Brazil abortions inspires anger, angst

Rio De Janeiro - It's a disturbing scene: a Brazilian rape victim arrives at the hospital seeking an abortion, but first she must prove she was raped and undergo invasive questioning.

Brazil protesters target president's chief foe

Bras - Several thousand students protested Friday in the Brazilian capital against embattled President Dilma Rousseff's chief foe Eduardo Cunha, an influential rightwing politician at the center of maneuvers to impeach Rousseff.

BHP Billiton, Vale face fines over Brazil mine disaster: Rousseff

Rio De Janeiro - Mining giants Vale and BHP Billiton will be held accountable for a deadly dam rupture at an iron ore mine in Brazil and face immediate fines of about $66 million, President Dilma Rousseff said Thursday.
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