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Brazil teen killed by police recorded shooting on phone

Rio De Janeiro - A 15-year-old Brazilian shot dead by police last week was carrying a mobile phone that caught the incident on camera, according to video published Thursday by a news site.

The loss of tropical rainforests has accelerated by 62 percent

A new study using satellite-based imagery from 1990 to 2010 shows the real extent of tropical rainforest deforestation around the globe. The rate of deforestation was found to have accelerated by 62 percent.

Brazil's Rousseff refuses Indonesian envoy credentials

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday refused to accept the credentials of the Indonesian ambassador to demonstrate her anger at last month's execution of a Brazilian citizen for drug smuggling.

Controversy-hit samba school wins Rio carnival title

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian samba school shrugged off a controversy over alleged funding by an African strongman president and went on to claim its 13th win at the Rio Carnival championship on Wednesday.

Dali, parachutists, African polemic at Rio parade

Rio De Janeiro - A Dali-style homage to Rio ahead of the city's 450th birthday, parachutists landing on the piste and a polemic on the funding of an elite samba school paying tribute to Africa marked Monday's carnival parade.

At Rio carnival, not even downpour dampens show

Rio De Janeiro - Tens of thousands of people defied a thunderstorm to pack Rio's Sambadrome as elite dance schools paraded in dazzling costumes and revelers shed inhibitions at street parties.

Death toll from Brazil rig explosion rises to five

Oslo - The death toll from a blast which ripped through a Petrobras oil rig off Brazil has risen to five, with another four people still missing, the rig's owner said Thursday.

Three dead in Petrobras rig blast off Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - An explosion ripped through a Petrobras rig off Brazil Wednesday, killing three people, injuring 10 and leaving six others missing in a new blow to the embattled state oil giant.

Can Brazil president survive growing Petrobras scandal?

Bras - Mounting allegations that her party received hundreds of millions of dollars in a kickbacks scandal engulfing oil giant Petrobras have sent Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's poll ratings tumbling and could fatally undermine her.

Fake orgy plot helps 28 inmates escape from Brazil jail

28 inmates at a prison in Brazil escaped after three women in dominatrix costumes tricked guards into thinking they were going to have an orgy.

Police seize Brazil tycoon Batista's cash, cars

Rio De Janeiro - Police on Friday seized a piano, the equivalent of $45,700 in cash, six cars and other possessions from the home of Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista, once Brazil's richest man, who is on trial for insider trading.

Brazil police kill 13 would-be bank robbers: Officials

Brasilia - Brazilian police killed 13 men suspected of plotting to rob a bank in the northeastern city of Salvador on Friday, officials said.

Six-year-old girl eaten by piranhas after Brazil canoe capsize

A six-year-old Brazilian girl has died after being eaten alive by piranhas when she fell into the river she was canoeing along on January 27. The piranhas tore all the flesh from her legs.

Simpress, a printing service company, will be acquired by Samsung

Samsung will be acquiring Simpress, Brazil's largest printing service company. The acquisition will be announced on Monday.

Fidel Castro in 'very good health': Brazil activist

Havana - Fidel Castro is "in very good health," a Brazilian activist said Wednesday, a day after meeting the former Cuban leader after weeks of feverish speculation concerning the 88-year-old's medical condition.

Police fire rubber bullets at Sao Paulo fare protest

- Sao Paulo riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse thousands of people demonstrating against a rise in public transport fares.

Never be curious: How to stay alive in Rio

Rio De Janeiro - Stay away from the windows, don't come out of hiding until the shootout is over and keep your hands visible to police at all times.

Rousseff 'outraged' at Indonesian execution of Brazilian

- Brazil's president was "distressed and outraged" after Indonesia defied her repeated pleas and executed one of her countrymen convicted of drug trafficking, a spokesman said Saturday.

Protesters, police clash at Sao Paulo bus fare demo

- Sao Paulo protesters clashed with police who used tear gas and sound bombs to disperse crowds, as thousands rallied against Brazil's latest round of bus fare hikes.

150 hurt as Brazil Olympic buses collide

Rio De Janeiro - At least 150 people have been injured Tuesday in two collisions between rapid transit (BRT) buses being rolled out in Rio ahead of next year's Olympic Games, officials said.

Brazilians detained in protests over bus fare hikes

Rio De Janeiro - Tensions were high in Sao Paulo after police resorted to tear gas and detained some 50 protesters, as thousands took to the streets against the country's latest round of transport fare hikes.

Brazil train collision leaves 158 injured

Rio De Janeiro - Two trains serving Brazil's much-criticized commuter rail service collided outside Rio de Janeiro, injuring 158 people, authorities said Tuesday.

Brazil's Workers Party backs Lula for 2018

Bras - Brazil's ruling Workers Party would back former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to seek a third term in 2018, the country's chief of staff said in an interview published Sunday.Aloizio Mercadante told the Folha de S.

Brazil's Rousseff vows to tackle graft, boost economy

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff kicked off a second term, vowing to tackle corruption and revamp the economy as her government reels from a series of setbacks.

Seven held hostage in latest Brazil prison uprising

Rio De Janeiro - Inmates at a prison in southern Brazil have taken seven staff hostage in the latest in a series of mutinies at penitentiaries in recent months, Brazilian media reported.

Rise of Brazil's ranching queen sparks green protests

Bras - Before her husband died, Katia Abreu was a housewife who didn't know a cow from a bull.

Too 'ugly' to rape: Brazil lawmaker comment sparks fury

Bras - A debate about sexual violence in Brazil sparked by a lawmaker's comments on the floor of Congress has spread beyond government chambers, triggering a national debate about rape and sexism in the South American nation.

'Super-bug' found in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waters

Rio De Janeiro - The quality of the water in Rio's Guanabara Bay is a continuing embarrassment, With promises by Brazil to clean up the sewage-filled waters and little to nothing being done, the problem has gotten worse. Researchers have found a "super-bug" in the waters.

Brazilian admits killing 41 people 'for fun'

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian man accused of stabbing a woman to death in a Rio suburb has confessed to have murdered 41 people, almost all of them women, "for the fun of it," police said Thursday."He wanted to kill women -- white women, not black ones.

Heavy flooding brings chaos to Sao Paulo

- Brazilian megalopolis Sao Paulo saw violent storms and heavy rains Wednesday, causing flooding and traffic chaos as authorities announced a state of alert in some parts of the city.
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