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Scandal plagued Brazilian politician jailed — again

Rio De Janeiro - A scandal-plagued top politician in Rio de Janeiro was ordered by a court Tuesday to go back to jail, just four days after the state legislature provoked an uproar by letting him out.

Brazil exports murder-tainted illegal logging: Greenpeace

Rio De Janeiro - Endangered Amazon hardwood trafficked by a Brazilian exporter allegedly behind the massacre of nine farmers this year is being sold unimpeded around the world, according to environmental pressure group Greenpeace.

UN slams Brazil bill that would ban all abortions

Rio De Janeiro - The United Nations on Monday voiced concern over a bill under consideration by Brazil's congress that would ban access to all abortions, even in cases of rape and women whose lives are in danger.

Rio's gay pride marches on despite conservative opposition

Rio De Janeiro - Thousands of people marched, danced and celebrated in Rio de Janeiro's gay pride parade on Sunday, packing Copacabana Beach despite the ultra-conservative mayor's opposition to the event.

Brazil marks Black Awareness Day under racism cloud

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil promotes itself as a harmonious blend of races, but the reality as the country celebrates Black Awareness Day on Monday is that the darker your skin, the less chance you have of getting ahead.The numbers are hard to ignore.

Rio state assembly votes to free speaker in graft scandal

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's state legislature voted Friday to overturn a court ruling that had put its scandal-plagued speaker in jail while he awaits trial on corruption charges.

Dead whale surprises swimmers at iconic Rio beach

Rio De Janeiro - The decomposing body of a dead humpback whale surprised swimmers when it washed up on Rio de Janeiro's iconic Ipanema beach Wednesday.

Ecuador VP indicted in Odebrecht case

Quito - Ecuador's Vice President Jorge Glas and 12 others were indicted Tuesday for unlawful association in the giant corruption case involving Brazilian constructor Odebrecht.

Pioneers push limits on Brazil's deep-sea oil frontier

Santo Cristo - Scanning the maze of pipes and valves sprouting from one of Brazil's pioneering deep Atlantic oil platforms, Lucas Azevedo doesn't mince words.

Huge solar plant aims for brighter Brazil energy output

Pirapora - Brazil has lagged far behind in the shift to solar power, but the continent's biggest facility now being built in the south-east aims to give the country its place in the sun.The plant in Pirapora, in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais, has 1.

Brazil's tech junkies seek healing at digital detox clinic

Rio De Janeiro - Like many young people, 29-year-old student L.L. loves his cell phone. So much so, in fact, that his studies, his work and even his personal relationships have suffered, and his phone eventually became a way to avoid people in the real world.

Brazil ministers deny wrongdoing in Paradise Papers leak

Bras - Two Brazilian cabinet ministers whose names appear in the Paradise Papers said Monday that there was nothing illegal in keeping funds in an offshore account.

For Amazon tribe, rainforest is a whole world

Serra Do Navio - When Japarupi Waiapi looks into the dense foliage of the Amazon rainforest, he sees the equivalent of a supermarket, pharmacy, furniture store -- and that's just the beginning.Food like coconuts, roots and bananas grows plentifully.

Experts demand better prevention, treatment for children with hepatitis

S - Experts at the second World Hepatitis Summit Friday called for improved preventative measures and treatment for 52 million children suffering from the disease, on the final day of the three-day event in Sao Paulo.

Beer o'clock in the Amazon: the tribe that loves to party

Serra Do Navio - Deep in the Amazon rainforest, it's that time again -- beer o'clock.Members of the tiny, remote Waiapi tribe in Brazil's eastern Amazon raise calabash gourds to their painted faces and quaff the homemade brew they call caxiri.

Nine of 194 countries keeping pledge to eradicate hepatitis: summit

S - Only nine of 194 countries which pledged last year to eradicate hepatitis by 2030 are working towards that goal, according to figures revealed Wednesday at the second World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil.

Missing US travel-blogger family found alive in Brazil

S - An American family missing for three days in northern Brazil was found alive Wednesday, after a drama in which they were robbed while on a boat trip.

Brazil minister alleges police ties to organized crime

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's federal justice minister has accused Rio state's military police chiefs of ties to organized crime, sparking threats by local authorities Wednesday that they will pursue legal action against him.

Remote Amazon tribe tries to straddle two worlds

Serra Do Navio - Transfixed, tribal villagers in Brazil's Amazon rainforest look up, pointing at the sky."Airplane!" says one.

Brazil president says 'truth won' after escaping corruption trial

Bras - Brazilian President Michel Temer on Thursday said "the truth won" in a congressional vote sparing him from going on trial on corruption charges.

Brazil looks to rake in billions with deep sea oil auctions

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's cash-strapped government hopes to drill into the pockets of some of the world's biggest oil companies Friday at an auction of blocks in deep offshore, pre-salt oil fields.

Brazilian president hospitalized: presidency

Bras - Brazilian President Michel Temer has been hospitalized with urological problems, the presidency said Wednesday in the midst of a congressional debate over whether Temer should face a corruption trial.

Brazil president avoids corruption trial

Bras - Brazil's Congress rejected corruption charges against President Michel Temer on Wednesday, meaning he will not have to face trial and is free to pursue austerity reforms in Latin America's biggest economy.

Brazil Congress to vote on president's corruption case

Bras - Brazil's lower house of Congress is due to vote Wednesday on whether President Michel Temer should stand trial for corruption -- and the deeply unpopular center-right leader is expected to survive easily.

A chance Amazon encounter, then a tribe's near extinction

Serra Do Navio - Tzako Waiapi remembers perfectly the day he first stumbled across white men while hunting in the Amazon rainforest: within months nearly everyone he knew had died of a mysterious sickness.

Tribe sharpens arrows against Amazon invaders

Serra Do Navio - They appear silently, seemingly from nowhere: a dozen figures, naked except for bright red loincloths, blocking the dirt road.

Rio policeman who killed Spanish tourist charged

Rio De Janeiro - A Rio de Janeiro police officer who fatally shot a Spanish tourist in a dangerous favela slum was freed Tuesday from detention but has been charged with homicide.

Brazilian police shoot dead Spanish tourist: police

Rio De Janeiro - Police in Rio de Janeiro said Monday they accidentally shot dead a Spanish tourist who was visiting a violent favela slum where earlier two officers had been wounded.

Brazil's teflon president to survive latest threat: analysts

Bras - He may be Brazil's most unpopular president in decades and charged with serious crimes, but Michel Temer, the ultimate teflon leader, is expected to breeze through a congressional vote on whether he should stand trial.

At Brazil seaside, Italy fugitive awaits court ruling

Canan - With Karl Marx looking on from an image on the wall, convicted killer-turned-novelist Cesare Battisti says tension is high as a Brazilian court prepares to consider his possible extradition to Italy.
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Protesters in Rio de Janeiro over oil royalties.
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