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US defense chief hears shots during visit to Rio de Janeiro

Rio De Janeiro - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis got some alarmingly direct insight into Rio de Janeiro's violent crime wave when gunfire burst out close to his hotel during an official visit to the Brazilian city.

Brazil's leftists march for Lula candidacy

Bras - Supporters of former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva marched on Brasilia on Tuesday to support his attempt to take part in presidential elections, despite serving a prison sentence for corruption.

Brazilian cops drop 'masculinity' requirement

S - Police candidates in southern Brazil are now free to get in touch with their softer side."Masculinity" has been dropped from the list of 72 required attributes for wannabe cops in the state of Parana. Also gone: a prohibition on falling in love.

US defense chief woos Brazil as Chinese influence grows

Rio De Janeiro - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged closer strategic ties with Brazil on Tuesday in what appeared to be part of a concerted pushback against growing Chinese influence in Latin America.

Former Brazil finance minister charged with corruption

Bras - Former Brazil finance minister Guido Mantega was indicted Monday on money laundering and other charges as part of the corruption scandal that has rocked the country's business and political elites.

Rio's poorest teens caught between traffickers and the law

Rio De Janeiro - Antonio's story began one sunny afternoon in a favela near Copacabana beach when he picked up a 9mm pistol. It ended with his 10-year-old friend dead on the ground.

Brazilians mourn woman seen as symbol of femicide

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilians marched Saturday to mourn a female attorney allegedly thrown to her death from a fourth-floor window by her husband in an incident that drew more concern over rising violence against women.

Stray bullet hits woman in Rio de Janeiro hospital

Rio De Janeiro - A stray bullet in one of Rio de Janeiro's crime-ravaged suburbs tore into a hospital Saturday and hit a woman being treated there, police said.

Politicians involved in murder of Brazilian activist: govt

Rio De Janeiro - Politicians and public servants have been linked to the murder of high-profile Brazilian lawmaker and black rights activist Marielle Franco, Brazil's security minister Raul Jungmann said late Friday.

Brazil wrestles with ban of controversial weed killer

Bras - Brazil's government is contesting a court suspension of licenses for products with glyphosate, one of the most common industrial weedkillers and the subject of a high-profile US case against agrochemical colossus Monsanto.

Fernando Haddad: stand-in for Lula who might run Brazil

S - Fernando Haddad has the oddest job in Brazilian politics: standing in for Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as his far more popular mentor tries to win the presidency from a prison cell.

Brazilian Elle, Cosmo to disappear in mass job losses: reports

S - Brazilian Elle and Cosmopolitan will disappear from newsstands and some 500 people will lose their jobs in what Brazilian magazine group Abril called a "reorganization," according to reports Tuesday.

Brazil closes border to Venezuelans after mass crossings: official

S - Brazil closed its northern border to Venezuelans on Monday to slow mass migration from the South American country saddled with a crippling political and economic crisis, police said.

Ex-Sao Paulo mayor named as Lula's running mate

S - Brazil's leftist Workers' Party on Sunday named former Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad as the running mate of its charismatic founder Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for the October presidential election.

Brazil's defiant Lula gets presidential nomination behind bars

S - Brazil's leftist Workers' Party nominated its charismatic founder Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for the upcoming presidential contest Saturday despite him being imprisoned for corruption.

Brazil's presidential candidates at a glance

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's presidential election, starting with a first round on October 7, is seen as the most unpredictable in decades. Here's what you need to know about the biggest names in the race.

Top math laureate gets new medal after prize stolen

Rio De Janeiro - A Kurdish refugee whose top mathematics prize was stolen minutes after he received the honor this week in Rio de Janeiro will get a replacement medal Saturday, organizers said.

Brazil's central bank maintains key interest rate at 6.5 percent

Bras - Brazil's Central Bank maintained its key Selic interest rate steady at 6.5 percent on Wednesday, following a bump in inflation prompted by the depreciating real and a painful truck drivers' strike.

Kurdish refugee wins 'Nobel of mathematics' Fields medal

Rio De Janeiro - Kurdish refugee turned Cambridge University math professor Caucher Birkar was among four winners Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro of the prestigious Fields prize, dubbed the Nobel for mathematics, but had his gold medal stolen minutes later.

Germany's Peter Scholze one of four Fields math medal winners

Rio De Janeiro - Caucher Birkar, a Cambridge University professor of Iranian Kurdish origin, on Wednesday was named one of four winners of the prestigious Fields medal, often known as the Nobel prize for mathematics.

Right-wing candidate rejects Brazil's guilt over slavery

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian presidential frontrunner, former army captain Jair Bolsonaro, says the country should not feel guilty about having been the world's biggest slave importer.

Brazilian unemployment continues to dip — slowly

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's unemployment misery eased further in June, dipping to 12.4 percent, according to government statistics Tuesday, although much of the improvement was credited to creation of less secure jobs.

'Zika epidemic is not over,' says Brazilian specialist

Rio De Janeiro - Concern about the zika virus may have waned since the disease spiked in the months before the 2016 Rio Olympics, but the epidemic is not over, a Brazilian expert told AFP.

Brazilian student fatally shot in Nicaragua violence

Managua - A Brazilian university student was fatally shot in Nicaragua on Tuesday in violence attributed to deadly unrest and repression gripping the country for more than three months.

Record 207 environmental activists killed last year

Paris - More than 200 environmental activists were murdered last year as government-sponsored killings linked to lucrative projects by vast agriculture multinationals soared, a global rights watchdog warned on Tuesday.

Nostalgic for Brazil's dictatorship, Bolsonaro sets sites on presidency

Rio De Janeiro - Angry Brazilians long for a return to order, and former army officer Jair Bolsonaro, a fan of the dictatorship that stretched from the 1960s to the 1980s, hopes to ride that wave into the presidency.

Poll-topping Brazil far-right candidate formally enters race

Rio De Janeiro - Controversial extreme-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro formalized his candidacy on Sunday for Brazil's October presidential elections, boosted by strong social media support and polls that show him headed to a second round.

Election show on the road in divided, unpredictable Brazil

Bras - The most uncertain presidential race in recent Brazilian history kicked off Friday, with center-left candidate Ciro Gomes the first major party hopeful to officially throw his hat into the ring.

Brazil's fugitive 'Dr. Bumbum' plastic surgeon arrested over patient death

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian celebrity butt-enhancement surgeon known as Dr. Bumbum was arrested Thursday over the death of a patient in a botched operation after spending four days on the run.

Hope, love and values: 110 years of Japanese migration to Brazil

S - As eight-year-old Eiki Shimabukuro left Japan in 1959 with his parents and five siblings for the two-month sea voyage to Brazil, passengers were given ribbons linking them to those who stayed behind.
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Confederation Cup teams Spain and Brazil presenting autographed t-shirts to Nelson Mandela.
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A scene from 'Boy and the World'
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Along the coast of southern Rio de Janeiro state.
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The Cachoeira de Paulo Afonso hydro-electric plant in Brazil.
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The second annual Brazil Day Canada Festival in downtown Toronto.
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Brazil's Amazon rainforest and deforestation.
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Iguazu Falls, one of the Seven New Natural Wonders of the World.
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Capybara crossing sign, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil.
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TAM airline planes at the airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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The second annual Brazil Day Canada Festival in downtown Toronto.
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Chart of Brazil's geography deforestation.
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