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Brazil sends 1,000 additional officers to combat Rio violence

Rio De Janeiro - The Brazilian government has deployed a thousand additional personnel to combat insecurity in Rio de Janeiro, which has seen a spike in violence in recent months, authorities said Thursday.

Bolivia seizes one ton of cocaine heading to Brazil

Trinidad - Bolivian police have announced the seizure of one ton of cocaine worth some $10 million and destined to be shipped to Brazil.

Havaianas: the flip-flops emblematic of Brazil — corruption and all

Rio De Janeiro - You'd be hard pressed to find an item more representative of Brazil than Havaianas: those brand-name flip-flops adopted by just about every inhabitant, rich or poor, as well as tourists seduced by the beach vibe.

Brazil judge freezes ex-president Lula's assets after conviction

Bras - A Brazilian judge leading an anti-corruption probe has ordered assets belonging to former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva frozen after last week convicting and sentencing him to prison for graft.

Want to escape Sao Paulo's traffic? Take a flying taxi

S - While Uber has changed ground transport in many cities, Sao Paulo's infernal traffic jams have sparked a new app that opens the sky to commuters: Voom, a helicopter taxi service that charges according to distance and the passenger's weight.

Cop killed in flare up of violence in Rio de Janeiro

Rio De Janeiro - A spasm of violence in Rio claimed another life Monday as a policeman was shot dead, a day after a gun battle sparked panic on the road to the airport and prompted some drivers to seek shelter in the trunks of their cars.

Brazil's defiant Lula says people will decide his fate

S - Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Saturday that voters would decide his fate, shrugging off his graft conviction and insisting he was still in the presidential race.

Lawmakers back quashing graft trial of Brazil President Temer

Bras - Brazilian President Michel Temer looked on track on Thursday to avoid trial over graft charges, after a committee of lawmakers recommended the accusations against him be shelved ahead of a congressional vote.

IMF cuts Brazil growth estimate for 2018

Washington - Brazil's economy appears to have turned a corner, but political uncertainty is on the rise, prompting the International Monetary Fund on Thursday to cut its 2018 growth forecast for the recession-hit country.

Lawmakers back quashing graft trial of Brazil President Temer

Bras - Brazilian President Michel Temer looked on track Thursday to avoid trial over graft charges, after a committee of lawmakers recommended the accusations against him be shelved ahead of a congressional vote.

Sentenced to prison, Lula sets eyes on Brazil's presidency

S - Brazil's former leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Thursday defiantly brushed aside his conviction on corruption charges and said he plans to run again for president next year.

Former Brazil leader Lula gets nearly 10 years in jail for graft

Bras - Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for graft on Wednesday -- a stark fall from grace for the iconic leftist leader, and the latest twist in a sprawling political corruption probe engulfing Lat...

Former Brazil leader Lula sentenced to jail for graft

Bras - Former Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was convicted and sentenced on Wednesday to nine and a half years in prison for corruption and money laundering.

Rio's City of God clinic becomes 'war' hospital

Rio De Janeiro - In the City of God, a Rio slum made famous by a movie of the same name, the local clinic used to treat minor ailments like the flu or stomach aches.

Brazil lifts ban on controversial sterilization implants

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil has lifted a ban on the sale of Essure female sterilization implants after receiving results from clinical trials on its risks, authorities said Tuesday.

Brazil convict: jailbird by night, congressman by day

Bras - For many politicians, a jail sentence means the end of your career, but not for lawmaker Celso Jacob. He still comes each day to Brazil's National Congress -- straight from prison.

Brazil president presents graft defense, denies bribery

Bras - Lawyers for Brazil's President Michel Temer presented their defense Wednesday against corruption charges that threaten to drive him from office, denying allegations that he took a $150,000 bribe.

Brazil president to present graft defense Wednesday

Bras - Lawyers for Brazil's President Michel Temer said they will present their defense Wednesday against corruption charges that threaten to drive him from office.

Ex-minister to Brazil's Temer arrested in graft widening scandal

S - A former cabinet minister in the government of Brazil's President Michel Temer has been arrested and charged with obstruction of justice, officials said on Monday.

Brazil president confirms G20 trip

Bras - Brazil's scandal-hit President Michel Temer reversed a plan to skip this week's G20 summit and will make the journey to Germany for Friday's gathering after all, his office said Monday.

Rio's poor rally at posh beach to protest killings

Rio De Janeiro - Hundreds of residents from Rio de Janeiro's ultra-violent favelas descended on the posh Copacabana beach area Sunday to plead for an end to lethal shootouts between drug traffickers and police.

Brazilian police nab 'phantom' cocaine kingpin

Rio De Janeiro - One of South America's biggest cocaine kingpins, who evaded police for three decades and even underwent surgery to change his face, has been captured, Brazilian authorities said Saturday.

Brazilian port where slaves arrived close to UNESCO status

Rio De Janeiro - The worn paving stones discovered under a thick layer of modern concrete in Rio de Janeiro don't look like much at first. But it was here that some million slaves from Africa took their first steps in Brazil.

Unemployment drops in Brazil to 13.3 percent

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's unemployment rate marked its second straight month of decline in May, according to new figures Friday, falling 0.3 points to 13.3 percent following two and a half years of increases as the country struggles to emerge from a historic recession....

Brazilian anti-austerity protests draw low turnout

S - Demonstrators in major Brazilian cities snarled rush hour traffic Friday to protest austerity measures introduced by embattled President Michel Temer, but turnout was weak.

Graft charge against Brazil's president filed in Congress

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday sent a corruption charge against President Michel Temer to Congress for it to decide whether the president should be put on trial.

Who's Who in Brazil's presidential corruption scandal

S - Michel Temer on Monday became the first president of Brazil to face criminal charges while still in office. Here are the five main people to watch in the growing scandal.

Op-Ed: Unrest may follow upon bribery charges against Brazil's president

Brazil's chief prosecutor delivered a series of charges against President Temer to a Supreme Court judge. The judge must decide if the case can be sent to the lower house of the Brazilian parliament.

Brazil's president calls graft charge 'soap opera'

Bras - Brazil's President Michel Temer defiantly rejected a bribery charge against him as a "soap opera" on Tuesday, saying there is no proof and vowing to fight on.

Former Brazilian minister sentenced to 12 years in prison

Bras - A Brazilian court sentenced Antonio Palocci, an influential minister during the leftist governments of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, to 12 years in prison for corruption Monday.
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Man apprehended by military police in Jaragua, Brazil. The man allegedly robbed a shopping complex, then molested a store mannequin.
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Neymar (center) holding the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball
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Water buffalo on the Amazon floodplain in Brazil
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This fruit stand is in Sao Paulo state.
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In the middle of the Amazon Rainforest at Urubu River, state of Amazonas, Brazil.
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