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Brazil ruling party treasurer hit with new charges

Bras - Prosecutors charged the former treasurer of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's party Monday with 24 new counts of money laundering in a corruption scandal involving state oil giant Petrobras and high-ranking politicians.

Op-Ed: Every weekend like Earth Day in Lençóis, Bahia, Brazil Special

While visiting a true Brazilian hidden gem, Chapada Diamantina in the state of Bahia, I encountered a group of local women doing early morning laundry when using water running down from the rocks.

Brazil ruling party treasurer arrested in Petrobras probe

Rio De Janeiro - The treasurer of Brazil's ruling Workers' party (PT), Joao Vaccari, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly taking bribes and laundering money from state oil giant Petrobras, the latest blow to President Dilma Rousseff.

Brazil police clash with evicted squatters in central Rio

Rio De Janeiro - Police clashed with illegal squatters at an abandoned building in Rio de Janeiro Tuesday, using pepper spray and arresting several people as some of the 300 occupants refused to leave the property.

Brazilians march against Rousseff government

Brasilia - Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets Sunday, venting anger over government corruption and a souring economy a month after protests gathered more than a million people.

Protester releases rodents at Brazil graft hearing

Bras - A hearing into a massive graft scandal at Brazil's state oil firm Petrobras was interrupted Thursday when a protester unleashed several rodents including mice, hamsters and gerbils on proceedings, sparking chaos at Congress.

Outsourcing bill foments protest in Brazil

Bras - Brazilian police and demonstrators clashed Tuesday in the capital Brasilia during a march opposing a congressional bill to increase outsourcing in the workplace.

Doubts over Brazil's 'pacification' strategy

Rio De Janeiro - Fresh violence in Rio's slums has led to growing doubts over the effectiveness of Brazil's seven-year-old strategy of "pacifying" districts in thrall to gangs and drug traffickers.

Brazil to send police back into Rio slum after boy's death

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil will send more officers back into a Rio de Janeiro slum amid public outcry over a 10-year-old boy killed during a police shootout, officials said Sunday.

Brazil demonstrators demand end to police violence

Rio De Janeiro - Demonstrators in Rio de Janeiro took to the famous sands of Copacabana on Sunday to protest the death of boy who was killed in the crossfire during a police gunfight in a favela.

Brazilians 'march for peace' after police shooting of boy

Rio De Janeiro - The mother of a 10-year-old boy shot dead by Brazilian police joined Rio protesters in a "march for peace" on Saturday after two days of tensions which have renewed security concerns ahead of next year's Olympics.

Rio police fire tear gas at protest over boy's death

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police fired tear gas Friday to break up a protest in a Rio de Janeiro slum that erupted after a 10-year-old boy was killed in what officers called a shootout with drug traffickers.

Flying angels captured on video — truth or hoax?

A video released earlier this year captured footage of what appeared to be winged angels flying in the skies above Brazil. The footage and the debate of it's authenticity has recently gone viral.

Police take over from military at Rio slum near airport

Rio De Janeiro - Despite a recent upsurge in urban violence, Rio de Janeiro officials insisted Wednesday they will manage to pacify slum areas in the run-up to next year's Olympics.Gang warfare saw three people killed and 22 wounded by stray bullets in January.

U.S. invites Brazil president to visit after spying row

Bras - The United States has again invited Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to visit the United States, seeking to restore ties rattled by revelations of American spying against her and her country.

Choice view over Rio for waterborne beggar

Rio De Janeiro - Thousands of people eke out an existence living in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, a giant city racing to overhaul itself ahead of next year's Olympics.

Brazil pursues football 'renaissance' after humiliation

Bras - The Brazilian government declared Thursday it was making the first decisive move in the "renaissance" of football in the soccer-mad country, where the national side's World Cup humiliation on home soil still rankles eight months on.

Brazil's scandal-hit Rousseff unveils anti-graft plan

Bras - Brazil's Dilma Rousseff tried to get ahead of the storm of scandal bearing down on her presidency Wednesday, unveiling a raft of anti-corruption measures she hopes will appease her critics.

Brazil's Rousseff pledges talks after mass protests

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff pledged Monday to hold talks with her growing number of critics and said her embattled government needed to show humility, a day after massive protests erupted across the country.

Row breaks out over Brazil demo numbers

S - A row erupted Monday over rival turnout figures for massive protests against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and her government.

Brazil police make new arrests in Petrobras scandal

Brasilia - Brazilian police launched a new round of arrests Monday in the corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras, a day after massive nationwide demonstrations against leftist President Dilma Rousseff.

Anti-Rousseff protests draw 1.5 million across Brazil

S - About 1.5 million protesters hit the streets across Brazil on Sunday in a major show of anger against leftist President Dilma Rousseff, who faces crises from a faltering economy to a massive corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras.

54 dead in Brazil bus crash: Rousseff

Rio De Janeiro - The death toll from a tour bus's horrific plunge into a densely wooded ravine in southern Brazil rose to 54 on Sunday, as President Dilma Rousseff expressed her sadness over the news.

Brazil arrests Italian extremist convicted of murder

S - Police in Brazil arrested the Italian extremist and writer Cesare Battisti, who was convicted of murder in his home country and has been on the run for decades.

Brazil president warns on violence as new demos loom

Brasilia - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff warned she would not tolerate violence as the continent-sized Latin American country, convulsed by a graft scandal involving dozens of politicians, prepared for a new spate of protests.

Brazil authorizes investigation of lawmakers in Petrobras scandal

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's Supreme Court authorized the investigation of dozens of politicians, including the presidents of the senate and of the chamber of deputies over the multibillion-dollar graft case roiling state oil giant Petrobras.

Court upholds judge's removal from Eike Batista trial

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian appeals court confirmed Tuesday the removal of a judge from an insider dealing case against Eike Batista, setting the stage for a likely retrial.

Brazil judge orders deportation of Italian extremist

Bras - A Brazilian federal judge on Tuesday ordered the deportation of Italian extremist and writer Cesare Battisti, convicted of murder in his homeland, citing legislation providing for the removal of wanted foreign nationals.

Brazil beefs up police to quell trucker protest

Bras - Brazil dispatched extra police to quell a strike by truckers opposing rising fuel and freight costs, after demonstrations turned violent.Nearing its second week, the strike has hit 11 of Brazil's 26 states.

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.
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Water buffalo on the Amazon floodplain in Brazil
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Farms on the Amazon floodplain in Brazil
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Brazilian metropolitan mounted police seeking relief from the sun on the background of an old house covered with graffiti, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.
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Cargill's port by night
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Bishop Erwin Kräutler (centre) marches against the Belo Monte dam. ©Prelazia do Xingu
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Colourful houses of Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura, Ceará, Brazil.
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Early morning laundry in Lençóis, Bahia, Brazil
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A street gallery with African art in Pelourinho, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
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TAM airline planes at the airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Located between the Amazon, Atlantic Forests and Pantanal, the Cerrado is the largest savanna region in South America.
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Brazilian "Six-Fingers" Silva family supports a sixth World Cup for their national soccer team. (YouTube screen capture).
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María Lucimar Pereira, a Kaxinawá indian woman from Feijó, Brazil, poses with part of her family a few days ahead of her 121th birthday.
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Fire at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil
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File photo: Afro-Brazilian woman and her child.
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Street vendor of hats on the stairs of Cathedral Basilica, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
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LEADERS: Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro (right) meets with then-Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in 2005.
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Early morning laundry in Lençóis, Bahia, Brazil
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Sign by a Brazilian protester in Brazil: “Nobody eats A BALL. A stadium ISN’T a hospital. The World Cup ISN’T a school. Brazil ISN’T just Carnival.”

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