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In war on Zika mosquito, Brazil vows worry-free Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Saturday launched a door-to-door "war" on mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus, vowing they will not jeopardize the Rio Olympics in August.

Zika likely to spread to large Brazilian cities: Expert

Bras - The Zika virus, linked to a surge in infants born with abnormally small heads, is likely to spread this year to Brazil's densely populated cities where it has barely surfaced, a top health official told AFP.

Brazil confirms third Zika-linked death

Bras - Health authorities said Thursday they have identified a third death in Brazil linked to the Zika virus, but it is not clear if the disease was the sole cause.

Brazil's Catholic Church rejects Zika abortion argument

Bras - The Catholic Church in Brazil on Wednesday rejected calls supported by the United Nations to allow abortion in cases of the birth defect microcephaly.

Syrian refugee children to join Rio carnival parade

Rio De Janeiro - Refugee children from Syria and other conflict-torn countries will be treated to a place in Rio de Janeiro's exuberant carnival parade on Tuesday, UN officials said.

Dazzling Rio carnival climax gives Brazilians reason to smile

Rio De Janeiro - Dancers -- some nearly naked, others in elaborate costumes -- strutted into the final round of the Rio Carnival's samba championship Monday, capping a wild party that has helped Brazilians forget about Zika and other worries.

Rio carnival goers tell Zika mosquito to buzz off

Rio De Janeiro - A massive, fleshy crowd of semi-naked people might seem like the Zika-transmitting mosquito's paradise, but Rio Carnival goers Saturday said nothing -- not even an international health emergency -- can stop the party.

Brazil's anti-Zika war goes house to house

S - Sao Paulo resident Juliana Matuoka always thought her stunning tropical flowers were something to appreciate from afar. Now, however, they are enemy territory."Here, I got one!

Carnival opens in Rio, defying growing Zika fears

Rio De Janeiro - Rio's Carnival -- a five day festival of dancing, bared flesh and wild costumes -- got underway in the face of warnings that the Zika virus might make even kissing dangerous.

Zika detected in urine, saliva: top Brazilian researchers

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's top research institute said Friday that Zika has been detected in urine and saliva, but added that there is no proof the virus can be transmitted through those fluids.

Zika fear reignites Brazil's abortion debate

Bras - The Zika virus scare is reopening debate over abortion in Brazil, where some are asking the painful question: is it right to risk having a baby with microcephaly?

Brazil airports strike grounds Carnival travelers

S - A two-hour strike Wednesday by airline staff across Brazil grounded hundreds of flights, paralyzing travel in Latin America's biggest country ahead of Carnival season's biggest parties.

Olympic organizers say Zika problem to decline in time

Rio De Janeiro - Rio Olympics organizers said Tuesday they are concerned by the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil but confident the problem will have cleared up in time for the Games.More than 1.

A plea for help in Brazil city where Zika first confirmed

Camassary - Camacari was in chaos, its hospitals overflowing with sick people desperate to know what was happening to them, never suspecting theirs would be the first confirmed cases of Zika in Brazil.

Brazil's Rousseff vows to win Zika 'war'

Salvador - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff vowed to "win the war" against the Zika virus, but some experts criticized her government's response and warned the Olympics could fuel the disease's spread.

Brazil urges joint Zika fight, airlines offer refunds

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil urged its neighbors to unite in fighting the Zika virus, blamed for a surge in brain-damaged babies, as airlines offered refunds to pregnant mothers afraid to travel to the region.

Rio sends Zika virus fumigators into carnival stadium

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro sent fumigators Tuesday into the city's carnival stadium, which will also be used for Olympic archery in August, to combat an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Mutant mosquitoes to be deployed to stop Zika outbreak in Brazil

A Brazilian town plans to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes to suppress the wild mosquito population responsible for Zika and Dengue outbreaks.

Brazil army to go 'house to house' in Zika fight: Report

Bras - Brazil is mobilizing more than 200,000 troops to go "house to house" in the battle against Zika-carrying mosquitoes, blamed for causing horrific birth defects in a major regional health scare, a report said Monday.

Rio promises to protect Olympics against Zika mosquitoes

Rio De Janeiro - Rio vowed Sunday to protect Olympic athletes and fans from Zika-carrying mosquitoes, blamed for causing horrific birth defects.

Inmates blow open Brazil prison wall in mass breakout

Rio De Janeiro - Inmates in one of Brazil's roughest prisons used explosives to destroy a wall and escape en masse into surrounding streets, prompting a frantic manhunt.

Rousseff backs huge Brazil anti-corruption drive

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff gave her backing Saturday to a corruption probe which has unearthed massive bribery and embezzlement in the country's elite, including at the heart of her own party.

Review: ‘Boy and the World’ is a sad, wondrous and vivid journey Special

‘Boy and the World’ is this year’s surprise animated Oscar nominee, but it more than earns its spot with a unique style and captivating story.

Death is just a pretty face for Brazilian tattoo fans

Rio De Janeiro - In their quest for beauty, Brazilian tattoo fans are turning to the most unlikely of pretty faces: the death skull.

Birth defects in Latin America spark Zika virus panic

S - Alarm over thousands of birth defects blamed on mosquito-borne virus Zika spread Friday, as the United States expanded a travel warning for pregnant women over the illness.

U.S., Mediterranean face extreme warming: study

Paris - Once the world as a whole has warmed by two degrees Celsius, top temperatures in the United States and Mediterranean basin will have climbed by even more, according to a study released Wednesday.A global 2C (3.

Plane crash that killed Brazil candidate blamed on pilot error

Bras - The 2014 plane crash that killed Socialist Party presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was caused by pilot error in bad weather, Air Force investigators said Tuesday.

Sao Paulo taxi drivers banned from wearing shorts

S - Taxi drivers in Brazil's biggest city have been banned from wearing shorts -- or trying to engage their fares in banter about football.The rules that took effect in Sao Paulo on Monday aim to whip the city's cabbies into shape.

Brazilian carnival goers shun political masks

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian carnival goers are angry at their leaders and worried about the economy -- at least if pre-party mask purchases are anything to go by.

Zika virus: U.S. issues travel warning for pregnant women

Miami - The United States warned pregnant women to avoid travel to 14 countries including Brazil due to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects.
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An Awá man stands amidst the burnt remains of his tribe's forest. ©Survival
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The second annual Brazil Day Canada Festival in downtown Toronto.
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Brazilian countryside, Sao Paulo state.
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