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Rio revs up for Olympic opener in one year

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro hosts South America's first Olympic Games a year from this week and the iconic, contradictory city of sweeping beaches, street crime and joyful music says it's ready to roll.

Shared picture on Facebook leads to new carnivorous plant

Selfies, baby pictures and family vacations all make their way to Facebook for all the world to see. But when an amateur botanist posted a picture of a plant he didn't recognize on his Facebook page, it led to the discovery of a new species.

Car blocking bike lane lifted by cyclist

An angry cyclist in Brazil gained international cyber-applause after lifting an illegally parked car blocking his path in a bike lane.

Thirty-seven killed in three days in Brazilian city

S - Thirty-seven people were killed in three days in the Brazilian city of Manaus, and one hypothesis being considered is a coordinated wave of attacks involving police, an official said.

Menezes family demand justice decade after London shooting

London - Relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes demanded justice Wednesday outside the London Underground station where 10 years ago the Brazilian was mistaken for a suicide attacker and shot dead soon after the July 2005 bombings.

Brazil government approval rating at 7.7% in poll

Bras - The Brazilian government's approval rating has dwindled to 7.7 percent amid anger over corruption, a stagnant economy and growing unemployment, says a poll released Tuesday.Support for President Dilma Rousseff herself stood at 15.

Key figure quits Brazil president's ruling coalition

Bras - Brazil's political turmoil deepened Friday when the speaker of the lower house of Congress, a key figure in President Dilma Rousseff's fragile ruling coalition, announced he was joining the opposition.

Brazil opens corruption probe against ex-president Lula

Bras - Brazil's corruption-fueled political crisis ramped up Thursday when prosecutors announced a probe into possible influence peddling by former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Rio stadium and dancing crowds ready for Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - Stadium ready? Check. Equipment working, check. Crowd dancing, double check. An international volleyball event testing Rio de Janeiro's readiness to host the 2016 Olympics got off to a flawless start.

Brazil police target politicians in new Petrobras raids

Bras - Brazilian police probing the giant Petrobras corruption scandal launched raids Tuesday against several politicians, including former president Fernando Collor de Mello, reportedly seizing a Ferrari and other luxury cars from his home.

Murders of Brazil children, teens double in 25 years

Matupa - Twenty-eight Brazilian children and adolescents are murdered every day, double the number a quarter century ago, when Latin America's biggest country passed a law to protect minors, UNICEF said Monday.

Man shot dead in Rio de Janeiro metro

Rio De Janeiro - A man was shot dead Friday in Rio de Janeiro's usually safe metro, just one stop from the headquarters of the city's Olympics organizing committee.

Rash of lynchings shocks Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - A rash of lynchings of suspected criminals has shocked even violence-hardened Brazilians, baring dark undercurrents in the land of sun and samba.

Where's the beef? House committee votes to stop Argentine beef

On Wednesday, the news came out that the U.S.was lifting a 14-year-old ban on beef from Argentina and 14 states in Brazil. The ban was put in place after an outbreak of foot and-mouth-disease in the country in 2001.

Guard at Brazilian VP's residence shot dead

Bras - A guard outside Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer's official residence in the capital of Brasilia was found shot dead Wednesday, the military said.

Argentine torture suspect arrested in Brazil

Bras - An Argentine man alleged to have been a government torturer during the country's military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983 has been arrested in Brazil and could face genocide charges, police said Wednesday.

New Brazil rules seek to cut Cesarean craze

Rio De Janeiro - New regulations aimed at rolling back Brazil's obsession with Cesarean sections took effect Monday, with the government hoping it can steer the country from its status as a world leader in C-section births.

Armed thieves carjack Rio archbishop

Rio De Janeiro - Armed thieves carjacked Rio de Janeiro's archbishop, making off with his car and briefly holding the driver hostage in the 2016 Olympic host city's latest brazen act of street crime.

U.S. spy agency targeted top Brazilian officials: WikiLeaks

Bras - Aside from listening in on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's phone calls, US spies also targeted top political and financial officials, according to new information released by WikiLeaks on Saturday.

Brazil announces torch route ahead of 'historic' Olympics

Bras - Brazil's president unveiled the 2016 Olympic torch Friday with a vow to overcome the Latin American giant's mounting problems -- ranging from massive corruption to street violence -- in time for a "historic" Rio games.

Brazil targets 15 banks in forex fixing probe

Bras - Brazil's antitrust body announced a probe into alleged foreign exchange market rigging by 15 banks including Citigroup and HSBC.

Rio slum tests security with Olympics a year off

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police assumed control over one of Rio's most dangerous neighborhoods Tuesday, replacing the army in a key test for how to suppress crime ahead of next year's Olympic Games.

Obama and Rousseff focus on climate, play down spy row

Washington - US President Barack Obama and Brazil's Dilma Rousseff traded compliments and vowed to work together on renewable energy Tuesday, bidding to put a bitter spying row behind them.

Paraguay's direct approach haunts Dunga's cautious Brazil

Brazil’s tumultuous Copa America campaign concluded in an identical manner to the previous tournament, falling short against a sturdy Paraguayan outfit via penalty shootout.

Brazil's Rousseff on fence-mending US visit

New York - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff met Sunday with investors in New York on the first day of a long-delayed US visit aimed at overcoming strains caused by the NSA spying scandal.

Hate crimes shake Brazil's religious melting pot

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's image as a religious melting pot has been shaken in recent weeks by a series of hate crimes, raising alarm over growing intolerance amid a surge in Evangelical Christianity.

Rousseff puts spy scandal behind her with U.S. visit

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff arrives in the United States on Saturday for a long-delayed visit, looking to shore up economic ties almost two years after scrapping a trip following revelations that Washington spied on her.

Medium killed, tomb desecrated in latest Brazil attacks

Rio De Janeiro - A well-known medium popular with the stars was killed and the tomb of another was desecrated Friday in the latest wave of violence targeting spiritualists in several days in Brazil, police said.

Murders of indigenous people up sharply in Brazil: Report

Bras - Murders of indigenous people rose sharply in Brazil last year with 138 Indians killed, a rights group said Friday, warning they were also committing suicide in growing numbers.

Brazil ramps up punishment for cop killers

Bras - The Brazilian parliament passed a law toughening penalties for murderers of policemen, a measure widely demanded by the security forces of a country where hundreds of officers are killed every year.
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An overpass collapsed Thursday in a Brazilian World Cup host city, killing at least two people and trapping a commuter bus, two construction trucks and one car, authorities said.
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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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View towards Igreja e Convento de São Francisco from the main market square in Pelourinho, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
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The Amazon, the world's largest river basin, is home to the largest rainforest on Earth, covering about 8.2 million square kilometres in nine countries.
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A street gallery with African art in Pelourinho, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.