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Brazil speaker in corruption scandal won't resign

S - The speaker of Brazil's lower house of congress defiantly vowed not to resign Friday, a day after being charged in a massive corruption scandal."Resignation is not a word that is part of my vocabulary and it won't be, you can be sure of that.

Brazil massacre blamed on police leaves anger, questions

Osasco - A mother who lost her only son and a young man who narrowly escaped death are among the residents of Sao Paulo picking up the pieces after a massacre of 18 people that many blame on the police.

Brazil speaker, ex-president charged in Petrobras corruption

Bras - Brazilian prosecutors on Thursday lodged corruption charges against the speaker of the lower house -- a key figure in the country's current political crisis -- and also against a former president.

Brazil's embattled left strikes back

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's embattled left staged a string of protests in a show of support for President Dilma Rousseff, although turnout was markedly lower than at massive anti-government rallies over the weekend.

Merkel urges Brazil to protect Amazon rainforest

Matupa - Brazil and Germany threw their weight Thursday behind the push for a global climate agreement later this year and stressed the vital importance of defending the Amazon jungle from deforestation.

Who's lead suspect in Brazil mass killings? The police

Rio De Janeiro - The men wearing black ski masks look almost relaxed as they stroll around the Sao Paulo bar, gently arranging patrons against a wall -- then shooting them.

Impeaching Rousseff could imperil Brazilian democracy

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilians clamoring for President Dilma Rousseff's overthrow should think twice, analysts say, warning that the trauma of impeachment could undermine 20 years of building democracy in the Latin American giant.

Brazilians rage against president, corruption

S - Hundreds of thousands of protesters demanded Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's resignation Sunday, blaming her and the leftist Workers' Party for runaway corruption and looming recession in Latin America's biggest country.

Rio airport agents bribed in Chinese immigrant scandal

Rio De Janeiro - Immigration agents at Rio de Janeiro's airport are under investigation for allegedly accepting bribes to allow Chinese immigrants into the country illegally, Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported Saturday.

Brazil court orders suspension of activity at Amazonian mine

Rio De Janeiro - A court has ordered Brazilian mining giant Vale to suspend activities at an Amazonian nickel mine and compensate indigenous people who say they are adversely affected by its operations.

'Tropical disease' doctor to monitor Rio Olympic sailors

Rio De Janeiro - A tropical disease specialist will monitor sailors competing in Rio's polluted waters ahead of the 2016 Olympics, a top official said Friday, adding he was also worried about boats hitting garbage.

Protests to raise ante in bitter Brazilian power struggle

Rio De Janeiro - Huge crowds on Sunday are expected to demand Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment, injecting more volatility into an increasingly toxic political struggle in Latin America's biggest country.

Thousands of women march in support of Brazil's Rousseff

Bras - Thousands of women rallied in support of President Dilma Rousseff, whose poll numbers have plummeted amid a national scandal involving state oil company Petrobras.

'Playboy's' reign of terror over, but Rio still on edge

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro officials celebrated Monday the death of "Playboy," a brutal gang leader famous for thumbing his nose at the authorities -- yet his killing left new questions unanswered.

Hackers broadcast porn on TV screens at Brazil bus depot

S - Hackers infiltrated the travel information video screens at a Brazilian bus station and replaced arrival and departure times with hard-core porn.

Radio journalist fatally shot in Brazil: police

Bras - A Brazilian radio journalist was shot and killed in his studio according to police, who say they suspect political motives for the murder.

Approval rating of Brazil's Rousseff at 8 pct: Poll

S - Dilma Rousseff is now Brazil's most unpopular democratically elected president since a military dictatorship ended in 1985, says a poll out Thursday that put her approval rating at eight percent.

Rio enters one-year sprint to Olympic Games

Rio De Janeiro - The one-year countdown to the Rio Olympics began Wednesday with officials promising to overcome Brazil's usual chaos in a Summer Games that will transform the city and thrill the world.

Rio cops kill with impunity: Amnesty International

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's paramilitary police have killed more than 1,500 people in the last five years, driving up the Olympic host city's already high violent death rate, Amnesty International said Monday.

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.
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Demonstrators burn a mock World Cup trophy in Brasilia on June 23, 2014
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Protesters in Rio de Janeiro over oil royalties.
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Tourist guide in bahiana outfit on the street of Pelourinho, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
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An intricate wooden dam is at the heart of the Enawene Nawe's Yãkwa ritual. © Survival
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