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Seven die as army-backed police operations sweep Rio

Rio De Janeiro - Seven people, including a boy of 14, have been killed in continuing violence between army-backed police units and Rio de Janeiro's criminal gangs, reports said Thursday.

Brazil Supreme Court to consider Lula appeal

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court is scheduled to rule Tuesday on the latest effort by former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to be freed, pending new appeals to his 12-year corruption sentence.

'Forced' sterilization of Brazilian woman sparks uproar

Rio De Janeiro - Claims that a drug-addicted Brazilian woman was subjected to forced sterilization are sparking accusations of a nightmarish "dystopia" in a country where a leading presidential candidate has stirred controversy with his own birth control proposals.

Love-struck couple crosses globe taking wedding pics

S - Passersby cheered and cars honked as the couple in wedding clothes posed for pictures on the iconic Paulista Avenue of Brazil’s bustling economic hub Sao Paulo.

Six bodies found on shore near Rio's Sugarloaf Mountain: officials

Rio De Janeiro - Six bodies were found Sunday on the seashore near Rio de Janeiro's iconic Sugarloaf Mountain and cable-car ride, the fire department said."They were stuck in the rocks, on the shore," a spokesman said.

Legendary Brazilian tennis player Maria Bueno dies

S - Maria Bueno, the Brazilian "queen" of tennis, who won three Wimbledon and four US championship singles titles, died Friday in Sao Paulo at age 78, the hospital where she was being treated said.

Cable car to famed Rio peak suspended after nearby shootout

Rio De Janeiro - A cable car service which runs to Rio de Janeiro's Sugarloaf Mountain, one of Brazil's most famous tourist attractions, was suspended Friday after a nearby shootout that wounded a policeman.

Swedish PM testifies in court over war jets sale in Brazil

Stockholm - Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven testified in court on Friday, at the request of a Brazilian judge, over a suspected corruption case in Brazil involving the sale of Swedish fighter aircraft at the expense of their French counterpart Rafale.

Half million killed in Brazil's deadly decade: study

Rio De Janeiro - More than half a million people were killed in homicides between 2006 and 2016 in Brazil, according to the latest statistics on violence in Latin America's biggest country Tuesday.

Brazilian royal says monarchy would fix country's chaos

Rio De Janeiro - Even if many may not take it seriously, Dom Bertrand de Orleans y Branganca is a very serious man and at 77 the prince in Brazil's defunct royal line says restoration of the monarchy could resolve his country's problems.

Brazil strikes recede, but now government has to pay

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian oil workers called off a three-day strike Thursday, bringing relief to state energy giant Petrobras and the embattled center-right government, still reeling from a truckers' strike that brought Latin America's biggest economy to a standstill....

Brazil's strike chaos stirs military coup talk

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's army is often called to help when things go wrong, so it was no surprise to see soldiers deploy during a crippling truckers' strike. The difference this time: loud calls for the military to take over the country altogether.

Brazil Supreme Court head warns democracy 'only path'

Bras - The head of Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday responded to calls for a military takeover made during a truckers' strike by saying that democracy is "the only legitimate path" to overcome the country's problems.

After truckers, Brazil oil workers go on strike

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian oil sector workers began a three-day strike Wednesday in at least eight refineries, but were not expected to disrupt fuel supplies as the country started to recover from a devastating truckers' protest.

Brazilian truckers' strike puts Temer on the ropes

Bras - The giant truck strike in Brazil didn't just wipe food off supermarket shelves and dry up fuel supplies: it blew away unpopular President Michel Temer's little remaining authority, analysts say.

Searching for food and arguing over fuel in Brazil's strike

Rio De Janeiro - In a Brazil where a mammoth truck strike has brought the economy to a standstill, eggs are practically golden and fuel has become something to fight over.

Brazil truckers' mega-strike sees slight easing

Rio De Janeiro - A mega-strike by Brazilian truck drivers furious over high fuel costs eased slightly Tuesday after nine days that paralyzed transport across Latin America's biggest economy and rattled the unpopular government.

Brazil truckers' mega-strike hits day nine

Rio De Janeiro - A mega-strike by Brazilian truck drivers furious over high fuel costs entered day nine Tuesday, despite a slight easing in the transport nightmare that has paralyzed Latin America's biggest economy and rattled the unpopular government.

Brazil hopes for end of truck strike on eighth day

Rio De Janeiro - A truckers' strike paralyzing fuel and food deliveries across Brazil entered an eighth day Monday but with hopes of relief after unpopular President Michel Temer caved in to the strikers' key demand.

Brazil cuts fuel prices after strike leaves food, fuel scarce

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's President Michel Temer, under pressure from a week-long national truckers' strike which led to fuel and food shortages, ceded to protesters' demands Sunday and slashed the cost of diesel.The cut, equal to 0.

Brazil government orders troops to clear strikers' blockades

Bras - Brazil's government raised the stakes in its tense standoff with striking truckers Friday, ordering troops onto the streets to clear huge blockades that have left much of the country paralyzed.

US jury convicts Brazilian couple in grandson's kidnapping

Chicago - A Texas jury convicted a Brazilian couple on Friday of aiding the kidnapping of their grandson and relocating him to the South American country, the latest US-Brazil child custody dispute.

Sao Paulo declares state of emergency over Brazil truckers' strike

S - The mayor of Sao Paulo declared a state of emergency in Brazil's economic capital Friday due to a five-day-old truckers' strike that has left the country virtually paralyzed.

AFP to launch fact-checking sites in English, Spanish and Portuguese

Paris - Agence France-Presse (AFP) will launch fact-checking sites in English, Spanish and Portuguese with financial support from Facebook, the international news agency announced on Thursday.

UN panel rejects plea by Brazil's Lula over imprisonment

Geneva - The United Nations Human Rights Committee has denied a request by Brazil's ex-president Lula da Silva seeking emergency action against his imprisonment, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Temer backs ex-finance minister Meirelles for Brazil presidency

Bras - Brazil's center-right ex-finance minister Henrique Meirelles won backing Tuesday for his presidential bid from current President Michel Temer, and promised to keep Latin America's biggest economy on a path of market-friendly reforms.

Brazil rescues African migrants drifting at sea

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian fishermen rescued two dozen migrants from Africa found drifting near the northeast coast of Brazil after 35 days at sea, officials and local media said Sunday.

Brazil rescues African, Guyanese migrants drifting at sea

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian fishermen rescued two dozen migrants from Africa and Guyana found drifting near the northeast coast of Brazil after 35 days at sea, officials and local media said Sunday.

For tens of thousands in Sao Paulo, squatting is only way out

S - At home with her student daughter in their central Sao Paulo apartment, Rosangela Gomes de Melo hardly resembles a squatter.

Ex-Lula minister Dirceu starts 31-year jail term in Brazil

Bras - Jose Dirceu, former chief of staff under ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, surrendered Friday to start a nearly 31-year prison sentence for corruption, officials said.
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