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Brazil's new Right on the march

Bras - The teenage flag-bearer of Brazil's new Right, Kim Kataguiri, is marching on Brasilia as more conservative voices demand the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.

Brazil arrests Mafioso on run since 1980s

Bras - A crime boss convicted of more than 20 murders and sentenced to life in prison in his native Italy was arrested in Brazil Tuesday after nearly 30 years on the run, police said.

Memorial for stabbed doctor in Brazil amid fresh violence

Rio De Janeiro - Dozens of cyclists Saturday gathered in Rio to pay homage to a doctor fatally stabbed on his bike, amid a spate of attacks in the city ahead of next year's Olympic Games.

Anti-corruption blogger decapitated in Brazil

A Brazilian blogger known for denouncing government corruption was found decapitated. He had been missing for five days before his body was found outside of Padre Paraíso, which is located in one of Brazil’s poorest rural regions.

Knife attacks put Olympic city Rio on edge

Rio De Janeiro - A series of knife attacks in areas popular with tourists has Rio de Janeiro on edge just a year before the Brazilian city hosts South America's first Olympics.

Brazil TV series brings slavery past into spotlight

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian television series is planning to put the largely-unknown history of the country's numerous slave descendants under the spotlight using DNA tests, news outlet O Globo reported Wednesday.

Back on the beat: Rio cops step up patrols

Rio De Janeiro - Faced with a surge in armed robberies, Rio de Janeiro police are using mounted patrols and old-fashioned tactics to combat crime ahead of next year's Olympic Games.

Brazil cop and former officer arrested over football killings

S - A Brazilian policeman and his former colleague were arrested Thursday for alleged involvement in the execution-style killing of eight people at a fan club for football team Corinthians.

Lula denies peddling influence to aid building firm

S - Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva denied Monday that he is formally under investigation for influence peddling on behalf of construction giant Odebrecht.

Embattled Rousseff pledges support for Brazil workers

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff took to social media Friday rather than make a formal May Day address to underscore her government's commitment to workers' rights, amid a foundering economy and graft scandal that threatens to derail her administrati...

Mentally ill Brazilian was 'not aware' of imminent execution

Cilacap - A mentally ill Brazilian executed in Indonesia this week was delusional and oblivious to his fate until the final moments before he faced a firing squad, his lawyer and priest said Thursday.

Brazil landslides kill 13 as heavy downpour continues

Bras - At least 13 people have been killed in deadly landslides triggered by heavy rain in northeastern Brazil, and officials warned Tuesday havoc could continue as downpours persist.

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.
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The level of pollution in Rio de Janiero is evident here in this photograph taken April 18  2012.
The level of pollution in Rio de Janiero is evident here in this photograph taken April 18, 2012.
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Old architecture of Pelourinho  Salvador de Bahia  Brazil with Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário d...
Old architecture of Pelourinho, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil with Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos on the right.
Numerous profane billboards in English were spotted throughout the journey.
Numerous profane billboards in English were spotted throughout the journey.
Protesters freeing the Xingu River
Protesters freeing the Xingu River
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The Rocinha favela  or shanty town  in Rio is one of South America s largest.
The Rocinha favela, or shanty town, in Rio is one of South America's largest.
An epidemic of dengue fever is fanning public anger over what Brazilians say is President Dilma Rous...
An epidemic of dengue fever is fanning public anger over what Brazilians say is President Dilma Rousseff's biggest challenge - the sad state of the national healthcare system.
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2014 FIFA World Cup mascot named  Fuleco
2014 FIFA World Cup mascot named 'Fuleco'
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Misty  majestic Iguazu Falls.
Misty, majestic Iguazu Falls.
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Brazilian star Ronaldhino with Frank Rijkaard at NASA's Johnson Space Center durring his playing days with Barcelona
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Hvar s leading club Carpe Diem is starting a tour of Brazil in April
Hvar's leading club Carpe Diem is starting a tour of Brazil in April
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The second annual Brazil Day Canada Festival in downtown Toronto.
The second annual Brazil Day Canada Festival in downtown Toronto.
Extremely scary ghost prank
Extremely scary ghost prank
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A man catches a motorbike robbery in broad daylight on his helmet cam, including one of the robbers being shot by an undercover cop.
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Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff  greeting fans
Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, greeting fans
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Early morning laundry in Lençóis  Bahia  Brazil
Early morning laundry in Lençóis, Bahia, Brazil
Majestic  misty Iguazu Falls
Majestic, misty Iguazu Falls
Soya farmer Luis Pereira Machado
Soya farmer Luis Pereira Machado
Two autographed t-shirts from Confederations Cup players Brazil and Spain are to be gifted to Nelson...
Two autographed t-shirts from Confederations Cup players Brazil and Spain are to be gifted to Nelson Mandela.
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President José Mujica of Uruguay and former president of Brazil Lula da Silva in 2010.
President José Mujica of Uruguay and former president of Brazil Lula da Silva in 2010.
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A young Awá girl from Juriti eats papaya, Brazil.
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