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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.

Brazil sets 20 percent quota for black judges

Bras - Brazil has moved to correct a huge racial imbalance in its judiciary, reserving 20 percent of future judgeships for candidates who are black or of mixed race.

Turkey pulls envoy from Brazil over Armenian genocide recognition

Istanbul - Turkey said it has recalled its ambassador to Brazil for consultations after the country's senate passed legislation recognising the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I as genocide.

Big turnout for Sao Paulo gay pride

S - Tens of thousands of revelers thronged Sao Paulo's main Paulista Avenue thoroughfare on Sunday to cavort at the city's annual Gay Pride march.

A year before Olympics, protesters decry filthy Rio bay

Rio De Janeiro - Dozens of demonstrators gathered at Rio de Janeiro's heavily polluted Guanabara Bay, demanding that officials clean it up before it is used as a 2016 Olympic sailing venue.Amid whistles of disapproval and shouts of "shame!

World's last tribes on collision course with modern society

Washington - Threatened by disease and deforestation, the world's last isolated tribes in the Amazon are on a collision course with modern society like never before, experts say.

Seven new tiny frog species found in the Brazilian cloud forest

After almost five years of exploration in southern Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest, researchers have discovered seven miniature frog species, no bigger than an adult's thumb. Scientists also say these little fellows are already at risk of extinction.

Brazil prosecutors investigating ex-football confederation leader

Rio De Janeiro - Prosecutors have launched an investigation against Ricardo Teixeira, former Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president, for alleged crimes including money-laundering and fraud, officials said Monday.

Media NGO RSF decries Brazil journalist deaths

Rio De Janeiro - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Monday urged Brazil to take "concrete and effective" measures to protect journalists after two reporters were murdered in May.

Rio knife attacks claim more victims: Police

Rio De Janeiro - Two more people were injured Saturday in knife attacks in Rio, raising to 13 the number of stabbing victims in as many days in the city that hosts the 2016 Olympic Games.

Rio to allow transgender inmates to choose male or female prison

Rio De Janeiro - Transgender inmates jailed in Rio de Janeiro's penitentiaries will be able to choose incarceration in prisons for men or women, a first for Brazil.The new rules were approved Friday by the state of Rio de Janeiro's department of prisons.

Brazil protesters demand Rousseff impeachment

Bras - Several hundred protesters gathered Wednday in Brasilia to demand the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff after they completed a 1,000-kilometer (650-mile) march on the capital.

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...
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Chart of Brazil's geography deforestation.
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The Cachoeira de Paulo Afonso hydro-electric plant in Brazil.
The Cachoeira de Paulo Afonso hydro-electric plant in Brazil.
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Damage caused by the floods.
Damage caused by the floods.
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People wait to cross a flooded street during a torrential rain in Recife on June 26, 2014 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil
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Spanish biologist  Gonzalo Alonso Hernández  was found murdered in Cunhambebe natural park  close t...
Spanish biologist, Gonzalo Alonso Hernández, was found murdered in Cunhambebe natural park, close to his home.
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Brazil's Amazon region.
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MODIS/Aqua satellite image shows growing oil slick in the deepwater Campos Basin off Brazil.  Image ...
MODIS/Aqua satellite image shows growing oil slick in the deepwater Campos Basin off Brazil. Image taken around midday on November 12, 2011.
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Avenida Paulista  São Paulo  Brazil.
Avenida Paulista, São Paulo, 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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Brachycephalus verrucosus.
Brachycephalus verrucosus.
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Confederation Cup teams Spain and Brazil presenting autographed t-shirts to Nelson Mandela.
Confederation Cup teams Spain and Brazil presenting autographed t-shirts to Nelson Mandela.
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Christ the Redeemer above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Flags of the 5 BRICS countries.
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The Guarani of Laranjeira Nanderu community lived camped on the side of a highway for a year and a half. © Survival
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Reflections of Rio Urubu, then Rio Negro, then the mighty Amazon (Solimoes) river, state of Amazonas, Brazil.
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On the metro in São Paulo, Brazil.
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People living in Brazil's Favelas (slums) will not reap any benefits from having the 2014 World Cup Games played in their country.
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Capybara crossing sign  Rio Grande do Sul state  Brazil.
Capybara crossing sign, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil.