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Too 'ugly' to rape: Brazil lawmaker comment sparks fury

Bras - A debate about sexual violence in Brazil sparked by a lawmaker's comments on the floor of Congress has spread beyond government chambers, triggering a national debate about rape and sexism in the South American nation.

'Super-bug' found in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waters

Rio De Janeiro - The quality of the water in Rio's Guanabara Bay is a continuing embarrassment, With promises by Brazil to clean up the sewage-filled waters and little to nothing being done, the problem has gotten worse. Researchers have found a "super-bug" in the waters.

Brazilian admits killing 41 people 'for fun'

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian man accused of stabbing a woman to death in a Rio suburb has confessed to have murdered 41 people, almost all of them women, "for the fun of it," police said Thursday."He wanted to kill women -- white women, not black ones.

Heavy flooding brings chaos to Sao Paulo

- Brazilian megalopolis Sao Paulo saw violent storms and heavy rains Wednesday, causing flooding and traffic chaos as authorities announced a state of alert in some parts of the city.

Brazil truth commission urges end to dictatorship amnesty

Bras - A truth commission on Wednesday urged Brazil to scrap an amnesty for torturers, in a final report on the 1964-1985 military dictatorship that says at least 434 people were killed or disappeared by the regime.

Thousands march in Brazil against Rousseff, corruption

- Around 5,000 demonstrators marched through downtown Sao Paulo against government corruption and the recent re-election of President Dilma Rousseff.

Autopsy on former Brazil leader inconclusive

Bras - An autopsy on former Brazilian president Joao Goulart has failed to show traces of poison and while it is possible he was assassinated, he could have died of natural causes, officials said Monday.

A whole lot of love in Rio: Nearly 4,000 tie the knot

Rio De Janeiro - It was Rio's biggest mass wedding: a total of 1,960 couples who exchanged vows Sunday in a hall next to the famous Maracana stadium.

Brazil's Amazon region houses latex 'love factory'

- Deep in Amazonia, Raimundo Pereira expertly cuts a gash in a rubber tree to collect white sap destined for the nearby factory at Xapuri, the world's only producer of contraceptives made from tropical forest latex.

Sao Paulo drought issue for global concern

Piracaia - He cast his rod happily here for 30 years -- but where a river once teemed with fish, Brazilian fisherman Ernane da Silva these days stares out over a valley of weeds and bone dry, sun-parched land.

U.S. writer slams Brazil's 'monuments of poverty'

Rio De Janeiro - With its bold Oscar Niemeyer-designed monuments, the city of Brasilia symbolizes Brazil's frenetic modernization of recent decades.

Brazil slams media 'manipulation' on Petrobras scandal

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian authorities Saturday blasted a news magazine for media "manipulation" as the government of President Dilma Rousseff battles an escalating kickbacks scandal at state-owned oil giant Petrobras.

Petrobras scandal undermining Brazil's Rousseff: analysts

Bras - A month after winning re-election, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is battling the toughest of starts to her second term with a huge corruption scandal at state-owned oil giant Petrobras threatening to engulf her government.

Thousands of Brazilians march in gay rights parade

Rio De Janeiro - Thousands of Brazilians took part in Rio de Janeiro's 19th Gay Pride parade, speaking out against homophobia in a country that has seen years of violence targeting the gay community.Under the slogan "A million voices!

Brazilian cannibals who made human-filled empanadas sentenced

Garanhuns - A trio from a cannibalistic sect in Brazil who shocked the world in 2012 when they admitted killing two women and using their remains to make human-filled empanadas were sentenced Friday night.

Amazon tribe defies Brazilian government and marks its own land

Amazonas - In direct response to the Brazilian government's plan to build two mega dams that would flood their traditional lands, an indigenous group is auto-demarcating their own territory and say they will die before they leave it.

Brazil as violent as Gaza, cops kill 6 people a day study says

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's police force has killed more than 11,000 of their own citizens in the last five years, according to a new study. This figure places the society's violence levels on par with war torn regions like the Gaza Strip.

Brazil pushes Amazon to the 'brink of the abyss' scientists warn

Amazonas - Destruction of the Amazon rainforest has reached epic proportions under the leadership of Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff, who is celebrating her re-election this week. A new report warns that the ecosystem may be reaching a tipping point of no return.

Marchers in Brazil target re-elected president

Liberdade - Angry demonstrators took to Sao Paulo's streets Saturday to push for the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff, with some charging that she should be impeached.

Brazil poll revives geographical, class divide

Bras - Leftist President Dilma Rousseff's re-election in Brazil has exposed a deeply divided country, reviving the old wounds of class struggle.

Rousseff must fight graft to placate angry Brazil

Bras - Having won re-election, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff must now deliver on her pledge to crack down on corruption or be dogged by the scandals that nearly derailed her campaign.

Rousseff faces battle to govern divided Brazil

Bras - Brazil's newly re-elected President Dilma Rousseff faces huge challenges to govern the sprawling South American country after winning a deeply divisive race by a narrow margin, analysts said.The leftist incumbent beat business favorite Aecio Neves 51.

Brazil market slides after Rousseff re-elected

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian markets delivered a harsh verdict Monday after left-wing President Dilma Rousseff narrowly won re-election, despite her pledge to unite a divided nation and reboot a stagnant economy.

Rousseff narrowly wins Brazil re-election

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilians narrowly voted leftist President Dilma Rousseff back into office on Sunday after a virulent election campaign that split Latin America's biggest economy between poor north and richer south.

Voting against oblivion, Brazil indigenous go to polls

- At 102 years old, retired Guarani chief Joao Vera Mirim may be voting for the last time as he casts his ballot in Brazil's presidential run-off, hoping this time will be different.

Rousseff narrow favorite as divided Brazil votes

Rio De Janeiro - After a dramatic, virulent campaign, Brazilians voted for their next president Sunday, weighing leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff's legacy of social progress against challenger Aecio Neves's promise of economic revival.

Brazil set to vote after bruising campaign

Rio De Janeiro - After the most contentious election race since the end of military rule in 1985, Brazilians will Sunday choose their next president, weighing a decade of social progress against a yearning for economic revival.

Divided Brazil votes for next president

Rio De Janeiro - After a dramatic, hard-fought race, Brazilians elect their next president Sunday, weighing 12 years of social progress against a yearning for economic revival, and for change.

Brazil poll rivals close campaigns for hard-fought vote

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's leftist President Dilma Rousseff and center-right challenger Aecio Neves wrapped up their campaigns Saturday in the hardest-fought election in the country's recent history.

Rousseff 'knew about Petrobras' kickbacks: Report

Bras - Just days before Brazil's presidential election run-off, rightwing news magazine Veja on Friday accused President Dilma Rousseff and predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of knowing about a kickbacks scheme at state oil giant Petrobras.
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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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Brazil's forward Neymar celebrates after scoring against Croatia during the opening match of th...
Brazil's forward Neymar celebrates after scoring against Croatia during the opening match of the 2014 World Cup at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, on June 12, 2014
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Romario and former Brazilian president Lula da Silva (2010) celebrate the announcement of Brazil hos...
Romario and former Brazilian president Lula da Silva (2010) celebrate the announcement of Brazil hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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Gillian Anderson modelling a Survival t-shirt
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Gillian Anderson modelling a Survival t-shirt designed by Richard Long ©Survival
Stylish houses in the centre of the city of Fortaleza at Dragão do Mar.
Stylish houses in the centre of the city of Fortaleza at Dragão do Mar.
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Amazon River. A UK couple have become stuck in a ravine and have telephoned for assistance via the UK.
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Protesters in Rio de Janeiro over oil royalties.
Protesters in Rio de Janeiro over oil royalties.
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Brazil s first nuclear reactor  Angra 1.
Brazil's first nuclear reactor, Angra 1.
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2014 FIFA World Cup mascot named  Fuleco
2014 FIFA World Cup mascot named 'Fuleco'
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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.
Examples of Gil Vicente s drawings that show him as an assassin.
Examples of Gil Vicente's drawings that show him as an assassin.
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Sign by a Brazilian protester in Brazil: “Nobody eats A BALL. A stadium ISN’T a hospital. The World Cup ISN’T a school. Brazil ISN’T just Carnival.”
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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Located between the Amazon  Atlantic Forests and Pantanal  the Cerrado is the largest savanna region...
Located between the Amazon, Atlantic Forests and Pantanal, the Cerrado is the largest savanna region in South America.
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Michel de Souza  Brazilian photojournalist  caught images and video of the recent protests in Rio de...
Michel de Souza, Brazilian photojournalist, caught images and video of the recent protests in Rio de Janeiro in a unique and artistic way.
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Old building in Pelourinho  Salvador de Bahia  housing Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado  museum dedica...
Old building in Pelourinho, Salvador de Bahia, housing Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado, museum dedicated to the most famous Brazilian author, Jorge Amado.
Picturesque houses at Rua dos Tabajaras  Fortaleza  Ceará  Brazil.
Picturesque houses at Rua dos Tabajaras, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.
Agent Orange  believed to be used to clear the Amazon rain forest  seized by IBAMA last week.
Agent Orange, believed to be used to clear the Amazon rain forest, seized by IBAMA last week.
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Brazil s Amazon rainforest and deforestation.
Brazil's Amazon rainforest and deforestation.
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Brazil's David Luiz (left) battles for the ball with Germany's Tony Kroos during the World Cup semifinal match in Belo Horizonte.
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