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Fidel Castro in 'very good health': Brazil activist

Havana - Fidel Castro is "in very good health," a Brazilian activist said Wednesday, a day after meeting the former Cuban leader after weeks of feverish speculation concerning the 88-year-old's medical condition.

Police fire rubber bullets at Sao Paulo fare protest

- Sao Paulo riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse thousands of people demonstrating against a rise in public transport fares.

Never be curious: How to stay alive in Rio

Rio De Janeiro - Stay away from the windows, don't come out of hiding until the shootout is over and keep your hands visible to police at all times.

Rousseff 'outraged' at Indonesian execution of Brazilian

- Brazil's president was "distressed and outraged" after Indonesia defied her repeated pleas and executed one of her countrymen convicted of drug trafficking, a spokesman said Saturday.

Protesters, police clash at Sao Paulo bus fare demo

- Sao Paulo protesters clashed with police who used tear gas and sound bombs to disperse crowds, as thousands rallied against Brazil's latest round of bus fare hikes.

150 hurt as Brazil Olympic buses collide

Rio De Janeiro - At least 150 people have been injured Tuesday in two collisions between rapid transit (BRT) buses being rolled out in Rio ahead of next year's Olympic Games, officials said.

Brazilians detained in protests over bus fare hikes

Rio De Janeiro - Tensions were high in Sao Paulo after police resorted to tear gas and detained some 50 protesters, as thousands took to the streets against the country's latest round of transport fare hikes.

Brazil train collision leaves 158 injured

Rio De Janeiro - Two trains serving Brazil's much-criticized commuter rail service collided outside Rio de Janeiro, injuring 158 people, authorities said Tuesday.

Brazil's Workers Party backs Lula for 2018

Bras - Brazil's ruling Workers Party would back former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to seek a third term in 2018, the country's chief of staff said in an interview published Sunday.Aloizio Mercadante told the Folha de S.

Brazil's Rousseff vows to tackle graft, boost economy

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff kicked off a second term, vowing to tackle corruption and revamp the economy as her government reels from a series of setbacks.

Seven held hostage in latest Brazil prison uprising

Rio De Janeiro - Inmates at a prison in southern Brazil have taken seven staff hostage in the latest in a series of mutinies at penitentiaries in recent months, Brazilian media reported.

Rise of Brazil's ranching queen sparks green protests

Bras - Before her husband died, Katia Abreu was a housewife who didn't know a cow from a bull.

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.
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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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Numerous profane billboards in English were spotted throughout the journey.
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Flags of the 5 BRICS countries.
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The beef dish "Bife Brasilero" is hearty, flavorful, satisfying and delicious. I also recommend the coconut flan.
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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María Lucimar Pereira from Feijó, state of Acre, Brazil, at the age 120 years could be the oldest human alive.
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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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Mayor of Dourados, Brazil, Ari Artuzi (right) is pictured with Brazilian minister Dilma Rousseff. They met in March this year.
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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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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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Canadian Michele Yakashiro volunteers for MonaVie's MORE Project in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Map showing the Amazon watershed.
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The Brazilian border town of Epitaciolândia where the Facebook club is located.
The Brazilian border town of Epitaciolândia where the Facebook club is located.
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An overpass collapsed Thursday in a Brazilian World Cup host city, killing at least two people and trapping a commuter bus, two construction trucks and one car, authorities said.
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TAM airline planes at the airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Workers stand near a crane that collapsed on the site of the Arena Sao Paulo stadium, known as "Itaquerao", which will host the opening soccer match of the 2014 World Cup, in Sao Paulo November 27, 2013, killing at least three people
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A firework is set off during an anti-World Cup protest near Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014
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One of many entry spots to the beach of Canoa Quebrada, Ceará, Brazil.
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Brazil's Amazon region.
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Anaconda regurgitates whole cow
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