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Donations for gutted Brazil museum a fraction of Notre-Dame's

Rio De Janeiro - As donations for the restoration of the Notre-Dame cathedral top $900,000, the director of Brazil's devastated National Museum can only hope for such deep pockets in his own country.

Physicist Marcelo Gleiser: 'Science does not kill God'

Washington - The annual Templeton Prize, which recognizes outstanding contributions to "affirming life's spiritual dimension," was awarded Tuesday to Brazilian Marcelo Gleiser -- a theoretical physicist dedicated to demonstrating science and religion are not enemie...

Rio's carnival set for last night of partying and political protest

Rio De Janeiro - Rio was gearing up Monday for the second and final night of its celebrated carnival, with the stage set for an event that will blend huge party with political protest.

Brazil ex-leader Lula returns to jail after grandson's funeral

S - Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva returned to prison on Saturday after being allowed to attend the funeral of a grandson who died suddenly at age seven.

Flamengo fire victims were all aged between 14 and 17

Rio De Janeiro - The bodies of the 10 victims of a fire that ravaged accommodation for youth players at Rio club Flamengo have been identified, Brazilian media reported on Saturday, saying all were between 14 and 17.The fire struck early on Friday.

Death toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 134

Rio De Janeiro - The toll from a dam collapse at a mine in southeast Brazil has risen to 134 deaths after more than a week of searches, with 199 missing, authorities said Monday.

Cesare Battisti, wanted for murder, a life on the run

Paris - Convicted as a murderer for bloodshed in the 1970s, former leftwing Italian activist Cesare Battisti, who was caught in Bolivia, has spent almost four decades on the run, detailing his experiences in a string of acclaimed thrillers.

Brazil's new far-right leader puts crime in his sights

Bras - Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's new president, persuaded voters in Latin America's biggest country to elevate him to leader on extreme-right vows to restore security that eclipsed his record of racism, misogyny and homophobia.

Brazil's new government under Bolsonaro

Bras - Brazil's new government under far-right President Jair Bolsonaro includes a star anti-corruption judge as justice minister and a free-market economy minister with broad powers, and sees a third of the slots going to ex-military men.

Brazil's new far-right leader sees guns as answer to crime

Rio De Janeiro - Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's new president from next Tuesday, persuaded voters in Latin America's biggest country to elevate him to leader on extreme-right vows to restore security that eclipsed his record of racism, misogyny and homophobia.

Obstacles litter privatization path in Brazil under Bolsonaro

Rio De Janeiro - An ambitious privatization plan by the incoming government of Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro faces some challenges, not least from a cadre of ex-military men in the cabinet and reticent lawmakers.

Brazil's diplomacy at risk of rupture with Araujo appointment

Bras - Brazilian diplomacy is set to perform an abrupt 180-degree turn under new Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo, chosen by far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro for his views favoring the US while turning away from China as part of a fierce opposition to ...

Brazilian politics a family affair for Bolsonaros

Rio De Janeiro - With Jair Bolsonaro president-elect, and his three sons in elected office -- Flavio in the Senate, Eduardo in the Congress and Carlos on Rio de Janeiro's city council -- politics in Brazil is something of a Bolsonaro family affair.

Gay Brazilians won't hide from Bolsonaro: slain activist's sister

Paris - The election of a far-right president in Brazil will not drive gay campaigners underground, the sister of murdered activist campaigner Marielle Franco has vowed -- while warning that minorities face grave danger under Jair Bolsonaro.

Generals, 'Chicago boy' loom large in Brazil's next government

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro is likely to tap army generals and an ultra-free-market economist for key roles in his cabinet.

'Tropical Trump' Bolsonaro: Brazil's new president

Rio De Janeiro - Sometimes called a "Tropical Trump" for his politically incorrect vitriol, Brazil's controversial pro-dictatorship presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro successfully played to an electorate disgusted with conventional politics.

Far-right candidate leads as Brazil heads to polls

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil elects its next president Sunday in a run-off that looks all but guaranteed for far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, an ex-army captain nostalgic for the country's military dictatorship.

Bolsonaro, Brazil's 'Tropical Trump' poised to win presidency

Rio De Janeiro - Sometimes called a "Tropical Trump" for his politically incorrect vitriol, Brazilian far-right presidential candidate and heavy favorite Jair Bolsonaro has successfully played to an electorate disgusted with politics as usual.

Facebook closes 'spam' pages, accounts helping Brazil presidential candidate

Bras - Social media platform Facebook has closed 68 pages and 43 accounts linked to a marketing group believed to be promoting the chances of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.

Brazil presidential frontrunner Bolsonaro: 'admirer' of Trump

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's frontrunner for the presidency, Jair Bolsonaro, on Thursday declared "I am an admirer of Trump" and rejected being labeled an extreme-right candidate because of his rhetoric blasting crime, current migration policies and past views favoring to...

In Brazil, Bolsonaro effect boosts military presence in Congress

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's far-right wave led by Jair Bolsonaro, who scored a huge win in the first round of the presidential election, also gave a boost to candidates for Congress with military ties.

Brazil's Bolsonaro can count on conservative grip over Congress

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's far-right frontrunner for the presidency, Jair Bolsonaro, is practically assured of controlling Congress if he wins, thanks to powerful groups of conservative deputies persuaded by his promises to promote families, farms and firearms.

Bolsonaro woos Brazil voters with simple recipe for ending violence

Rio De Janeiro - Jair Bolsonaro topped the poll in the first round of Brazil's presidential elections, having seduced tens of millions of voters with simple -- though radical -- solutions to eradicating violence in one of the world's deadliest countries.

Brazil's favelas, the oft-overlooked election hunting grounds

Rio De Janeiro - A quarter of Rio de Janeiro's population lives in slums, or favelas, yet too often those very people are left feeling marginalized.

Brazil's Lula lambasts far-right VP candidate's remarks on crime

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday strongly criticized the far-right vice presidential candidate who blamed social problems among youth on the absence of a father figure.

Growing army influence on Brazilian elections causes a stir

Rio De Janeiro - With an ex-army captain leading polls, a reserve general picked as his running mate, and a military chief sticking his nose into the election chaos, Brazil's army has become an increasingly conspicuous participant on the political scene.

Eyes in the sky aim to protect Earth's rainforests, resources

San Francisco - In the Brazilian state of Para, every week, authorities receive alerts showing them which parts of the Amazon forest have been chopped down, with photos to back it up.

Surreal and unpredictable: Brazil's presidential election campaign

Rio De Janeiro - With a month to go to presidential elections in Brazil, the current campaign can already go down as the most surreal and unpredictable in the country's history.

Brazil's first human, a 'priceless' loss from Rio's museum fire

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil on Monday mourned the loss of the "first Brazilian," Luzia, after the 12,000-year-old fossil was destroyed in a raging fire that ripped through Rio de Janeiro's treasured National Museum.

Brazil hosts top math prize for first time in Latin America

Rio De Janeiro - The world's top mathematicians will convene in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday to find out the new winners of the Fields Medal, the award often dubbed the Nobel Prize for math.
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