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More than 1,700 Haitian Refugees Arrive in Brazil

Some 1,700 Haitians have entered the Brazilian state of Acre over the past two weeks and are being sheltered in a sports facility, the state government said. continue reading »

$500M Not Enough for Maracana Stadium Renovations Ahead of Rio Olympics

The costly renovation of Maracana stadium, estimated at some $500 million, does not meet the requirements of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, so that further reconstruction will be necessary, the Brazilian press said. continue reading »

Brazil to Receive Grant to Promote Low-Carbon Agriculture

Brazil is to receive funding to provide small and medium farmers with grants to encourage the adoption of sustainable farming methods in states critical to Brazil’s biomass—three in the Amazon region (Mato Grosso, Pará and Rondônia) plus four in the Atlantic Forest region (Bahia, Minas Gerais, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul). continue reading »

Brazilian Scientists to Study Solar Explosions With Stratospheric Balloons

A team of Brazilian scientists plan to use a pair of stratospheric balloons to study the energy produced by explosions on the Sun, the head of the project said. continue reading »

Oops! Rock in Rio Ticket Buyers Crash Website

The Rock in Rio Web site collapsed Thursday in the first few minutes after starting to sell tickets to the September festival, but once tech personnel solved the problem ticket sales progressed at a rate of about 1,200 per minute. continue reading »

U.S. State Dept. Confirms U.S. Citizen Raped, Kidnapped in Rio de Janeiro

The State Department has confirmed what Brazilian and French authorities had stated earlier, that a U.S. citizen was the victim of a vicious gang rape and kidnapping in Rio de Janiero this past Sunday. continue reading »

21-Year-Old U.S. Student Identified as Victim of Gang Rape in Brazil

Brazilian and French authorities are confirming that the victim of Sunday’s horrific kidnapping and gang rape was a 21-year-old U.S. student that was accompanied by her French boyfriend. continue reading »

2 Men Arrested For Raping Tourist in Brazil

Two men were arrested for robbing and raping a foreign tourist aboard a microbus in Rio de Janeiro and beating her boyfriend, Brazilian police said Sunday. continue reading »

“Rock in Rio” Adds Alicia Keys to Festival Lineup

Alicia Keys, winner of 14 Grammys, is the latest big name confirmed for September's Rock in Rio music festival. The Princess of Soul will perform Sept. 15. continue reading »

LATINO BLOTTER: Brazilian Doctor Suspected of Killing Patients to Clear Beds

A doctor in Brazil has been charged with murdering seven of her patients in order to free up hospital beds. Dr. Virginia Soares de Souza, 56, was charged with seven counts of a continue reading »

Brazil Investing $150M into Nuclear Plant Safety

Brazil's investments to strengthen safety measures at its two nuclear plants after the 2011 accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power complex will total 300 million reais continue reading »

Google Art Project Preserving Sao Paulo Street Art

Google’s online platform, Google Art Project, that preserves art including urban art that might disappear at the drop of a hat has added street art from Sao Paulo, Brazil. continue reading »

Brazil’s Awá Tribe Calls on Government to Evict Loggers (VIDEO)

Earth’s most threatened tribe has sent an urgent appeal to Brazil’s government to evict invaders from their forest, as Brazil soccer fans lend their support for the tribe. continue reading »

Brazilian Chocolate Master Diego Lozano Creates Easter Sculpture Exhibit

Brazilian Chocolate Master Diego Lozano has prepared a massive chocolate sculpture exhibit for Easter for the residents of Rio De Janeiro to enjoy. continue reading »

Brazil Seeks Criminal Charges Against 16 in Deadly Nightclub Fire

Brazilian police are seeking criminal charges against 16 people in connection with a Jan. 27 nightclub fire in the southern city of Santa Maria that killed 241 people. continue reading »

Brazilian Designer Closes Sao Paulo Fashion Week With Whimsical Collection

A wink and a nod to comfort, freedom of movement and feeling at home in the fabrics constituted the essence of the spring-summer collection that Uma Raquel Davidowicz presented on the final day of Sao Paulo Fashion Week. continue reading »

Brazil Police Evict Indigenous Squatters Living in Former Museum

Brazilian cops took by force Friday a building that was once an Indian Museum and had been occupied since 2006 by indigenous people who promised to resist a court-ordered eviction. continue reading »

Alexandre Herchcovitch Shows Edgier Spring Collection at Sao Paulo Fashion Week

Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch showcased a summer collection notable for its femininity and distinct winter feel on the fourth day of Sao Paulo Fashion Week. continue reading »

Rio Continues to Progress Towards Becoming Tech Hub of Latin America

The impending arrival of multinationals Siemens and Halliburton marks the emergence of Latin America's largest technological hub here in Brazil's second city, the head of the ambitious project said. continue reading »

Brazil’s Petrobras Looking to Boost Daily Oil Output to 3.4 Million Barrels by 2017

Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petrobras, which is striving to boost daily domestic crude and natural gas output to 3.4 million barrels of oil equivalent per day by 2017, said it plans to earmark 62 percent of its investments over the next five years to exploration and production. continue reading »