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Brazil Taking Small Steps Towards Greater Equality

Brazil's traditionally high level of inequality fell slightly between 2009 and last year thanks to an 8.3 percent increase in workers' average income and a nearly 20 percent drop in the unemployment rate, according to a government study released Friday. continue reading »

Brazil Plans to Auction Off New Oil Blocks in May 2013

Brazil is planning an auction of new oil and gas exploration and production blocks for May 2013, although that long-delayed round will depend on prior approval of a new regulatory framework, Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao s continue reading »

Brazil Reduces Chevron’s Oil Spill Fine by $8 Million

U.S. supermajor Chevron will be fined $17 million for an offshore oil spill rather than the nearly $25 million announced in July, the head of Brazil's National Petroleum Agency, or ANP, said Monday. continue reading »

Brazilian 17-year-old Star Rhythmic Gymnast Killed in Car Accident

A 17-year-old star rhythmic gymnast died in a car accident over the weekend in Viana, a city in Brazil's Espiritu Santo state, police said. Eduarda Mello de Queiroz, who placed second in the national championships, died Sunday when the car she was riding in with two other people went into a ravine and hit a tree. continue reading »

Brazilian Supreme Court Judge Says There is “No Doubt” Lawmakers Took Bribes

Members of Congress traded votes for money during the first two years of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's 2003-2011 tenure as president, one of the judges in Brazil's corruption "trial of the century" said Monday. continue reading »

WTF? - Armadillo Official Mascot for Brazil’s 2014 World Cup Games

FIFA and Brazil's 2014 World Cup Organizing Committee have presented the soccer championship's mascot, an armadillo whose name will be decided by popular vote and which will be used to raise awareness about the importance of ecology and the environment. continue reading »

Bomb Destroys Radio Studio in Northern Brazil

Two unknown assailants detonated a bomb that destroyed the studios of Radio Farol in the northeastern Brazilian city of Uniao dos Palmares, officials said. continue reading »

Brazil’s 30th Bienal de São Paulo (PHOTOS)

Chief curator, Venezuelan-born Luis Pérez-Oramas, along with associated curators André Severo and Tobi Maier and curator assistant Isabella Villanueva, will curate the 30th Bienal de São Paulo continue reading »

IACHR Condemns Murder of Brazilian Human Rights Lawyer

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the killing of Human Rights Defender Diego Luiz Berbare Bandeira, attorney and member of the Human Rights Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association in São Paulo, in the city of Caraguatatuba, state of São Paulo, Brazil. continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Brazil on Your 190th Year of Independence

Today, all of Brazil is celebrating and rejoicing its 190-year-old independence from the Portuguese and is often called Sete de Setemebro. The Portuguese arrived in 1532 and stayed for close to 300 years, as it colonized the region and colonized native populations. continue reading »

Regardless of Oil Spill, Chevron Will Remain in Brazil

U.S. supermajor Chevron Corp. will not leave Brazil and is working to restart its projects in the South American country, where a court had given the energy company until the end of August to halt its operations, Chevron's chief of Latin American operations, Don Stelling, said. continue reading »

Brazilian Team Creates Solar House for ‘Solar Decathlon Europe 2012’

Friday marked the start of construction work on the solar houses taking part in the Solar Decathlon Europe international competition in Madrid, Spain. continue reading »

Brazilian Gov’t Says Country is Holding Up During Global Crisis

Brazil's finance minister said Thursday that Latin America's largest economy is holding up well amid the "worst year" of the global economic crisis and that its solid foundation will enable it to achieve growth of nearly 4 percent this year. continue reading »

World Artists to Turn Rio de Janeiro into One Large Work of Art

Next month, six of the world's most famous artists will begin turning Rio de Janeiro, Brazil into a giant work of art. In a project named OiR (Other Ideas for Rio), artists Robert Morris, Brian continue reading »

Brazil’s Petrobras Makes Deepwater Oil Discovery in Atlantic

Oil and gas have been found in a field in the deepwater Sergipe-Alagoas basin in the Atlantic, Brazilian state-controlled oil giant Petrobras said. continue reading »

Brazilian Condom Manufacturer Recalls 620,000 Condoms

The Brazilian condom manufacturer Olla is recalling 620,000 condoms from the market because of a possible defect in quality control that could compromise their security. continue reading »

Brazilian Ex-Senator to Repay $234 M in Stolen Public Funds

Luiz Estevao, booted from Brazil's Senate 12 years ago for corruption, has pledged to return 468 million reais ($234 million) he diverted from the public coffers, authorities said Thursday. continue reading »

U.S.-Brazil Meet to Deal with Issue of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination

The U.S. and Brazil will hold a technical meeting of the U.S.–Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality (Joint Action Plan) on August 21-22, 2012 in Brasilia. continue reading »

Olympic Flag Arrives in Brazil in Preparation for First Olympics Games in Latin America

The Olympic flag on Sunday was brought to the huge Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Hill, the iconic symbol of Rio de Janeiro, in an ecumenical ceremony attended by municipal and religious authorities and representatives of civil society. continue reading »

Single-Engine Planes Collide in Brazil, Killing 4

At least four people died Saturday in a collision between two small, single-engine airplanes in Sao Paulo state, officials said. continue reading »