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Scientists Discover Oasis of Sealife at Undersea Mountain 6500 m Deep, 1500 km off Brazil

A group of scientists aboard the only submarine capable of diving to depths of 6,500 meters (21,311 feet) discovered an "oasis" of biodiversity around the South Atlantic's largest undersea mountain, located about 1,500 kilometers continue reading »

Small Business Loan Interest Rates Cut in Brazil

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced here Monday a reduction in the interest rate on public loans for owners of small businesses from 8.0 percent to 5.0 percent. continue reading »

Record Grain Harvest Highlights Brazil’s Infrastructure Issues

Brazil is expected to have another record grain harvest in 2013, according to forecasts, but the South American country's agricultural success is being tempered by the problems caused by limited infrastructure for handling its bumper crops. continue reading »

In-Edit Music Documentary Festival Takes Place in Brazil

The Brazilian edition of the International Music Documentary Festival, or In-Edit, got underway in Sao Paulo with the screening at six theaters of 58 films from 20 countries. continue reading »

Brazilian Education System to Receive $200 Million Loan

The Brazilian state of Pará will receive significant support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to improve access to quality basic education, the IDB announced today. continue reading »

Check Out Documentary Photographer Sebastiao Salgado’s TED Talk (VIDEO)

Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay continue reading »

Brazilian Oil Giant Petrobras Sells Stake in Gulf of Mexico Exploratory Blocks

Brazilian state-controlled oil giant Petrobras said it has sold its 20 percent stake in six exploratory blocks in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. In a regulatory filing, Petrobras said it signed a sale and purchase agreement for the divestment continue reading »

Brazil Charges 60 Police with Corruption for Demanding Bribes

Authorities in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday launched an operation to arrest 78 people, including 60 police officers, accused of making up a corruption network that extorted bribes from street vendors and drivers of gypsy cabs. The arrest warrants were requested during the course of an investigation begun six months ago by the intelligence division of the state public safety department. continue reading »

Ex-Brazilian Cop Gets 22 Years For Murder of Soccer Player

A former Brazilian police officer was sentenced to 22 years behind bars for the murder of the lover of Bruno Fernandes, the former goalie for the Flamengo soccer club, who already received a similar sentence for b continue reading »

Five Brazilian Police Officers Implicated in Murder of Journalists

Five Brazilian police officers were arrested for their suspected role in the murders of journalist Rodrigo Neto de Faria and press photographer Walgney Carvalho, the daily Folha de Sao Paulo said Saturday. continue reading »

Brazilian Fines Rita Lee for Insulting Cops at Music Festival

A Brazilian court sentenced Brazilian rocker Rita Lee to pay a fine of 5,000 reais ($2,500) for insulting two police at a concert in 2012. continue reading »

Brazil Partners With Japan to Map the Genome of Amazonian Manatee

Brazil's INPA research institute and Japan's Kyoto University have reached an agreement to map the genome of the Amazon manatee. continue reading »

More Than One-Third of Brazilian Indians Live in Cities

Just over 36 percent of the 896,917 Brazilians who declared themselves indigenous people in the 2010 Census live in cities, and only 37.4 percent of them speak an Amerindian language, according to a study released Friday by the government. continue reading »

Brazilian Designer Brings Neoprene Bikinis to Fashion Rio

Neoprene bikinis and bare chests were a hit at Fashion Rio, one of Brazil's largest fashion industry fairs, where designers are unveiling their Southern Hemisphere summer collections this week. continue reading »

Brazilian Ministers Advocate Decriminalization of Drugs

Seven of Brazil's former justice ministers on Tuesday released a letter advocating the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use. continue reading »

Brazil’s Fashion Rio Kicks Off Today

In Latin America news, Fashion Rio launches today to highlight the best of Brazilian fashion for the winter season. Over 20 fashion designers will be highlighted on the fashion show. continue reading »

Brazilian Police Investigating Former President Lula for Corruption

The Brazilian Federal Police confirmed Friday that it has opened a new investigation of ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's possible involvement in corruption. continue reading »

Newborn Deaths in Brazil Tied to Bacteria, Hygiene in Question at Hospitals

Brazilian medical authorities have concluded that 6 newborn deaths in the past 12 days are tied to a bacteria found in standing liquids and damp surfaces. continue reading »

Petrobras Oil Spill Reaches Sao Paulo Beaches

Fluids from a terminal operated by state-controlled oil giant Petrobras have reached several beaches in Sao Paulo state, forcing authorities to close off the area, Brazilian officials said. continue reading »

Brazilian Police Officer Killed During Ambush, 26th Death This Year

A policeman was shot to death on the weekend in an attack by two men riding a motorcycle in eastern Sao Paulo, bringing the number of Military Police officers killed in Brazil so far this year to 26, authorities said. continue reading »