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Latest Brazil Prison Riots Ends Peacefully, 5th Riot in Two Months

The 57 inmates holding two prison guards hostage since Sunday night freed them Monday and put an end to the fifth riot during the last two months in the southern Brazilian state of Parana, officials said. continue reading »

Major Kiddie Porn Ring Busted in Brazil

Major Kiddie Porn Ring Busted in Brazil

Brazilian authorities arrested 51 people Wednesday on charges of possession and dissemination of child pornography. continue reading »

Sao Paulo Experiencing Severe Drought Conditions

Sao Paulo Experiencing Severe Drought Conditions

There are water supply problems in some parts of Sao Paulo, Brazil's most populous state, due to the record drought affecting the region, state officials said Wednesday. continue reading »

5 Teens Gunned Down Near Rio de Janeiro

5 Teens Gunned Down Near Rio de Janeiro

Five teenagers were shot to death and a 12-year-old boy was wounded in the city of Duque de Caxias, near Rio de Janeiro, authorities reported Tuesday. continue reading »

Brazil Breaks Up Major Illegal Abortion Ring

Brazil Breaks Up Major Illegal Abortion Ring

At least 56 people were arrested Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro for belonging to an organization suspected of being the chief provider of illegal abortions in this Brazilian state, officials said. continue reading »

DUIs in Brazil Fall by 45 Percent Thanks to 2007 Zero Tolerance Law

DUIs in Brazil Fall by 45 Percent Thanks to 2007 Zero Tolerance Law

The incidence of drinking alcohol and then driving has fallen 45 percent in Brazil since 2007, one year before the "zero tolerance" law was adopted, authorities said Tuesday. continue reading »

Brazil President Rouseef to Race Election Runoff

Brazil President Rouseef to Race Election Runoff

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff won a plurality in Sunday's presidential balloting here - garnering about 44 percent of the vote, but she will have to face off against Social Democrat Aecio Neves, who secured the second-largest number of votes, some 30 percent, according to an exit poll released after the last precincts had closed. continue reading »

Brazilian Operation Nabs 26 Linked to Bolivian Drug Traffickers

Brazilian Operation Nabs 26 Linked to Bolivian Drug Traffickers

Twenty-six people were arrested in an operation targeting a gang with ties to drug traffickers in neighboring Bolivia, Brazilian police said Friday. continue reading »

Rapist Sentenced to 106 Years in Prison in Brazil

Rapist Sentenced to 106 Years in Prison in Brazil

A court in the northeastern Brazilian state of Paraiba sentenced Friday to 106 years in prison the ringleader of a group of youths who raped five women at a party and killed two of them. continue reading »

Brazil Deploys Army to Respond to Prison Violence

Brazil Deploys Army to Respond to Prison Violence

The government on Wednesday approved the sending of federal troops to Maranhao, a state in northeastern Brazil, to combat a wave of attacks evidently ordered from inside one of the nation's prisons, officials said. continue reading »

Court Files Securities Charges Against Brazil’s Former Richest Man

Court Files Securities Charges Against Brazil’s Former Richest Man

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that they have filed charges against businessman Eike Batista, up to last year the richest man in Brazil, for market manipulation after concluding that he used false information to induce thousands of stockholders to invest in one of his companies. continue reading »

Brazil’s Continues Its Commitment to Saving the Endangered Golden Lion Tamarins

Brazil’s Continues Its Commitment to Saving the Endangered Golden Lion Tamarins

An environmental reserve in Brazil that four decades ago began gathering the surviving Golden Lion Tamarins has prevented the extinction of one of the most endangered species of primates in the world. continue reading »

Brazil’s President Says Economic Turnaround Depends on What U.S. Does

Brazil’s President Says Economic Turnaround Depends on What U.S. Does

The recovery of Brazil, Latin America's largest economy, depends on a strong rebound in the U.S. economy, President Dilma Rousseff said Monday. continue reading »

Illiteracy Rate Falls to 8.3 Percent in Brazil

Illiteracy Rate Falls to 8.3 Percent in Brazil

The illiteracy rate in Brazil dropped to 8.3 percent in 2013, but continues to afflict the impoverished northeastern region, where 16.6 percent of the population age 15 and up don't know how to read, according to an official study released Thursday. continue reading »

26 Suspected Drug Gang Members Arrested in Brazil

26 Suspected Drug Gang Members Arrested in Brazil

Twenty-six suspected members of a drug-dealing gang operating in a sprawling Rio slum that was supposed to have been "pacified" four years ago were arrested Thursday, Brazilian authorities said. continue reading »