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REPORT:  Brazil’s Oil Giant Petrobras Over Paid for Contracts by Nearly $2 Billion

Excessive payments on contracts for refineries and other projects by Brazilian state-controlled oil giant Petrobras may have amounted to nearly 3 billion reais ($1.17 billion), the head of an office investigating the alleged irregularities said. continue reading »

Violent Crime Cost Brazil $100 Billion in 2013

Violent crime cost Brazil 258 billion reais (about $100 billion) in 2013, a figure equivalent to 5.4 percent of the country's GDP, according to the new Brazilian Public Safety Annual Report, in which it is stated that an average of six people died in police operations each day during the year. continue reading »

Dozen Armed Men Break in Rio Hospital to Rescue Wounded Gang Member

More than a dozen men armed with rifles burst into a hospital in suburban Rio de Janeiro on Monday to rescue a wounded gang boss in police custody, Brazilian authorities said. continue reading »

President Obama Calls Dilma Rousseff to Congratulate Her on Re-Election

President Obama Calls Dilma Rousseff to Congratulate Her on Re-Election

President Barack Obama telephoned Brazilian head of state Dilma Rousseff to congratulate her on her re-election, the White House said. continue reading »

Dilma Rousseff Re-elected President of Brazil

Dilma Rousseff Re-elected President of Brazil

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff won reelection in the presidential runoff held Sunday, garnering 51.45 percent of the votes, compared with 48.55 percent for Social Democratic challenger Aecio Neves, and with 98 percent of the votes counted, according to the Superior Electoral Tribunal. continue reading »

Brazil Unemployment Rate Nears Lowest Level at 4.9 Percent

Brazil Unemployment Rate Nears Lowest Level at 4.9 Percent

Unemployment in Latin America's largest economy fell by 0.1 percent last month to 4.9 percent, the lowest level for September in 13 years, the Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics, or IBGE, said Thursday. continue reading »

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 »