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Hurrah for Carnival in Brazil

Hurrah for Carnival in Brazil

Brazil gave itself up Saturday to the revelry of Carnival and its many madcap street parties, as cities like Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Recife brimmed with millions having the time of their lives. continue reading »

Plane Crash Kills 4 in Brazil

Plane Crash Kills 4 in Brazil

All four people aboard were killed when a small aircraft crashed Thursday in the northern state of Para, authorities said. continue reading »

Former Brazilian President Lula Released From Hospital After Radiation Treatment

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was discharged Friday from the hospital after undergoing combined radiation and chemotherapy treatment for throat cancer. continue reading »

Brazil Wants Company’s to Offer 6 month Maternity Leave

Brazil Wants Company’s to Offer 6 month Maternity Leave

The Brazilian government wants to increase from four to six months the amount of paid maternity leave companies are obliged to give new mothers, the country's minister for women's policy said here Thursday. continue reading »

Ecuador Serving as Gateway to Brazil for Haitian Immigrants

Ecuador Serving as Gateway to Brazil for Haitian Immigrants

Ecuador has become the door of South America to Haitian immigrants who want to go to Brazil in search of a better life than living in their country, devastated by the earthquake of 2010 continue reading »

Death Squads Take Over Where Striking Brazil Police Left

Death Squads Take Over Where Striking Brazil Police Left

The strike begun on Jan. 31 by police officers in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia has resulted in an increase in the number of murders committed there by death squads, the press reported. continue reading »

Former Brazil President Readmitted to Hospital

Former Brazil President Readmitted to Hospital

Brazil's ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has been in treatment for cancer of the larynx since last October, suffered a dehydration episode and had to be taken to a hospital in Sao Paulo, his advisers said. continue reading »

Rio Police and Firefighters Go on Strike Week before Carnival

Rio Police and Firefighters Go on Strike Week before Carnival

Police and firefighters in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro went on strike Friday, just a week before the official start of Carnival and despite authorities' agreeing to a pay raise. continue reading »

Brazil Demands Suspension of Twitter Accounts Warning of “Blitzes”

Brazil Demands Suspension of Twitter Accounts Warning of “Blitzes”

The Federal Attorney’s Office of Brazil has filed a lawsuit against Twitter Inc. demanding that the state of Goias block all Twitter accounts that warn of traffic control points, also known as ‘blitzes.’ continue reading »

Discarded Waste from Tropical Fruit Acai to Supply Power Plants in Brazil

Discarded Waste from Tropical Fruit Acai to Supply Power Plants in Brazil

A $2 million pilot project backed by the IDB’s Multilateral Investment Fund will help poor families in northern Brazil become biomass suppliers to power plants by using waste from açai, a tropical fruit. continue reading »

Brazilian Cops on Strike, Supporters Confront Military

Brazilian Cops on Strike, Supporters Confront Military

Demonstrators supporting the policemen who have been on strike for six days in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia clashed briefly Monday with soldiers posted around the regional parliament in Salvador, which is occupied by disgruntled cops. continue reading »

Gisele Bundchen May be Stealing Tom Brady’s Super Bowl Spotlight

Gisele Bundchen May be Stealing Tom Brady’s Super Bowl Spotlight

While Tom Brady is supposed to be the one getting all of the attention at the moment, his wife Gisele Bundchen seems to be stealing her husband’s Super Bowl spotlight. The 31 year old was featured topless in Versace’s new denim campaign. continue reading »

Victoria’s Secret Brazilian Model Adriana Lima Stars in TWO  Super Bowl Ads (Videos)

Victoria’s Secret Brazilian Model Adriana Lima Stars in TWO Super Bowl Ads (Videos)

The Super Bowl is tonight and you probably know a few people who are more interested in the commercials than the game. Several have already been uploaded on YouTube, but some companies, especially those in the auto industry, have decided to either upload extended clips or elaborate previews. Kia went the extra mile. The car company recruited the sexy Victoria’s Secret model Adirana Lima for their ad, called “Drive The Dream.” continue reading »

Up Close One Year Later: Startling New Photos of Brazil Uncontacted Indians Released

Up Close One Year Later: Startling New Photos of Brazil Uncontacted Indians Released

Survival International has released close-up pictures of uncontacted Indians, exactly a year after aerial photos from Brazil astonished the world. The new photographs taken in south-east Peru show an uncontacted family from the Mashco Piro. continue reading »

Cuban Government Once Again Denies Blogger Yoani Sanchez an Exit Visa

Cuban Government Once Again Denies Blogger Yoani Sanchez an Exit Visa

The Cuban government has again denied dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez permission to leave the country, which on this occasion she requested for a trip to Brazil where she was invited to the premiere of a documentary. continue reading »