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NGO Reports Gunmen Threaten Indians in Brazil

NGO Reports Gunmen Threaten Indians in Brazil

A group of Guarani Indians that two months ago occupied ancestral lands in the southern Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul is being threatened by gunmen working for big landowners, Survival International said Tuesday. continue reading »

REPORT: 39 Percent of all Brazilian Children Obese or Overweight

REPORT: 39 Percent of all Brazilian Children Obese or Overweight

Thirty-nine percent of Brazilian children are either obese or overweight, a 1,000 percent increase over the past 40 years, Brazilian researcher and physician Victor Rodriguez Matsudo, one of the authors of the International Study of Child Obesity being carried out in several countries, said Monday. continue reading »

Death in Army Occupied Favela Sparks Protests in Rio

Death in Army Occupied Favela Sparks Protests in Rio

The first slaying in military action at a Rio de Janeiro shantytown complex known as Mare, which was occupied last week by the army, sparked protests by locals who said the victim was a worker with no ties to any criminal groups. continue reading »

Brazil Inaugurates First City Totally Wired With Optical Fiber

Brazil Inaugurates First City Totally Wired With Optical Fiber

The Brazilian city of Aguas de Sao Pedro, in central Sao Paulo state, became the first municipality in the country totally wired with optical fiber as part of a "digital city" project aiming to modernize and digitize public services. continue reading »

Brazil’s Petrobras Turns Over Documents in Corruption Probe

Brazil’s Petrobras Turns Over Documents in Corruption Probe

Brazilian state-controlled oil giant Petrobras turned over documents to Federal Police investigators carrying out a corruption probe, officials said. continue reading »

Venezuela Intercepts Brazilian Private Jet

Venezuela Intercepts Brazilian Private Jet

A private jet that took off from Brazil and entered Venezuelan airspace with its transponder deactivated was intercepted by the Andean nation's air force, the Brazilian military said Friday. continue reading »

Clash Between Brazilian Police, Squatters Leads to 12 Injured

Clash Between Brazilian Police, Squatters Leads to 12 Injured

A dozen people were hurt and 27 arrested Friday in clashes between police and some of the roughly 5,000 squatters occupying a vacant industrial property in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's second-largest city. continue reading »

Brazil’ Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.1 Percent With New Indicators

Brazil’ Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.1 Percent With New Indicators

Brazil's unemployment rate averaged 7.1 percent for all of 2013, the government said Thursday, which marked the debut of a new way of measuring joblessness. continue reading »

Darth Vader Inspires Brazilian Police’s Masks for World Cup

Darth Vader Inspires Brazilian Police’s Masks for World Cup

Police units in the 12 Brazilian states where matches will be played during the 2014 soccer World Cup in June received masks inspired by Star Wars character Darth Vader to equip their anti-riot officers, the firm that provided the gear reported. continue reading »

REPORT: World Cup Expected to Generate $27.7 Billion in Revenue for Brazil

REPORT: World Cup Expected to Generate $27.7 Billion in Revenue for Brazil

The Brazilian government forecasts that the 2014 soccer World Cup will generate around 62.1 billion reais ($27.7 billion) in revenues, three times what was injected into the country's economy during last year's Confederations Cup tourney. continue reading »

Brazilian Singer Caetano Veloso Shines at Intimate Performance in Sao Paulo

Brazilian Singer Caetano Veloso Shines at Intimate Performance in Sao Paulo

Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso continued his national "Abracaco" tour here, and with yet another musical reinvention won the hearts of the audience that packed a small theater. continue reading »

Brazil Military Occupy Slum Complex in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil Military Occupy Slum Complex in Rio de Janeiro

Some 2,700 Brazilian troops seized control Saturday of the Mare slum complex, Rio de Janeiro's last major drug-gang stronghold. The previously announced operation began at 5:00 a.m. when armored cars and tanks rolled into the main "favelas," or shanty towns, that make up the complex, home to roughly 120,000 people. continue reading »

Gisele Bündchen Wows at Sao Paulo Fashion Week

Gisele Bündchen Wows at Sao Paulo Fashion Week

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen took center stage on the runway at Sao Paulo Fashion Week, winning over her countrymen with her sensuality in designs by Colcci. continue reading »

Brazilians Purchased 35.6 Million Smartphones in 2013

Brazilians Purchased 35.6 Million Smartphones in 2013

Smartphone sales more than doubled in Brazil in 2013, surging to a record 35.6 million units and surpassing sales of conventional cell phones for the first time, consulting firm IDC Brazil said. continue reading »

Brazilian Police, Military Take Over Rio Slums Ahead Of World Cup

Brazilian Police, Military Take Over Rio Slums Ahead Of World Cup

Less than three months before the World Cup begins, more than 1,400 Brazilian police and military members have seized control of a network of Rio de Janeiro favelas that are home to 130,000 Brazilians, the Associated Press reported Sunday. continue reading »