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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 »

Brazilian Government Sends Armored VEhicles to Occupy Crime-Ridden Shantytowns

About 1,200 Brazilian police supported by armored vehicles provided by the navy on Sunday peacefully occupied the Mare Complex, a group of 15 "favelas," or shantytowns, considered to be the most dangerous in Rio de Janeiro, continue reading »

Head on Collision in Brazil leaves 14 dead, 19 injured

Head on Collision in Brazil leaves 14 dead, 19 injured

A head-on collision between a minibus and a dump truck left at least 14 dead and 19 injured in the Brazilian city of Manaus, capital of the northern state of Amazonas, officials said Saturday. continue reading »

LatAm Airlines Predicts Travel Problems Ahead of World Cup in Brazil

LatAm Airlines Predicts Travel Problems Ahead of World Cup in Brazil

Latin American airlines expect this year's World Cup in Brazil to be bad for business due, among other reasons, to operational difficulties and reduced business volume, industry executives said here Thursday. continue reading »

Brazilian Politician Who Offered Sterilizations in Exchange for Votes Surrenders

Brazilian Politician Who Offered Sterilizations in Exchange for Votes Surrenders

A Brazilian congressman sentenced to three years in prison for electoral crimes that included offers of sterilizations for women in exchange for votes, gave himself up Tuesday to the judiciary to start doing his time behind bars, authorities said. continue reading »

Brazilian Museum to Welcome Major Dali Exhibit During World Cup

Brazilian Museum to Welcome Major Dali Exhibit During World Cup

"Salvador Dali," the most comprehensive exhibition of the Spanish master's work ever held in Brazil, will take place in Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup, offering residents and visitors an opportunity to view 150 paintings, etchings, photographs, films and other works by the world's best known surrealist, organizers said. continue reading »

Brazil Military to Occupy Favelas Days Before World Cup Starts

Brazil Military to Occupy Favelas Days Before World Cup Starts

The Brazilian government said Monday, 80 days before the start of the 2014 World Cup, that the military will help occupy several "favelas," or shantytowns, in Rio de Janeiro to guarantee security in an area currently controlled by violent drug trafficking outfits where some 100,000 people live. continue reading »

Ex-Director of Petrobras Arrested for Links to Money Laundering Ring

Ex-Director of Petrobras Arrested for Links to Money Laundering Ring

A former director of Brazilian state-controlled energy giant Petrobras' downstream operations was arrested Thursday for alleged links to a gang accused of laundering illicit proceeds. continue reading »

Brazilian Police Bust Paraguayan Organization Trafficking Drugs, Guns

Brazilian Police Bust Paraguayan Organization Trafficking Drugs, Guns

Brazilian police on Thursday broke up a criminal organization that distributed drugs and guns from neighboring Paraguay to gangs operating in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. continue reading »

Brazilian Authorities Rescue Kidnapped Italian Teenage Girl

Brazilian Authorities Rescue Kidnapped Italian Teenage Girl

Police in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday morning rescued an Italian teenage girl who had been kidnapped four days ago in the seaside resort of Arraial do Cabo. continue reading »

Brazil Assures Stadiums Will be Ready for World Cup

Brazil Assures Stadiums Will be Ready for World Cup

The Brazilian stadiums scheduled to host 2014 World Cup matches will be ready in time for the June 12 kickoff of the tournament, the country's sports minister said here Tuesday. continue reading »

Brazil Reduces Extreme Poverty by Nearly 90 Percent in a Decade

Brazil Reduces Extreme Poverty by Nearly 90 Percent in a Decade

Brazil reduced the number of its citizens living in extreme poverty by 89 percent in the 10 years that the assistance program known as Bolsa Familia has been in existence, the minister of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger said Monday. continue reading »