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Amazon’s Deforestation Dropped 19 Percent At End of 2013

Amazon’s Deforestation Dropped 19 Percent At End of 2013

Brazil's portion of the Amazon rainforest lost between August 2013 and January this year some 1,162.5 sq. kilometers (448.8 sq. miles) of woodland, an area 19 percent less than the amount deforested between August 2012 and January 2013, which was 1,427 sq. kilometers (551 sq. miles), the government said. continue reading »

Brazilian President Invites Pope to Attend World Cup

Brazilian President Invites Pope to Attend World Cup

Pope Francis received Friday in a private audience Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who formally invited the Argentine pontiff to visit her country during the World Cup soccer championship, which begins June 12. continue reading »

Brazilian App Gives Users Access to 200 Media Sources

Brazilian App Gives Users Access to 200 Media Sources

Nuvem do Jornaleiro, a new multiplatform application rolled out in Brazil, allows smartphone, tablet and other users to access the content from more than 200 media outlets, including Agencia Efe, without downloading entire archives to devices. continue reading »

With Nearly $800 Million in Security, Brazil Ready to Guarantee a Safe World Cup

With Nearly $800 Million in Security, Brazil Ready to Guarantee a Safe World Cup

After investing 1.9 billion reais ($792 million) in upgrading its security capabilities, Brazil can guarantee that the 2014 World Cup will be free of threats to public order, President Dilma Rousseff said. continue reading »

Shooting at Brazil Church Leaves 1 Dead, 4 Wounded

Shooting at Brazil Church Leaves 1 Dead, 4 Wounded

A woman died and four other people were wounded Sunday when an armed man fired several shots in a church in the town of Guarulhos, near the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, police said. continue reading »

Brazil’s Economic Activity Falls Slightly in December

Brazil’s Economic Activity Falls Slightly in December

Brazilian economic activity fell for the second straight month in December, declining 1.35 percent relative to November, the Central Bank said in a report Friday. continue reading »

Workers Begin Restoration of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer

Workers Begin Restoration of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer

A team of specialists began working Friday to restore the mountaintop statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's most iconic monument, which was damaged last month by a lightning strike. continue reading »

Brazilian Police Rescue Bolivians From Human Trafficker

Brazilian Police Rescue Bolivians From Human Trafficker

Brazilian police rescued two Bolivian immigrants from a trafficker who intended to sell them into slavery, a pro-migrant activist said Friday. continue reading »

2 Die During Prison Brawl in Brazil

2 Die During Prison Brawl in Brazil

A brawl among inmates at the Itamaraca prison in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco left two dead and eight injured, authorities said Thursday. continue reading »

Opening a New Business Just Got Easier in Brazil

Opening a New Business Just Got Easier in Brazil

Brazil's government has unveiled a plan to shorten the time required to open a new business, which would be reduced from five months to five days. continue reading »

Brazilian Designer Ivan Aguilar Debuts Women’s Collection at NYFW

Brazilian Designer Ivan Aguilar Debuts Women’s Collection at NYFW

Ivan Aguilar, a Brazilian designer best known for his menswear collections, made a splash at New York Fashion Week with a collection for women, while Lacoste showcased an Olympic theme and Herve Leger kept its focus on sophistication. continue reading »

Former Brazilian President Lula Won’t Rule Out Bid in 2018

Former Brazilian President Lula Won’t Rule Out Bid in 2018

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Friday that he does not rule out running for Brazil's highest office again in 2018. continue reading »

10 Armed Men Attack Hospital in Brazil

10 Armed Men Attack Hospital in Brazil

Some 10 armed men burst into a Rio de Janeiro hospital and assaulted a score of people in the reception area, including patients, family members and employees, Brazilian police said Tuesday. continue reading »

Crime in Parts of Sao Paulo Rampant, Mail Carriers Get Police Escort

Crime in Parts of Sao Paulo Rampant, Mail Carriers Get Police Escort

The increase in violence in the Brazilian city of Campinas prompted a court order for police to escort letter carriers. continue reading »

Brazil Opens High School With Classes in Portuguese and Spanish

Brazil Opens High School With Classes in Portuguese and Spanish

The first bilingual public school with classes in Spanish and Portuguese for students ages 15-17 was inaugurated in this metropolis, the result of an agreement between the southeastern Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro and the Spanish Embassy. continue reading »