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Record Grain Harvest Highlights Brazil’s Infrastructure Issues

Record Grain Harvest Highlights Brazil’s Infrastructure Issues

Brazil is expected to have another record grain harvest in 2013, according to forecasts, but the South American country's agricultural success is being tempered by the problems caused by limited infrastructure for handling its bumper crops. continue reading »

In-Edit Music Documentary Festival Takes Place in Brazil

In-Edit Music Documentary Festival Takes Place in Brazil

The Brazilian edition of the International Music Documentary Festival, or In-Edit, got underway in Sao Paulo with the screening at six theaters of 58 films from 20 countries. continue reading »

Brazilian Education System to Receive $200 Million Loan

Brazilian Education System to Receive $200 Million Loan

The Brazilian state of Pará will receive significant support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to improve access to quality basic education, the IDB announced today. continue reading »

$61 Billion in Remittances Flows to Latin America

$61 Billion in Remittances Flows to Latin America

Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) showed a slight increase in 2012 with respect to the previous year, according to the latest report on remittances by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. continue reading »

Check Out Documentary Photographer Sebastiao Salgado’s TED Talk (VIDEO)

Check Out Documentary Photographer Sebastiao Salgado’s TED Talk (VIDEO)

Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay continue reading »

Brazilian Oil Giant Petrobras Sells Stake in Gulf of Mexico Exploratory Blocks

Brazilian Oil Giant Petrobras Sells Stake in Gulf of Mexico Exploratory Blocks

Brazilian state-controlled oil giant Petrobras said it has sold its 20 percent stake in six exploratory blocks in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. In a regulatory filing, Petrobras said it signed a sale and purchase agreement for the divestment continue reading »

Top Five Most Beautiful Mammals in the Amazon

Top Five Most Beautiful Mammals in the Amazon

There are approximately 800 different species of mammals in the Amazon Rainforest that have been classified. In an area spanning 2.124 million sq miles (5.5 million km²), there are bound to be more exotic creatures yet to be discovered. continue reading »

Brazil Charges 60 Police with Corruption for Demanding Bribes

Brazil Charges 60 Police with Corruption for Demanding Bribes

Authorities in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday launched an operation to arrest 78 people, including 60 police officers, accused of making up a corruption network that extorted bribes from street vendors and drivers of gypsy cabs. The arrest warrants were requested during the course of an investigation begun six months ago by the intelligence division of the state public safety department. continue reading »

Ex-Brazilian Cop Gets 22 Years For Murder of Soccer Player

Ex-Brazilian Cop Gets 22 Years For Murder of Soccer Player

A former Brazilian police officer was sentenced to 22 years behind bars for the murder of the lover of Bruno Fernandes, the former goalie for the Flamengo soccer club, who already received a similar sentence for b continue reading »

Five Brazilian Police Officers Implicated in Murder of Journalists

Five Brazilian Police Officers Implicated in Murder of Journalists

Five Brazilian police officers were arrested for their suspected role in the murders of journalist Rodrigo Neto de Faria and press photographer Walgney Carvalho, the daily Folha de Sao Paulo said Saturday. continue reading »

Brazilian Bruno Coutinho Accidentally Shot Himself in the Head with Harpoon but Survived

Brazilian Bruno Coutinho Accidentally Shot Himself in the Head with Harpoon but Survived

The Mirror in England reports that a Brazilian man shot himself through the eye with a six-inch harpoon - and survived. Bruno Coutinho was cleaning his gun when he accidentally fired it, sending the spear through his left eye and into the back of his skull. continue reading »

Brazil Will No Longer Tax Sugar-Based Fuels Like Ethanol

Brazil Will No Longer Tax Sugar-Based Fuels Like Ethanol

The Brazilian government announced Tuesday that starting May 1 it will increase the obligatory blend of ethanol with gasoline from 20 to 25 percent and will eliminate all taxes on the sugar-based fuel. continue reading »

Brazil Not Happy with McDonald’s ‘Happy Meals’, Fines Company

Brazil Not Happy with McDonald’s ‘Happy Meals’, Fines Company

The Brazilian consumer protection agency, Procon, has fined fast-food chain McDonald’s $1.6 million for targeting its advertising toward children through their Happy Meal toys. continue reading »

Brazilian Fines Rita Lee for Insulting Cops at Music Festival

Brazilian Fines Rita Lee for Insulting Cops at Music Festival

A Brazilian court sentenced Brazilian rocker Rita Lee to pay a fine of 5,000 reais ($2,500) for insulting two police at a concert in 2012. continue reading »

Brazil Partners With Japan to Map the Genome of Amazonian Manatee

Brazil Partners With Japan to Map the Genome of Amazonian Manatee

Brazil's INPA research institute and Japan's Kyoto University have reached an agreement to map the genome of the Amazon manatee. continue reading »