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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 »

More Than One-Third of Brazilian Indians Live in Cities

More Than One-Third of Brazilian Indians Live in Cities

Just over 36 percent of the 896,917 Brazilians who declared themselves indigenous people in the 2010 Census live in cities, and only 37.4 percent of them speak an Amerindian language, according to a study released Friday by the government. continue reading »

Brazilian Designer Brings Neoprene Bikinis to Fashion Rio

Brazilian Designer Brings Neoprene Bikinis to Fashion Rio

Neoprene bikinis and bare chests were a hit at Fashion Rio, one of Brazil's largest fashion industry fairs, where designers are unveiling their Southern Hemisphere summer collections this week. continue reading »

Brazilian Ministers Advocate Decriminalization of Drugs

Brazilian Ministers Advocate Decriminalization of Drugs

Seven of Brazil's former justice ministers on Tuesday released a letter advocating the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use. continue reading »

Brazil’s Fashion Rio Kicks Off Today

Brazil’s Fashion Rio Kicks Off Today

In Latin America news, Fashion Rio launches today to highlight the best of Brazilian fashion for the winter season. Over 20 fashion designers will be highlighted on the fashion show. continue reading »

Brazilian Police Investigating Former President Lula for Corruption

Brazilian Police Investigating Former President Lula for Corruption

The Brazilian Federal Police confirmed Friday that it has opened a new investigation of ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's possible involvement in corruption. continue reading »