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AMERICAN IDOL: He May be Small, but Matheus Fernandes Has a Big Voice (VIDEO)

AMERICAN IDOL: He May be Small, but Matheus Fernandes Has a Big Voice (VIDEO)

Like fellow American Idol contestant Isabel Gonzalez, Matheus Fernandes covered a Sam Cooke song for his audition, but unlike Gonzalez, Fernandes looks a little different. continue reading »

Unemployment Rate in Brazil Drops to 5.5 Percent

Unemployment Rate in Brazil Drops to 5.5 Percent

Brazil's average unemployment rate last year came in at 5.5 percent, the lowest level since stricter measurement criteria were adopted in 2002, the government said Thursday. continue reading »

FIFA General Sec. on Claims Qatar Bought 2022 World Cup: No Comment

FIFA General Sec. on Claims Qatar Bought 2022 World Cup: No Comment

The general secretary of soccer governing body FIFA declined to comment here Wednesday on charges by France Football magazine that Qatar paid bribes for the right to host the 2022 World Cup. continue reading »

Brazil Authorized 70 Percent More Work Visas for Foreigners Since 2009

Brazil Authorized 70 Percent More Work Visas for Foreigners Since 2009

Brazil last year granted 73,022 work visas for foreigners, 3.54 percent more than in 2011 and a 70.15 percent increase since 2009, the Labor and Employment Ministry announced here Wednesday. continue reading »

Latin America Shines at Madrid’s International Tourism Fair

Latin America Shines at Madrid’s International Tourism Fair

The colors, tastes, accents and music of Latin America are being seen and heard again at the Fitur tourism fair in Madrid, whose 33rd edition was kicked off on Wednesday by Spain's Crown Prince Felipe continue reading »

Current Death Toll of Deadly Brazil Fire Stands at 235, 143 Remain Hospitalized

Current Death Toll of Deadly Brazil Fire Stands at 235, 143 Remain Hospitalized

The death toll from last weekend's fire at a discotheque in this southern Brazilian city rose to 235 and 143 other people remain hospitalized, authorities said Wednesday. continue reading »

Catholic Samba Group Turns Parade into Procession After Nightclub Fire

Catholic Samba Group Turns Parade into Procession After Nightclub Fire

A Catholic samba group in Rio de Janeiro changed its parade plans after the nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people, most of them students from the local university in Santa Maria. continue reading »

Santa Maria Brazil Struggles to Recover After Deadly Fire

Santa Maria Brazil Struggles to Recover After Deadly Fire

This southern Brazilian city, where 231 people died last weekend in a discotheque fire, struggled to recover Tuesday despite having 118 injured in hospitals, 75 of them in critical condition. continue reading »

Arrests Made in Deadly Brazil Nightclub Fire

Arrests Made in Deadly Brazil Nightclub Fire

One of the owners of the Kiss nightclub and two musicians have been arrested in connection with the fire that killed 231 people over the weekend at the establishment in Santa Maria, a city in Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state, media reports said Monday, citing investigators. continue reading »

Latin America News:  Death Toll in Deadly Brazil Fire Revised Downward

Latin America News:  Death Toll in Deadly Brazil Fire Revised Downward

The death toll from the fire at a nightclub in Santa Maria, a city in Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state, has been revised downward to 232, with 131 other people injured, police said Sunday. continue reading »

Presidents Discuss Pemex, Petrobras Oil Alliance

Presidents Discuss Pemex, Petrobras Oil Alliance

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff discussed forging strategic alliances between oil giants Pemex and Petrobras during a meeting at the CELAC-EU summit in Chile. continue reading »

JUST IN:  245 Dead Thus Far in Deadly Brazil Nightclub Fire

JUST IN:  245 Dead Thus Far in Deadly Brazil Nightclub Fire

Brazilian authorities are reporting that at least 245 people have died in a 2:00 a.m. nightclub fire and that death toll could rise throughout the day. continue reading »

BRAZIL: Six Fatally Shot in Rio de Janeiro Suburb

BRAZIL: Six Fatally Shot in Rio de Janeiro Suburb

Six men were found fatally shot Friday in the Rio de Janeiro suburb of Duque de Caxias, Brazilian police said. The bodies were discovered on a street in the Vai Quem Quer "favela," or shantytown. continue reading »

Latin America News: Brazilian President Cuts Electric Rates by 32% for Businesses, 18% for Homeowner

Latin America News: Brazilian President Cuts Electric Rates by 32% for Businesses, 18% for Homeowner

Brazil's electric rates are being cut new rates, which took effect on Thursday, are 18 percent lower for residential customers and up to 32 percent lower for business customers continue reading »

Brazilian Police Officer Fired After Angry Tweets

Brazilian Police Officer Fired After Angry Tweets

A police inspector in Brazil was recently fired for comments he made on Twitter regarding woman who worked for him. On Monday, Inspector Pedro Paulo Pinho of Rio de Janeiro was angered when he disc continue reading »