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Brazilian Lawmakers Pass Controversial Bill to Redistribute Oil Royalties

Brazilian Lawmakers Pass Controversial Bill to Redistribute Oil Royalties

Brazil's Congress has passed a bill that would reduce the proportion of royalties that accrue to the state and municipal governments of oil-producing states, while distributing more of those revenues to other states. continue reading »

Violence in Sao Paulo Continues, 5 More Gunned Down

Violence in Sao Paulo Continues, 5 More Gunned Down

Five people were killed and three others wounded overnight in separate shootings in Brazil's largest city and its suburbs, authorities said Wednesday. continue reading »

Sister of Brazilian Soccer Star Hulk Home Safe After Kidnapping

Sister of Brazilian Soccer Star Hulk Home Safe After Kidnapping

The younger sister of Brazilian soccer star Hulk returned Tuesday to her home in the northeastern city of Campina Grande after being the victim of a kidnapping, police officials said. continue reading »

Brazil’s “Queen of Baiao” Carmelia Alves Dies at 89

Brazil’s “Queen of Baiao” Carmelia Alves Dies at 89

Singer Carmelia Alves, known as the "Queen of Baiao," one of the most popular folk rhythms of northeast Brazil, died in Rio de Janeiro of cancer, her family said. She was 89. continue reading »

Brazilian Tourist Train Derails Killing 3

Brazilian Tourist Train Derails Killing 3

Three people were killed and about 40 others injured when a tourist train derailed near Campos de Jordao, a summer resort in Brazil's Sao Paulo state, emergency services officials said Sunday. continue reading »

Multiple Plane Crashes Kill 6 in Brazil

Multiple Plane Crashes Kill 6 in Brazil

At least six people died and a youngster was injured in two air accidents in Brazil over the past 24 hours, authorities of the western state of Mato Grosso and the southern state of Santa Catarina reported Saturday. continue reading »

83 Killed in Sao Paulo Over Last 11 Days

83 Killed in Sao Paulo Over Last 11 Days

Another 10 people - one of them a police officer - were killed in Sao Paulo overnight, bringing to 83 the number of murders committed over the last 11 days in Brazil's largest city and financial capital, authorities said Friday. continue reading »

Voices from Latin America: Americas Society Partners in Carnegie Hall’s Fall Festival

Voices from Latin America: Americas Society Partners in Carnegie Hall’s Fall Festival

Americas Society is proud to partner with Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin America, a citywide festival taking place on November 8 to December 11, 2012. The fall festival will celebrate the diverse range of Latin American cultures, inviting audiences to explore a vibrant repertoire of music, visual arts, dance, film, continue reading »

Brazil Holds First Transsexual Beauty Pageant

Brazil Holds First Transsexual Beauty Pageant

This week, 19 contestants took part in the first ever Miss T Brazil pageant at the Teatro João Caetano in Rio de Janiero.The Brazilian pageant is the first of its kind in continue reading »

LATINO BLOTTER: Brazilian Grandma Says Granddaughter Put Crack in her “Lady Purse” as She Slept

LATINO BLOTTER: Brazilian Grandma Says Granddaughter Put Crack in her “Lady Purse” as She Slept

A Brazilian grandmother was recently charged with drug smuggling after police found 55 crack rocks in her vagina. However, the septuagenarian claims she knew nothing about the drugs and believes her granddaughter must have put them up there without her knowledge. continue reading »

BRAZIL: 9 Beautiful Endangered Tree-Dwelling Tarantulas Discovered

BRAZIL: 9 Beautiful Endangered Tree-Dwelling Tarantulas Discovered

Arboreal tarantulas are known from a few tropical places in Asia, Africa, South and Central America and the Caribbean. These tarantulas generally have a lighter build, thinner bodies and longer legs, better suited for their habitat. continue reading »

Brazil Researchers Find Rattlesnake Venom Helpful for Skin Cancer Patients

Brazil Researchers Find Rattlesnake Venom Helpful for Skin Cancer Patients

A substance extracted from rattlesnake venom could raise survival hopes among patients with skin cancer, according to experiments performed by Brazilian researchers. continue reading »

Gas Explosion at Brazilian Supermarket Kills 7

Gas Explosion at Brazilian Supermarket Kills 7

At least seven people were injured, four of them suffering serious burns, in a gas explosion Wednesday at a supermarket in Rio de Janeiro, firefighters said. The blast, which occurred about 7:30 a.m. (9:30 GMT), apparently was caused by a gas leak at a grocery store in the northern Rio neighborhood of Iraja, the Fire Department said. continue reading »

First-Time Mom: Brazilian Woman Gives Birth to Twins at Age 61

First-Time Mom: Brazilian Woman Gives Birth to Twins at Age 61

At 61, a Brazilian woman recently became a mother for the first time to not just one, but two children. Last week, Antonia Leticia Rovati Asti gave birth to twins So continue reading »

Michael Phelps Teaches Young Brazilians to Swim in Rio

Michael Phelps Teaches Young Brazilians to Swim in Rio

U.S. Olympian Michael Phelps gave a swimming class Tuesday to Brazilian tots and teens in a rough Rio de Janeiro neighborhood that until two years ago was occupied by drug-trafficking gangs. continue reading »