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Venezuela Intercepts Brazilian Private Jet

Venezuela Intercepts Brazilian Private Jet

A private jet that took off from Brazil and entered Venezuelan airspace with its transponder deactivated was intercepted by the Andean nation's air force, the Brazilian military said Friday. continue reading »

Clash Between Brazilian Police, Squatters Leads to 12 Injured

Clash Between Brazilian Police, Squatters Leads to 12 Injured

A dozen people were hurt and 27 arrested Friday in clashes between police and some of the roughly 5,000 squatters occupying a vacant industrial property in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's second-largest city. continue reading »

Brazil’ Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.1 Percent With New Indicators

Brazil’ Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.1 Percent With New Indicators

Brazil's unemployment rate averaged 7.1 percent for all of 2013, the government said Thursday, which marked the debut of a new way of measuring joblessness. continue reading »

Darth Vader Inspires Brazilian Police’s Masks for World Cup

Darth Vader Inspires Brazilian Police’s Masks for World Cup

Police units in the 12 Brazilian states where matches will be played during the 2014 soccer World Cup in June received masks inspired by Star Wars character Darth Vader to equip their anti-riot officers, the firm that provided the gear reported. continue reading »

REPORT: World Cup Expected to Generate $27.7 Billion in Revenue for Brazil

REPORT: World Cup Expected to Generate $27.7 Billion in Revenue for Brazil

The Brazilian government forecasts that the 2014 soccer World Cup will generate around 62.1 billion reais ($27.7 billion) in revenues, three times what was injected into the country's economy during last year's Confederations Cup tourney. continue reading »

Brazilian Singer Caetano Veloso Shines at Intimate Performance in Sao Paulo

Brazilian Singer Caetano Veloso Shines at Intimate Performance in Sao Paulo

Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso continued his national "Abracaco" tour here, and with yet another musical reinvention won the hearts of the audience that packed a small theater. continue reading »

Brazil Military Occupy Slum Complex in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil Military Occupy Slum Complex in Rio de Janeiro

Some 2,700 Brazilian troops seized control Saturday of the Mare slum complex, Rio de Janeiro's last major drug-gang stronghold. The previously announced operation began at 5:00 a.m. when armored cars and tanks rolled into the main "favelas," or shanty towns, that make up the complex, home to roughly 120,000 people. continue reading »

Gisele Bündchen Wows at Sao Paulo Fashion Week

Gisele Bündchen Wows at Sao Paulo Fashion Week

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen took center stage on the runway at Sao Paulo Fashion Week, winning over her countrymen with her sensuality in designs by Colcci. continue reading »

Brazilians Purchased 35.6 Million Smartphones in 2013

Brazilians Purchased 35.6 Million Smartphones in 2013

Smartphone sales more than doubled in Brazil in 2013, surging to a record 35.6 million units and surpassing sales of conventional cell phones for the first time, consulting firm IDC Brazil said. continue reading »

Brazilian Police, Military Take Over Rio Slums Ahead Of World Cup

Brazilian Police, Military Take Over Rio Slums Ahead Of World Cup

Less than three months before the World Cup begins, more than 1,400 Brazilian police and military members have seized control of a network of Rio de Janeiro favelas that are home to 130,000 Brazilians, the Associated Press reported Sunday. continue reading »

Brazilian Government Sends Armored VEhicles to Occupy Crime-Ridden Shantytowns

About 1,200 Brazilian police supported by armored vehicles provided by the navy on Sunday peacefully occupied the Mare Complex, a group of 15 "favelas," or shantytowns, considered to be the most dangerous in Rio de Janeiro, continue reading »

Head on Collision in Brazil leaves 14 dead, 19 injured

Head on Collision in Brazil leaves 14 dead, 19 injured

A head-on collision between a minibus and a dump truck left at least 14 dead and 19 injured in the Brazilian city of Manaus, capital of the northern state of Amazonas, officials said Saturday. continue reading »

LatAm Airlines Predicts Travel Problems Ahead of World Cup in Brazil

LatAm Airlines Predicts Travel Problems Ahead of World Cup in Brazil

Latin American airlines expect this year's World Cup in Brazil to be bad for business due, among other reasons, to operational difficulties and reduced business volume, industry executives said here Thursday. continue reading »

Brazilian Politician Who Offered Sterilizations in Exchange for Votes Surrenders

Brazilian Politician Who Offered Sterilizations in Exchange for Votes Surrenders

A Brazilian congressman sentenced to three years in prison for electoral crimes that included offers of sterilizations for women in exchange for votes, gave himself up Tuesday to the judiciary to start doing his time behind bars, authorities said. continue reading »

Brazilian Museum to Welcome Major Dali Exhibit During World Cup

Brazilian Museum to Welcome Major Dali Exhibit During World Cup

"Salvador Dali," the most comprehensive exhibition of the Spanish master's work ever held in Brazil, will take place in Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup, offering residents and visitors an opportunity to view 150 paintings, etchings, photographs, films and other works by the world's best known surrealist, organizers said. continue reading »