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Brazilian Inmates Able to Write Book Reports to Shorten Prison Sentences

Brazilian Inmates Able to Write Book Reports to Shorten Prison Sentences

Inmates in a number of Brazilian prisons will now be able to shorten their sentences by improving their minds. Four federal prisons in Brazil are now offering inmates the opportunity to shorten their sentences by as many continue reading »

Brazilian Teacher Surrenders After Running Away With 14 year old- After Her Family Attacks Him

Brazilian Teacher Surrenders After Running Away With 14 year old- After Her Family Attacks Him

A teacher handed himself over to police in the southern Brazilian city of Alvorada after two days on the run with a 14-year-old student with whom he had apparently been romantically involved for several months. The teacher showed up Sunday morning at the girl's home to return her to her parents and then headed for the police station, but before he could get there the student's relatives attacked the 46-year-old educator. continue reading »

US and Brazil Launch Platform for Urban Sustainability Investments

US and Brazil Launch Platform for Urban Sustainability Investments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Brazilian Minister for the Environment Izabella Teixeira today announced a new online tool that highlights key links between policies, funding and on-the-ground projects that can help drive urban sustainability investment around the world. The benefits of sustainable urban infrastructure include healthier air and water, job creation and economic development. Jackson and Teixeira announced the web platform, which was developed under the US Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability (JIUS), during the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. continue reading »

J.Lo Does First Concert in Brazil, Paris Hilton DJs

J.Lo Does First Concert in Brazil, Paris Hilton DJs

U.S. singer and actress Jennifer Lopez landed in Sao Paulo, where she was greeted by a big turnout of fans, to give her first concert in Brazil as part of the Pop Music Festival, an event at which American socialite Paris Hilton will be making her DJ debut. continue reading »

Chile’s LAN Airlines, Brazil’s TAM Merger Creates LATAM Airlines Group

Chile’s LAN Airlines, Brazil’s TAM Merger Creates LATAM Airlines Group

Chile's LAN Airlines and Brazil's TAM announced Friday they have completed the process of creating a single parent company, LATAM Airlines Group, Latin American's largest air carrier with a market value of more than $12.5 billion. continue reading »

“El Dia E” Unites Spanish Speakers Worldwide

“El Dia E” Unites Spanish Speakers Worldwide

For the fourth consecutive year the Cervantes Institute is celebrating "El Dia E" (The Day of Spanish), an event that marks the global consolidation and expansion of Spanish language and culture, with more than 50 cities joining in. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Struggle With Peace

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Struggle With Peace

With daily reports of homicides, violent crimes, and corruption occurring in Latin America it is obvious that Latin America is struggling with peace. Check out Hispanically Speaking News's Infographic to see the global rankings and scores of Latin American countries in terms of peace. continue reading »

Forbes: Brazil’s Gisele Bündchen Tops List of Highest Paid Models

Forbes: Brazil’s Gisele Bündchen Tops List of Highest Paid Models

Forbes is reporting Brazilian beauty Gisele Bündchen tops the list of highest-paid models. According to stats collected for between May 2011 and May 2012, Gisele was, for the second year in a row, the highes continue reading »

UN Delegates in Brazil for Summit Staying in Rooms More Often Used by “Hourly Renters”

UN Delegates in Brazil for Summit Staying in Rooms More Often Used by “Hourly Renters”

Delegates from the United Nations are currently in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the sustainable development summit, but due to overcrowding or overcharging some are having to stay in some interesting hotels and motels. continue reading »

Brazil Leading the Way in Rio+20 Sustainable Development Negotiations

Brazil Leading the Way in Rio+20 Sustainable Development Negotiations

Expectations to produce a strong outcome document at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) are still high, a senior UN official said today. continue reading »

Latin America and Caribbean Face Close to $100 Billion in Damages from Global Warming

Latin America and Caribbean Face Close to $100 Billion in Damages from Global Warming

Latin America and the Caribbean face annual damages in the order of $100 billion by 2050 from diminishing agricultural yields, disappearing glaciers, flooding, droughts and other events triggered by a warming planet, according to the findings of a new report to be released at the Rio+20 summit. continue reading »

7 Arrested in Connection With Brazilian Journalist’s Murder

7 Arrested in Connection With Brazilian Journalist’s Murder

Police in the northeastern Brazilian state of Maranhao arrested seven people on Wednesday in connection with the April 23 murder of a journalist. continue reading »

U.S. Diplomat Travels to Brazil Ahead of Rio+20

U.S. Diplomat Travels to Brazil Ahead of Rio+20

Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs Reta Jo Lewis is traveling in Brazil, June 14-23. She is visiting the cities of Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro. continue reading »

Poverty in Brazil Forces Nearly 1.4 Million Children to Work

Poverty in Brazil Forces Nearly 1.4 Million Children to Work

Poverty forces some 1.4 million Brazilian children ranging in age from 5 to 14 to work, according to official figures released Tuesday on the World Day Against Child Labor. The figures were made public by the National Forum for the Prevention and Eradication of Child Labor, prepared with the support of the International Labor Organization and based on Brazil's 2010 census. continue reading »

Brazilian Camila Alves to Marry Matthew McConaughey This Weekend in Texas

Brazilian Camila Alves to Marry Matthew McConaughey This Weekend in Texas

Actor Matthew McConaughey and his love, Camila Alves, are planning to walk down the aisle this weekend in Texas. The couple has invited only a handful of friends and family to the ceremony. continue reading »