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60,000 Turn out in Rio Carnival to Hear Beatles Music

60,000 Turn out in Rio Carnival to Hear Beatles Music

A musical troupe that sets Beatles tunes to Brazilian beats on Monday drew 60,000 people to a Carnival street party in Rio de Janeiro. continue reading »

Thorough Investigation Urged in Killing of Journalists in Brazil

Thorough Investigation Urged in Killing of Journalists in Brazil

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the murders of two Brazilian journalists earlier this month and called for thorough investigations of the killings. continue reading »

Carnivorous Fish Injure at Least 20 in Brazil

Carnivorous Fish Injure at Least 20 in Brazil

At least 20 people suffered slight injuries on their toes and fingers when they were attacked by a school of "palometas," a species of carnivorous fish native to South America's Southern Cone, as they were bathing in a river in southern Brazil, authorities reported Monday. continue reading »

Police Shoot Out During Rio Carnival Leaves 1 Dead, 4 Wounded

Police Shoot Out During Rio Carnival Leaves 1 Dead, 4 Wounded

One teenager was killed and four people were wounded early Monday in a shootout between cops and drug traffickers in a Rio de Janeiro shantytown near the Sambadrome continue reading »

Rio Carnival Brings Out Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone and Others

Rio Carnival Brings Out Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone and Others

U.S. actresses Jennifer Lopez and Sharon Stone arrived in Brazil as specially invited guests of the Carnival celebrations in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, respectively. continue reading »

Pope Names Spanish and Brazilan Priests to College of Cardinals

Pope Names Spanish and Brazilan Priests to College of Cardinals

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday solemnly proclaimed 22 new cardinals, including a Spaniard and a Brazilian. continue reading »

Hurrah for Carnival in Brazil

Hurrah for Carnival in Brazil

Brazil gave itself up Saturday to the revelry of Carnival and its many madcap street parties, as cities like Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Recife brimmed with millions having the time of their lives. continue reading »

Plane Crash Kills 4 in Brazil

Plane Crash Kills 4 in Brazil

All four people aboard were killed when a small aircraft crashed Thursday in the northern state of Para, authorities said. continue reading »

Former Brazilian President Lula Released From Hospital After Radiation Treatment

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was discharged Friday from the hospital after undergoing combined radiation and chemotherapy treatment for throat cancer. continue reading »

Brazil Wants Company’s to Offer 6 month Maternity Leave

Brazil Wants Company’s to Offer 6 month Maternity Leave

The Brazilian government wants to increase from four to six months the amount of paid maternity leave companies are obliged to give new mothers, the country's minister for women's policy said here Thursday. continue reading »

Ecuador Serving as Gateway to Brazil for Haitian Immigrants

Ecuador Serving as Gateway to Brazil for Haitian Immigrants

Ecuador has become the door of South America to Haitian immigrants who want to go to Brazil in search of a better life than living in their country, devastated by the earthquake of 2010 continue reading »

Death Squads Take Over Where Striking Brazil Police Left

Death Squads Take Over Where Striking Brazil Police Left

The strike begun on Jan. 31 by police officers in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia has resulted in an increase in the number of murders committed there by death squads, the press reported. continue reading »

Former Brazil President Readmitted to Hospital

Former Brazil President Readmitted to Hospital

Brazil's ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has been in treatment for cancer of the larynx since last October, suffered a dehydration episode and had to be taken to a hospital in Sao Paulo, his advisers said. continue reading »

Rio Police and Firefighters Go on Strike Week before Carnival

Rio Police and Firefighters Go on Strike Week before Carnival

Police and firefighters in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro went on strike Friday, just a week before the official start of Carnival and despite authorities' agreeing to a pay raise. continue reading »

Brazil Demands Suspension of Twitter Accounts Warning of “Blitzes”

Brazil Demands Suspension of Twitter Accounts Warning of “Blitzes”

The Federal Attorney’s Office of Brazil has filed a lawsuit against Twitter Inc. demanding that the state of Goias block all Twitter accounts that warn of traffic control points, also known as ‘blitzes.’ continue reading »