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1st case of yellow fever confirmed in five years in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Last week, the state of Rio de Janeiro reported its two first confirmed autochthonous yellow fever cases in the municipality of Casimiro de Abreu, located 135 km from the city of Rio de Janeiro.

This has prompted the World Health Organization Secretariat to determine that the State of Rio de Janeiro, with the exception of the urban areas of Rio de Janeiro City and Niterói, should also be considered at risk for yellow fever transmission.

Last Thursday, Brazilian authorities identified 47 municipalities in Rio de Janeiro that were a priority for a vaccination campaign, including the municipality of Casimiro de Abreu, where the two confirmed cases are reported. Read Article

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Brazil: Concerns over Beef Exports

gulfnews.co …. Brasilia: President Michel Temer, confronting a corruption scandal tarnishing Brazil’s lucrative meat industry, met on Sunday with executives and foreign diplomats to assuage health concerns tarnishing a sector responsible for $12 billion (Dh44 billion) in annual exports. The hastily called meetings, following raids by police on Friday investigating whether companies paid bribes to […]

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Amazon Forest under threat from soya crops

theguardian.com reported….Celso Carlos has made a modest living for 10 years growing manioc and coconuts and rearing poultry on a few hectares of lowland in Brazil’s northern Amazon. But three years ago, out of the blue, Carlos was told by an Amapá state judge that he had to move because his land had been bought […]

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Brazil: Strapped for Cash, Olympic Stadiums in Ruins

dailymail.co.uk reported Brazil’s $12 billion Olympic legacy lies in ruins: Five months after the Rio Games, stadiums are crumbling as cash-strapped nation is left with crippling debts Shocking pictures show arenas used during the Olympic and Paralympic Games last year in disrepair An estimated $12billion was spent on the Games, with nearly the same being […]

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Brazil’s Corruption Scandal and connection with Latin America

The Latin American connection in Brazil’s corruption scandal By Patricio Navia buenosairesherald.com INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK NEW YORK — The Lava Jato corruption scandal triggered an earthquake that radically changed the political landscape in Brazil — one whose aftershocks are still being felt throughout Latin America. From Peru to Colombia, from […]

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Brazil: Canadian man missing for five years found, ALIVE in the Amazon

nypost.com reported aA Canadian man who was feared to be dead after disappearing five years ago was discovered as he wandered along a Brazilian highway, according to a report. Anton Pilipa, 39, flew back to Toronto this week with his brother Stefan after being released from a hospital in the northern Brazilian city of Manaus, […]

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Yellow Fever Alert for Brazil, spreads to major population areas

Brazil on high alert as yellow fever threatens major cities theguardian.com reported Health ministry ramps up vaccination campaign but cautions against ‘disinformation’, as disease spreads to areas where it is not normally found Brazil has ramped up an emergency yellow fever vaccination campaign as the worst outbreak in decades spreads towards major population centres, killing […]

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U.S.: Brazilian national arrested, 20 million dolalrs hidden in box spring, pyramid scheme

JUSTICE.GOV FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 5, 2017 Agents Seize Approximately $20 Million and Arrest Brazilian National in Scheme to Launder TelexFree Funds BOSTON –Approximately $20 million in cash hidden inside a box spring in a Westborough, Mass. apartment, was seized late yesterday, and a Brazilian man was arrested in connection with conspiring to launder […]

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Brazil: Missing British Tourist off coast

TOURIST MISSING BRAZIL bbc.com reported a British teenager has gone missing after getting into difficulties while swimming off the Brazilian coast. Elliot Deslandes, 14, from Arnold in Nottingham, was with a group on holiday in Ilha Grande, an island near Rio de Janeiro. Read Article

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Brazil: Pastor arrested for pedophilia of five year old girl, parents find drawings of the horror

ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK GIRL MOLESTED WHILE ATTENDING ENGLISH CLASS thesun.uk.co reported An evangelist priest arrested for raping girl, 5, after parents found her harrowing sketches ‘showing how he abused her’ Joao da Silva, 54, has been charged with the horrific offences after harrowing drawings of the alleged attack emerged. The five-year-old […]

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Tourist murdered after following GPS system into favela

10/12/16 euronews.com reported an Italian tourist has been shot dead after mistakenly entering a hillside favela in Rio de Janeiro. euronews.com52 year old Roberto Bardella was sightseeing with a companion – both of them on motorcycles – when their GPS navigation system led them into the poor neighbourhood. Armed bandits opened fire on them, according […]

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Brazil: President Impeached, vote 61 to 20 for conviction

nytimes.com reported the Senate on Wednesday impeached Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president, and removed her from office for the rest of her term, the capstone of a power struggle that has consumed the nation for months and toppled one of the hemisphere’s most powerful political parties. The Senate voted 61 to 20 to convict […]

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Surge of African immigrants arrive Mexico, seeking transit to U.S. for asylum

NYTIMES.COM reported Mexican immigration authorities say 424 migrants from African countries arrived at the southern state of Chiapas over two days last week. The National Immigration Institute said Tuesday that it has issued them 20-day transit visas that will allow the migrants to reach the U.S.-Mexico border, where they plan to request asylum. Officials call […]

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Brazil: Two detained in gruesome murder of journalist

theguardian.com reported that two days after the head of Unesco demanded an investigation into the murder of a Brazilian journalist a second man was arrested for the crime. Irina Bokova, Unesco’s director-general, condemned the killing of João Miranda do Carmo, saying: “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to […]

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Brazil: Olympic Commttee Official detained for illegal ticket sales

sputniknews.com reported European Olympic Committee and Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) President Patrick Hickey, who has been arrested in Rio de Janeiro on suspicion of illegal Olympic ticket sales, was transferred to Brazil’s largest prison complex located in West Rio de Janeiro, media reported Friday. Read Article

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Mexico, Argentina, Brazil in top 21 countries at risk for extreme public unrest

Maplecroft.com reported civil unrest is significantly more disruptive to business in France than in any other western economy, reveals a new global index released by risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft, which rates the country ‘high risk’ alongside emerging markets, such as Brazil and South Africa. France’s deep-rooted culture of political protest and strikes has seen the […]

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Mugger shot dead on route of Olympic Torch close to Athletes Village

telegraph.co.uk reported the eve of the Olympics in Rio witnessed a dramatic fatal shooting on Thursday after a man reported to be the Russian vice-consul killed an armed mugger just after the torch relay had passed by. Marcos Cezar Feres Braga, described by local police as a Brazilian lawyer who works at the Russian consulate, […]

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Rio de Janeiro: Protests disrupts arrival of Olympic Torch

BBC.COM reported hundreds of demonstrators angry at the high cost of hosting the Games protested and riot police used tar gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd. Images on news websites showed at least one policeman appearing to fire a projectile directly at a protester. The Olympic torch arrived in Rio de Janeiro by […]

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Brazil warned threat of terrorism high for Olympic Games

dailymail.co.uk reported massive security in Rio de Janiero with a week to go until the start of the Olympic Games Brazilian army and navy have been deployed over fears of terror attack with an alleged ISIS plot already broken up 88,000 military personnel and police are involved in security operation – double the level at […]

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Zika Virus not only concern for visitors to olympics, be aware of chikungunya virus

outbreaknewstoday.com reported while so much attention has been placed the Zika virus epidemic and to a lesser extent dengue fever in Brazil this year, another virus transmitted by the Aedes mosquito is being reported at a nearly 10 times amount compared to the first five months of the year in 2015. According to a g1.globo.com […]

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Brazil: Syrian Refugees having difficulties

reuters.com reported Brazil, the region’s largest country, receives more Syrian refugees than any other country in Latin America. Starting in 2013, Brazil issued special visas under simplified procedures to allow survivors of the war in Syria to travel to the country, where they can claim asylum. Last year Brazil signed a deal with the European […]

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Brazil: Dark Side of the Olympics, Sex Workers offer specials to lure foreign clientele

TIMES ARE BAD FOR THE SEX WORKERS IN VILA MIMOSA – MEASURES TAKEN TO ATTRACT MORE CUSTOMERS yen.com.gh reported … Prostitutes in Brazil are reported to have been disappointed with business during the last 2014 World Cup in Brazil are desperately launching a ‘sex sale’ for boost business in the summer Olympic games to take […]

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Police threaten to strike during Olympics

telegraph.co.uk reported Police hit by Rio de Janeiro’s cash crisis have threatened to strike during the Olympics, warning tourists that they are at risk in the city as officers and firefighters are not being paid. Amid demonstrations across Rio, officers rolled out a banner reading “Welcome to hell” in the arrivals hall at the international […]

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Brazil Olympics: Group urges olympic games to be postponed or moved from Rio de Janeiro (Zika Virus)

abc.com reported a group of 125 prominent scientists, doctors and medical ethicists released a letter calling for this summer’s Olympic Games to be postponed or moved from Rio de Janeiro due to the ongoing Zika virus outbreak in Brazil. In a letter directed to World Health Organization Director Dr. Margaret Chan, the group said that […]

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Brazil: Scandal of the Lunch Money Mafia

LATIMES.com reported – Police in Sao Paulo have begun forcibly removing young students who are occupying a number of schools and public buildings to protest a scheme that investigators say diverted funds from their public school lunch programs. Before sunrise in South America’s largest city, a wave of police vehicles blocked off roads downtown, and […]

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Zika Virus: Causal Link established between virus and birth defects

LATIMES.com reported Until now, most Zika research has chronicled damage to newborns who were inadvertently, and haphazardly, exposed to the virus. Now scientists have taken a different tack: They have deliberately infected developing mice pups and tiny clusters of lab-grown brain cells so they could observe and measure the damage that ensued. The results of […]

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Brazil: Police Block Sale of Black Market Tickets to Olympics

theguardian.com reported…Sale of 700 black market Olympics tickets halted by Brazilian police The suspects bought the tickets legally and used social media sites in an attempt to resell them for up to 10 times the original price. razilian police have broken up a black-market ring that tried to illegally sell more than 700 Olympic tickets […]

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Brazil buying up tickets for olympics to give them away, many tickets unsold

dailymail.co.uk – Brazil has resorted to buying up tickets for the Olympic Games and giving them away to children after it emerged that the majority remain unsold just four months before the event opens. The country is facing the embarrassing prospect of empty seats when Rio de Janeiro hosts the sporting extravaganza this summer. Ricardo […]

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Brazil: President Rousseff closer to impeachment

Brazil president closer to impeachment as coalition partner quits theguardian.com reported Dilma Rousseff’s hopes of seeing out her four-year term took a major hit when the PMDB voted to leave the governing alliance: ‘This is her D-Day’ says analyst President Dilma Rousseff’s hopes of seeing out her term of office have received a potentially fatal […]

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Brazil: Massive country wide protests calling for Rousseff to step down

cnbc.com/rueters reported hundreds of thousands of Brazilians flooded the streets on Sunday in the biggest ever protests calling for President Dilma Rousseff’s removal, reflecting rising popular anger that could encourage Congress to impeach the leftist leader. The demonstrations were the latest in a wave of anti-government rallies that lost momentum late last year but have […]

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São Paulo: Suspect Shot During Attempted Assault of Tourist

According to Globo, Brazilian military police opened fire in the capital city São Paulo this Tuesday (23), breaking up an attempted armed assault. The victim, a non-Brazilian tourist, was walking along Rua Oscar Freire in the upscale Jardins neighborhood when two men reportedly arrived on a black motorcycle and attempted to steal the tourist’s watch. […]

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Tourist stabbed to death in center of Copacabana beach

2/17/2016 AFP/eluniverso.com reported a tourist from Argentina was stabbed to death in an assault on Wednesday on the beach at Copacabana, a postcard of the city and site of several competitions of the Olympic Games in August. “Argentina A tourist was wounded by robbers. He was rescued and taken to the Miguel Couto hospital where […]

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Zika Virus Reignites Abortion Debate in Brazil

Rondoniadinamica.com reported the effects of Zika virus with regards to Brazil’s rigid anti-abortion laws. Zooming in on the Atlantic coastal city Recife, the hardest hit region in the country, the source examined situations women can expect to face now that the abortion debate has re-surfaced. Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly in newborn babies, […]

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Brazil: Tourists Complain of Violence at Rio Carnival

According to Jornal do Brasil, Carnival festivities escalated to violence and crime in downtown Rio de Janeiro this Saturday, leaving one person injured. The Cordão da Bola Preta, one of Brazil’s most historic, highly anticipated street parties, was plagued with assaults, thefts, and fights. The Cordão da Bola Preta is a Carioca (pertaining to Rio […]

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Brazil: Party goes on for carnival despite threat of Zika virus

Millions of people across Brazil have joined the first day of the annual carnival festivities despite concerns about the outbreak of the Zika virus. bbc.com reported in Recife, the city most affected by the mosquito-borne disease, more than one million people in colourful costumes have been partying. In Rio de Janeiro, huge crowds of revellers […]

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Brazil: Financial Crisis Prompts City Governments to Cut Funds for Carnival

Folha de São Paulo reported the decision of many local governments in Brazil to cut public funding for Carnival this year. Due to the economic crisis currently unfolding, there are at least fifty-three cities across the country that have decided to make major cut backs or de-fund entirely the two-week national holiday. In Minas Gerais […]

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64% of Brazilians use ad blockers on Internet

This week’s LATAM RoundUp brings the news that 64% of internet users in Brazil have adopted ad blockers; Global Data Bank (GDB) reveals its revenue goals for 2016 in Brazil; and the Brazilian government announced the second stage of public consultation for its Digital Law, Marco Civil da Internet. 64% of Brazilians use ad blockers […]

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Recife Brazil: First Confirmed Death from Chikungunya

Chikungunya Virus Death paraiba.com.b reported the Hospital of the Restoration in Recife, Brazil’s first confirmed case of acute myositis caused by the chikungunya virus. Danielle Santana, 17, of Pernambuco Indian village of Xucururu, was the first person killed as a result of myositis in Brazil. According to the hospital staff, there are only four registration […]

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Zika Virus Raising Concerns about Summer Olypics in Brazil

NPR.org reported the spread of the Zika virus is raising concerns about the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which are only 189 days away. NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports that the International Olympic Committee is sending an advisory about the mosquito-borne virus to competitors. Here’s more from Lourdes: “The IOC says it will send advice […]

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Health Alert Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Don’t count on emergency health care during the Olympics

telegraph.co.uk reported Olympic fans have been warned there will be no hospital beds for them if they get sick during Rio 2016 after a cash shortage plunged the city into a healthcare crisis. Some major hospitals have been forced to close their doors while even the most seriously ill patients cannot be admitted because of […]

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Youth Gang Mugging, Robbing Tourists

dailymail.co.uk reported the businessman who recorded the images, speaking on condition of anonymity and with his voice disguised electronically, told the TV station: ‘I always tell anyone I see in the street with a necklace or a mobile phone to put them away. ‘It’s a real shame for the tourists. I see a lot of […]

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Brazil: El Niño to blame for record number of forest fires

latino.foxnews.com reported INPE meteorologists have attributed to El Niño both the fierce drought in the Amazon, the worst in years, and the extreme rainfall in the southern part of the country. The World Meteorological Organization recently warned that the current weather phenomena, caused by El Niño and heightened by climate change, will be felt at […]

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Brazil: Tourist’s forearm ripped off by shark

Shark attacks Brazilian scuba diver during Unesco marine preserve dive theguardian.com reported the 33-year-old man is expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday after his forearm was ripped off while vacationing at Unesco site, Fernando de Noronha. A shark ripped off a Brazilian diver’s forearm as he swam off the tropical archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, […]

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Ten South American Destinations worth a visit you may never have heard of

Rare Beautiful Landscapes in South America GearJunkie.com reported: 1) Cerro Castillo, Chile 2) Eduardo Abaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, Bolivia 3) Vinicunca, Peru 4) Pailon del Diablo, Ecuador 5) Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil 6) Huacachina, Peru 7) Humahuaca and Purmamarca, Argentina 8) Cocora Valley, Colombia 9) Villa O’Higgins, Chile 10) Valle de Muerte, Chile […]

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Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay: Flooding causes evacuation of over 100,000 people

Over 100,000 flee flooding in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay Reuters.com reported more than 100,000 people have had to evacuate from their homes in the bordering areas of Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina due to severe flooding in the wake of heavy summer rains brought on by El Niño, authorities said on Saturday. In the worse […]

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Brazil: Health Authorities warns women not to get pregnant, Zika virus linked to birth defects

theguardian.com reported Brazil warns women not to get pregnant as zika virus is linked to rare birth defect Health authorities examine link between rise in number of babies born with microcephaly and epidemic of mosquito-borne disease in country’s north-east Though it is not official policy, Cláudio Maierovitch, the director of the communicable disease surveillance department […]

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Brazil: Health Ministry confirms link between Zika virus, birth defects

bbc.com reported the Brazilian health ministry has confirmed a link between a mosquito-borne virus from Africa, Zika Fever, and a high incidence of birth defects. The fever, it said, is behind a spike in cases of micro-encephalitis – an inflammation of the brain contracted in the first months of pregnancy. It has recorded two adult […]

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Brazil: Two journalist bloggers shot dead within eight days of each other

theguardian.com reported …. in a blog: I reported last week on a Brazilian blogger, Ítalo Eduardo Barros, who had been shot dead on 13 November. Eight days later, another of the country’s bloggers, Roberto Lano, was also shot dead. This report on his death, and on the impunity allowed to killers of journalists in Brazil, […]

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Mouse Used In Brazil Prison to Deliver Drugs (Video)

telegraph.co.uk reported.. As prison guards in one of Brazil’s notoriously overcrowded and chaotic jails, the officers in Barra da Grota prison probably thought they had seen it all. But last week they saw something that shocked even their hardened heads: a mouse, they noticed, was being used by inmates to courier drugs. The animal was […]

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Brazil may import energy if shortfall hits this summer

globaltimes.cn reported Brazil is considering importing more energy from neighboring countries to forestall a possible power shortage in the summer, a top official said Monday.Luiz Eduardo Barata, the executive secretary of the Mining and Energy Ministry, warned water levels at the country’s reservoirs were significantly low due to last year’s lengthy dry season, and the […]

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Brazil: Retail Sales Floundering

ft.com reported With consumer spending in Brazil floundering, it should probably come as no surprise that some of the biggest losers on the country’s stock market this year can be found in the retail sector. Cia Hering, one of Brazil’s largest clothing retailers, is the second second worst performing stock on the Bovespa index so […]

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Brazil a huge market for banned pesticides

dailytimes.com.pk reported the farmers of Brazil have become the world’s top exporters of sugar, orange juice, coffee, beef, poultry and soybeans. They’ve also earned a more dubious distinction: In 2012, Brazil passed the United States as the largest buyer of pesticides. This rapid growth has made Brazil an enticing market for pesticides banned or phased […]

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Sao Paulo Brazil: Record dry season, punishing drought

bbc.com reported…In Brazil’s biggest city, a record dry season and ever-increasing demand for water has led to a punishing drought. It has actually been raining quite heavily over the last few days in and around Sao Paulo but it has barely made a drop of difference. The main reservoir system that feeds this immense city […]

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Brazil: Convicted Murderer from New Zealand detained using false passport

ntn24.com reported Brazil police informed on Wednesday of the arrest of a convicted murderer who fled from authorities in his native country, New Zealand, and who was wanted by Interpol. Philip John Smith, 40, was arrested the night before in Rio de Janeiro and now face an extradition. Smith, sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996 […]

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Brazil: Off-duty Policemen investigated in killing of nine people

bbc.com reported authorities in Brazil say they are investigating reports that off-duty policemen killed nine people on Tuesday night in the northern city of Belem in revenge attacks. The incidents happened hours after a policeman was shot dead by unknown gunmen outside his home. Witnesses say men on motorbikes went on a six-hour killing spree, […]

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Brazil’s purchase of Chiquita, impact on Ecuador

freshplaz.com reported China’s great interest in Ecuadorian bananas, the market growth in the United States and Guatemala’s imminent position as the second largest exporter were just some of the issues discussed. But the issue that recently rocked the banana sector has been Chiquita’s acquisition by the Brazilian companies Cutrale and Safra. “It could be a […]

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Brazil: Amazon rainforest losing ability to regulate weather systems

The Amazon rainforest has degraded to the point where it is losing its ability to benignly regulate weather systems, according to a stark new warning from one of Brazil’s leading scientists. In a new report, Antonio Nobre, researcher in the government’s space institute, Earth System Science Centre, says the logging and burning of the world’s […]

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Brazil: Two Murderers Marry Remain Together in Prison

Two female Brazilian killers behind murders which shocked the nation have married and refused to be separated in jail, national media reported on Wednesday. Suzanne Von Richthofen, 30, was 18 when she was jailed for 39 years in 2002 after arranging for her then boyfriend and his brother to kill her parents in their luxury […]

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Brazil: Family of eleven hospitalized after eating deadly “Pufferfish” for dinner

telegraph.co.uk reported poisonous pufferfish hospitalises eleven family members in Brazil Eleven members of the same family are in critical condition in hospital after unwittingly cooking up a pufferfish – the world’s deadliest fish – for their supper. The Souza family reportedly fried and served up a pufferfish they had been given by a friend who […]

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Amazon Brazil: Activists using GPS in battle against illegal loggers

Activists use GPS to track illegal loggers in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest theguardian.com reported…Hi-tech undercover operation used GPS tracking on timber trucks for the first time, as well as satellite and aerial images to reveal extent of illegal logging in Brazilian Amazon. Covert GPS surveillance of timber trucks by Amazon campaigners has revealed how loggers are […]

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Brazil: man just returned from Africa, isolated with possible symptoms of ebola virus

eluniverso.com reported Brazilian health authorities isolated a man presenting possible symptoms of ebola, so it will be transferred to Rio de Janeiro for a best watching, according to the website of ‘O Globo According to Brazilian media, the man – who returned to Brazil 19 days ago after traveling to Africa and whose identity has […]

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Brazil plans on storing its data locally, may threaten global internet per experts

rnw.nl reported Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, a staunch opponent of US mass surveillance, garnered praise for her initiatives against mass Internet monitoring on the international stage. But a plan included in a national law that would force Internet companies to store Brazilian data within the country’s borders has been much less popular. Internet experts fear […]

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Brazil: Candidates, voters detained for allegations of electoral misconduct

telesur.net reported at least 22 candidates in Brazil’s general elections and 248 voters have been arrested under allegations of electoral misconduct. Brazil’s electoral authority has urged voters and candidates to play fair in Sunday’s elections, after a series of arrests were made across the country. Read Article

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Latin America – Dengue: dimensions of vector breeding in five urban settings

RESEARCH ARTICLE Open Access Ecological, biological and social dimensions of dengue vector breeding in five urban settings of Latin America: a multi-country study Juliana Quintero and others Abstract Background: Dengue is an increasingly important public health problem in most Latin American countries and more cost-effective ways of reducing dengue vector densities to prevent transmission are […]

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Archibishop of Rio de Janeiro robbed at gunpoint of his cricifix

telegraph.co.uk reported the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro was robbed at gunpoint of his crucifix and ring by three armed men as he travelled through the city on Monday. Cardinal Dom Orani Tempesta, 64, was being driven through the Santa Teresa neighbourhood with a photographer and seminary student when his car was ambushed by the […]

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Brazil refuses to sign pact to end deforestation by 2030

bbc.com reported Brazil has refused to sign up to a pact setting a deadline for ending deforestation entirely by 2030. The US, Canada and European Union nations were among 30 states that agreed to halve forest loss by 2020 and work towards a 2030 goal. But Brazil, which owns the largest continuous rainforest on the […]

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Brazil: Giant Observation Tower being erected to monitor climate change in Amazon

theguardian.com reported Brazil building Amazon observation tower to monitor climate change impact 325-metre tower will gather data on heat, water, cloud formation, carbon absorption and weather patterns, newspaper reports. Brazil is building a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon to monitor climate change and its impact on the region’s sensitive ecosystem, a […]

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Brazil: Judge authorizes baby to be registered with three parents

bbc.com reported for the first time in Brazil, a judge in southern Rio Grande do Sul state has permitted a baby to be registered with two mothers and a father. The judge said the baby’s biological parents and the mother’s female partner had requested the baby’s birth certificate be changed. The women married two months […]

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Brazil: Amazon Deforestation Jumps 29%

Amazon deforestation jumps 29% Theguardian.com reported satellite figures show surge in deforestation, as agriculture expands in states of Para and Mato Grosso The destruction of the world’s largest rainforest accelerated last year with a 29% spike in deforestation, according to final figures released by the Brazilian government on Wednesday that confirmed a reversal in gains […]

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Brazil denies blocking entry of African immigrants due to fear of Ebola virus

latino.foxnews.com reported Brazilian immigration authorities denied Wednesday that they are blocking the entry of African immigrants due to fears that they might be carrying the Ebola virus, which has killed nearly 2,300 people in West Africa since March. The Federal Police, who are responsible for border control, responded to press accounts that their agents are […]

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Brazil: Ka’apor tribe takes law into their own hands, expell loggers working illegally

bbc.com reported a group of indigenous people in Brazil’s Amazon region have detained and expelled loggers working illegally in their ancestral lands. Leaders of the Ka’apor tribe accused the Brazilian authorities of failing to protect them. They tied up the loggers and set fire to their trucks and chainsaws, before forcing them out, reported the […]

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City in Brazil with total popluation of 600 frustrated women looking for single men

telegraph.co.uk reported Women of Noiva do Cordeiro, deep in the countryside of south-east Brazil, where men are scarce or work far away in the city, are left to shoulder the town’s burdens alone. It sounds like a tale from Greek mythology: a small rural town hidden in the rolling hills, populated by beautiful women who […]

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Brazil dismantles large criminal organization targeting Amazon rainforest

bbc.com reported the authorities in Brazil say they have dismantled a criminal organisation they believe was the “biggest destroyer” of the Amazon rainforest. The gang is accused of invading, logging and burning large areas of public land and selling these illegally for farming and grazing. In a statement, Brazilian Federal Police said the group committed […]

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Brazil: Man declared dead at hospital, found alive in his bag at morgue

eltiempo.com reported Brazilian health authorities announced that they will do an investigation to determine the circumstances in which a man declared dead in a hospital in the State of Bahia, was removed with life and driven to the morgue. The erroneous statement of death investigation was opened against the perpetrators of the Menander Farias Hospital […]

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Cascavel Brazil: Prison Riot leaves two victims decapitated, others killed

bbc.com reported police in Brazil say rioters in a jail in the southern city of Cascavel have killed four fellow inmates and injured several others. Two of the victims were decapitated while two more died after they were pushed off the roof of the building. The authorities restarted negotiations with the rioters on Monday morning […]

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Brazil’s first female indigenous lawyer fights for land rights, against deforestation

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Raised in isolated villages in the Brazilian Amazon, Joenia Batista de Carvalho grew up loving nature and taking pride in her tribe’s customs, way of life and Indian identity. Carvalho is a Wapixana Indian, one of five tribes totalling around 20,000 people who have lived for generations in the Raposa-Serra do […]

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Brazil: Indigenous Environmental Leader receiving death threats

kpsnews.net reported Davi Kopenawa, the leader of the Yanomami people in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, who is internationally renowned for his struggle against encroachment on indigenous land by landowners and illegal miners, is now fighting a new battle – this time against death threats received by him and his family. “In May, they [miners] told me […]

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Brazil: Presidential Candidate Perishes in Campaign Plane Crash

mercopress.com reported Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, a contender to unseat President Dilma Rousseff in October elections, died Wednesday when his campaign jet crashed in the city of Santos, killing all seven people aboard. Campos, a 49-year-old socialist who had been running third in the polls, was flying to Sao Paulo to record a TV […]

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Two Brazilian companies bid for U.S. banana company, Chiquita

bbc.com reported that two Brazilian companies have made a $611m (£363m) bid for US banana group Chiquita. Juice maker Cutrale and conglomerate Safra have offered $13 a share, a 29% premium to Chiquita’s closing share price on Friday. Chiquita shares jumped 31% in New York after the bid was announced.The offer rivals the proposed merger […]

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Brazil: New Labor Law Requires domestic workers to be registered

bbc.com reported a new law in Brazil has come into force under which employers can be fined if they fail to register their domestic workers. It is part of new measures to provide basic protection for some seven million domestic workers long excluded from Brazil’s stringent labour laws. Employers can now be reported and fined […]

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Indigenous Tribe Contacted Brazil, believed to be from Peru seeking help after attacks

Theguardian.com/Damian Carrington reported…Amazon tribe makes first contact with outside world Indigenous people crossed from Peru into Brazil looking for help to combat illegal loggers and drug traffickers, researchers say. Footage released by Brazil’s National Indian Foundation shows isolated indigenous people coming forward for outside assistance after fleeing attacks in Peru Indigenous tribesmen living deep in […]

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Rio de Janeiro: 14 year old suspect arrested in gang rape of U.S. tourist

huffingtonpost.com reported a news report says Rio de Janeiro police have detained a 14-year-old suspected of participating in the brutal gang rape of an American student inside a moving public transit van. Monday’s O Globo newspaper said the teen was apprehended in a hiding place in downtown Rio on Sunday. He is the fourth suspect […]

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Tyson to sell Poultry operations in Mexcio, Brazil

(Reuters) – Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N) said on Monday it would sell its Mexican and Brazilian poultry businesses to JBS SA (JBSS3.SA) for $575 million and use the proceeds to pay down debt from its pending $7.7 billion purchase of Hillshire Brands Co. (HSH.N) Tyson, the world’s second-biggest meat processor behind Brazil’s JBS, also reported […]

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LAN, TAM Airlines reach agreement with Venezuela regarding disbursement of unremitted funds

ch-aviation.com reported LAN Airlines (LA, Santiago de Chile Int’l) and partner TAM Linhas Aéreas (JJ, São Paulo Congonhas) have reportedly reached an agreement with Venezuelan government concerning the partial disbursement of unremitted ticket-sale funds. In a statement issued on July 20, the LATAM Airlines Group announced it had accepted Caracas’ proposal in regards to the […]

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Going to Brazil? Be sure you understand Gerson’s Law

From Wikipedia: In Brazilian culture, Gérson’s Law (Portuguese: Lei de Gérson) is an adage in which those who “like to take advantage of everything” have no concern for ethics. This expression came into use because of a TV commercial from around 1970 for the cigarette brand Vila Rica, played by Brazilian footballer Gérson. While he […]

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Ecuador Signs decree with Brazil to Manufacture drones in Yachay

On Tuesday during his visit to Brazil, President Rafael Correa announced the signing of a decree for the manufacture of drones or unmanned aircraft in a Research Center, which will move from Latacunga to the City of Knowledge in Yachay. The president visited the San Jose Dos Campos Technology Park in the province of the […]

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Cachaca – part of Brazilian culture

reuters.com reported… For some people, a couple of caipirinhas, the powerful Brazilian cocktail, are just what is needed to take the edge off the stress of a hard day’s work. But for others, including more than a few visitors to this year’s soccer World Cup, even a single caipirinha (pronounced kai-per-REEN-ya) will leave them with […]

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Latin America: Mexico to surpass Brazil as largest vehicle producer in region

bloomberg.com reported Mexico is poised to overtake Brazil as the top Latin American automobile producer for the first time in more than a decade as surging exports to the U.S. spur factory openings and record output. After nosing ahead of Brazil in the first six months of the year, Mexico is projected to hold its […]

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Brazil: Thieves raid samsung factory, make off with $6 million in phones, computers

theguardian.com reported thieves haved raided a Samsung electronics factory in Brazil during the night shift, subduing workers and guards before making off with about US$6.3m worth of mobile phones and computers. The gang of heavily armed men captured eight plant employees as they neared the factory in a company bus just before midnight, said civil […]

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Brazil: Bibliotaxis promoting literacy among passengers

Bibliotaxi project latinalista.com reported…Launched in 2011 in São Paulo, the Bibliotaxi project now offers books to taxi passengers in 25 Brazilian cities. “The idea is to put the books in front of people, promoting access to culture and entertainment. There’s nothing better than taxis, and the taxi drivers themselves, who have the gift of gab, […]

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Brazil: Cartel drug lord detained on way to World Cup match

Jose Diaz Barajas Detained examiner.com reported the 49 year old Brajas was arrested yesterday in Rio de Janero, while trying to catch a flight to Fortaleza in order to watch the Mexican national soccer team play against the tournament favourite, Brazil. According to Bloomberg, Luiz Cravo Dorea, head of international cooperation at the Federal Police, […]

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Brazil: Childrens Sex Trade May Worsen During World Cup

bbc.com / Brazilian society is often accused of sexualising children. The Novina phenomenon, where internet videos and songs portray young girls as attainable, sexual objects, is strong in this region. Jessica Barbosa is from the British charity Action Aid, which has several projects running in the area. In these poor areas, children are particularly vulnerable […]

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Brazil: Government offers Federal Police pay raise to prevent strike during World Cup

bbc.com reported the Brazilian government is offering federal police officers a 15.8% pay rise to avert a strike during the forthcoming football World Cup. Under the deal, federal police agents will receive a 12% salary increase from July, and another 3.8% rise in January. The agreement follows police strikes earlier this year in which an […]

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Brazil: Gunmen fire AK47s during soccer celebration (Video)

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Illegal timber in Brazil being sold worldwide

Amazon timber is all over in the U.S. You can find it in hardwood flooring at national retailers like Lumber Liquidators and in walkways at landmarks like Atlantic City, Miami Beach, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Much of this wood comes from Pará State, Brazil’s largest timber producer and exporter. It is estimated that 78% of […]

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Brazil: protests called in 50 cities across the country

bbc.com reported demonstrators protesting against the spending on the football World Cup have blocked a number of key roads in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. They burned tyres and caused traffic disruption. Activists have called a day of protests in 50 cities across Brazil.The scale of the demonstrations is expected to give an indication […]

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Favelas becoming to expensive for poor, mass squatting

theguardian.com reported the Tufi Community occupying derelict factory is one of many forced out in trend accelerated by World Cup and Olympics. A constant stream of residents now wander into the Tufi Community Almost everyone here is from Alemão, a favela complex that has started to move upmarket since it was “pacified” by police in […]

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Brazil sends 30,000 troops to secure border in preparation of World Cup

Brazil began deploying over the weekend some 30,000 troops to secure its borders as it prepares to host the World Cup that kicks off next month. The operation involving the army, navy and air force will extend over the 16,900-kilometer frontier separating the South American giant from its 10 neighbors. The internationally coordinated effort is […]

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Brazil: Protests return to the streets month before World Cup

Elpais.com reported after several months of content silence, Brazilian social movements and trade unions have launched the unequivocal signal that the next World Cup, which will start in about one month, will not be, nor much less, the peaceful and festive event aimed at FIFA and the Government of Dilma Rousseff. Then start the new […]

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Brazil: Soccer fans warned of Dengue fever exposure during World Cup

bbc.com reported…Football fans going to the World Cup in Brazil should be aware of the risk of dengue fever, a UK expert warns. The tropical disease, spread by mosquito bites, could be a problem in three of the 12 host cities next summer, says Prof Simon Hay, of Oxford University. There are no vaccines or […]

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