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Brazil swaps World Cup publicity for carbon credits

2014-04-16 15:01

Brazil, looking to offset the carbon emissions related to the 2014 Soccer World Cup, says it wants holders of UN-backed carbon credits to swap them for publicity during the games.

More Brazilian police sentenced to jail

2014-04-04 07:28

A Brazilian court has sentenced 15 police officers to 48 years in prison each for their roles in the deaths of four inmates in the bloody crackdown of a 1992 prison riot that left 111 people dead.

Brazil police push into Rio de Janeiro slums

2014-03-30 21:04

More than 1 400 police officers have rolled into a massive complex of slums near Rio de Janeiro's international airport in the latest security push ahead of the World Cup.

Concern after Brazil rating downgrade

2014-03-26 13:48

Brazil must convince markets that it can grow its economy while also slash spending and curtail inflation, say analysts.

David Beckham explores his wild side in the Amazon

2014-03-20 08:58

The BBC has been filming a documentary following the soccer player David Beckham and three of his friends exploring the Brazilian rain forest.

Brazil auto market raises risk of a pile-up

2014-03-14 11:23

Growth in Brazil's car market has screeched to a halt, but it is way too late for automakers to hit the brakes.

Brazil police take over favela quietly

2014-03-13 20:20

Police have raised Brazil's flag over a crime-ridden shanty town in western Rio, the latest foray in a crackdown on crime ahead of this year's football World Cup.

Brazil economy ends 2013 on high note

2014-02-27 19:45

Brazil's economy ended 2013 on a positive note thanks to strong consumer spending and investment, providing a much-needed boost to President Dilma Rousseff.

SA drug mule Tessa Beetge freed in Brazil

2014-02-18 07:23
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South African drug mule Tessa Beetge has been released from a Brazilian jail after five and a half years behind bars, reports say.

Massa: Alonso a simulator no-show

2014-02-13 12:08

Felipe Massa claims he was the only Ferrari driver in 2013 to work in the new driver simulator at Maranello.

Kindle tests Brazil's retail jungle

2014-02-07 22:00

Amazon has started selling its Kindle online in Brazil, expanding from ebooks into retail for the first time in Latin America's biggest market.

Violent clash at protest in Rio over fare hike

2014-02-07 08:02

Police and protesters have violently clashed in Rio de Janeiro's main train station in a demonstration against a 10-cent hike in bus fare.

Repairs may darken Rio's iconic Christ statue

2014-02-02 22:55

Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue, facing renovation after having been struck by lightning, could take on a darker hue owing to a shortage of replacement stone.

Brazil scientists warn on jaguar population

2014-01-28 07:08

The jaguar could soon become extinct in Brazil's tropical Atlantic forest, threatening the shrinking primitive forest itself, Brazilian scientists have warned.

New river dolphin species found in Brazil

2014-01-27 08:04

Scientists have made the first discovery in 100 years of a new river dolphin species in the waters of the Araguaia river in Brazil's vast Amazon rainforest.

Brazil plans to cap World Cup airfares

2014-01-23 14:40

Legacy shows that prices often escalate by as much as ten times the normal price during prestigious tournaments such as the Soccer World Cup - but certain airlines in Brazil are planning to buck the trend.

Christ statue loses finger in lightning storm

2014-01-18 18:00

Lightning has broke a finger off the right hand of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil dogs take to waves on paddle boards

2014-01-17 11:59

Brazilian stand-up paddle boarders are practicing for an annual competition at a Rio beach where canine-human teams race around buoys and are disqualified if the dog falls into the water.

Brazil acts on 'abusive' World Cup prices

2014-01-17 08:14

Brazil has set up a commission to keep World Cup prices in check after consumer activists accused hotels and airlines of hiking prices to rip off soccer fans.

Cops break up flash mob

2014-01-12 08:45

Military police have used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a crowd gathered for a flash mob event in Sao Paulo.

Pair accused of smuggling rare Brazilian snake

2014-01-10 09:44

A brother and sister have been indicted by federal prosecutors on charges of illegally importing a rare boa constrictor from Brazil.

Petrobras to raise $5bn in bonds

2014-01-08 17:01

Brazil's Petrobras says it will sell $5bn in bonds to help finance development of offshore oil fields.

Elite force to boost Brazil World Cup security

2014-01-03 20:24

Brazil will put a 10 000-strong elite security force on standby at the World Cup to prevent a repeat of the disorder that marred last year's Confederations Cup.

 

This video shows why we love the VW Kombi

2014-04-11 08:41

The last Type 2 Kombi rolled off the assembly line in Brazil and to honour its heritage, VW has compiled a video tribute capturing special moments from Kombi owners. It's a tear-jerker...

Would you eat genetically modified salmon?

2014-04-03 11:20

The US has stalled for more than four years on deciding whether to approve a fast-growing salmon that would be the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption.

Beetge arrives, whisked away from media

2014-03-27 11:37

Convicted drug mule Tessa Beetge has arrived at OR Tambo International Airport but was whisked away by officials as she attempted to avoid the media.

Brazil dismisses downgrade

2014-03-25 19:54

Brazil has dismissed as "contradictory" the decision by rating agency Standard & Poor's to downgrade the country's sovereign debt to BBB minus.

Rio policeman shot by drug traffickers

2014-03-15 16:23

A Brazilian policeman was shot dead in clashes with drug traffickers in a "pacified" shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, hours after security forces occupied another violent favela.

Potash producers looking at Africa

2014-03-14 09:16

Two potash producers could shake off the most bearish industry conditions in five years and open new mines, helped by their proximity to Brazil and Africa.

Brazil plays down power grid concerns

2014-03-13 11:59

Brazil dismisses fears that the lights might go off on the World Cup, with the footballing extravaganza just three months away.

Brazil axed from '14 MotoGP calendar

2014-02-25 08:41

Brazil has been left off the amended 2014 MotoGP calendar having previously been included for the first time in ten years.

Brazil bans Airbus A380 at Sao Paulo

2014-02-14 18:45

Brazil has banned the Airbus A380 from Sao Paulo airport, saying the runway is not wide enough.

Brazil journo brain-dead after protest injury

2014-02-11 10:49

A Brazilian television station says one of its cameramen has been declared brain-dead after being injured during a violent protest in Rio de Janeiro.

SA, fragile five partners fight back

2014-02-07 21:00

Sights are turning as abrupt rate hikes in South Africa, Brazil, India and Turkey and tightening in Indonesia have helped alleviate pressure on currencies.

Cop killings plunge in Brazil's biggest state

2014-02-06 11:58

The number of people killed by police in Brazil's biggest state has plunged 40%, and experts are crediting a new rule forbidding officers from transporting or helping shooting victims.

Record Brazil heat pressures crops, energy

2014-02-02 17:19

Heat and a severe drought, has kindled fears of water shortages, crop damage and higher electricity bills in Brazil that could drag down the economy.

Brazil no safer a year after deadly club fire

2014-01-27 17:04

As Brazil marks the anniversary of the deadly blaze at the Kiss nightclub, almost nothing concrete has been done at any level of government to improve fire safety.

'Miracle' as car drives over boy's head, survives - video

2014-01-24 13:27

A five-year-old boy has survived an accident in which a car drove over his head, while the incident was captured on video footage.

Police dismantle $31m lottery fraud

2014-01-19 12:04

Brazilian police closed in on a bank robbery scheme that had diverted $31m from a lottery run by state-owned lender Caixa Econômica Federal.

Brazil flooding death toll now 17

2014-01-17 22:30

The death toll in last weekend's flash flooding in the southern Brazilian town of Itaoca has risen to 17, with nine people still missing.

Brazil combats 'abusive' World Cup prices

2014-01-17 09:12

Government-backed Brazilian consumer groups have struck a deal with Rio hoteliers to ban "abusive" pricing and prevent fans being ripped off during the upcoming World Cup.

Brazil police trace racist ad to angry teen

2014-01-16 20:29

Brazilian police say that they had traced an ad that triggered a national scandal by offering "blacks for sale" to a teenager disgruntled by racial quotas in education.

'Blacks for sale' online ad sparks outrage in Brazil

2014-01-11 10:19

A shocking ad on one of Latin America's biggest online marketplaces, offering "blacks for sale for one real" ($0.42), has sparked outrage in Brazil and a police investigation.

Australia heat wave reaches new highs

2014-01-09 15:41

The extensive heat conditions in Australia is having a resounding impact on the environment especially the local wildlife, conservationists estimate that 50 000 bats have already died.

Website airs video of beheaded inmates in Brazil jail

2014-01-07 17:31

A gruesome video showing three beheaded inmates in a Brazilian jail hit by rampant gang violence has been aired on the website of the daily Folha de Sao Paulo.

 
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