Brazil


Amazon green's death investigated

2015-08-28 08:07

Brazilian federal police are investigating the apparent murder of an environmentalist who defended one of the last virgin stretches of rain forest in the eastern Amazon.

Brazil Supreme Court debates decriminalisation of drugs

2015-08-20 09:14

Brazil’s Supreme Court has begun debating a drug case that could lead to the decriminalisation of possession for personal use in the South American country.

Brazil street protests demand Rousseff impeachment

2015-08-16 21:25

Protesters have taken to the streets of Brazil, kicking off nationwide rallies expected to draw hundreds of thousands demonstrating against corruption and economic slowdown, and calling for President Dilma Rousseff to step down.

Amazon slowly eaten away by gold rush's illegal mines

2015-08-13 11:23

Seen from above, the Amazon resembles a huge billiards table - a field of intense green pockmarked by brown stains. These are the sites of illegal mines, and they reveal the scope of a gold rush that threatens the lungs of the planet.

Brazil mining company dumps sand, clay into river

2015-08-05 13:29

Brazilian environmental authorities have suspended a mining company’s operations in Rio de Janeiro state after a retention dike broke, sending sand and clay into an unpolluted river that flows into Guanabara Bay.

Rio cops kill with impunity: Amnesty

2015-08-03 21:17

Rio de Janeiro's police have killed more than 1 500 people in the last five years, driving up the Olympic host's already high violent death rate, Amnesty International says.

Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

2015-07-31 07:45

The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Rio de Janeiro prisons seek to protect transgender inmates

2015-07-28 12:02

Brazil's penitentiaries are notorious for rampant overcrowding and violence endured by all inmates. But advocates say few prisoners are as vulnerable as transvestites and transgender people, who are often singled out for taunting and physical and sexual abuse.

Brazil's Rousseff popularity still falling

2015-07-21 16:09

President Dilma Rousseff's popularity continues to tumble due to a widening corruption scandal and economic recession, Brazilians want to see her impeached.

Ronaldinho signs with Fluminense

2015-07-12 14:02

Former Brazil star Ronaldinho has signed wih Brazilian club Fluminense, less than a month since he left Mexican club Queretaro.

 

Brazil house leader, ex-president hit with corruption charge

2015-08-21 14:03

Brazil’s attorney general has filed corruption charges against the speaker of the lower house of congress and against a current senator who was impeached while serving as president in the early 1990s.

Dilma Out! Brazilians rage against president

2015-08-17 08:52

Hundreds of thousands of protesters demanded Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's resignation Sunday, blaming her and the leftist Workers' Party for runaway corruption and looming recession in Latin America's biggest country.

Brazil's Rousseff says won’t consider quitting

2015-08-13 12:32

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff says she would not consider quitting despite calls for her impeachment from opponents in Congress as the economy sinks and her popularity hits record lows.

'Playboy's' reign of terror over, Rio still on edge

2015-08-11 14:12

Rio de Janeiro officials celebrated the death of "Playboy," a brutal gang leader famous for thumbing his nose at the authorities - yet his killing left new questions unanswered.

At least 23 killed in Brazil land strife this year

2015-08-04 12:16

At least 23 landless farmers have been killed so far this year in conflicts over land, mostly in the Amazon basin region, an NGO says.

South Sudan tearfully becomes 206th Olympic member

2015-08-02 20:18

South Sudan has become the Olympic movement's 206th member amid emotional scenes as the war-stricken African nation crossed the final hurdle to competing at next year's Rio Olympics.

Brazil to fight slavery using drones

2015-07-28 21:30

The Brazilian government plans to use drones to strengthen its fight against slave labour in rural areas.

Fossil of a four-legged snake found in Brazil

2015-07-24 15:28

A fossil of a four-legged snake uncovered in Brazil has shed new light on the origins of snakes as land burrowers, not sea creatures, a study says.

10 000 fish die in delayed Brazil aquarium project

2015-07-12 08:59

More than 10 000 fish have died in temporary holding tanks in Brazil during construction of what is being touted as the world's largest freshwater aquarium.

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