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  • Brazil seizes abortion drugs sent to women living in fear of Zika

    Brazil seizes abortion drugs sent to women living in fear of Zika

    The messages from the expectant mothers in Brazil resonate with desperation.“I'm thinking of doing the worst,” one woman wrote when her order for abortion medication failed to arrive. “I really need help. I can no longer eat, and I cry all the time.”The messages were sent to an international advocacy...

  • Political crisis leaves Brazilians reeling

    Political crisis leaves Brazilians reeling

    All three branches of Brazil's government are accused of wrongdoing. Old political heroes are being cast in new, unflattering light. And streets across the country have been filled with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators. Ge de Souza, a doorman in downtown Sao Paulo, pointed to streets Saturday...

  • Former Brazilian President Lula joins Rousseff cabinet amid corruption probes

    Former Brazilian President Lula joins Rousseff cabinet amid corruption probes

    Brazil's presidential palace says former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been named chief of staff to his successor, President Dilma Rousseff. The move will help Lula avoid possible detention in expanding corruption probes centering on the state-run oil company, Petrobras. Officials in...

  • Brazil sees some of the largest antigovernment demonstrations in its history

    Brazil sees some of the largest antigovernment demonstrations in its history

    Some of the largest antigovernment demonstrations Brazil has seen took place Sunday, after long-standing accusations of corruption against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva crystallized into formal charges against him last week. Lula was charged with money laundering and criminal misrepresentation...

  • Brazil's corruption inquiry seeks arrest of ex-President Lula, adding pressure on government

    Brazil's corruption inquiry seeks arrest of ex-President Lula, adding pressure on government

    The long-running corruption scandal that has gripped — and perplexed — Brazilians for months reached a new level this week as state prosecutors filed for the "preventive arrest" of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on money-laundering and criminal misrepresentation charges. The request,...

  • Brazil's ex-president Lula charged in money laundering probe

    Brazil's ex-president Lula charged in money laundering probe

    Prosecutors in Sao Paulo state have filed money laundering charges against former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is accused of hiding his alleged ownership of a seafront penthouse in the city of Guaruja. Lula has denied he owns the apartment, which belongs to the construction...

  • Brazilian authorities question former President Lula in Petrobras corruption probe

    Brazilian authorities question former President Lula in Petrobras corruption probe

    Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was questioned by federal police Friday as part of investigations into accusations of massive, long-running corruption and money laundering schemes involving the state oil company Petrobras and a string of major construction firms.Authorities...

  • A look at efforts to impeach Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

    A look at efforts to impeach Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff faces huge challenges as she tries to govern the world's fifth-most populous country during a period of serious economic turmoil. But at the moment, she has a more pressing problem. Rousseff, who was narrowly reelected in 2014, is facing impeachment proceedings...

  • Brazil deploys 220,000 troops to battle Zika mosquitoes

    Brazil deploys 220,000 troops to battle Zika mosquitoes

    More than 200,000 army, navy and air force troops fanned out across Brazil on Saturday to teach people how to eliminate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the Zika virus. The nationwide offensive is part of President Dilma Rousseff's declared war on the virus that has quickly spread across...

  • In Brazil, Carnival-goers won't let Zika or economic woes ruin the party

    In Brazil, Carnival-goers won't let Zika or economic woes ruin the party

    It’s been a rough year for Andreza Souza’s home-based clothing business. She had to stretch her finances to make the trip from the Amazonian city of Belem to Rio de Janeiro, paying for a plane ticket on an installment plan. But as the sun set over Copacabana beach, and drummers roused thousands...

  • Brazil balks at Israel's pick for ambassador over his settler ties

    Brazil balks at Israel's pick for ambassador over his settler ties

    The Brazilian government has in effect blocked Israel's next selection for ambassador from taking up his post, because he was the leader of a settler organization in the West Bank. Dani Dayan served as head of the Yesha Council of Jewish settlements from 2007 to 2013 and lived in Maale Shomron,...

  • Fleeing Syria: Refugees find dizzying freedoms and unexpected dangers in Brazil

    Fleeing Syria: Refugees find dizzying freedoms and unexpected dangers in Brazil

    Soon after she arrived, she began to feel conspicuous. On the street, on the bus, in the subway, people looked. They didn't seem hostile, just puzzled. Even in Latin America's biggest city, a woman in a head scarf stood out. "Everyone was staring, and I was feeling alone," says Dana Balkhi, 27....

  • Brazil's Congress at the center of an explosive political crisis

    Brazil's Congress at the center of an explosive political crisis

    It was a weekday morning, two weeks after impeachment proceedings were launched against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, and the grand entrance to Brasilia's bold Modernist congressional building was packed with police. Armed with riot gear, the officers lounged on stylish leather furniture,...

  • As Brazil mine spill reaches ocean, its catastrophic extent becomes clear

    As Brazil mine spill reaches ocean, its catastrophic extent becomes clear

    Since millions of gallons of mining waste burst from an inland iron ore mine a month ago, 300 miles of the Rio Doce stretching to the Atlantic Ocean has turned a Martian shade of bright orange, and the deadly consequences for residents and wildlife are just beginning to emerge. At least 13 people...

  • Brazil President Dilma Rousseff faces impeachment proceedings

    Brazil President Dilma Rousseff faces impeachment proceedings

    Brazil's Congress has initiated impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff, bringing to a head a political crisis that has plagued Latin America's largest country since her second term started in January. Lower house leader Eduardo Cunha on Wednesday accepted a petition against Rousseff...

  • A lightning rod for attacks by Brazil's right wing

    A lightning rod for attacks by Brazil's right wing

    Jean Wyllys, the only openly gay member of Brazil's Congress, has been an outspoken campaigner for progressive causes since his election in 2010. Now in his second term, the 41-year-old Rio de Janeiro representative has pushed legislation to decriminalize marijuana, legalize abortion and introduce...

  • Increase in rate of Brazilian Amazon deforestation raises alarm

    Increase in rate of Brazilian Amazon deforestation raises alarm

    Figures released this week point to an apparent rise in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon over the last year, an ominous development that one researcher attributed to an increase in cattle ranching aimed at the U.S. market. The newly lost forest, nearly 2,000 square miles, amounts to an area...

  • Drought drives water shortage to critical stage in Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Drought drives water shortage to critical stage in Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Officials in Sao Paulo state have announced that the water shortage in the city of the same name is now "critical," with multimillion-dollar emergency construction projects so far failing to ease the situation. The announcement was the first time the state government officially recognized the severity...

  • Brazil's special forces wage uphill fight against Amazon destroyers

    Brazil's special forces wage uphill fight against Amazon destroyers

    Carrying guns and wearing jungle fatigues, the three men don't look like scientists as they push their way through the thick foliage of the Amazon. They're trying to reach a clearing they've seen on satellite images. When they finally get there, they discover that the largest trees have been uprooted...

  • In Brazil, homicide rate still high despite increased prosperity

    In Brazil, homicide rate still high despite increased prosperity

    Almost everyone here on the outskirts of Maceio, the capital of Brazil's most dangerous state, has a horror story to tell. "They shot a woman in the bar last week," said Maria das Gracas da Silva, a 49-year-old maid. "They shot her right in her mouth, which usually means she said something she...

  • Teachers in Brazil vote to extend strike into a third month

    Teachers in Brazil vote to extend strike into a third month

    A teachers union in Sao Paulo voted Friday to continue a strike into its third month, reinforcing demands on Brazil's state governments that a recession cost-cutting drive not fall on educators. Striking teachers filled the city's main Paulista Avenue after the vote. Members of the Official Teaching...

  • In Brazil's slums, residents band together to protest police shootings

    In Brazil's slums, residents band together to protest police shootings

    It was Holy Thursday, and Udson Freitas was sitting on the balcony of his small house in the Complexo do Alemao favela when a girl ran onto his street below, screaming. "They killed my brother! They killed my brother!" Freitas ran down his steps, and was shocked to see that it was 14-year-old Ana...

  • Brazil court tells Uber to cease and desist -- but so far, it hasn't

    Brazil court tells Uber to cease and desist -- but so far, it hasn't

    Authorities have ordered Uber to suspend its activities in Brazil, and for app store operators to disable the product nationally, arguing that the San Francisco quasi-taxi company violates local transportation laws. The injunction, issued Tuesday by Sao Paulo's State Court, is the latest in a series...

  • Brazil court tells Uber to cease and desist -- but so far, it hasn't

    Brazil court tells Uber to cease and desist -- but so far, it hasn't

    Authorities have ordered Uber to suspend its activities in Brazil, and for app store operators to disable the product nationally, arguing that the San Francisco quasi-taxi company violates local transportation laws. The injunction, issued Tuesday by Sao Paulo's State Court, is the latest in a series...

  • Drought blamed for upsurge in dengue fever in Brazil

    Drought blamed for upsurge in dengue fever in Brazil

    Brazil's armed forces have joined the battle against an outbreak of deadly dengue fever in São Paulo, South America's largest city, a jump blamed in part on the severe drought and water crisis plaguing the region. The virus, spread by mosquitoes, resulted in 132 deaths across Brazil in the first...

  • Drought blamed for upsurge in dengue fever in Brazil

    Drought blamed for upsurge in dengue fever in Brazil

    Brazil's armed forces have joined the battle against an outbreak of deadly dengue fever in São Paulo, South America's largest city, a jump blamed in part on the severe drought and water crisis plaguing the region. The virus, spread by mosquitoes, resulted in 132 deaths across Brazil in the first...

  • In Brazil, arrest brings Petrobras scandal closer to President Rousseff

    In Brazil, arrest brings Petrobras scandal closer to President Rousseff

     Authorities in Brazil arrested the treasurer of President Dilma Rousseff's Workers' Party on Wednesday, as a corruption scandal involving the Petrobras oil company deepens and continues to contribute to political and economic problems in Latin America's largest country. Joao Vaccari Neto was arrested...

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