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April 13, 2016

Embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has vowed to fight “until the last minute of the second half” to preserve the government’s mandate, as impeachment proceedings against her took a dramatic turn on Wednesday.

April 11, 2016

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff could soon see impeachment proceedings brought against her, as congress legislators are expected to vote on starting the process today. However, media coverage of the political turmoil is causing alarm among some leading journalists who claim the country’s democratic process is under threat from a “perniciously” partisan press.

April 04, 2016

A Brazilian man has been filmed by a security camera fearlessly dodging five bullets as he beat off a pair of would-be robbers.

The Sao Paulo man, who asked not to be identified for fear of a reprisal attack, survived the horrifying ordeal only because the assailant with the gun was a poor marksman and then ran out of ammunition. The victim was shot in the leg and is recovering from his injury.

 

April 04, 2016

Ingenious surgeons have helped save a Brazilian man’s hand from being amputated by putting it inside a 'pocket' in his belly. 

Doctors decided to bury Carlos Mariotti’s left hand inside his abdomen and cover it with a flap of protective skin, after the machine production operator suffered a horrific work accident that ripped off all the skin on his hand.

April 01, 2016

One of Brazil’s most senior security officials has admitted that the country’s widening political crisis could lead to “international distrust” of arrangements for this summer’s Olympic Games.

The remarks by Andrei Rodrigues, secretary for major events at the Justice Ministry, followed the abrupt resignation of the commander of the national security force involved in the preparations for the Games in Rio de Janeiro.

March 15, 2016

For the first time in Brazil’s political history, a former president is expected to become a serving minister in a bid to stop the government of Dilma Rousseff collapsing under a mammoth corruption scandal, and stave off the threat of presidential impeachment.

March 15, 2016

An amateur ballerina in Brazil, whose lower left leg was amputated after a road accident, has spoken of her joy after becoming among the first people to receive a pointe foot prosthesis allowing her to dance classical ballet again.

 

March 07, 2016

Four years ago, Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, found a South American Magellanic penguin covered in oil and starving on a beach on an island off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. A friendship was born. 

Since they met in 2011, the creature, which normally breeds on the Patagonia coasts of Argentina and Chile...

March 05, 2016

A palpable sense of fear pervades Morro da Providencia – the oldest favela in Rio de Janeiro – on the morning after a night of intense gunfire between local criminals and police. 

For three hours, hundreds of bullets ripped through the public square...

March 03, 2016

Once the richest man in Brazil, Eike Batista is claimed to have resorted to one of the oldest superstitious rituals in the world in the hope of rebuilding his billion-pound empire, throwing money into the biggest wishing well he could find – the South Atlantic Ocean.

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