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Brazil's Adriano Moraes retains ONE flyweight championship

Nov 10, 2017 - 10:56 PM

The Brazilian displays his superior ground game by swarming local boy Kingad, who submitted to a choke with still 15 seconds remaining in the opening round

STILL CHAMP. Brazil's Adriano Moraes drops Filipino foe to submission in first round. Image from Facebook.

'No-mobile-phone-phobia' being treated in Brazil through detox clinics

Nov 08, 2017 - 12:19 PM

Patients range from youth addicted to video games, and adults who have lost a spouse or their job for spending too much time on social media and other online channels

DETOX. Patients from therapeutic group on digital dependence "Delete" show their cellphones inside a clinic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 'Delete' is a therapeutic group from the Psychiatry Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and it is the first nucleus in Brazil specialized in the treatment of digital dependence or "nomophobia" (no-mobile-phone phobia). Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP


Former Democratic Party chair considered replacing Clinton with Biden – book

Nov 05, 2017 - 8:02 AM

Donna Brazile also wrote that Clinton's campaign was badly mismanaged, 'anemic' and had taken on 'the odor of failure'

DNC RIFT. This combination of files photos created on November 3, 2017 shows former DNC Vice-Chair Donna Brazile and former former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Saul Loeb and Angela Weiss/AFP

Brazil president avoids corruption trial

Oct 26, 2017 - 9:10 AM

The first president in the country to face criminal charges while in office, Temer is accused of obstruction of justice and racketeering

ESCAPES CHARGES. In this file photo, Brazilian President Michel Temer offers a press conference at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on November 27, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Pope Francis names 35 new saints, most of them martyrs

Oct 15, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The new saints include 30 martyrs massacred in Brazil in the 17th century, 3 teens slain in 16th-century Mexico, a Spanish priest, and an Italian priest

A tapestry hanged on the facade of St Peter's basilica shows Andrea de Soveral, Ambrogio Francesco Ferro, Matteo Moreira, and thirty martyrs murdered in Brazil in the 17th century, during a holy mass for the canonization of 35 new saints on October 15, 2017 at St Peter's square.  Pope Francis celebrates a Holy Mass today with canonizations of 35 new saints, including thirty martyrs murdered in Brazil in the 17th century by Dutch Calvinists, three Mexican teenagers who died in the 16th century, and Italian Capuchin Angelo d'Acri and the Spanish priest Faustino Miguez of the Incarnation. / AFP PHOTO / Tiziana FABI

Brazil scraps bid to mine Amazon natural reserve

Sep 26, 2017 - 9:35 AM

The Brazilian government backs off a controversial proposal to authorize private companies to mine a sprawling Amazon reserve after blistering domestic and international criticism

THE AMAZON. This file photo taken on December 04, 2011 shows an aerial view of the Amazonic forest reserve of Trairao, western Para state, northern Brazil on December 4, 2011.  Lunae Parracho/AFP

Brazil court opens door for Congress to vote on Temer trial

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:02 AM

A 7-1 majority on the court voted against Temer's appeal to put the racketeering and obstruction of justice charges on hold

FACING CHARGES. In this photo, Brazilian President Michel Temer attends the inauguration of the country's new Attorney General, Raquel Dodge, in Brasilia on September 18, 2017. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Scandal-plagued Lula heads Brazil election survey

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:33 AM

Underlining the turmoil in Brazilian politics, the poll also confirmed plummeting support for the current center-right government, with 75.6% saying it is doing a bad job

In this file photo, former Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 15, 2016. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil's top court to consider Temer prosecutor's recusal

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:19 PM

Temer s lawyers argue that the prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot is mounting an obsessive persecution and that he is greatly exceeding the constitutional and legal limits

MICHEL TEMER. Brazilian President Michel Temer delivers a speech ahead of the signing ceremony of the BRICS Business Council at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen on September 4, 2017. File photo by Kenzaburo Fukuhara/AFP

Brazil's Lula faces new grilling by anti-corruption judge

Sep 13, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The testimony is part of 71 year old Lula s trial for alleged bribe taking from the scandal plagued Odebrecht construction giant

MULTIPLE CASES. In this file photo, Brazil's former president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during the second congress of the IndustriALL Global Union in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 4, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Brazil police say Rio Olympics were bought in corrupt scheme

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Brazilian police say in a statement they are probing an international corruption scheme aimed at the buying of votes for the election of Rio by the International Olympic Committee as the venue for the 2016 Olympics

A picture taken during a sports event to mark the 100-day-countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the Central do Brasil train staion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 27, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/File/AFP

BRICS leaders 'strongly deplore' North Korea nuclear blast

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:27 AM

UPDATED BRICS is already struggling to live down doubts about its own cohesion that have spiked since nuclear armed China and India engaged in a protracted standoff over a disputed Himalayan region

Delegates arrive prior to the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum in Xiamen, Fujian province on September 3, 2017. Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

Nearly 400 new species discovered in Amazon

Aug 31, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The report by the WWF and Brazil s Mamiraua Institute released in Sao Paulo listed 216 previously unknown plants 93 fish 32 amphibians 19 reptiles one bird and 20 mammals two of them fossils

BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOT. This file photo taken on December 04, 2011 shows an aerial view of the Amazonic forest reserve of Trairao, western Para state, northern Brazil on December 4, 2011. Lunae Parracho/AFP

41 dead in 2 Brazil boat wrecks – officials

Aug 24, 2017 - 11:47 PM

According to two statements 19 are killed after a boat sank on the Xingu river late Tuesday while 22 more people died when a ferry sank on early Thursday off the northeastern state of Bahia

Brazil's Lula launches unlikely bid to retake presidency

Aug 18, 2017 - 1:33 PM

The presidential election won t take place until October 2018 and the many potential candidates are still keeping below the radar Campaigning is not even officially allowed

LULA. Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during the second congress of the IndustriALL Global Union in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 4, 2016. File photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Brazilian right wing firebrand pushes presidential bid

Aug 11, 2017 - 10:09 AM

Although official campaigning is not yet permitted for the October 2018 presidential polls Jair Bolsonaro calls a campaign like press conference at a Rio hotel to lay out his deeply conservative vision and mock his liberal critics

PRESIDENTIAL BID. Brazilian deputy Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference he called to announce his intention to run for the Brazilian presidency in the October 2018 presidential election, at a hotel in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2017. Photo by Apu Gomes/AFP

Violence, chaos plagues Rio one year after Olympics

Aug 03, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Rio de Janeiro today is unrecognizable from the feel good city greeting the world at the Olympics in 2016

DILAPIDATED. Picture of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium which hosted the swimming competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, taken on May 27, 2017 and which is planned to be dismantled. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Brazil's congress throws out corruption charge against president

Aug 03, 2017 - 9:37 AM

Brazilian lawmakers toss out a corruption charge against scandal plagued President Michel Temer saving the center right leader from becoming the country s second leader in 12 months to be forced from office

In this file photo, Brazilian President Michel Temer offers a press conference at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on November 27, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Neymar, the darling of starless Brazil

Jul 28, 2017 - 1:25 PM

A recent poll showed most fans favored Neymar leaving Barcelona and emerging from Messi s shadow But in Brazil he is without rival on the pitch

RISING STAR. Neymar is enjoying unprecedented popularity as rumors swirl about a possible transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Ex-chief of Brazil's Petrobras arrested in graft probe

Jul 27, 2017 - 10:43 PM

According to a statement ex chief of Petrobras Aldemir Bendine and associates are suspected of organizing bribes worth 3 million reais currently about 946 000 from construction conglomerate Odebrecht

ALDEMIR BENDINE. Aldemir Bendine speaks during a working breakfast with foreign correspondents at the company headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 15, 2015. File photo by Vanderlei Almeida/AFP

Brazil's defiant Lula says people will decide his fate

Jul 16, 2017 - 7:53 AM

It was Lula s second public speech after an anti corruption judge handed him a nine and a half year sentence finding the icon of Latin America s left guilty of taking bribes and money laundering

FORMER PRESIDENT. Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 15, 2016. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil court dismisses lying charges against swimmer Ryan Lochte

Jul 16, 2017 - 1:19 AM

Prosecutors can appeal the ruling and Lochte still faces other charges in Brazil

OLYMPIC EMBARRASSMENT. Ryan Lochte had been suspended for 10 months over a night of revelry gone wrong in Brazil. Photo by Patrick Kraemer/EPA

Lawmakers back quashing graft trial of Brazil President Temer

Jul 14, 2017 - 8:43 AM

Brazil s full Chamber of Deputies is expected within days to vote on whether the Supreme Court should put Brazilian President Michel Temer on trial

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 13, 2017

Jul 13, 2017 - 10:45 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday

A picture taken on June 27, 2017 shows a T-shirt featuring the U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin with a sign "We Love Russia" on sale at a souvenir shop in Saint Petersburg. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV

Former Brazil leader Lula gets nearly 10 years in jail for graft

Jul 13, 2017 - 8:26 AM

UPDATED Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who ruled Brazil from 2003 2010 is convicted and handed a 9 5 year prison term for accepting a bribe of a luxury seaside apartment and 1 1 million

Brazil's former president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 4, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/File

Graft charge against Brazil's president filed in Congress

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:57 AM

Although just a formality the handover of the case means one more step forward in the growing crisis that threatens to bring down President Michel Temer just over a year after he took power following his predecessor s impeachment

Brazil's president calls graft charge 'soap opera'

Jun 28, 2017 - 8:49 AM

Temer: I will not allow myself to be accused of crimes that I did not commit My intention is to work for Brazil I will not shirk the battles

In this file photo, Brazilian President Michel Temer offers a press conference at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on November 27, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil prosecutor charges president with corruption

Jun 27, 2017 - 8:56 AM

UPDATED Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot accuses Temer of receiving a 500 000 real about 150 000 bribe from the boss of a meatpacking company implicated in a corruption scandal

UNDER FIRE. In this file photo, Brazilian President Michel Temer reviews an honour guard upon his arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport on June 20, 2017. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Temer abroad as Brazil's crisis gets messier amid graft proof

Jun 21, 2017 - 10:36 AM

In a report the Federal Supreme Court says Temer – who is away in Russia – benefited from bribe funds even if he did so using someone else to collect or deposit the bribes

IN RUSSIA. Brazilian President Michel Temer reviews an honor guard upon his arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport on June 20, 2017. Kirill Kudrayvtsev/AFP

Brazil's election court votes not to oust Temer

Jun 10, 2017 - 8:22 AM

Attention will now turn to Temer s battle against a parallel case in which he is accused of obstruction of justice and corruption

EMBATTLED. Brazil's President Michel Temer speaks at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 5, 2017. File photo by Beto Barata/Brazilian president office/AFP

Brazil court opens session that could topple president

Jun 07, 2017 - 9:57 AM

If the 7 judge panel votes to scrap the election result Michel Temer – who took over only last year when Dilma Rousseff was impeached – would himself risk losing his office

SECURED. Police in riot gear stand guard in front of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 6, 2017, before a session on whether to invalidate the 2014 presidential election because of illegal campaign funding, in Brasilia, on June 6, 2017. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazilian president faces election court showdown

Jun 06, 2017 - 12:15 PM

An electoral tribunal is deciding whether abuse of power – principally the use of corrupt campaign money – fatally undermined the validity of the 2014 election in which Michel Temer was reelected vice president

IN DANGER? Brazil's President Michel Temer speaking at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 5, 2017. Beto Barata/Brazilian president office / AFP

Brazil election court eyes end to Temer's presidency

Jun 04, 2017 - 9:27 AM

The case in the Supreme Electoral Tribunal or TSE was long considered a slow burning sideshow to the manic developments in Brazil s corruption revelations which have now reached the top

In this file photo, Brazilian President Michel Temer offers a press conference at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on November 27, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil court orders president questioned in graft probe

May 31, 2017 - 10:27 AM

The embattled leader will have 24 hours to respond to questions from the federal police in a case involving Brazil s largest meat company

FACING QUESTIONS. In this file photo, President Michel Temer waves as he takes office before the plenary of the Brazilian Senate in Brasilia, on August 31, 2016. Andressa Anholete/AFP/File

Brazil's Temer wins time in corruption crisis

May 22, 2017 - 8:04 AM

Despite growing demands for his resignation or impeachment Temer argues that he is needed to keep steering economic reforms aimed at pulling Brazil out of a deep recession

TEMER WINS SOME TIME. Brazilian President Michel Temer offers a press conference at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on November 27, 2016.File photo by Evaristo Sa/ AFP

Brazilian president's survival depends on Congress

May 19, 2017 - 8:54 AM

UPDATED Michel Temer has emphatically refused to step down after the Supreme Court authorized a probe against him

CORRUPTION PROBE. President Michel Temer waves as he takes office before the plenary of the Brazilian Senate in Brasilia, on August 31, 2016. File photo by Andressa Anholete/AFP

Brazil's Lula defiant after corruption trial

May 11, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Brazil s media talked up the court session as a showdown between two of the most powerful men in Brazil

DEFIANT. A hand out picture released by Instituto Lula showing Brazil's former president (2003-2010) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters while arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

Brazil's ex-president Lula faces corruption court

May 10, 2017 - 2:43 PM

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva 71 is accused of receiving a seaside apartment as a bribe in a much wider corruption scheme investigated by the so called Car Wash probe upending Brazilian politics

FACING CHARGES. Brazil's former president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 4, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/File/AFP

Violence mars Brazil's anti-austerity general strike

Apr 29, 2017 - 1:12 PM

The ugly scenes come at the close of a day in which unions and leftwing groups managed to paralyze much of Brazil in protest at the reforms especially a steep cut to the generous pension system

In this file photo, students protest in front of the Congress in Brasilia against the bill that freezes government spending for 20 years, on November 29, 2016. File photo by Andressa Anholete/AFP

Corruption probes target 9 Brazilian ministers

Apr 12, 2017 - 8:41 AM

The new probes threaten the stability of Temer s deeply unpopular government just as he struggles to enact austerity measures in a bid to pull Brazil out of a historic recession

CONTROVERSIAL. The headquarters of Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobras in the center of Rio de Janeiro, on January 21, 2016. Vanderlei Almeida/AFP

Brazil tops FIFA rankings for first time since 2010

Apr 06, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Meanwhile the Philippines slips 3 spots to 127

TOP DOGS. Neymar and Brazil supplant rivals Argentina as the top rated national team in the world. File photo by Paolo Aguilar/EPA

Temer wins time in court battle over 2014 election validity

Apr 05, 2017 - 8:23 AM

At issue are allegations that when then president Dilma Rousseff ran for re election in 2014 with Michel Temer as her vice president their ticket was financed by undeclared funds or bribes

RELIEF. In this file photo, Brazilian President Michel Temer attends a press conference at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on November 27, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil court to decide whether presidential vote was valid

Apr 01, 2017 - 2:03 PM

Deliberations begin on Tuesday April 4 and are scheduled to run through the week

Brazilian President Michel Temer attends the announcement of new funds for the school lunch program at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia on February 8, 2017. Andressa Anholete/AFP

Brazil protesters demand anti-corruption drive go 'all the way'

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:20 AM

Protesters say a huge investigation known as Operation Car Wash must not let up in intensity

A protester dressed as the Death stands by portraits of former President Lula da Silva (R) and Senator Aecio Neves during a rally against corruption at the Esplanade of the Ministries in Brasilia,on March 26, 2017.  Popular movements have called for demonstrations in all Brazilian capitals against political attempts to curb corruption investigations, as the scandal in the State Oil Petrobras and the bribes paid by large construction companies for political parties.  / AFP PHOTO / EVARISTO SA

China lifts ban on Brazilian meat imports – Brazil minister

Mar 25, 2017 - 11:15 PM

China will keep in place only its import restrictions on meat from 21 plants under investigation over the tainted meat scandal says Brazil s agriculture minister

UNDER SCRUTINY. View of meat and by-products for sale at a butcher's shop, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 20, 2017.  Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Brazil on brink of World Cup after thrashing Uruguay

Mar 24, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Brazil moves 7 points ahead of the 10 team round robin competition while Messi sinks the only goal in Argentina s win over Chile

DOMINANCE. Neymar and Brazil were in control throughout against Uruguay. Photo by Dante Fernandez/AFP

Export bans hit Brazil's meat industry after scandal

Mar 21, 2017 - 10:02 AM

China says it needs to know more about the allegations that major meatpacking businesses bribed inspectors to get health certificates and masked tainted meat as fit for consumption

UNDER SCRUTINY. View of meat and by-products for sale at a butcher's shop, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 20, 2017.  Miguel Schincariol/AFP

SpaceX launches communications satellite into orbit

Mar 16, 2017 - 3:33 PM

The mission took off from NASA s historic launchpad 39A the origin of the pioneering US spaceflights that took astronauts to the Moon in the 1960s and 1970s

LIFTOFF. The Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the EchoStar XXII satellite, lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, March 16, 2017. Image courtesy SpaceX

Brazil's graft scandal heats up with 83 new probes sought

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:14 AM

Brazil s prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot requests permission to open 83 new corruption probes against politicians in an escalation of a vast graft scandal

CENTER OF CORRUPTION? The headquarters of Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobras in the center of Rio de Janeiro, on January 21, 2016. Vanderlei Almeida/AFP

Bloody accident and rain mar joyful Rio carnival

Feb 27, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Brazilians living through two years of steep recession and 12 unemployment have grasped this year s carnival as a chance to let off steam

A reveller of the Paraiso do Tuiuti samba school performs during the first night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 26, 2017. Vanderlei Almeida/AFP