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Is Sean Goldman the Next Elian Gonzalez?
By Mariela Rosario | 06/03/2009 - 09:30

David Goldman never thought that four years would pass without seeing his son. In 2004, his wife, Bruna Bianchi, left with their son, Sean, then 4, for what was supposed to be a two-week vacation back in her native Brazil—and never returned. To Goldman's surprise, Bianchi filed for divorce while abroad, telling the boy's father, according to Goldman, that if he ever wanted to see Sean again, he would have to assign sole custody of the boy to her. Bruna eventually remarried Joao Paulo Lins e Silva, a lawyer from a prominent Brazilian family.


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Dengue Fever Epidemic Spreads Across South America
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 05/18/2009 - 13:15

Hundreds of thousands of people have been sickened by dengue fever in South America this year, and more than 70 have died, the Miami Herald reports. "This is the largest epidemic in many years," said Dr. Eddy Martinez, the director of epidemiology for Bolivia's Ministry of Health in the capital city of La Paz.


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Take a Quick Trip to Brazil with These New Releases
By Grace Bastidas | 05/15/2009 - 16:45

As summer slowly approaches, I turn to Brazil to help me weather the spurts of cold and rain that seem to hit New York every few days. I’ve been listening to two new releases this week:

Márcio Local’s Don Day Don Dree Don Don: Adventures in Samba Soul (Luaka Bop)


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Armored Car Sales Booming in Brazil
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 05/05/2009 - 17:30

A gripping fear of crime has put many Brazilians in the market for armored cars. The NY Times spoke to João Neves, the owner of a small marketing agency, who said that after being robbed twice in traffic he decided to purchase an armored vehicle as extra protection. “Even though the [economic] crisis does exist, I consider my well-being and my security a priority,” Mr. Neves told The Times.


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Another Brazilian Minor Raped By Family Member, Found to be 4 Months Pregnant
By Dorkys Ramos | 03/26/2009 - 15:50

Looks like the abortion issue will continue to stir controversy among Brazilians. In yet another disturbing case of sexual abuse, a teenage girl has been impregnated by her father. But this time the 13-year-old girl has asked the courts to allow her to carry her four-month-old unborn child to term.


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Gisele Bündchen Takes Tom Brady to Meet Her Family in Brazil
By Monica Herrera | 03/16/2009 - 10:35

Gisele Bündchen's extended family couldn't make it to the States for her secret wedding to Tom Brady, so the supermodel is bringing her beloved to them. The newlyweds touched down in Brazil this weekend to celebrate the 83rd birthday of Bündchen's grandfather, and Brady finally met his wife's sundry aunts, uncles and cousins for the first time.


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Excommunicated Doctor Hailed As Hero at Women's Health Conference
By Mariela Rosario | 03/11/2009 - 17:45

Brazilian Minister of Health Jose Gomes Temporao called on those in attendance at a national convention on women's health he hosted to acknowledge the "brilliant" work of the team of doctors who helped a 9-year-old girl abort twins. The doctor received a standing ovation.


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Brazilian Actor Refuses to Dub Sean Penn's "Milk" Character
By Mariela Rosario | 03/11/2009 - 13:00

Brazilian actor Marco Ribeiro, who has dubbed Sean Penn's voice into Portuguese for the films 21 Grams and All the King's Men has refused to help with the Oscar winner's newest film set to hit Brazilian airwaves, Milk.


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Vatican Excommunicates Mother and Doctors of 9-Year-old Rape Victim
By Mariela Rosario | 03/10/2009 - 18:55

We were all pretty shocked to hear the story about the 9-year-old Brazilian girl, who, after years of being raped by her stepfather, wound up pregnant with his twins. Adding insult to injury, the Catholic Church has decided to excommunicate the little girl's mother and the doctors who performed the abortion, "God’s law is above any human law," said regional archbishop, José Cardoso Sobrinho.


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9-Year-Old Brazilian Girl, Raped by Stepfather, Aborts Twins
By Mariela Rosario | 03/05/2009 - 14:45

A Brazilian 9 year-old, who was raped and impregnated by her 23-year-old stepfather, was given permission to abort the twins she was carrying, angering Catholic officials. Although abortion is illegal in Brazil, exceptions are made in cases where the mother's life is in danger or the fetus has no chance of survival.

"We don't know if she will develop the pregnancy up to the end because of the structure of her body. It is a big risk for her," Jose Severiano Cavalcanti, the doctor who confirmed her pregnancy, told the Diario de Pernambuco.


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