By Dorkys Ramos | 12/01/2009 - 12:08
Last week, President Obama sent a three-page letter to Brazilian leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva restating America’s stance on Iran’s nuclear program a day before Brazil hosted Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Though the letter didn’t criticize the visit, Obama requested that da Silva use this opportunity to encourage Iran to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
By Norell Giancana | 11/10/2009 - 15:35
Late last month, a female student at Bandeirante University in Brazil was expelled after wearing a dress to campus that nearly caused a riot. Geisy Arruda, 20, says that she “always dressed in a way that makes me feel good and that doesn’t offend anybody.” But on October 22, videos turned up on YouTube of the young woman being heckled and insulted by other students.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/28/2009 - 11:33
Tim Coco, 48, married and bought a house with his lover, Brazilian Genesio "Junior" Oliveira, 30, back in 2005 in Massachusetts. But their honeymoon period was cut short when Oliveira was denied asylum and forced to return to Brazil.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/19/2009 - 16:03
A recent gun fight between drug dealers in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ended with the deaths of two police officers and the fiery crash of a law enforcement helicopter.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/13/2009 - 16:22
200 families are homeless after a massive fire ripped through one of São Paulo's largest favelas (shanty towns). Nearly the entire district of the Diogo Pires was engulfed by the flames as the fire raged on for more than three hours. The fire spread very quickly through the slum, where most of the houses are constructed of cardboard and wood.
Gilberto Kassab, the mayor of the Brazil's second largest city, assured the residents that temporary housing would be provided. About 1,500 hundred people lived in the favela, most of them children.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/09/2009 - 17:05
Investigators have been on the hunt for Brazilian TV host and former state legislator Wallace Souza, accused of ordering at least five murders to bolster his ratings and emphasize his point that violence was skyrocketing in the Amazon region of the country. Souza, who denies the allegations, skipped town once a warrant for his arrest was issued.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/02/2009 - 13:30
It was a close battle between Madrid and Rio de Janeiro as the final vote neared, but the International Olympic Committee announced today that Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 09/29/2009 - 12:39
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is going up against President Obama in an effort to convince the International Olympic Committee to see things his way. Both leaders will be in Copenhagen, Denmark this Friday in an effort to convince the committee that their respective cities—Rio for Lula, and Chicago for Obama—would serve as the best host of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Other cities in the running include Madrid and Tokyo.
By Mariela Rosario | 08/18/2009 - 09:51
A teenage Brazilian girl has admitted to embarking on a killing spree that left 30 men dead. The 17-year-old confessed her murders to police in Sao Paolo after being arrested for getting into a street fight in the Sao José de Rio Preto neighborhood.
By Mariela Rosario | 08/12/2009 - 09:38
Police in Sao Paolo, Brazil, are investigating Brazilian state legislator Wallace Souza, who is also the host of the popular crime television show Canal Livre. Authorities suspect the politician of ordering at least five murders to bolster his ratings and emphasize his point that violence was skyrocketing in the Amazon region of the country.