Sep 18, 2014

Brazil prisoners tunnel their way to freedom

About a dozen inmates at an overcrowded Brazilian prison tuneled to freedom Wednesday, and another group made a failed attempt to scale the wall, authorities and local media said. A state prisons department spokesman told AFP the high-security prisoners broke out of the infamous ...

Sep 15, 2014

Brazil builds giant tower in Amazon to monitor climate

Brazil is building a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon to monitor climate change and its impact on the region’s sensitive ecosystem, a newspaper reported Sunday. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) is a project of Brazil’s National Institute of Amazonian ...

Sep 7, 2014

Dozens of Brazil politicians accused in Petrobras scandal

A detained former director of Brazil’s Petrobras has named dozens of lawmakers and senior officials who allegedly received kickbacks from the state-run oil giant, revelations that could damage President Dilma Rousseff as she seeks re-election next month. The allegations, reported to be part of ...

Sep 6, 2014

Neymar makes dramatic return

Neymar scored in the 83rd minute to give Brazil a 1-0 victory over Colombia on Friday night in an exhibition game before 73,429 fans at Sun Life Stadium. Neymar’s free kick from 20 meters landed inside the upper right post and past the outstretched ...

Brazil arrests eight in Amazon deforestation swoop

Aug 29, 2014

Brazil arrests eight in Amazon deforestation swoop

Brazilian police said Thursday they had made eight arrests in raids to smash a gang considered the worst perpetrators of deforestation in the Amazon region. “Eight arrests have been made so far. Police are searching for a further six (suspects) considered to be on ...