Sequins, feathers banished as Brazilian revelers get dirty at mud party

Feb 15, 2015

Sequins, feathers banished as Brazilian revelers get dirty at mud party

Forget the sexy nurses, the pirates and devils. At the “Bloco da Lama” Carnival street party, swamp creature is the costume of choice. Revelers in the seaside colonial town of Paraty on Saturday threw themselves into deposits of black, mineral-rich slime, emerging covered head-to-toe ...

Abstract artist Ohtake dies at age 101

Feb 13, 2015

Abstract artist Ohtake dies at age 101

Tomie Ohtake, the celebrated Japanese-Brazilian artist known for her bold, primary colored abstract paintings and gravity-defying monumental sculptures, has died, the institute bearing her name said. She was 101. In a statement, the Tomie Ohtake Institute said the artist died Thursday at a Sao ...

Feb 6, 2015

Brazilian brassiere stops stray bullet

A Brazilian news report says an underwire bra saved a woman’s life after she was struck near the heart by a stray bullet. Globo television network says Ivete Medeiros, a merchant in the Amazonian city of Belem, was hit after she heard a commotion ...

Feb 2, 2015

Runner-up snatches crown off winner in Brazil beauty pageant

A Brazilian beauty pageant took a bizarre turn when the first runner-up snatched the crown off the winner of the Miss Amazonas contest, refusing to accept her loss. Sheislane (shays-lah-nee) Hayalla is justifying her reaction by claiming her rival, Carol Toledo, bought the title. ...

Brazil police hunting stolen cars find two tanks

Jan 28, 2015

Brazil police hunting stolen cars find two tanks

A Brazilian police raid to recover stolen cars and cargo came up with a more interesting find: two war tanks. Police in Brazil’s biggest city said Tuesday that the engineless tanks were found inside a warehouse in Sacoma, a low-income district in Sao Paulo. ...

New painkiller found in coffee

Jan 25, 2015

New painkiller found in coffee

Brazilian scientists have discovered a protein in coffee that has effects similar to the pain reliever morphine, researchers at the state University of Brasilia (UnB) and the state-owned Brazilian Agricultural Research Corp. Embrapa said Saturday. Embrapa said its genetics and biotech division, teaming up ...

Jan 7, 2015

Nissan targets growth in Brazil despite sales slump

Nissan Motor Co. plans to maintain investment and increase its share in the Brazilian auto market despite a 7.15 percent drop in car sales there last year, the firm’s chief executive said. “We are disappointed in where the Brazilian market stands but we shall ...

Dec 31, 2014

Brazilian with knife in skull drives two hours to hospital

A Brazilian motorcycle taxi driver with a knife protruding from his head drove for more than two hours to the nearest hospital to have it removed, media reported Tuesday. Juacelo Nunes, 39, embarked on the journey after he was stabbed with the 30-centimeter (12-inch) ...

Brazilian admits killing 41 people 'for fun'

Dec 12, 2014

Brazilian admits killing 41 people 'for fun'

A Brazilian man accused of stabbing a woman to death in a Rio suburb has confessed to have murdered 41 people, almost all of them women, “for the fun of it,” police said Thursday. “He wanted to kill women — white women, not black ...

Brazil truth panel delivers report on junta's killings, torture

Dec 11, 2014

Brazil truth panel delivers report on junta's killings, torture

Brazil’s National Truth Commission on Wednesday delivered a damning report on the killings, disappearances and acts of torture committed by government agents during the country’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship. It called for those responsible to face prosecution. The 2,000-page report was delivered to President Dilma ...

Dec 6, 2014

First dedicated nude beach opens near Rio

Pedro Ribeiro lives just one block away from Copacabana Beach, one of the world’s most celebrated stretches of golden sand. But almost every weekend he drives nearly three hours to soak up the sun on his own terms — in the buff. Following a ...