Feb 27, 2015

Brazil teen killed by police recorded shooting on phone

A 15-year-old Brazilian shot dead by police last week was carrying a mobile phone that caught the incident on camera, according to video published Thursday by a news site. Alan de Souza Lima was killed Friday in a favela near Rio by police gunfire ...

Indonesian president says no delay to executions despite mercy pleas

Feb 24, 2015

Indonesian president says no delay to executions despite mercy pleas

Indonesia’s president said on Tuesday the planned execution of 11 convicts on death row, most on drugs charges, would not be delayed. He warned foreign countries not to intervene in Jakarta’s right to use capital punishment. President Joko Widodo has denied clemency to the ...

Carnival shooting outside Rio leaves 10 wounded

Feb 16, 2015

Carnival shooting outside Rio leaves 10 wounded

Ten people were hurt when a man fired shots during carnival celebrations in the tourist magnet of Paraty, west of Rio, Brazil’s CBN radio reported Sunday. Locals were enjoying the festivities far from the hubbub of the huge celebrations in Rio when a man ...

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 ...