Brazil to fund development of vaccine to fight Zika virus

Jan 17, 2016

Brazil to fund development of vaccine to fight Zika virus

The Brazilian government announced it will direct funds to a biomedical research center to help develop a vaccine against a virus linked to brain damage in babies. Health Minister Marcelo Castro said Friday that the goal is for the Sao Paulo-based Butantan Institute to ...

Dec 31, 2015

Brazil eases Olympic travel for some

Citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States will not have to get a visa to travel to Brazil for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the government said in the official gazette on Wednesday. The waiver will apply only for tourist ...

Brazil president says new Rio museum will be must-see site

Dec 18, 2015

Brazil president says new Rio museum will be must-see site

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has inaugurated a new science museum in Rio de Janeiro that she hopes will become one of the Olympic city’s must-see destinations. The $55 million Museum of Tomorrow was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is the centerpiece ...

Dec 18, 2015

Brazil's Rousseff scores court win in impeachment

Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Congress must restart impeachment proceedings against Dilma Rousseff from scratch and overhauled the procedure, in a badly needed win for the embattled president. In an 8-3 decision, the judges annulled an opposition-dominated impeachment commission established by secret ballot ...

Dec 10, 2015

JR West to invest in railway businesses in Brazil

West Japan Railway Co. has announced that it will invest in railway businesses in Brazil. The company, commonly known as JR West, will acquire a 33.9 percent stake in Guarana Urban Mobility Inc., a subsidiary of Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co. that invests ...

Copacabana beach residents take issue with risque sand sculptures

Dec 4, 2015

Copacabana beach residents take issue with risque sand sculptures

Sand sculptures of curvaceous, full-bottomed women on Copacabana beach may be one of Rio de Janeiro’s wackier tourist attractions, but now they’re under fire from a resident’s association claiming the risque creations promote prostitution. Jassim Al-Alawadhi was one of several tourists stopping to take ...