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 ...

Nov 29, 2015

Brazilian police hunt copter-stealing Santa Claus

Brazilian police are hunting for a Sao Paulo Santa Claus who kicked off the Christmas shopping season by stealing a helicopter. The thief rented the aircraft late Friday from an air taxi service at the Campo Marte airport in Sao Paulo for a Black ...

Nov 27, 2015

Destruction of Brazil's Amazon jumps 16 percent in 2015

The destruction of Brazil’s Amazon forest, the world’s largest intact rain forest, increased by 16 percent in 2015 from a year ago as the government struggles to enforce legislation and stop illegal clearings. Satellite data for the 12 months through the end of July ...

Nov 6, 2015

Casualties unknown after Brazil mine dam bursts, submerging homes

A dam burst at a mining operation in southeastern Brazil on Thursday, submerging nearby homes and vehicles. Authorities said there are dead and missing but have not yet given any figures. Rescue teams were searching for survivors or bodies, and residents living in an ...