October 3rd, 2010
08:33 PM ET

9 vie for Brazil's top job as voters await results

Brazilian voters headed to the polls Sunday in a general election that spans across all levels of government, from the presidency to local offices.

The spotlight will be on the presidential race, where nine candidates are vying for the nation's top job. Voting is mandatory for anyone over 18 and under 70 and some 135 million Brazilians were expected to cast a vote.

Polls indicate that former Marxist guerrilla Dilma Rousseff is in the lead, positioning her to become the country's first female president.

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Filed under: Brazil • Politics • World
September 9th, 2010
08:13 PM ET

Parents try to recover runaway teen in Brazil

The parents of a 15-year-old American girl are seeking to get their daughter back after she ran away with her boyfriend to Brazil, where authorities handed her over to the boyfriend's family.

The Brazilian authorities' decision to give custody of Samantha Hernandez to her boyfriend's uncle, while a legal action against her goes through the system, has left her family and U.S. officials scratching their heads.

"If this was a senator's daughter, if this was a congressman's daughter, somebody would've gotten her back already," said Samantha's father, Robert Hernandez of Florida.

On August 29, Samantha and her boyfriend, whom she had met online less than a year ago, boarded a flight from Boston, Massachusetts, to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, with Samantha using a fake passport, police said.

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Filed under: Brazil • Runaway
August 8th, 2010
09:55 PM ET

Hiker hopes to complete historic Amazon River trek on Monday

After hiking along the Amazon River for more than two years, Ed Stafford is suddenly in a rush.

The native Brit, who set out to become the first person to walk all of the river's roughly 4,000 miles more than two years ago, is hoping to finish his hike on Monday, in time to catch his scheduled flight home to Leicestershire from Brazil.

Despite collapsing from exhaustion on a roadside Sunday morning, Stafford is confident he'll make the plane.

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Filed under: Brazil • Environment
July 10th, 2010
11:19 AM ET

Police: Brazilian goalie watched slaying of ex

A Brazilian goal keeper, whom police named a prime suspect in the disappearance and murder of a woman said to be his former girlfriend, has refused to answer questions on his alleged involvement, police said Friday.

Investigators in the state of Minas Gerais said Bruno Fernandes Das Dores de Souza, who played for Flamengo football club, orchestrated the murder of Eliza Samudio, 25. Her body remains missing a month after her disappearance.

Minas Gerais police investigator Wagner Pinto told reporters Thursday that Souza watched as Samudio was asphyxiated, mutilated and eventually fed to dogs. He said the details surfaced during a confession from Souza's 17-year-old cousin.

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Filed under: Brazil • Crime • Sports
July 7th, 2010
12:21 PM ET

Officials: Brazilian goalie suspected in murder of woman

Police in Rio de Janeiro are searching for a high-profile soccer player accused of orchestrating the kidnapping and murder of a woman believed to have been a former lover, officials said Wednesday.

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Filed under: Brazil • Justice
June 24th, 2010
07:34 AM ET

Death toll rises in Brazil flooding

The death toll from severe flooding in two states in northeastern Brazil has grown to 44, with more than 600 people still missing, the government-run news agency reported.

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June 21st, 2010
09:43 PM ET

1,000 missing in flooding in northeastern Brazil

More than 1,000 people are missing in Brazil's northeastern state of Alagoas due to flooding, Alagoas civil defense officials said.


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Filed under: Brazil • World Update
May 22nd, 2010
12:15 PM ET

Priest accused of having 'erotic dungeon' surrenders

[Updated 12:15 p.m. ET]  A Polish-born priest accused of sexually abusing minors in his parochial residence in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has turned himself in, state officials said Saturday.

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May 14th, 2010
09:38 PM ET

Medvedev: Brazilian visit could be last chance for Tehran

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's visit to Iran this weekend could be the last opportunity to reach an agreement with Tehran and to avoid U.N. Security Council sanctions, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday.
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April 12th, 2010
10:31 AM ET

Death toll from Brazil floods now 229, officials say

Rescue workers dig through the mud left behind by floods and mudslides for those still missing in Brazil.

Brazilian President Inacio Lula da Silva said Monday the government will do everything possible to help victims of flooding and mudslides that have killed at least 229 people and left thousands homeless.

Lula said he will immediately make available 200 million Brazilian reais (about $112 million) in emergency funding to the state of Rio de Janeiro, where heavy rains that started Tuesday have caused widespread death and destruction.

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April 10th, 2010
04:53 AM ET

More than 200 dead in Brazil mudslides

The death toll from flooding and mudslides in Brazil's state of Rio de Janeiro has topped 200, officials said Saturday.

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April 8th, 2010
12:47 PM ET

Death toll climbs to 154 in Brazil flooding

The death toll from flooding and mudslides in Brazil continued to climb Thursday, with official reports of at least 154 fatalities.

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