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Sao Paulo reopens stores, but many have closed for good

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:00 AM

After 3 months with no revenue, many small businesses in Brazil are forced to close for good

A woman walks past an empty store to rent or sell in a comercial area of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 17, 2020. - Sao Paulo is resuming its economic activity, but in some streets of Brazil's largest metropolis a succession of low iron curtains is evidence of the impact of the coronavirus: merchants have closed down. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)

Brazil's Bolsonaro slams 'scorched-earth' virus quarantines

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:39 PM

Brazil's president calls the new coronavirus a 'little flu' that has provoked an 'overblown' reaction

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a face mask during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. Brazil's government on Friday drastically downgraded its growth projections for 2020 by 2.1 percent to practically zero (0.02 percent) due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sergio LIMA / AFP

21 dead as torrential rain hits Brazil

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:21 AM

The victims were electrocuted, buried in landslides, or drowned, emergency officials say

UPSIDE DOWN. Cars are stuck in the water and mud, after heavy rains during the weekend in Realengo neighbourhood, in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 2, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Gay Pride parade engulfs Sao Paulo despite unease over Brazil's conservative turn

Jun 24, 2019 - 9:36 AM

This year, many Sao Paulo LGBT pride parade participants say they are turning out because they feel their liberties are increasingly under threat

BRAZIL'S GAY PRIDE. Aerial view of the 23rd Gay Pride Parade, which theme is "50 years of Stonewall", in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 23, 2019. Photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Male model dies after collapsing on catwalk at Sao Paulo Fashion Week

Apr 28, 2019 - 10:36 AM

Model Tales Soares falls ill after leaving the runway during the Ocksa show

8 dead in Brazil school shooting

Mar 13, 2019 - 10:11 PM

(UPDATED) Sao Paulo state Governor Joao Doria says 4 children and two members of staff are among the dead

SCHOOL SHOOTING. Police work at the scene of a shooting at a school in Suzano, Sao Paulo metropolitan region, Brazil, on March 13, 2019. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Dead Brazilian footballer almost decapitated

Oct 31, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Sao Paulo FC midfielder Daniel Correa was found brutally murdered in Brazil

Authorities are investigating the violent death of 24-year-old football player Daniel Correa.

Presidential debate showcases divided Brazil

Aug 10, 2018 - 12:45 PM

(UPDATED) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's enforced absence due to his corruption conviction casts a shadow, given his stunning lead in the polls

DEBATE. Composition made with pictures of Brazilian presidential candidates (top L-R) Alvaro Dias (Podemos), Marina Silva (Rede), Guilherme Boulos (PSOL), Henrique Meirelles (MDB) and (bottom L-R) Cabo Daciolo (Patriota), Geraldo Alkmin (PSDB), Ciro Gomes (PDT) and Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), taken during their participation in the first presidential debate ahead of the October 7 general election, at Bandeirantes television network in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 9, 2018. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

For tens of thousands in Sao Paulo, squatting is only way out

May 20, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Squatters occupy some 200 buildings in Sao Paulo, a metropolis that is also home to Brazil's billionaires

A resident is seen at the Prestes Maia building which is occupied by squatters in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 14, 2018. Occupied since 2010, the abandoned building with 21 floors houses the largest occupation in Latin America, where 478 families now live. / AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 3, 2018

May 03, 2018 - 10:04 AM

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RESCUE OPERATIONS. A viral video from the DFA shows the rescue of distressed OFWs in Kuwait. Screenshot from DFA video

44 reported missing in Sao Paulo blaze building collapse

May 02, 2018 - 10:38 PM

There was no indication whether the large number of missing were considered likely to have been killed and buried under the rubble, or whether they simply were not there at the time

DEADLY BLAZE. This handout photo released by the Sao Paulo Fire Department on May 1, 2018 shows flames engulfing a building in the city center of Sao Paulo. Photo handout/Sao Paulo Fire Department/ AFP

Asia most exposed to disasters, Africa most vulnerable – study

Mar 24, 2016 - 7:41 AM

Among mega cities Manila – facing a triple threat from cyclones superstorms and earthquakes – tops the list of urban areas with the highest number of people exposed

ASIA MOST EXPOSED. Heavy traffic is seen along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue with a backdrop of Manila's financial district skyline in Makati City, the Philippines, April 15, 2014. File photo by Francis R. Malasig /EPA

Brazil prosecutors request ex-president Lula's arrest

Mar 11, 2016 - 8:15 AM

It is now up to a Sao Paulo judge to decide whether to accept the charges against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and whether to jail him pending trial

PROSECUTORS WANT ARREST. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva leaves a breakfeast meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, 09 March 2016. File photo by Fernando Bizerra Jr./EPA

Brazil court orders 48-hour WhatsApp block

Dec 17, 2015 - 4:02 PM

The court says WhatsApp did not cooperate in a criminal investigation

The Facebook and WhatsApp app icons are displayed on a phone on February 21, 2014. File Photo by Sanjeev Gupta/EPA

Polluted Paris 'car-free' for a day

Sep 27, 2015 - 10:23 PM

Paris is the latest city worldwide to hold a car free day as it prepares to host United Nations led climate negotiations this December

CAR-FREE. Parisians walk down the famous Avenue Des Champs Elysees, during an initiative by the City Hall titled 'The Day Without Cars' on September 27, 2015. Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA

Brazil massacre blamed on police leaves anger, questions

Aug 22, 2015 - 12:03 AM

A mother who lost her only son and a young man who narrowly escaped death are among the residents of Sao Paulo picking up the pieces after a massacre of 18 people that many blame on the police

MOURNING. Friends of victims of a series of murders occurred in Osasco, light candles in a street altar on August 20, 2015, near Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo by Miguel Schincariol / AFP

18 killed in Sao Paulo shootings

Aug 15, 2015 - 12:06 PM

What I can say for sure is that it s the biggest killing this year says Alexandre de Moraes head of the Sao Paulo state security department

Brazil's president defies impeachment calls

Jul 07, 2015 - 11:02 PM

I am not going to fall No I won t go she says

DEFIANT. Brazil President Dilma Rousseff. File photo

Watch supermodel Gisele Bundchen in final runway walk

Apr 16, 2015 - 1:16 PM

Husband and football star Tom Brady sits in the first row along with her family members

THE LAST WALK. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen struts her final walk on the runway at Sao Paulo Fashion Week. Photo from Instagram/@colcciofficial

Gisele Bundchen's farewell at Sao Paulo's summer shows

Apr 14, 2015 - 6:56 PM

Gisele however has stressed that she is not retiring but will continue off the runway work and spend more time with her family

GISELE. She clarifies that she will not be retiring, but will be doing off-the-runway work and spending more time with family

Controversy-hit samba school wins Rio carnival title

Feb 19, 2015 - 10:18 AM

Known for its creativity the Beija Flor team will now bring the final curtain down on this year s carnival festivities at Saturday s Parade of Champions

Members of the samba school Beija-Flor perform on the second day of the parades of the special groups of the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16 February 2015. Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Rain, scandal can't dampen Rio's carnival

Feb 17, 2015 - 9:11 AM

Rio is also jammed by day and into the small hours with dozens of street parties attracting anything from a few hundred to hundreds of thousands of revelers

HELLO, RIO. Members of the Samba Academicos do Salgueiro perform during the carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 15 February 2015. Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Carnival spectacle tainted by violence in Brazil

Feb 16, 2015 - 8:30 AM

UPDATED An anticipated crowd of more than 70 000 from great grandmothers to babes in arms sway and cheer on their favorite school in hours long parades in Rio s annual party to end all parties

PARTY TIME. Revelers of the Vai-Vai samba school perform during the second night of carnival parade at the Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil on February 15, 2015. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil races to finish World Cup opener arena

Jun 08, 2014 - 12:57 PM

The 61 600 capacity Arena Corinthians has come to symbolize Brazil s struggle to be ready on time for the World Cup

RACING TO FINISH. Workers secure scaffolding to add a row of seats inside the unfinished Arena Corinthians stadium, in Sao Paulo, Brazil days before the 2014 World Cup. Photo by Diego Azubel/EPA

Protests, strikes hit Brazil 28 days from World Cup

May 16, 2014 - 7:39 AM

With 4 weeks to go before the World Cup security preparations for the cup get a test from the threat of a nationwide strike

At least 10 dead in south Brazil violence

Jan 13, 2014 - 10:26 PM

The killings happened after the murder of an off duty policeman

Vandals torch trucks, buses in fresh Sao Paulo unrest

Oct 29, 2013 - 8:39 AM

The riots are a response to the shooting death of the teenager in a confrontation with police

Anarchist group turns teachers' march in Rio violent

Oct 08, 2013 - 3:00 PM

Thousands marched in Rio de Janeiro to support teachers seeking pay hikes before masked anarchists turned to violence

VIOLENCE IN THE STREETS. Demonstrators take part in clashes during a rally in support of a strike by teachers working in public high schools in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 October 2013. EPA/Marcelo Sayao

Pope decries money, power 'idols' in 1st Brazil Mass

Jul 24, 2013 - 11:16 PM

Pope Francis leads his first large Mass since returning to his native Latin America decrying ephemeral idols like money and power at Brazil s most revered shrine

Brazil's richest woman dead at 100: reports

Apr 22, 2013 - 9:32 AM

Her family owns Alpargatas the Brazilian maker of the famous Havaianas flip flops

Sports events fuel Brazil's rail sector

Mar 08, 2013 - 10:14 PM

Upcoming sporting mega events are fueling a boom in Brazil s rail sector with planned investments of tens of billions of dollars whetting the appetites of foreign suppliers