Once-in-a-Lifetime Dream Trips
By Grace Bastidas | 03/23/2010 - 16:15

If you're willing to travel off the beaten path, Latin America has some stunning ecological wonders to offer. Get up close and personal with Mother Nature at these eco-friendly hot spots!


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Seven Year Old Samba Queen Stirs Controversy in Brazil
By Mariela Rosario | 02/09/2010 - 13:54

Some people are up in arms about a recent report that the Viradouro samba school has selected seven-year-old Julia Lira to be their Queen for the huge annual Carnival parade in the Sambodromo. Julia's father, Marco Lira, is the owner of the samba school and her mother, Monica Lira, is a police official. Both parents think it is totally acceptable for their daughter to take on the role, even though it is normally reserved for women in their late teens and twenties.


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David Goldman Travels to Brazil to Get His Son
By Mariela Rosario | 12/17/2009 - 15:17

David Goldman and his son are at the center of a very high-profile 5 year long custody battle that may finally be coming to an end. Yesterday, a Brazilian Federal Regional Tribunal court ruled unanimously that a the 16th Federal Court in Rio was correct in ordering Goldman's son, Sean, returned to his father in accordance with the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.


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Brazilian Bandits Steal $6 Million During Soccer Championship
By Mariela Rosario | 12/07/2009 - 16:17

A band of Brazilian thieves managed to pilfer 10 million reais (almost six million dollars) on Sunday, while most of their countrymen were engrossed in a national final soccer championship. The gang used the finals of Brazil's premiere league to cover the brazen robbery.


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Mysterious Brazilian Town is Full of Twins, Possible Nazi Connection
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 12/02/2009 - 18:00

Here’s a little story for your nightmares. A remote Brazilian town called Candido Godol has an unusually high level of birth rates for twins. In fact, you can’t walk around without running into lots of them. National Geographic Explorer says the rate is nearly a thousand percent higher than the global average: "the 80 households in a one-square-mile area have reportedly some 38 pairs of twins. Blond, blue-eyed twins."


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Ahmadinejad Visits Brazil, Obama Writes Letter to Brazilian Prez
By Dorkys Ramos | 12/01/2009 - 12:08

Last week, President Obama sent a three-page letter to Brazilian leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva restating America’s stance on Iran’s nuclear program a day before Brazil hosted Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Though the letter didn’t criticize the visit, Obama requested that da Silva use this opportunity to encourage Iran to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.


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Brazilian University Allows Mini-Skirt Wearing Student Back to Class
By Norell Giancana | 11/10/2009 - 15:35

Late last month, a female student at Bandeirante University in Brazil was expelled after wearing a dress to campus that nearly caused a riot. Geisy Arruda, 20, says that she “always dressed in a way that makes me feel good and that doesn’t offend anybody.” But on October 22, videos turned up on YouTube of the young woman being heckled and insulted by other students.


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Man Says His Brazilian Husband Denied U.S. Asylum
By Mariela Rosario | 10/28/2009 - 11:33

Tim Coco, 48, married and bought a house with his lover, Brazilian Genesio "Junior" Oliveira, 30, back in 2005 in Massachusetts. But their honeymoon period was cut short when Oliveira was denied asylum and forced to return to Brazil. 


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Video: Police Helicopter Shot Down by Drug Gangs in Rio Favela
By Mariela Rosario | 10/19/2009 - 16:03

A recent gun fight between drug dealers in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ended with the deaths of two police officers and the fiery crash of a law enforcement helicopter.


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Video: Fire Rips Through São Paulo Favela
By Mariela Rosario | 10/13/2009 - 16:22

200 families are homeless after a massive fire ripped through one of São Paulo's largest favelas (shanty towns). Nearly the entire district of the Diogo Pires was engulfed by the flames as the fire raged on for more than three hours. The fire spread very quickly through the slum, where most of the houses are constructed of cardboard and wood.

Gilberto Kassab, the mayor of the Brazil's second largest city, assured the residents that temporary housing would be provided. About 1,500 hundred people lived in the favela, most of them children.


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