Poll: Who Do You Want to See in the World Cup Finals?
By Yuliana Gomez | 06/30/2010 - 13:00

World Cup fever continues in the Latina offices!


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Q&A Meet Proud Paulista Luísa Taubkin Maita
By Grace Bastidas | 05/24/2010 - 11:00

Singer-songwriter Luísa Taubkin Maita was born in São Paulo, a gritty city that inspired many of the songs on her sultry debut album, Lero-Lero (out July 27; Cumbancha), which is influenced by everything from pop and jazz to samba and bossa nova.  Raised in an ethnically mixed home—her dad is of Syrian Muslim roots and her mom is of European Jewish heritage—the 28-year-old singer has a soulful voice that I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot of in the coming months.  I recently had a chance to get to know her and here’s what she had to say:


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Are Camila Alves and Gisele New BFF's?
By Mariela Rosario | 05/20/2010 - 16:38

Beautiful people Camila Alves and Gisele Bundchen were recently snapped leaving a gym after working out together, which made us wonder: Are they new BFF's?

It's not that crazy of a question to ponder, the two ladies have so much in common. Let's break it down:

1. They're both brasileña.


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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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