By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 09/29/2009 - 12:39
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is going up against President Obama in an effort to convince the International Olympic Committee to see things his way. Both leaders will be in Copenhagen, Denmark this Friday in an effort to convince the committee that their respective cities—Rio for Lula, and Chicago for Obama—would serve as the best host of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Other cities in the running include Madrid and Tokyo.
By Mariela Rosario | 08/18/2009 - 09:51
A teenage Brazilian girl has admitted to embarking on a killing spree that left 30 men dead. The 17-year-old confessed her murders to police in Sao Paolo after being arrested for getting into a street fight in the Sao José de Rio Preto neighborhood.
By Mariela Rosario | 08/12/2009 - 09:38
Police in Sao Paolo, Brazil, are investigating Brazilian state legislator Wallace Souza, who is also the host of the popular crime television show Canal Livre. Authorities suspect the politician of ordering at least five murders to bolster his ratings and emphasize his point that violence was skyrocketing in the Amazon region of the country.
By Mariela Rosario | 07/30/2009 - 17:11
On Thursday, the wife of boxer Arturo Gatti, 23-year-old Amanda Rodrigues,
was released from a Brazilian prison after facing accusations that she
had murdered her husband with her purse strap. Lead investigator Paulo
Alberes told the press that authorities concluded that Gatti had
committed suicide on July 11 while vacationing at a seaside resort
with his wife in northeastern Brazil.
By Mariela Rosario | 07/20/2009 - 09:54
An autopsy performed on recently deceased boxing star Arturo Gatti's body indicates that the former champ may have committed suicide. Gatti's body was found in the apartment he had rented out in the seaside resort town of Porto de Galinhas, in northeastern Brazil. He and his wife were on vacation for a second honeymoon in an attempt to repair what all who knew the couple have called a "troubled" relationship.
By Diana Buendia | 07/13/2009 - 12:02
Thirty-seven-year-old Canadian boxing legend Arturo "Thunder" Gatti was found strangled to death over the weekend while vacationing at a luxurious Brazilian beach resort. The police have charged his wife, Amanda Carine Barbosa Rodrigues, with his murder, alleging that she used her purse strap to asphyxiate her husband.
By Mariela Rosario | 06/08/2009 - 10:05
After incorrectly identifying "sea trash" as debris from Air France flight 447 last week, the Brazilian Air Force was hesitant to confirm that wreckage found over the weekend was indeed from the plane that mysteriously disappeared May 31, 2009, with 228 aboard.
By Mariela Rosario | 06/05/2009 - 13:15
Brazilian officials confirmed this morning that, contrary to initial reports, the debris picked up by their Air Force from the Atlantic is "sea trash" and not from the missing Air France Flight 447.
By Mariela Rosario | 06/03/2009 - 09:30
David Goldman never thought that four years would pass without seeing his son. In 2004, his wife, Bruna Bianchi, left with their son, Sean, then 4, for what was supposed to be a two-week vacation back in her native Brazil—and never returned. To Goldman's surprise, Bianchi filed for divorce while abroad, telling the boy's father, according to Goldman, that if he ever wanted to see Sean again, he would have to assign sole custody of the boy to her. Bruna eventually remarried Joao Paulo Lins e Silva, a lawyer from a prominent Brazilian family.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 05/18/2009 - 13:15
Hundreds of thousands of people have been sickened by dengue fever in South America this year, and more than 70 have died, the Miami Herald reports. "This is the largest epidemic in many years," said Dr. Eddy Martinez, the director of epidemiology for Bolivia's Ministry of Health in the capital city of La Paz.