Dec 3, 2011

See the 15 Finalists: Miss Best Butt

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – The winner of the Miss Best Butt Brazil 2011 has been raising eyebrows the world over. Now you can see all fifteen of the finalists right here! And, if you pay attention, you can even learn the names of 15 Brazilian states. Here they are:

The winner of Miss Best Butt Brazil 2011

Rosana Freitas representing the state of Ceará in Miss Best Butt Brazil 2011

Rosana Freitas (Ceará) (photo: Folha de Sao Paulo)

Dilma Rousseff Being Interrogated

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – The Brazilian magazine Epoca this week published a previously unseen image of the future president being interrogated at the Military Court of Rio. The black and white photo, taken in November 1970, shows a 22-year-old Dilma Rousseff being questioned about her participation in the armed struggle against the military dictatorship.

Photo of Dilma Rousseff, future president of Brazil, being interrogated in November 1970 at age 22 at the Military Court of Justice in Rio de Janeiro. Military officers cover their faces as Dilma is asked about her participation in the armed struggle against the military dictatorship.

Dilma Rousseff at Military Court of Justice 1970 (photo: Revista Epoca)

Lottery Widow Acquitted of Murder

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – Early Saturday morning, Adriana Oliveira, on trial for masterminding the killing of her lottery-winner husband, was found not guilty. The jury's verdict, which stunned those present in the courtroom, clears the way for the young blond widow to inherit half of her late husband's estate—now estimated to be worth over R$100 million reals (about $56 million USD).

Adriana Oliveira, 25, the Mega-Sena Widow leaves court in Rio Bonito early Saturday morning after being acquitted of masterminding the killing of her multimillionaire lottery-winner husband

Adriana Oliveira (photo:

Dec 2, 2011

Miss Best Butt Brazil to Pose Nude

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – Rosana Ferreira, Miss Best Butt Brazil 2011, signed a deal on Friday afternoon to pose nude for the magazine “Sexy.” The 25-year-old will grace the cover of the next issue, which hits newsstands on Christmas day.

Rosana Ferreira, 25, “Miss Best Butt Brazil” Signs Deal with Sexy Magazine to Expose All

Rosana Ferreira “Miss Best Butt Brazil” (photo: Folha de Sao Paulo)

Youth Caught With 393 Kg Marijuana

Brazil News

| CAMPO GRANDE, Mato Grosso do Sul – An 18-year-old man was arrested Thursday carrying 393 kg (867 lbs) of marijuana in Amambai, 342 km (213 miles) from the capital. Federal Police (PF) made the arrest late last night as part of Operation Sentinel, which fights crime along Brazil's international borders.

Car weighted down with 393 kilos of marijuana. Youth arrested for trafficking last night in Amambai, Mato Grosso do Sul.

393 Kilos of Marijuana (photo: G1/PF)

Englishman Busted with Cocaine

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – An Englishman was arrested on Thursday afternoon at Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo trying to board a flight with cocaine hidden in his digestive tract. Federal Police (PF) detained the man in the departure lounge as he was waiting to board a flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Tomographic image of Englishman arrested at Congonhas airport Friday 02 December 2011 in Sao Paulo with 89 capules containing 2.5 kg of pure cocaine in digestive tract.

Pure Cocaine in Digestive Tract (photo: G1 Sao Paulo)

Dilma Runs Interference for Hugo

Brazil News

| CARACAS – On Friday, in a show of solidarity with Hugo Chavez, President Rousseff defended Venezuelan partnership in the construction of a major refinery in Pernambuco. In her first official visit to Venezuela, Dilma was received by a Venezuelan leader ailing from cancer treatments in Cuba, and who has been unable to raise the bank loans necessary for his country's participation in the Abreu e Lima refinery project in the north-eastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is received in Caracas by the Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez—bloated and bald from cancer treatments—on Friday, 02 December 2011. The Brazilian president is in Caracas for the creation of CELAC.

Dilma and Hugo (photo:

Dec 1, 2011

Best Butt in Brazil Contest Winner

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – Rosana Ferreira, 25, was announced the winner of the Best Butt in Brazil contest, late Wednesday night at a nightclub in Sao Paulo. The blond bombshell, representing the state of Ceara, told G1 Ceara that she is still getting used to the fame that comes with the title “most beautiful bottom in Brazil.”

Rosana Ferreira owner of Brazil's Best Bottom guarantees 'I've got no cellulite or stretch marks'

Rosana Ferreira (photo: G1 Ceara)

ShotSpotter System in Brazil

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – State public security officials in Rio announced today calibration testing on the city's new ShotSpotter gunshot detection and analysis system. The system is the same used by the FBI and many other law enforcement agencies in the United States and around the world to react quickly and accurately to arms fire.

Colonel George Freitas de Souza, Superintendent of Sensors and Monitoring Department announcing ShotSpotter calibrations in Rio de Janeiro

Colonel George Freitas de Souza (photo: G1 Rio)

Life Expectancy Increases in Brazil

Brazil News

| BRASILIA – Data released by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) show that life expectancy at birth in Brazil reached 73.5 years in 2010. The mortality tables were published in the Official Gazette on Wednesday.

Elderly couple enjoying greater life expectancy in Brazil

Brazilians Living Longer (photo:

Body Scan Busts Mule Boarding Flight

Brazil News

| CURITIBA, Brazil – On Thursday, one day after its introduction, a Body Scan machine at Foz do Iguaçu International Airport has assisted police in identifying a drug mule. Federal Police (PF) caught red-handed a 32-year-old Paraguayan man trying to board a flight to Spain with 60 capsules of cocaine hidden in his digestive tract.

Body Scan Image of Paraguayan with Drug Capsules Inside Digestive Tract

Body Scan Image (photo:

Nov 30, 2011

Rio Gas Co Fined for Copa Explosion

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – Utility regulators in Rio de Janeiro today fined the city's gas company for an explosion last year that seriously injured two Americans. The Ohio couple was vacationing in Brazil and staying in the Copacabana neighborhood when the incident occurred.

Rio de Janeiro Gas Company was fined by the Utility Regulator for an Explosion last year that injured an American couple visiting the city

Manhole Exploded (photo: Pedro Pantoja/Futura Press)

Motorist Cited for not Wearing Helmet

Brazil News

| FORTALEZA, Brazil – Businessman Roberto Lima received a traffic ticket in the mail Tuesday citing him for not wearing a helmet while driving a Fiat Uno sedan. The ticket arrived on Tuesday afternoon and the date of the violation is September 22, at 7:45 am, reported G1 Ceara.

Ticket received by Fiat automobile driver citing him for not wearing a helmet

Citation for not wearing helmet while driving Fiat (photo: G1 Ceara)

Nov 29, 2011

Marijuana and M16 Amo Seized

Brazil News

| CAMPO GRANDE, Brazil – A man was arrested last Thursday afternoon in Ponta Pora, 324 km (201 miles) from the capital, on the border of Mato Grosso do Sul and Paraguay, after running a police checkpoint in the Paraguayan city of Pedro Juan Caballero.

Marijuana and M16 ammunition seized at the Ponta Pora border crossing between Brazil and Paraguay

Seized Marijuana and M16 Ammo (photo: Reuters / PM)

Brazilian Toyota Prius Unveiled in Japan

Brazil News

| HAMAMATSU, Japan – Toyota unveiled on Tuesday the version of the Prius hybrid set to go on sale in Brazil during the second half of 2012, reported a G1 journalist who traveled to Japan at Toyota's invitation. The selling price for the car which combines an electric motor with a gasoline engine has not yet been set.

Brazil model of the third generation Toyota Prius unveiled Tuesday in Hamamatsu, Japan

Brazilian Toyota Prius (photo: G1 Auto Sport)

Nov 28, 2011

Arrested Carrying 34 lbs Pure Cocaine

Brazil News

| FORTALEZA, Brazil - The Federal Police of Ceará arrested a man on Monday afternoon with 15.5 kilos (about 34 lbs) of pure cocaine at the Pinto Martins International Airport in Fortaleza. According to the Federal Police, the suitcases had strong smell of camphor, often used to disguise the smell of drugs in order to evade detection by drug-sniffing police dogs.

Pure cocaine seized at Fortaleza airport.

Cocaine seized in Fortaleza (photo: G1 Ceará)

Ferryboat Slams into Pier in Rio

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – The ferryboat Gavea I, carrying 907 passengers across Guanabara Bay from Niteroi slammed into a pier near the passenger terminal in Rio de Janeiro early Monday afternoon. A spokesman for the company that runs the passenger line said that about 25 people were wounded in the accident.

Ferryboat Gavea I slammed into a pier on Monday afternoon in Rio de Janeiro injuring scores of the over 900 passengers aboard.

Gavea I Rio de Janeiro (photo: G1 Rio)

Disc Jockey Dies on Air

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – A disc jockey died on-air Monday morning during his daily show on Educadora FM Iacanga, in the interior of the state, 392 km (244 miles) from the capital. Jeltro Pereira Barbosa, 68, known as Delporã on the radio, had a history of heart problems and had survived triple bypass surgery.

 Jeltro Pereira Barbosa, 68, known as Delporã, died on air Monday as he played his beloved Sertanejo music.

Delporã died on air (photo:

Nov 27, 2011

Rehabilitated Seal to Return to Sea

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – A baby fur seal that was found six months ago on a beach in Peruibe, on the southern coast of the state, will be returned to sea on Monday. Worn down from an infection, she underwent rehabilitation at the Municipal Aquarium of Santos. Marine biologists believe that the pup, after becoming sick and weak, was separated from her pod and dragged ashore by currents.

Pia, the wayward seal pub is being released at sea after six month rehab at the Municipal Aquarium of Santos

Pia the Seal (photo: G1 Sao Paulo)

Rio de Janeiro Lights Up Christmas Tree

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – On Saturday night in Rio, Cariocas lit the iconic floating Christmas tree—the largest in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. At 279 feet tall, weighing 542 tons, and decorated with 3.3 million light-bulbs, the tree is one of the city's main seasonal tourist attractions.