May 16, 2012

Immigration to Brazil Booming

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – Favorable economic conditions in Brazil is encouraging the arrival of an increasing number of immigrants. Most are Latino, mostly from the member states of Mercosur, but also a growing contingent from Asia and Africa.

Immigration to Brazil is growing rapidly

Immigration to Brazil (Photo:

May 15, 2012

Gisele's BumBum Trending on Twitter

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, 31, is one of the most talked about topics among Twitter users in Sao Paulo today. The model appears on the cover of the June/July issue of the French magazine “Vogue.”

Gisele Bundchen poses for the cover of French Vogue June/July 2012 issue

Gisele on French Vogue (Photo: Vogue/Folha)

New Body Scanner Unveiled in Fortaleza

Brazil News

| FORTALEZA, Brazil – Federal Police unveiled on Tuesday (15) new equipment used to combat international drug trafficking at the Fortaleza airport. According to authorities, the body scanner detects any type of product hidden under clothing or inside the human body.

New 'body scanner' machine installed in Pinto Martins International Aiport in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil on Tuesday 15 May 2012

Body Scanner in Fortaleza (Photo: G1)

May 14, 2012

National Day of Reggae Signed into Law

Brazil News

| BRASILIA – President Dilma Rousseff signed into law Monday (14) a law establishing the National Day of Reggae, celebrated annually on 11 May – the date Jamaican musician Bob Marley died, reported Folha.

Jamaican Bob Marley, the date of his death, May 11, was chosen to be the Day of Reggae in Brazil

Bob Marley (Photo: David Burnett/Folha)

Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior in Brazil

Brazil News

| SÃO LUIS, Brazil – Passing through Brazil, where environmentalists will stage demonstrations, Greenpeace's new ship Rainbow Warrior is spotted in San Marcos Bay. The ship is a platform to bring environmental issues to various cities of the country, serving as a 'bridge' for discussion and exposing the problems that still plague the worlds largest rainforest.

Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior

Stock photo of Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior (Photo: G1)

May 12, 2012

Air Force Strikes Deep in Amazon

Brazil News

| MANAUS, Brazil – Two A-29 Super Tucano fighters from the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) attacked, on Saturday (12), a clandestine runway 218 km from Boa Vista, capital of Roraima state. The Air Force dropped general purpose 230 kg aerial bombs on the site, located deep in the Amazon near the Venezuelan border, cratering the airstrip with holes 10 meters across and three meters deep, according to online media reports.

The Brazilian Air Force attacked a clandestine runway deep in the Amazon near the border with Venezuela on Saturday 12 May 2012

Two A-29 Super Tucano Fighters over Amazon (Photo: FAB/Folha)

Cocaine Found in Light Fixtures

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – Federal Police on Friday found 7 kg of cocaine hidden inside light fixtures at Guarulhos International Airport. Drug sniffing dogs located the contraband during routine baggage screening at the airport.

Police find 7 kg of cocaine hidden inside light fixtures at the international airport at Guarulhos

Cocaine hidden in light fixtures (Photo: Federal Police Release/Folha)

Brazilian Beauty Blogging for Boyfriend

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – A twenty-four year old woman's search for a boyfriend is trending on Twitter in Brazil, rapidly becoming one of the most talked about topics in the country. Sexy and buxom, architect Camilla de Carvalho, originally from Manaus, but living in São Paulo since 2011, created a blog to find a boyfriend.

Camilla de Carvalho, a 24 year old architect created a blog to find love

Camilla de Carvalho (Photo: TechTudo/G1)

May 11, 2012

Shot 12 Times in front of His 5 Kids

Brazil News

| MANAUS, Brazil - On Friday afternoon, a 35-year-old man was found dead inside the house where he lived with five children. The house sits on Barreirinha Street, by the ironworks, in Barrio Union, in South-Central Manaus.

Police prepare to take the body of a 35-year-old man from his home where he was shot to death with 12 shots in front of his 5 children, in Manaus, on Friday, 11 May 2012

Man Shot 12 Times (Photo: G1/Tiago Melo)

Dilma on Forbes' list of Powerful Moms

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is the second most powerful mother in the world, according to list released by the U.S. business magazine Forbes. The ranking of the 20 most powerful mothers, which took into account the decision-making power and influence of each one, was based on the annual list of 100 most powerful women.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff was named the second most powerful mom in the world, coming in second to the American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by Forbes magazine

Dilma Rousseff (Photo: Forbes/

Brazil's Homegrown Exocet MM40 Missile

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO - The Brazilian Navy has successfully carried out a firing trial of an Exocet MM40 missile, equipped with a motor developed, produced and certified by Avibras in partnership with MBDA. This is the first time that the Brazilian Navy has carried out such a test which represents the country’s autonomy in obtaining anti-ship missile motors which, in the future, could also be used on other kinds of missile, both national and foreign. The test was carried out in the open ocean from the Brazilian Navy corvette Barroso.

Brazil's Navy successfully tests its own Exocet MM40 missile

Brazil's Exocet Missile (Photo: MDNA)

May 9, 2012

Pregnant Woman Jailed over Child Support

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – On Monday, police in São Paulo arrested a 20-year-old, nine-months pregnant woman for failure to pay child support to her ex-husband. Jailers released her on Tuesday after her family settled the $300 debt with the father of her 3-year-old daughter, who has custody of the child, reported Brazilian online media.

Nine month pregnant Suellen spent the night in jail for delinquent child support payments

Suellen Spent Night in Jail (Photo: G1)

Greenpeace Protest at Brazil's Congress

Brazil News

| BRASILIA – The international environmental group Greenpeace used green lasers to implore the Brazilian president to veto the new Brazil Forest Code. The group wrote 'Greenpeace' and 'New Forest Code – Veto Dilma,' in green laser light on the towers of the congress building, reported online media.

Environmental group Greenpeace protests the rewrite of the Brazilian forest code by scrawling a message to the president on the congressional building on Tuesday night, 08 May 2012.

Greenpeace Message to Brazil's President (Photo:

May 8, 2012

World Cup Preparations On Track

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO - The Brazilian Sports Minister, Aldo Rebelo, has issued a statement to say that preparations for the 2014 football World Cup, which will be hosted by Brazil, are now well under way. This will come as a relief to some, who feared that the Maracanã stadium would not be finished in time for the Confederations Cup, which takes place just a year beforehand, and of often considered to be something of a rehearsal for the big event.

Novo Maracana stadium Rio de Janeiro

Novo Maracanã (Photo:

May 7, 2012

Alessandra Ambrósio Gives Birth to Boy

Brazil News

| FLORIANÓPOLIS, Brazil – Victoria's Secret supermodel Alessandra Ambrósio gave birth to a baby boy on Monday afternoon. Baby Noah arrived via Cesarian section at Santa Helena Clinic in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina state in Southern Brazil, reported online media.

Victoria's Secret supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio poses pregnant on the beach

Alessandra Ambrosio gives birth (Photo: Alessandra Ambrosio)

May 6, 2012

Supermoon 2012 Visits Rio de Janeiro

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – The so-called 'supermoon' created an amazing photo opportunity in Rio last night as it rose behind the statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain.

The Supermoon of 05 May 2012 as a backdrop to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro

Supermoon 2012 and Christ the Redeemer (Photo: Folha)

May 5, 2012

Imperial Era Dock Foundation Unearthed

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – Mayor Eduardo Paes announced on Friday afternoon, the discovery of the foundation stone of the Dom Pedro II Dock, laid on September 15, 1871 by engineer André Rebouças. Rio's mayor posted a photo of the stone - which was found in the construction to revitalize the harbor area of the city - on Twitter.

The foundation stone for the Dom Pedro II Dock in Rio de Janeiro, laid on 15 September 1871, was unearthed on Friday 04 May 2012.

Dom Pedro II Dock Stone (Photo: O Globo)

Pro-cannabis Mag 'semSemente' to Debut

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – Today's debut edition of the first Brazilian magazine dedicated exclusively to marijuana had to be delayed after the printer backed out. The magazine “semSemente” was to have debuted at today's protest in favor of decriminalization of marijuana in Rio de Janeiro, reported Brazilian online media.

The cover of semSemente magazine whose debut issue was delayed when the printer backed out.

semSemente Magazine  (Photo: Folha)

May 4, 2012

Hospital Patient Shot Dead in Bed

Brazil News

| FLORIANÓPOLIS, Brazil – Gunmen entered the largest hospital in Santa Catarina state on Friday afternoon and shot a patient nine times. The 25-year-old patient, who was in the hospital recovering from another shooting, died, reported Brazilian online media.

A patient was shot dead in his hospital bed at the Hospital Regional de São José, in metropolitan Florianópolis, on Friday 04 May 2012.

Hospital Regional de São José (Photo:

France's Honorary Consul found Dead

Brazil News

| FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil – Police in southern Brazil are investigating the death of the Honorary Consul of France, who was found dead in Santa Catarina state. Workers at a deluxe hotel in Joinville, 190 km from the state capital, Florianópolis, discovered the body of Francisco Julio Borghoff, 64, in a pool of blood, reported Brazilian online media on Friday.

Francisco Julio Borghoff, France's Honorary Consul in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil was found dead Thursday night, 03 May 2012, in a deluxe hotel room in Joinville

Francisco Julio Borghoff (Photo: Diario Catarinense)

Oscar Niemeyer Hospitalized in Rio

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – Iconic Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, 104, was hospitalized on Wednesday at Samaritan Hospital, in Botafogo, in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro. According to a spokesman for the hospital, Niemeyer was admitted at about 7 pm and his prognosis is good.

Oscar Niemeyer photographed in 2008, was hospitalized in Rio de Janeiro for dehydration related to the flu on Wednesday 02 May 2012.

Oscar Niemeyer – 2008 (Photo: Dida Sampaio/AE/Veja)

May 3, 2012

E-Commerce Opportunities in Latin America

Google Press Summit 5.0 Santiago

| SANTIAGO, Chile – The lack of content in local languages (Spanish and Portuguese) is a major obstacle to developing more business opportunities via the internet in Latin America, reported South American online media on Thursday.

Google Press 5.0 Summit Santiago Chile Thursday and Friday, 03, 04 May 2012.

Google Press Summit 5.0 (Photo: Bruno Ortiz)

May 2, 2012

'Jetman' Flies Around Rio de Janeiro

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – Swiss aviator Yves Rossy, known as Jetman, flew around Rio de Janeiro today, 2 May 2012. He jumped from a helicopter high above the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado, activated his equipment, and used his body to fly around the statue and eventually land on Copacabana Beach in the city's South Zone.

Jetman flies around Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday 02 May 2012

Jetman above Rio (Photo: Brietling/G1)

Bribery Attempt Land Siblings in Jail

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – A brother and sister team was arrested last Tuesday in the Portal do Morumbi region of Sao Paulo. The man was arrested for possession of cloned bank cards and the woman for trying to bribe police into releasing him.

Sao Paulo siblings try to bribe police with R$15,000 reals in cash but were arrested instead.

R$15,000 bribe (Photo: G1)

May 1, 2012

Iranian Diplomat Shot in Brasilia

Brazil News

| BRASILIA – An official of the Iranian Embassy in Brasilia was shot at around 10:45 pm last night in the capital. The Iranian, identified by police as a driver for the Iranian diplomatic mission, was approached by three assailants who tried to take the car he was driving. The driver didn't speak Portuguese, resisted and was shot.

Brazil and Iran crossed flags

Brazil and Iran Flags (Photo:

Rare Urutau Bird Photographed Atop Pole

Brazil News

| CAMPO GRANDE, Brazil – An alert G1 reader in Central-West Brazil spotted a rare urutau bird, which is able to 'cloak' itself. Business manager Lucia Teixeira de Moraes, 53, of Parque Novos Estados in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul state, snapped a photo of the bird and uploaded it to G1.

A rare urutau bird photographed sitting atop a pole in Central-West Brazil in a 'cloaking' position

Rare Urutau Atop Pole (Photo: Lucia Teixeira de Moraes/G1)

Stolen Radioactive Device Located

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – A tip made to the Civil Defense led to the recovery of the car containing a device containing radioactive selenium 75. The car and the device - which were stolen Saturday night - were both recovered, apparently intact, on Tuesday morning.

Civil Defense recovered a stolen Renault Logan which contained radioactive selenium 75 used in the inspection of welds.

Stolen Car Recovered (Photo: G1)

Apr 29, 2012

Radioactive Material Stolen in Rio

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – Police in Rio de Janeiro tonight are searching for a stolen car which contains a capsule of radioactive material. The car containing the material, which belongs to an industrial inspection and maintenance company, was stolen Saturday night in the northern suburbs of the city.

A device similar to this was in a car that was stolen on Saturday 18 April 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. The device contains Selenium 75, a very dangerous radioactive material.

Radioactive Device Stolen (Photo: G1)

Blumenau Dog Walk Draws Thousands

Brazil News

| FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil – Over 4,000 people and 1,284 dogs of various breeds participated on Sunday morning in the 13th annual communal dog walk, or Cãominhada, in Blumenau, Santa Catarina state, reported Folha de Sao Paulo.

 Over 4,000 people and 1,284 dogs of various breeds participated on Sunday morning in the 13th annual communal dog walk, or Cãominhada, in Blumenau, Santa Catarina

 Cãominhada Blumenau Brazil (Photo: Folha)

Apr 27, 2012

Auto Thieves Rescued after Fleeing Cops

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – After stealing a car, getting in an accident and exchanging gunfire with police, two thieves took what some might think unusual action, in Santos, last Saturday. Surrounded, they fled into the bush, but, wounded and lost, they called the fire department and asked for help, reported G1.

What is left of a stolen car after two auto thieves tried to escape pursuing police in Sao Paulo Saturday.

Stolen Car used in Escape (Photo: Tatyana Jorge/TV Tribuna/G1)

Apr 26, 2012

Pregnant Alessandra Ambrósio poses Nude

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – Visibly pregnant, model Alessandra Ambrósio posed nude for an advertising campaign for the jewelry brand Vivara. The photo-shoot occurred at the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro.

Pregnant Alessandra Ambrósio poses nude for an advertising campaign for Vivara jewelry

Pregnant Nude Alessandra Ambrósio (Photo: Facebook/Folha)

Cabbie: Nine Babies Born in my Taxi

Brazil News

| VITORIA, Brazil – A cab driver in South-East Brazil says that nine children have been born in his taxi cabs during his 50 years behind the wheel. Juracyr Zardin, 70, says that the latest baby to be born in his cab was delivered on Wednesday, in Vila Velha, in Espirito Santo state.

Cabby Juracyr Zardin says that nine babies have been born in his cabs over 50 years of driving – including one of his grandchildren.

Brazilian Cabbie Juracyr Zardin (Photo: G1)

Liquid Cocaine Smuggling in Brasilia

Brazil News

| BRASILIA – Federal Police, for the first time in the Federal District, seized cocaine in liquid form. The drugs came from Peru and were being taken to Africa, according to police.

Liquid cocaine seized for the first time in Brazil’s Federal District, on Wednesday 25 April 2012. JK International Airport

Liquid Cocaine (Photo: G1)

Apr 24, 2012

Four Arrested Posting Prostitution Ads

Brazil News

| RIO DE JENEIRO – Police on Tuesday arrested four people suspected of pasting advertisements promoting prostitution on public telephone booths in Copacabana. The small posters featured images of naked women – usually faceless – along with pornographic solicitations, reported RJTV.

Ads promoting prostitution pasted on telephone booths in Copacabana, Tuesday 24 April 2012.

Prostitution Ads (Photo: RJTV)

Apr 23, 2012

Man Found after 37 Days Lost in Amazon

Brazil News

| MANAUS, Brazil – Miner Roque Veigas, 45, who was lost in the Amazon jungle since early March, was found alive on Monday. He and another man were in the jungle researching gold mining areas near the municipality of Apuí (453 km from Manaus), on the border with Para state. He was missing for 37 days.

Roque Veigas was lost in the Amazon jungle for 37 days before being rescued today, 23 April 2012.

Roque Veigas (Photo: Ivanir Valentim/TV Amazonas)

Highway Police Seize 20,000 Ecstasy Tabs

Brazil News

| CURITIBA, Brazil – Federal Highway Police (PRF) in southern Brazil seized 20,000 ecstasy tablets during a routine inspection on Monday morning. Police said that the ecstasy seizure, near the town of Cascavel, Parana, was the largest ever in the state and one of the largest in the country.

A Federal Highway Police agent weighs and counts drugs seized on Monday 23 April 2012 in Cascavel, Parana, Brazil

20,000 Ecstasy tablets (Photo: PRF/

Iranian Diplomat Unwelcome in Brazil

Brazil News

| BRASILIA – The Brazilian government hopes that Iran officially recalls the diplomat accused of molesting girls in a country club swimming pool in the capital. If the Iranian embassy does not formalize his departure, the Foreign Ministry intends to declare him persona non grata, an extreme measure in diplomatic relations.

Brazil and Iran crossed flags

Brazil and Iran Flags (Photo:

Apr 22, 2012

Copacabana Palace Hotel Renovation

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – The most famous hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Copacabana Palace, will be renovated this year and will be selling historic items. The second major renovation since the iconic hotel opened in 1923, will see bedside tables, dressers, sofas and lamps offered for sale to the general public.

The Copacabana Palace Hotel, which opened in 1923, will undergo a renovation and many items of furniture will be sold to the public.

Copacabana Palace Hotel (Photo: Folha de Sao Paulo)

Apr 20, 2012

Man Repents After Buying Bogus Cash

Brazil News

| CURITIBA, Brazil – A man in southern Brazil walked into a police station and confessed that he bought R$80,000 reals ($43,000 USD) in counterfeit cash while visiting Paraguay. Merchant Oseias Bernardo said that he purchased the bogus notes on a whim, but came to regret his actions and decided to turn the money into police.

R$78,000 reals in counterfeit cash turned in by a repentant businessman who bought it in Paraguay

R$78,000 reals in counterfeit cash (Photo:

Brazil’s Open Air Metal Festival a Bust?

Brazil News

| SAO LUIS, Brazil – At least five metal bands, including Headhunter DC, Venom and Saxon have canceled their scheduled appearance at the Open Air Metal Festival in northern Brazil. The festival, which was to have kicked off this morning at 10:30 am local time, opened with a whimper: empty stage, no music, food, or beverages, reported various online media.

An empty staged greeted concert-goers at the Heavy Metal Open Air Festival in Sao Luiz, Maranhao, Brazil 20 April 2012

Empty Metal Open Air Stage (Photo:

Pro-cannabis Demonstration in Rio

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian advocates of marijuana use planted replicas of cannabis leaves in the sands of Copacabana Beach on Friday, reported online media.

420 fake marijuana plants in the sands of Copacabana Beach on Friday 20 April 2012

Marijuana in Copacabana (Photo: Marlon Falcão / Fotoarena / AE / G1)

Apr 19, 2012

Car Crushed, Driver Escapes Unscathed

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – The Ford Fiesta driven by Jamili Gobato Abou Adili, 26, was crushed after being hit by a bus on Tuesday, but the lucky woman walked away with minor injuries. The car was rendered an unrecognizable ball of crushed metal. “I didn’t think I would come out unscathed,” the woman told G1, but she escaped with only a cut on her forehead and a small bruise on her left hand.

A woman walked away from a collision in Sao Paulo on Tuesday which totaled her Ford Fiesta

Jamili’s Ford Fiesta (Photo: Cristiano Novais/ AE / G1)

Flooding Closes Highway to Venezuela

Brazil News

| BOA VISTA, Brazil – Heavy rain hit the northern state of Roraima on Wednesday, washing out sections of the road connecting Brazil and Venezuela. The washout occurred about 60 km (37 mi) from the state capital, Boa Vista, on the BR-174 North, completely closing the highway.

Flooding on Wednesday 18 April 2012 closed the BR-174 highway between Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil and Venezuela.

Flooding Closes BR-174 (Photo: Civil Defense Roraima/

Apr 18, 2012

Libya Reaches out to Brazil

Brazil News

| BRASILIA – The deputy prime minister of Libya, Omar Abdelkarim, spoke on Tuesday with President Rousseff and American Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Abdelkarim told them that the goal of the provisional government of Libya is to reconnect with the West, through political, economic and commercial partnerships. He said that Libyan authorities’ efforts are directed at “rebuilding the country.”

 Omar Abdelkarim, Deputy Prime Minister of Libya reaches out to Brazil, April 2012

 Omar Abdelkarim (Photo:

Shot in the Chest, Saved by Cellphone

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – A doctor escaped near certain death on Wednesday when a bullet hit him in the chest but was deflected by a cell phone he was carrying in his shirt pocket. The doc was walking in the area of Plaza XV in downtown Rio, and was one of three victims shot after an argument over a woman on a city bus.

Cellphone which deflected bulleted destined for man’s heart, downtown Rio de Janeiro 18 April 2012

Cellphone Shield (Photo: Aline Pollilo/G1)

Apr 17, 2012

Homeland Actress Poses Nude for Allure

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – The Brazilian-American actress Morena Baccarin has shed her clothes for the May issue of the magazine Allure, reported Folha de Sao Paulo. The 32-year-old actress is widely known for roles in several American science fiction television shows and currently co-stars in the Showtime series Homeland, playing the part of Jessica Brody.

Morena Baccarin of the television series Homeland poses nude for the May 2012 edition of Allure magazine

Morena Baccarin Nude (Photo: Allure/Folha)

Apr 16, 2012

Iran Announces Ahmadinejad Visit

Brazil News

| TEHRAN – The Tehran Times reported today that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Brazil during his tour of Latin American countries. The exact date of the visit was not released.

Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinejad to visit Brazil in 2012, Iranian media announced on Monday, April 16, 2012.

Mahmoud Amadinejad (Photo: Tehran Times)

'Flying Car' Smashes into Home

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – Police partially condemned a home in the Itaim Paulista neighborhood of metropolitan Sao Paulo on Sunday, after a flying car slammed into the second floor. The car became stuck in the wall and destroyed part of a bathroom and bedroom in the house.

On Sunday, 15 April 2012, an unlicensed driver crashed his car into the second story of a house in Itaim Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Car in Second Floor of House (Photo:

Apr 14, 2012

Photo of Dilma goes Viral in Brazil

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – President Dilma Rousseff was one of the most discussed topics on social media networks in Brazil on Saturday. A photograph taken on Friday of the national leader wearing a pair of 3D glasses turned into an internet meme this weekend.


3D Dilma (Photo: