Mar 10, 2012

U.S. Issued 181,318 Visas So Far in 2012

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – In just the first two months of the year, the U.S. Embassy in Brazil granted 181,318 visas to Brazilians. During January and February, 2012, the consulate in Sao Paulo alone issued an average of 2,236 nonimmigrant visas per day.

Blank United States of America Tourist Visa

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Mar 9, 2012

Woman with 9.5 kg Cocaine in Bra

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – On Friday, the Federal Police (PF) at Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo arrested a woman carrying cocaine hidden in her bra. The PF say that the 34-year-old woman, born in the Republic of Guyana, was trying to board a flight to Entebbe, Uganda, when she was caught.

Cocaine hidden in Bras discovered being carried by a woman boarding a flight from Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) to Africa (Uganda) on Friday 09 March 2012

Cocaine Hidden in Bra (Photo: PF/

Today in Brazilian History, March 9th

Brazil History News

FORTALEZA, Brazil – (9 March 1942) American actor, director, writer and producer Orson Welles arrived in Fortaleza to commence filming It’s All True, a documentary film about South America. At the behest of the United States Government’s Good Neighbor Policy, a wartime propaganda effort designed to prevent Latin American countries from allying with the Axis powers, Welles came to Brazil with over one million U.S. dollars in his pocket.

American actor, director and producer George Orson Welles pictured in Fortaleza Brazil on 9 March 1942

Orson Welles in Brazil (Photo: LIFE)

Mar 8, 2012

Gaucha Selected 'Summer Girl 2012'

Brazil News

| PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil – On Saturday, 18-year-old gaucha Marceli Almeida was selected ‘Summer Girl 2012’ in the sands of Capão da Canoa, on the Rio Grando do Sul coast. “It was my dream and I followed through to accomplish it” said the student and model.

18-year-old gaucha Marceli Almeida was elected Summer Girl 2012 in the southern Brazil state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Summer Girl 2012 (Photo: Lauro Alves / RBS Agency /G1 RS)

CCTV Records Sao Paulo Murder

Brazil News

| SAO PAULO – Gas station surveillance cameras on Wednesday recorded the moment when a gunman shot a man who was sitting in his car at the pump. Police say the crime has all the hallmarks of a contract killing as nothing was stolen and a robbery was not announced.

Surveillance camera at Sao Paulo gas station records images of businessman being shot to death in what police believe has all the hallmarks of a contract killing.

Shot to Death at Gas Station (Photo: G1 SP)

Mar 7, 2012

Police Seize U.S. $600 Thousand in Cash

Brazil News

| CUIABA, Brazil – Police in southwestern Brazil seized an aircraft carrying weapons and U.S. $600 thousand dollars cash believed to be destined for Bolivia. The interdiction was made late Wednesday afternoon, near the town of Pocone, 104 km (65 mi) from the Mato Grosso state capital, Cuiaba.

Six hundred thousand U.S. dollars, guns, ammunition and satellite phones were seized from a small aircraft taking off from a farm in southwestern Brazil heading for Bolivia on Wednesday, 07 March 2012.

$600 thousand U.S. dollars (Photo: Divison Almeida/G1)

Takes Five Bullets to the Head & Lives

Brazil News

| CAMPO GRANDE, Brazil – On Monday, a 27-year-old man in southern Brazil was hit in the head with five lead bullets and survived. The incident occurred in the small town of Chapadao do Sul, 325 km (202 mi) from the Mato Grosso do Sul state capital, Campo Grande.

X-ray of man who survived being shot five times in the head in southern Brazil on Monday 05 March 2012.

X-ray of man shot five times in head (Photo: Tatiane Queiroz/G1 MS)

Brazilians Flock to Key West Real Estate

Brazil News

| KEY WEST, Florida - Brazilians are attracted the warm sunny climate offered by South Florida and the Florida Keys, according to a recent Miami Herald article. Miami is not the only city that attracts Brazilian tourists and second home buyers. Key West's vibrant real estate market - which is leading Florida in market recovery - is attracting investors who recognize the growth potential of Florida's hottest real estate market.

Goombay Street Parade

 Goombay Street Parade

Idi Amin Dies in Brazil

Brazil News

| BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil – The gorilla Idi Amin, 38, died Wednesday morning at the Zoo in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state. The animal had undergone a clinical procedure, when he died at about 11 o’clock this morning. Veterinarians will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Idi Amin, a gorilla named after the infamous African dictator, died on Wednesday morning 06 March 2012, at the Belo Horizonte Zoo.

Idi Amin (Photo: Pedro Triginelli/G1)

Mar 6, 2012

Woman Reunited with Mom After 62 Years

Brazil News

| CAMPO GRANDE, Brazil – On Friday, an 87-year-old woman was reunited with her 115-year-old mother after more than a half century apart. “I waited 62 years to see my mother. It was very emotional,” retiree Maria Rita Almeida, who traveled from Cuiaba, in Mato Grosso state told G1. The two had not seen each other since the daughter moved from Mato Grosso do Sul, to the neighboring state of Mato Grosso, soon after getting married in 1950.

Maria Rita Almeida, 87, is reunited with her mother, 115, after 62 years of estrangement, on Saturday 03 March 2012.

115-year-old mother reunited with child, 87 (Photo: TV Morena/G1)

Mar 5, 2012

Video: Brazil Violence Caught on CCTV

Brazil News

| VITORIA, Brazil – Police surveillance cameras in Vitoria, Espirito Santo state, in the northeast of Brazil, often record scenes of amazing violence. Police say many of the acts are caused by drug and alcohol use and that the reasons are often banal.

Police surveillance cameras in greater Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil often record amazing scenes of violence.

Police CCTV in Vitoria (Photo: TV Gazeta/G1)

Romanian Mule Arrested with Cocaine

Brazil News

| FORTALEZA, Brazil – A 23-year-old Romanian was caught red-handed on Saturday by Federal Police (PF) carrying cocaine at the international airport in Fortaleza. The man, who was about to board a flight to Lisbon, was carrying 3.9 kg (8.6 lbs) of pure cocaine hidden in his suitcase.

A 23-year-old Romanian national was arrested at the Pinto Martins International Airport in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil boarding a flight to Lisbon and carrying a suitcase with 3.9 kg of pure cocaine hidden in a secret compartment on Saturday, 03 March 2012.

3.9 kg Pure Cocaine Hidden in Luggage (Photo: Federal Police/G1 CE)

Mar 4, 2012

Manhole Blast Near Copacabana Palace

Brazil News

| RIO DE JANEIRO – A manhole exploded early Sunday afternoon behind the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro. The explosion occurred on Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, the street immediatly behind the five-star hotel.

 A manhole exploded early Sunday afternoon behind the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro on 04 March 2012.

Explosion Behind Copacabana Palace (Photo: