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  • World Cup 2014: Germans certain their team will beat Argentina

    07/11/2014 9:16:22 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/11/2014 | Patrick Strasser
    Life is a challenge these days in Germany if you are not a football fan. You simply cannot avoid it. The media is awash with interest in Sunday's World Cup final, with the 'Nationalelf' (national 11) involved against old rivals Argentina. The stunning 7-1 semi-final win over hosts Brazil resulted in football euphoria only seen before in the country when West Germany won previous World Cup tournaments in 1954, 1974 and 1990. "Three days to go", "two days to go", "one day to go" - these have been the headlines from Germany's biggest selling tabloid Bild. It's the countdown to...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Rio at Night

    06/21/2014 1:39:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    NASA ^ | June 20, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: In this night skyscape setting stars trail above the western horizon over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a venue for the 2014 World Cup. Gentle arcs from the bright, colorful stars of Orion are near the center of the frame, while the starfield itself straddles planet Earth's celestial equator during the long exposure. Of course, trails from more local lights seem to create the strident paths through the scene. Air traffic smears an intense glow over an airport at the far right, while helicopters fly above the city and boats cruise near the coast. Striping the waterfront are tantalizing reflections...
  • Lightning Breaks Finger Off Rio’s Christ Statue

    01/18/2014 7:41:14 PM PST · by lbryce · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 17, 2014 | Newscom.au
    <p>Lightning has broken a finger off the right hand of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.</p> <p>Father Omar, rector of the shrine that holds the statue, told the Globo radio station that lightning frequently strikes the nearly 100-foot tall statue, a symbol of Rio that overlooks the Brazilian city from the peak of the Corcovado mountain.</p>
  • Millions flock to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate New Year

    12/31/2013 11:53:24 PM PST · by Colofornian
    ITV.com ^ | Jan. 1, 2014
    Millions of people have flocked to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to take part in one of the biggest New Year's parties in the world:
  • Pope Francis: address to CELAM leadership - strategies to renew and revitalize faith

    07/28/2013 1:52:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | July 28, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with the leadership of the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean, CELAM, which is holding its general coordinating meeting this week. The meeting was one of two appointments expressly desired by the Holy Father outside the context of World Youth Day, during his week-long visit to Rio for the World Youth Day celebrations. The first was a visit to the Marian shrine at Aparecida. It was in Aparecida in 2007 that the CELAM bishops held their 5th General Conference, which produced a major three-part document outlining a plan for assessment of...
  • Teen who walked across continent (1,829 miles) still hopes to meet Pope in Rio

    07/28/2013 2:49:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | July 27, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    Facundo Antonio Sebastian Tolaba walked across South America to attend World Youth Day. Credit: Estefania Aguirre / CNA. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 04:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A teen who crossed South America in hopes of meeting Pope Francis walked by foot because he had no money – and now he wants to return by foot “to thank those who helped him.” “I met poor people that offer you everything and rich people that don’t offer you anything,” Facundo Antonio Sebastian Tolaba said. “Since they helped me, I want to help them now.” “I want to return...
  • Father Z Equates Catholic Bishops at WYD 2013 with Nazis

    07/28/2013 3:36:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    Patheos ^ | July 27, 2013 | Sam Rocha
    Father Z Equates Catholic Bishops at WYD 2013 with Nazis UPDATED July 27, 2013 By Sam Rocha 31 Comments Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, also known (and hereafter referred to) as “Fr. Z,” will surely dispute the claim of this headline, however, this post will show that the proposition “Father Z equates Catholic Bishops at WYD 2013 with Nazis” is true, by examining the words used by Fr. Z in today’s post at his web log, “Your Excellencies? REALLY?!?”Fr. Z’s post begins with the YouTube video (below) of a large group of Catholic Bishops, dressed in ecclesial attire, rehearsing hand movements to an upbeat religious...
  • “Rebuild the Church of Christ!” – Francis incites 3 million youth present at Prayer Vigil

    07/28/2013 3:52:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    wydcentral ^ | July 27, 2013
    Address of Pope Francis at the 28th World Youth Day Prayer Vigil on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, July 27, 2013 Dear Young Friends,We have just recalled the story of Saint Francis of Assisi. In front of the crucifix he heard the voice of Jesus saying to him: “Francis, go, rebuild my house.” The young Francis responded readily and generously to the Lord’s call to rebuild his house. But which house? Slowly but surely, Francis came to realize that it was not a question of repairing a stone building, but about doing his part for the life of the Church....
  • Pope Francis: WYD prayer vigil (full text)

    07/28/2013 3:07:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 7/27/2013
    Pope Francis joined over a million young people on Copacabana beach Saturday evening, for a prayer vigil on the eve of the final Mass marking World Youth Day, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The centerpiece of the vigil was a Eucharistic procession. The event featured litanies and hymns, as well as the testimonies of four different young people. In his remarks to the youthful pilgrims, Pope Francis focused on the image of the field of faith – the name of the venue at which the vigil was originally to have taken place, before the week’s inclement weather rendered it...
  • Pope Francis to Brazilian Bishops: Are we still a Church capable of warming hearts?

    07/28/2013 3:02:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 7/27/2013
    Pope Francis had a joyful but challenging message for the Bishops of Brazil today. As part of World Youth Day festivities, the Holy Father took the opportunity to meet with the world’s largest episcopate. Pope Francis thanked the Bishops for allowing him to speak as “one among friends”. For that reason, he said, he spoke in his native Spanish, in order “to better express what I carry in my heart.” Pope Francis spoke first about the miracle of Aparecida, the miracle at the heart of Brazil’s religious history. “Aparecida offers us a perennial teaching about God and about the Church.”...
  • Francis intensifies programme of events for WYD inherited from Benedict XVI

    07/19/2013 4:19:08 PM PDT · by haffast
    Vatican Insider ^ | 07/17/2013 | Alessandro Speciale
    The Argentinean Pope’s first international trip to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate World Youth Day (22-29 July) is less than a week away. This will be the first time he returns to his homeland, Latin America, since his election to the pontificate. Unlike his predecessors, the Pope will not be using the Popemobile to get around. Francis wants to have direct contact with as many people as possible. He will be using a covered sedan or the open-top jeep he uses during his Wednesday General Audiences to get around Rio de Janeiro, where he will be spending most of his...
  • How Similar are the Brazil and Delhi Bus Rapes?

    04/02/2013 7:52:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1 Hour ago | Tripti Lahiri
    A young woman and her companion were held captive and beaten after boarding a minivan bus in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night. At least three men took turns raping the woman in an assault that lasted six hours. The attack drew comparisons to the gang rape of a young woman on a bus in Delhi in December. That attack, which was so brutal that the victim later died of her injuries, sparked outrage in India and overseas. She too was traveling with a male companion, who was beaten but survived. Here is how the crimes...
  • Obama’s Amazing Achievements: His military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. (VDH)

    03/31/2011 12:50:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 31, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama’s Amazing AchievementsHis military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. By bombing Libya, President Obama has accomplished some things once thought absolutely impossible in America:(a) War-mongering liberals: Liberals are now chest-thumping about military “progress” in Libya. Even liberal television and radio commentators cite ingenious reasons why an optional, preemptive American intervention in an oil-producing Arab country, without prior congressional approval or majority public support — and at a time of soaring deficits — is well worth supporting, in a sort of “my president, right or wrong,” fashion. Apparently, liberal foreign policy is returning to the pre-Vietnam days of the hawkish “best...
  • Kim Kardashian Strikes a Pose with Jesus

    02/10/2013 5:26:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    ABCNews ^ | February 10, 2013
    Kim Kardashian Strikes a Pose with Jesus The pregnant reality star visited the Christ The Redeemer Statue in Brazil. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian wears a pink dress while her and boyfriend rapper Kanye West visit the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro, Feb. 9, 2013.
  • The UN Plan For Human Settlements (Obama Plan)

    05/15/2010 7:56:54 PM PDT · by bronxville · 71 replies · 1,030+ views
    Berit Kjos ^ | ,June 1996 | Berit Kjos
    Bicycles instead of cars? Dense apartment clusters instead of single homes? Community rituals instead of churches? "Human rights" instead of religious freedom? The UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) which met June 3-14 [1996]in Istanbul, painted an alarming picture of the 21st century community. The American ways-free speech, individualism, travel, and Christianity-are out. A new set of economic, environmental, and social guidelines are in. Citizenship, democracy, and education have been redefined. Handpicked civil leaders will implement UN "laws", bypassing state and national representatives to work directly with the UN. And politically correct "tolerance"-meaning "the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism"...
  • DRIESSEN AND FLANAKIN: Rio+20’s expensive wish list

    06/24/2012 6:08:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 22, 2012 | Paul Driessen and Duggan Flanakin
    The NGO Major Group Organizing Partners have finalized their key document for the Rio+20 Summit. “TheFutureWeWant” outlines the common vision for “sustainable development” throughout the planet sought by those nongovernmental organizations - mostly social and environmental activist groups. There are many noble sentiments in its 283 statements. There also is much that raises serious concerns. “Sustainable,” “sustainability” and “sustainable development” appear in the text an astounding 390 times. Like “abracadabra,” these amorphous words are supposed to transform even corrupt societies into Gardens of Eden under United Nations auspices. They will use less, pollute less, be sustainable, get along and save...
  • Rio de Janeiro Has 60,000 Unsolved Murders In 10 Years

    07/14/2011 5:40:04 PM PDT · by Main Street · 27 replies
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | July 11th 2011, | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro's public defenders' department says the Brazilian state has accumulated more than 60,000 unsolved murders in the last 10 years. The department investigated the matter for the federal Ministry of Justice as part of a national plan to improve public safety. The survey shows that 24,000 of the victims haven't even been identified. Creation of a special homicide division in the city of Rio de Janeiro did little to improved the solution rate. It went from 11 percent to 14 percent. Across Brazil, police solve about 8 percent of murders. In the United States...
  • Rio school shooting leaves up to 20 children dead

    04/07/2011 7:17:22 AM PDT · by Braak · 56 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7 April 2011 | Tom Phillips
    As many as 20 people are feared dead after a gunman invaded a primary school in Rio de Janeiro and opened fire. One witness told the Guardian he had seen between 15 and 20 children dead or seriously wounded inside the Tasso da Silveira primary school in western Rio.
  • Obama Heads to Rio Sunday; Maximum Security Awaits

    03/14/2011 6:39:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies · 1+ views
    forbes.com ^ | March 14, 2011
    President Barack Obama will take his first official trip to Brazil this weekend where he will speak in the popular Cinelandia Square in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Access, of course, will be tightly restricted and security measures so secretive that not even the Embassy or US Consulate in Rio know exactly who it’s all going to go down. Obama’s speech will be free and open to the public and take place around 15:00 local time (14:00 EST). Access to the square will begin at 11:30, and is sure to draw a crowd. Obama is popular in Brazil. One politician seeking...
  • Rio de Janeiro and the Old West

    11/29/2010 1:10:59 PM PST · by juliosevero · 12 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Rio and the Old West How Rio copes with murderers. How the Old West coped with them. By Julio Severo Nevertheless the title, the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has nothing to do with the American Old West. Not because there was no violence in the Wild West. There was, but not as much as one sees in Rio in the 21st century. Injustice that has been plentiful in Rio was not plentiful in the Wild West. Just like in Rio, all the outlaws in the Old West carried weapons for their crimes. But, very differently from Rio, in...
  • France to hunt again for vanished Rio-Paris flight (Air France Flt. 447)

    11/25/2010 9:50:44 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 5 replies
    Flightaware ^ | 11/25/2010 | AP News
    PARIS (AP) — The French government said Thursday it will conduct a fourth search for the flight recorders of an Air France jetliner that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris 18 months ago. All 228 people aboard Flight 447 died, and families of some victims have demanded that France not give up the hunt for the flight recorders — and answers about what caused the plane to plunge into the ocean during a large thunderstorm on June 1, 2009. Transport Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and Junior Transport Minister Thierry Mariani said a fourth search...
  • Brazil Marines join slum battles, 30 people killed

    11/26/2010 3:48:47 PM PST · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-25-10 | Pedro Fonseca
    Armored cars rolled through smoke-filled streets in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday as police battled slum-based drug gangs for a fifth consecutive day in the city slated to host the 2016 Olympics. Live TV coverage showed heavily armed police exchanging gunfire with suspected drug traffickers in the hilly shantytowns on the city outskirts. Police targeted the Vila Cruzeiro slum in the northern part of the city, considered a stronghold of a gang thought to be behind ordering attacks. At least 10 armored Marine vehicles, never before used in battles in the city's slums, or favelas, transported soldiers into Vila Cruzeiro,...
  • Priest To Raise World's Largest Jesus Statue

    11/05/2010 2:27:23 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 5, 2010 | VANESSA GERA
    SWIEBODZIN, Poland -- Step aside, Rio de Janeiro. This town is building a Jesus bigger than yours. A Polish priest is on the verge of realizing his dream of erecting what he says will be the world's largest statue of Jesus Christ in a small town in western Poland. Attempts were made Friday to complete the statue - which will rise a couple yards higher than the iconic Christ the Redeemer monument in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Thousands of Brazilians rally against Ahmadinejad

    11/22/2009 4:59:22 PM PST · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 669+ views
    YNet News ^ | November 22, 2009
    Ahead of Iranian president's arrival in country, protestors from pro-Israel organizations and groups for homosexuals' rights gather in Rio de Janeiro, urge Brazilian president to teach his guests that 'racism is a crime'. Thousands of demonstrators from different religions took part Sunday in a march for peace and against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro. Faced with mounting pressure over his country's atomic ambitions, Ahmadinejad left on a five nation tour Sunday, in a bid to boost ties with Latin America's biggest economy and a rare backer of Tehran's nuclear program.
  • Massive Blackout Hits Brazil's 2 Largest Cities

    11/11/2009 4:34:24 AM PST · by Cindy · 17 replies · 809+ views
    (AP) via FOX NEWS.com ^ | Tuesday, November 10, 2009 | n/a
    RIO DE JANEIRO — A massive power failure blacked out Brazil's two largest cities and other parts of Latin America's biggest nation for more than two hours late Tuesday, leaving millions of people in the dark after a huge hydroelectric dam suddenly went offline. Paraguay was also affected when the Itaipu dam straddling the two nations' border stopped producing 17,000 megawatts of power, resulting in outages in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and at least several other big Brazilian cities, Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao said. The cause of the failure had not been determined, but Lobao said...
  • Brazil's 2 largest cities hit by blackouts

    11/10/2009 6:35:35 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 33 replies · 1,426+ views
    AP Google News ^ | Nov 10, 2009
    <p>RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil's two largest cities have been hit by a massive blackout that has also affected other parts of Latin America's largest nation.</p> <p>Media reports say problems at a huge hydroelectric dam are to blame for the electrial outages affecting large parts of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and other cities in several states.</p>
  • Playing politics can make, break Olympic dreams

    10/01/2009 8:11:55 PM PDT · by Saije · 6 replies · 453+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/1/2009 | Pirate Irwin
    Presidents and prime ministers can make an Olympic bid with a little, well-timed sweet talk. However, they can also break it with one embarrassing slip of the tongue... Chicago's long serving Mayor Richard M Daley has been through many elections and many press conferences. However, it didn't seem that way on Tuesday when it was revealed that Rio had been angered by his implication that they were not up to hosting the Olympics. Asked at a press conference to respond, he replied tersely: "No comment." He may have looked distinctly uncomfortable but at least he had not made a complete...
  • Brazilian paper accuses the New Yorker of trying to scuttle Olympic bid

    10/01/2009 9:57:54 AM PDT · by Synthex · 34 replies · 656+ views
    "It's war!" cries Brazilian newspaper O Globo, lamenting an article in the latest New Yorker on gang violence in Rio de Janeiro, which comes out mere days before the International Olympic Committee decides the location of the 2016 summer games.
  • Reasons why Rio will host the 2016 Summer Olympics

    09/30/2009 10:59:07 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 130 replies · 3,448+ views
    various ^ | 9/30/09 | Rebelbase
    RIOCHICAGORIO AVERAGE AUGUST TEMPERATURE= 70 degrees.CHICAGO AVERAGE TEMPERATURE= 81 DEGREES.
  • Please Write IOC members to vote for Rio for the 2016 Olympics. (HillBuzz)

    09/29/2009 7:12:31 PM PDT · by Dem-No-More-2 · 31 replies · 1,055+ views
    Hi, I have been a longtime lurker, and this is my first post. I am a recovering democrat. I would like to ask all if they could email the IOC members to award the 2016 Olympics to Rio. Hillbuzz (yes, its a Hillary site, but they support Sarah Palin wholeheartedly) has a great post with all the email addresses. I think it would make a greater impact for Americans to lobby for Rio. (An added plus.. a slap in the face of Mrs."take no prisoners") Thank you. http://hillbuzz.org/2009/09/29/help-save-our-city-contact-list-of-ioc-voting-members-to-tell-them-to-send-the-games-to-rio/
  • Fears for 228 as Air France jet vanishes

    06/01/2009 3:50:07 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 326 replies · 23,418+ views
    CNN ^ | June 1, 2009
    (CNN) -- A French passenger aircraft carrying 228 people has disappeared off the coast of Brazil, airline officials say. A file photo shows an Air France jet on take off. Some 228 passengers are aboard the missing aircraft. A file photo shows an Air France jet on take off. Some 228 passengers are aboard the missing aircraft. Air France told CNN the jet was traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris when contact was lost. The airline said flight AF447 was carrying 216 passengers in addition to a crew of 12. The plane is listed...
  • Holocaust-themed Rio Carnival float causes strain

    01/29/2008 8:10:53 AM PST · by rightgrafix · 17 replies · 236+ views
    reuters ^ | Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:33am EST | Pedro Fonseca
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A Carnival float with a pile of model dead bodies commemorating the Holocaust is causing unease before the lavish parades in Rio de Janeiro this weekend. The Viradouro samba organization, or school, plans to feature the grim display when it marches in the Sambadrome parade strip on Sunday, despite objections from a local Jewish group. "Really, it makes no sense addressing this theme with drums and dancing girls," said Sergio Niskier, president of the Israelite Federation in Rio de Janeiro state, referring to the slaughter of Jews by Nazi Germany in World War Two.
  • Rio thieves armed with grenades rob tourists

    11/26/2006 8:11:10 PM PST · by nuconvert · 32 replies · 1,056+ views
    yahoo news/Reuters ^ | Nov 26, 2006
    Rio thieves armed with grenades rob tourists Nov 26, 2006 Thieves armed with automatic rifles and military-issue grenades robbed a busload of British tourists in Rio de Janeiro before dawn on Sunday, the latest incident in a wave of violent crime plaguing Brazil's seaside tourist mecca. Police said four armed men pretending to be police stopped the tour bus as it pulled into an upscale neighborhood in the southern part of the city. At least 18 British tourists who had just arrived in Brazil were robbed, losing their luggage, passports and cash. One tourist who resisted was hit in the...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-WarEndur.Freedom 7/27/06-Khiam,Soer,Zefta,Bint Jbail,Kiryat Bialik,Tehran

    07/27/2006 6:31:16 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 43 replies · 4,817+ views
    NASA, Yahoo, AP, AFP, Reuters, IDF, and the usual suspects | 7/27/06 | The Armies of Good against the Axis of Evil
    GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 7/27/06 - Beirut, Bint Jbail, Lebanon, Byblos, Cairo, Dushanbe, Fassuta, Israel, Gaza City, Haifa, Khiam, Kiryat Bialik, Mogadishu, Multan, Nabatiyeh, Paris, Pittsburgh, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Soer, Tehran, Tyre, Zefta BREAKING: Khiam - Precise Israeli air retaliation against missles coming from UN-protected terrorists "safe" house BREAKING: Beirut - Jordanian military planes arrive BREAKING: Soer - Precise Israeli air retaliation BREAKING: Tyre - Precise Israeli air retaliation BREAKING: Tyre - UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) ordered to remain in place as human shields by Annan BREAKING: Zefta - Precise Israeli air...
  • Brazil - Works of Picasso, Monet, Dali, Matisse and Monet stolen in robbery, tourists attacked

    02/24/2006 4:09:41 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 510+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | February 24, 2006
    ALARM - Flights of works of Picasso, Monet, Dali and Matisse with the museum of Rio RIO OF JANEIRO - works of El Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Claude Monet were flights Friday in a museum of Rio by a group of men armed which moreover attacked foreign tourists, according to the museum.
  • Brazilian woman hands in 1,300 guns ["arsenal"]

    07/24/2004 4:26:02 AM PDT · by risk · 30 replies · 1,050+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | Sat 24 July, 2004 08:04 | Reuters
    Brazilian woman hands in 1,300 guns Sat 24 July, 2004 08:04 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - A Brazilian woman has surrendered an arsenal of about 1,300 firearms under the country's guns-for-money disarmament program that started last week. A federal police spokeswoman in the city of Sao Paulo said the woman, who will receive $65,600 (35,800 pounds) for the weaponry that ranged from muskets to mortar shells, told police she was the daughter of a late guns collector. Police transported the guns from her house under heavy escort on Friday and would not reveal her identity. Police across Brazil have...
  • Rio de Janeiro state plans to wall off slums

    04/12/2004 6:46:44 PM PDT · by playball0 · 35 replies · 643+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 4/14/04 | Raymond Colitt
    The government of Rio de Janeiro state yesterday proposed to build a wall around its sprawling favelas in an effort to help control rampant crime in the picture postcard city. "The wall won't put an end to violence [in the slums] but if we don't contain it, it will destroy the [surrounding] forest, the economy of Rio de Janeiro and the lives of the city's residents," Luiz Paulo Conde, deputy governor, said on Monday. The proposal comes after yet another wave of violence rocked parts of the city during the Easter holidays, shutting down commerce, and killing 10 people, including...
  • Brazil Approves Tough Gun Controls to Cut Murders

    12/10/2003 9:35:26 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 24 replies · 332+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 10, 2003 | Reuters News Service
    Brazil's Congress on Tuesday approved stricter gun controls in a nation said to have the world's highest number of murders. The nation's Senate passed a bill which allows President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to sign into law some of the strictest gun laws in Latin America, after a six-year fight over the legislation. "The country is going to start to have efficient gun controls, something it's not had up to today," Antonio Rangel of Rio de Janeiro anti-violence group Viva Rio told reporters in Congress. Most Brazilians know someone who has been affected by violence. About 45,000 Brazilians are...
  • Brazil Has a Cow Over "Simpsons"

    04/09/2002 7:50:39 AM PDT · by ppaul · 3 replies · 395+ views
    YahooNews ^ | 4/9/02 | news-websites
    Looks like Bart Simpson will never be a diplomat. The spiky-haired brat of Fox's long-running The Simpsons and his animated clan are being decried by Brazilian (news - web sites) officials for an episode they say sullied the reputation of international party destination Rio de Janeiro. In fact, not only are they decrying, they're crying lawsuit. According to reports out of the South American country, Rio's tourism agency, Riotur, has asked its legal counsel to file a civil lawsuit (in a U.S. court) against the network over the March 31 Simpsons installment, "Blame it on Lisa." Riotur had a cow...