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British Tourist Shot in Brazilian Shanty Town

Eloise Dixon was looking for bottled water with her family in 'favela' known for crime

(Newser) - A British woman traveling in Brazil took a terrible wrong turn Sunday and ended up getting shot in front of her family. Eloise Dixon, who's reportedly from Kent, was on holiday with her husband and three children in the popular tourist beach town of Angra dos Reis, about 90... More »

From Poverty to President to Prison

Former Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva convicted of corruption charges

(Newser) - Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva went from poverty in his childhood to two terms as president of Brazil ... to, soon, prison. The former leader was convicted of corruption charges Wednesday and sentenced to nine and a half years behind bars, though he remains free for now on appeal, Reuters reports.... More »

Brazil's President Charged With Corruption

Michel Temer's popularity is lowest since 1989

(Newser) - Brazil's attorney general formally accused President Michel Temer of corruption on Monday, making him the first sitting president in the country to face criminal charges. Attorney General Rodrigo Janot's accusation is the latest salvo in an intensifying showdown between Temer and justice officials who are building a corruption... More »

Inside an Unimaginable Sports Tragedy

A heartbreaking look at Brazil's Chapecoense

(Newser) - Last November, 71 people died when a plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team to the biggest game of its history crashed into a mountain in Colombia. Only three players for Chapecoense—known to fans as Chape—survived. Nineteen died. A heartbreaking deep dive into the tragedy by ESPN brings the... More »

Lochte: I May Have Been 'Most Hated Person in the World'

But swimmer clarifies he never considered suicide after scandal at Rio Olympics

(Newser) - Ryan Lochte spent most of last August on an apology tour for his "immature behavior" at the Rio Olympics, which saw the swimmer jump from pool water into hot water for his role in an incident at a local gas station—an event he originally "over-exaggerated" as an... More »

Soccer Legend's Body Goes Missing in Brazil

'My father did not deserve this,' says Garrincha's daughter

(Newser) - What happened to Garrincha's body? That's what Brazilians are asking after the soccer great's remains went missing. The one-named, two-time World Cup champ's family revealed the odd disappearance on Tuesday, telling O Globo via the BBC that Garrincha's body may have been lost during an... More »

Brazil Farmers Attack, Mutilate Tribespeople

Survivors say ranchers attacked with guns, machetes

(Newser) - At least 13 Gamela tribespeople in northeast Brazil were injured Sunday as a decades-old land dispute abruptly turned horrifyingly brutal. Survivors of the attack in Maranhao state say dozens of ranchers armed with guns and machetes descended on a new settlement set up on land the Gamela people have been... More »

In 'Robbery of the Century,' 50 Men Allegedly Attack

Security firm Prosegur hit in Paraguay's Ciudad del Este

(Newser) - It's like a mix of The Italian Job and Ocean's Eleven, just with an alleged cast of 50 criminals. Paraguayan officials are calling it the robbery of the century: the theft of millions from private security firm Prosegur in Ciudad del Este that is said to have involved... More »

'Cursed' Gem Could Be Worth $925M—or $100

Bahia Emerald has caused folks more trouble than it may be worth: 'Wired'

(Newser) - A 752-pound gemstone that's sat for years in a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office vault has been called "a puzzle from hell" by one of the detectives who brought it in as evidence in a 2008 case. Now Elizabeth Weil takes a crack at the head-scratcher for... More »

Prisoners Rang in New Year; Then, Unimaginable Bloodshed

Brazil's bloodiest prison riot in 25 years saw heads actually roll

(Newser) - Shortly after midnight on New Year's Eve, hundreds of Manaus inmates watched as the sky lit up with fireworks, paid for by the gangs that dominate the jail system. The revelry continued into the next afternoon, and inmates celebrated with wives and girlfriends. But then guards noticed something strange:... More »

Missing Brother Found, After 5 Years of Wandering

Anton Pilipa is reunited with family in Canada

(Newser) - Anton Pilipa disappeared in 2012 from suburban Toronto without a trace. Now the 39-year-old is back home, thanks to a police officer's online sleuthing in another continent. The officer picked up Pilipa wandering along the side of a highway in Brazil, and though he had no ID and was... More »

Drones Find Hundreds of Stonehenge-Like Spots in Amazon

More than 450 'geoglyphs' date from around the year 0

(Newser) - Scientists flying drones over the Amazon rainforest in Brazil have found more than 450 "geoglyphs" that are similar in size, structure, and possibly purpose to Stonehenge in England. The earthworks were likely used for public gatherings and rituals, researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences... More »

Once Brazil's Richest Man, He Now Shares a Cell With 6

Eike Batista in prison in Rio on bribery charges

(Newser) - Oil tycoon Eike Batista was Brazil's richest man and the seventh richest man in the world in 2012, with a $35 billion fortune and sports cars parked in his living room, reports the Wall Street Journal . Then came his remarkable fall: A year later, he was overwhelmed by debt... More »

First Photos of Reef at Amazon's Mouth Stun

But environmentalists worry oil drilling could soon put 600-mile-long reef at risk

(Newser) - Last year, scientists made an amazing discovery under the mud and muck at the mouth of the Amazon River: a long-rumored 600-mile-long coral reef. Now the first images of the natural phenomenon are emerging, captured from a sub sent 720 feet down into the murky waters off a Greenpeace boat,... More »

Vampire Bats Now Feasting on Human Blood

Scientists in Brazil say they're evolving because of a decline in birds

(Newser) - Human encroachment typically means bad news for a given species (recent examples include giraffes and cheetahs ), but one mammal appears to be fighting back. Researchers say the hairy-legged vampire bat has adapted surprisingly fast from drinking the blood of birds to that of humans to survive, reports the Telegraph ... More »

Hearts, Intestines Ripped Out in Brazil Prison Killing Spree

Authorities say 31 inmates killed by country's largest gang

(Newser) - Thirty-one inmates were slain Friday in Brazil, some with their hearts and intestines ripped out, during a prison killing spree led by the country's largest gang, authorities said. The AP reports the bloodshed comes just days after 60 inmates were killed during rioting at two prisons in a neighboring... More »

56 Killed in Gruesome Brazil Prison Riot, Some Decapitated

'This is the biggest prison massacre in our state's history'

(Newser) - At least 56 inmates died during a prison riot in the northern state of Amazonas, reports the AP , including several who were beheaded or dismembered, in the biggest killing at a Brazilian prison since 1992. Authorities said the riot apparently grew out of a fight between two of the country'... More »

New Year's Massacre: Man Kills Ex, Son, 10 Others

Brazil man then took his own life

(Newser) - A man broke into a house in southeastern Brazil where his ex-wife was ringing in the New Year and shot and killed her, their son, and at least 10 other people before taking his own life, military police said Sunday. The man was carrying "several firearms," when he... More »

Brazil Cop Admits to Killing Greek Ambassador Over Affair

Rio police officer says ambassador's wife told him to murder her husband

(Newser) - Police searching for Greece's missing ambassador to Brazil found his burnt-out car in a Rio suburb Thursday with a body inside. Forensic experts are trying to determine whether the body is that of Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, who was last heard from Monday when he phoned his wife, the BBC... More »

Mystery Lives On for 'Amazon's Own Stonehenge'

Experts believe 127 stone structures in Brazil suggest sophisticated astronomical observatory

(Newser) - "What other secrets about our past are still hidden in Brazil's jungles?" These are the musings of Lailson Camelo da Silva, the man credited with stumbling across the "Amazon's own Stonehenge," the New York Times reports. Scientists had come across the huge granite blocks—a... More »

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