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After 4 Days on the Run, 'Dr. Bumbum' Is Arrested

Denis Furtado's patient died after receiving butt injections

(Newser) - He's known as Dr. Bumbum, but that's likely all you'll find funny in relation to the celebrity plastic surgeon. The Brazilian, whose real name is Denis Furtado, was arrested on murder charges Thursday, four days after the death of a patient. He had been giving butt-enhancement injections... More »

Footage Emerges of Isolated Amazon Survivor

The other members of his tribe were killed in 1996

(Newser) - He's one of the most isolated people on the planet—but video of him has been shared on Facebook and viewed thousands of times. Funai, the Brazilian government's agency for indigenous people, recently released video of an indigenous man who has lived a solitary life in a patch... More »

Pope Consoles Sad Brazil Soccer Fans

Spotting flags in St. Peter's Square, he tells them 'Have courage! There'll be a next time'

(Newser) - Pope Francis is trying to cheer up Brazilian soccer fans after the team's quarterfinal exit from the World Cup, reports the AP . The pope, an Argentine and an avid soccer fan, noted a preponderance of Brazilian flags on display in St. Peter's Square during his traditional Sunday blessing.... More »

KFC Ad Seen as Mocking Neymar's Theatrics

Shows a soccer player rolling and rolling and rolling ...

(Newser) - Neymar's histrionics on the soccer field have become legendary , but now they may also prove lucrative—at least for KFC South Africa, if its latest ad draws people into its restaurants. Fortune reports on the chain's minute-long spot , which shows a soccer player flailing and rolling after he... More »

Soccer Great Neymar Under Fire for 'Faking Injuries'

Critics say his play-acting is an 'embarrassment'

(Newser) - Brazilian soccer great Neymar is taking a lot of flak for one of the less appealing aspects of his style of play: his tendency to "thrash around like a harpooned dolphin," as Piers Morgan puts it, every time he makes contact with an opposing player. After Mexico lost... More »

Baby Born on Island That Has 'Ban' on Childbirth

Fernando de Noronha island is some 230 miles off Brazil's coast

(Newser) - It lies 230 miles off the coast of Brazil, making Fernando de Noronha a fairly isolated island—so much so that women who become pregnant there are told to go to the mainland to give birth. So amidst what the BBC terms a "ban" on childbirth comes a surprise:... More »

African Migrants Nearly Make It Across Atlantic to Brazil

The boat with the migrants was adrift for weeks when fishermen found it Saturday

(Newser) - About two dozen African migrants were brought ashore in northeastern Brazil after being rescued at sea by fishermen, Brazilian authorities said Sunday. Per the AP, the government of Maranhao state said that 25 people from Senegal, Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde along with two Brazilians landed Saturday. The... More »

Why Brazilian Women Want Sperm From Guys Like This

They feel blond, blue-eyed males will produce 'pretty' kids who will have more advantages

(Newser) - What came into Brazil in great numbers in 2017: hundreds of tubes of imported US semen, often from donors primed to make "pretty" children—which for many Brazilians means white "biotypes" with light hair and eyes, per the Wall Street Journal . Such imports of overseas sperm have spiked... More »

Shocking Number of Brazilians Forced From Homes Since 2000

Forced Migration Observatory hopes to bring awareness to displacement problem

(Newser) - A new study finds that since 2000, an average of one Brazilian per minute has been forced from their home. At least 7.7 million have had to leave their homes, 6.4 million of them thanks to natural disasters, including flooding and droughts, and 1.2 million of them... More »

Even His Victims Are Defending This Alleged Kidnapper

Brazilian gang boss allegedly kidnapped nurses to vaccinate the poor

(Newser) - Wanted gang leader Thomaz Viera Gomez has been dubbed Brazil's very own Robin Hood, thanks to his alleged involvement in what may be one of the most unconventional kidnappings ever, reports Newsweek . That's because the two men Gomez, or "2N," is accused of kidnapping on Jan.... More »

He Managed to Kill 2 Robbers— With Infant in Arms

Off-duty cop Rafael Souza was in Brazil pharmacy with wife, son

(Newser) - With an infant cradled in his left arm, the man used his right hand to retrieve his gun and open fire, killing two people. It was the act of a hero, according to media outlets in Brazil, where the wild scene was caught on video Saturday, per NBC News . Authorities... More »

The Amazon Pirates Came. Here's How They Escaped

'Wall Street Journal' pieces together the Harteaus' story

(Newser) - That Adam and Emily Harteau and their young girls were on a barge that was attacked by pirates in a river in the Brazilian Amazon is clear; so, too, is the fact they were ultimately rescued . What happened in the middle has been murkier ( when did they flee the... More »

Amazon's Deforested Areas Could See 73M New Trees

Seeding effort aims to restore 74,000 acres of rainforest

(Newser) - The Amazon rainforest's "arc of deforestation" could soon have 73 million new trees. In an effort to reseed 74,000 acres of the Amazon—20% of which has been destroyed in the last 40 years—Conservation International, the World Bank, Brazil's environmental ministry, and several other groups... More »

US Family Who Fled Boat Did So After Pirates Departed

Cops aren't sure why they fled after pirates left

(Newser) - More details have emerged about a traveling American family's escape from a boat that was hijacked by river pirates in Brazil—including the fact that they apparently escaped after the pirates departed. Authorities in the northern state of Para say Adam and Emily Harteau and daughters Colette, 6, and... More »

US Family Found Floating on Driftwood Days After Pirate Attack

Parents, 2 kids had been missing for 3 days

(Newser) - A nomadic American couple and their two young children were found alive Wednesday, three days after they went missing in an attack by river pirates in Brazil. Police say Adam and Emily Harteau and their daughters, 6-year-old Colette and 3-year-old Sierra, were passengers on a ferry from the Amazon gateway... More »

Video Shows Why Jiujitsu Gym Isn't Good Target for Thieves

Would-be thief chased away by multiple jiujitsu students

(Newser) - A would-be thief in a Rio de Janeiro suburb apparently chose the wrong gym to rob, the AP reports. Surveillance camera footage shared widely on social media shows the man entering the gym and jumping a turnstile after arguing with the receptionist. Several seconds later, the man is seen jumping... More »

Cops: 'Stupid' Move by Killers of Adventurer Led to Arrests

Brazil police say bandits accidentally sent out distress signal on Emma Kelty's GPS

(Newser) - More details are emerging about the murder of British adventurer Emma Kelty during her trip along the Amazon in Brazil, and they're of the worst kind. But police also revealed that her killers made a dumb move that alerted authorities to the crime, reports the Telegraph . Police initially believed... More »

Amazon 'Pirate' Suspected in Kayaker's Death Is Killed

Police in Brazil provide new details about killing of Emma Kelty

(Newser) - Police in Brazil still haven't found the body of British adventurer Emma Kelty , but they say they have a pretty good idea of how she was slain. Authorities says a gang known as the "Water Pirates" or "Water Rats" came upon the 43-year-old's campsite and shot... More »

Cops: Woman Killed on Amazon Trek After Ominous Warning

'I will be killed,' Emma Kelty had been told days earlier

(Newser) - As she traveled through Brazil's northern region on a mission to kayak the 4,000-mile length of the Amazon River, Emma Kelty repeated a warning from a Peruvian guide in tongue-and-cheek fashion. "I will have my boat stolen and I will be killed too," she tweeted . "... More »

Amazon Tribespeople Said to Have Been 'Massacred' in Brazil

Gold miners are suspected in the killings

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Brazil are investigating a "massacre" of several members of an uncontacted Amazon tribe. It appears about 10 members of the tribe were out gathering eggs last month when they encountered gold miners by a river in the remote Javari Valley, the New York Times reports. The victims... More »

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