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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 »

Report: Pilot Chose Not to Refuel Doomed Plane

Air traffic controller is getting death threats

(Newser) - The pilot of the plane that crashed in Colombia on Monday while carrying a Brazilian soccer team made a fateful decision not to stop to refuel the aircraft, according to a report in a Brazilian newspaper. The account in O Globo says pilot Miguel Quiroga chose not to stop en... More »

Pilot Before Crash: We're Out of Fuel

A final recording sheds light on plane crashed that killed 71

(Newser) - A recording of the final moments of a doomed flight carrying a Brazilian soccer team appears to confirm reports that the plane ran out of fuel before crashing Monday in Colombia, the AP reports. In the recording, the plane's pilot can be heard telling air traffic controllers that he... More »

Flight Attendant Suggests Team's Plane Was Out of Fuel

Cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder are already being examined

(Newser) - Colombia's worst air crash in two decades snuffed out a storybook run by a Brazilian soccer team, and authorities are digging in trying to figure out why a chartered jetliner crashed in the Andes , killing all but six of the 77 people now reported to have been aboard; 20... More »

Opponent Wants Soccer Team Killed in Crash Made Champion

76 people died when Chapecoense's plane crashed Tuesday

(Newser) - After Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense lost most of its players in a plane crash Tuesday, the team it was on its way to play for the South American championship has requested Chapecoense be awarded the trophy, the AP reports. According to the Telegraph , Colombia's Atletico Nacional says naming Chapecoense... More »

76 Dead in Crash of Plane Carrying Soccer Team

Brazilian team's dream season ends in nightmare

(Newser) - A chartered plane with a Brazilian first division soccer team on board crashed in a mountainous area near Medellin while on its way to the finals of a regional tournament, killing 76 people, Colombian officials say. Five people survived, including three players, reports Reuters . Aviation authorities say the British Aerospace... More »

Angry Protesters Call for Brazil President's Impeachment

Scandal surrounding President Michel Temer reaches fever pitch with direct accusation against him

(Newser) - Protesters massed in Brazil's largest city Sunday to call for the president to be removed from office and express outrage at a host of his policies, while the embattled leader tried to head off some of their criticism, the AP reports. President Michel Temer has suffered a continual drip... More »

Growing List of Nations Tied to Trump's 'Empire'

Meaning lots of potential for conflicts of interest, per 'NYT'

(Newser) - With more than 100 companies with business interests around the world , Donald Trump has attracted the attention of ethics experts, who contend his possible conflicts of interest are "unprecedented" for a modern-day US president. Now the New York Times offers a closer look at some of these global projects... More »

13 Babies Had Heads of Normal Size. Then 11 Didn't

Researchers find Zika can cause microcephaly well after birth

(Newser) - Even babies whose heads appear to be of normal size at birth can go on to develop microcephaly, according to new research out of Brazil. Writing in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report , scientists say that of the 13 babies they tracked who were born without any outward... More »

New Photos Show Endangered Amazon Tribe

Miners are getting too close to Yanomami, say activists

(Newser) - New photos have emerged of a tribe deep in the Amazon that shuns contact with the modern world, and the photos bring a mix of good and bad news. On the hopeful side, the aerial images show that the small Yanomami community near the border of Brazil and Venezuela seems... More »

Inmates Beheaded in Brazil Prison Mutinies

18 die, dozens escape in 3 uprisings

(Newser) - At least 18 inmates died in clashes in two separate penitentiaries in Brazil's Amazon region and more than three dozen escaped after a third prison riot caused a large fire in a complex outside Sao Paulo, officials say. Authorities are investigating a possible connection between the first two uprisings... More »

Paralympics Ends With Celebration, Mourning

Brazil's 1,192-day run of mega-events is over

(Newser) - The Paralympic Games came to an end Sunday night with a closing ceremony before 45,000 spectators at Rio's Maracana stadium filled with tributes to Bahman Golbarnezhad, the Iranian cyclist who died after a crash Saturday , the BBC reports. International Paralympic Committee president Philip Craven said the movement is... More »

Beloved Soap Actor Drowns After Filming

Witnesses thought Brazilian was acting

(Newser) - Brazil is mourning beloved actor Domingos Montagner, whose death strongly resembles a plot twist from the soap opera he starred in. The BBC reports that the 54-year-old drowned after going for a swim in the Sao Francisco River with co-star Camila Pitanga following a day of filming in the area.... More »

Brazil's 1st Woman President Is Impeached

Dilma Rousseff is out after a 61-20 vote of the senate Wednesday

(Newser) - Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's first female president, was removed from office Wednesday, the New York Times reports. The Brazilian senate voted 61-20 to impeach Rousseff, reports the BBC , covering the two-thirds majority needed. Rousseff, who was suspended in May, was accused of illegally moving government funds between different budgets to... More »

As Prez Cries 'Coup,' 'Usurper,' Brazil Weighs Impeachment

Dilma Rousseff defends herself in 4th day of trial

(Newser) - Fighting to save her job, suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told senators on Monday that the allegations against her have no merit and that history would judge the country if she is removed from office. "I know I will be judged, but my conscience is clear. I did not... More »

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