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New Government Calls Bundchen a 'Bad Brazilian'

Agriculture minister angered by environmental activism

(Newser) - The agriculture minister in Brazil's new administration has declared that supermodel Gisele Bundchen, one of the country's most famous citizens, is a "bad Brazilian." Her offense: criticizing deforestation and calling for environmental protections. In an interview Monday, Tereza Cristina Dias accused Bundchen of tainting the country'... More »

Americans Among Brazilian Healer's 300 Accusers

Joao Teixeira de Faria 'calm' despite pending trial for rape, sexual abuse

(Newser) - A Brazilian celebrity faith healer facing rape and sexual abuse allegations from hundreds of women will face trial—a development that might serve to bolster the #MeToo movement in the country. A judge in Abadiania—the site of Joao Teixeira de Faria's spiritual center, where he claims to have... More »

Guy Tries to Rob Female MMA Fighter. It Does Not Go Well

MMA fighter Polyana Viana wasn't about to give up her cellphone

(Newser) - What's worse than running into a karate dojo while trying to abduct someone? Trying to rob an MMA fighter is right up there. "#badf---ingidea" is how UFC President Dana White framed it, posting on Instagram a picture of 26-year-old Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter Polyana Viana next to... More »

New President Promises to 'Free Brazil' From Socialism

'Our flag will never be red,' Bolsonaro says

(Newser) - Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil's president Tuesday, taking the reins of Latin America's largest and most populous nation with promises to overhaul myriad aspects of daily life and put an end to business-as-usual governing. For the far-right former army captain, the New Year's Day inauguration... More »

Oprah Helped Bring Him Fame. Now, Serious Allegations

Brazilian faith healer 'John of God' accused of sexual abuse by hundreds of women

(Newser) - "Is 'John of God' a Healer or a Charlatan?" asked ABC News in 2005. You can add "or a Criminal?" to that headline. The Brazilian faith healer turned himself in on Sunday following allegations he'd sexually abused more than 300 women. It's a fall from... More »

Gunman Kills 4, Then Himself, After Mass at Brazil Cathedral

No motive identified in Campinas shooting

(Newser) - A man opened fire in a cathedral in southern Brazil after Mass on Tuesday, killing four people and wounding four more before taking a bullet in the ribs in a firefight with police and then shooting himself in the head, authorities say. The shooting happened right after the midday service... More »

Shootout With Brazil Bank Robbers Leaves 12 Dead

Victims include 2 children

(Newser) - At least 12 people, including two children, were killed Friday when police engaged in a shootout with bank robbers, according to authorities in northeastern Brazil, per the AP . The two attempted heists in the state of Ceara began around 2:30am in the downtown area of the city of Milagres.... More »

'Extremely Exciting' World First for Woman Sans Womb

Patient gave birth to healthy baby girl after uterus transplant from deceased donor

(Newser) - A 45-year-old woman who'd been pregnant and had three successful deliveries died from a stroke—but her uterus just produced its fourth child. In what Gizmodo calls a "medical first," doctors in Sao Paulo, Brazil, implanted that woman's reproductive organ after her death in a 32-year-old... More »

200M Dirt Piles in Brazil Aren't There by Accident

Termites have moved an insane amount of soil over 4,000 years

(Newser) - Around the time Egypt's pyramids were built, another massive project got underway in a different part of the world. And like the pyramids, the resulting site in northeastern Brazil is visible from space today. But there was no ramp or pulley, or even manpower. Rather, as entomologist Stephen Martin... More »

'Everyone Will Suffer': Latest Rainforest Data Is Grim

Deforestation is on the rise in Brazil

(Newser) - Think deforestation is declining in the Amazon, with all the warnings about climate change? Nope, it just got worse—its highest rate in the past 10 years, the BBC reports. Brazil has released data showing that roughly 3,050 square miles (or nearly 1.5 million football fields) of Earth'... More »

Cartel Boss Allegedly Killed Woman for Cushier Prison Cell

Marcelo Pinheiro's alleged plan to avoid extradition fails

(Newser) - What's one more murder when it might secure you a spot in a cushier prison? That was allegedly the thinking of a Brazilian cartel boss jailed in Paraguay, who authorities say killed a woman in his high-security cell in the hope that fresh charges would prevent him being extradited... More »

Brazil Votes for Radical Change

Far-right congressman Bolsonaro elected president

(Newser) - Jair Bolsonaro, a brash far-right congressman who has waxed nostalgic for Brazil's old military dictatorship, won the presidency of Latin America's largest nation Sunday as voters looked past warnings that he would erode democracy and embraced a chance for radical change after years of turmoil. The former army... More »

Good News After Devastating Brazil Museum Fire

80% of famed 'Luzia' skull has been recovered

(Newser) - A bit of good news after the catastrophic fire that ravaged Brazil's National Museum last month: One of the museum's most prized possessions has been mostly recovered. Museum director Alexander Kellner tells the AP that "Luzia," the oldest human fossil ever found in Latin America, was... More »

'Brazil's Trump' Falls Just Short of Stunning Victory

Bolsonaro will face Haddad in second round

(Newser) - A far-right former army captain who expresses nostalgia for Brazil's military dictatorship won the first round of its presidential election by a surprisingly large margin Sunday, but fell just short of getting enough votes to avoid a second-round runoff against a leftist rival. Jair Bolsonaro, whose last-minute surge almost... More »

Jailed da Silva Drops Presidential Bid Weeks Before Brazil Election

Workers' Party replaces him with Fernando Haddad

(Newser) - Jailed former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has officially abandoned his presidential bid two weeks before the country's election, CNN reports. Brazil's Workers' Party on Tuesday replaced da Silva as its candidate for October's general election, clarifying one of the biggest question marks hanging over... More »

'Brazil's Trump' Stabbed at Campaign Rally

Jair Bolsonaro suffered serious wounds to abdomen

(Newser) - A Brazilian presidential candidate who has campaigned on getting tough on violent crime was stabbed in the guts while mixing with the public at a rally Thursday—and analysts say it could secure his victory. Jair Bolsonaro, a 63-year-old whose divisive, right-wing policies have earned him the nickname "Brazil'... More »

Professor Rushed Into Burning Museum to Save Specimens

Famed skull may have survived Brazil blaze

(Newser) - Researchers held out hope that a famed skull and other valuable objects might somehow be recovered from the ashes of a massive blaze that tore through Brazil's National Museum after firefighters found bone fragments from the collection. Officials have said as much as 90% of Latin America's largest... More »

Fire Engulfs 200-Year-Old National Museum

An 'unbearable catastrophe' in Brazil

(Newser) - A massive fire has destroyed millions of items at Brazil's national museum—and for many Brazilians, shock has turned to anger. The blaze, which began at the 200-year-old museum in Rio de Janeiro after it closed to the public Sunday, is believed to have wiped out much of its... More »

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 »

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