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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 »

Men See Gold, Brazil Sees Jobs, Critics See Disaster

Brazil dissolves protected status of vast region, opening part of it to mining

(Newser) - The government says it's looking out for the economy and job growth; critics say it's "the biggest attack on the Amazon of the last 50 years." The BBC reports on a big move out of Brazil, where a protected area will be protected no more—at... More »

Boat With 70 People Aboard Sinks in Brazilian River

So far 7 bodies found, dozens of people missing

(Newser) - A boat carrying 70 people sank on a major river in northern Brazil with at least seven dead and dozens missing, authorities said Wednesday. The public security office of the state of Para said that 25 people made it to the shore and seven bodies were recovered, per the AP... More »

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 »

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