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Husband to Face Charges in Model's Drowning Death

Police say he ignored warnings not to set sail in rough weather

(Newser) - A Brazilian model who drowned after falling into the ocean during rough weather last month died because of her husband's negligence, authorities say. Police say Jorge Sestini, husband of 37-year-old Caroline Bittencourt, will be charged with manslaughter because he failed to heed repeated warnings about dangerously high winds before... More »

Freddy Krueger the Parrot Apparently Won't Die, Either

Brazilian bird going strong despite being shot, bitten, stolen

(Newser) - Freddy Krueger, the bird, has a face to match Freddy Krueger, the fictional serial killer—which might've been its salvation. The Amazonian parrot sent to a Brazilian zoo four years ago after it was left blinded and burned by a bullet to the upper-beak in a police raid on... More »

Model Dies After Collapsing on Catwalk

Tales Soares was 26

(Newser) - A model participating in Sao Paulo's Fashion Week has died after getting sick and falling on the catwalk. A statement from organizers said Tales Soares took ill Saturday while in a parade of fashion brand Ocksa. A medical team attended to him on the catwalk and Soares was later... More »

Unexpected Find in Drug Bust: a Lookout Parrot

Parrot yelled, 'Mum, the police!' as Brazilian authorities closed in

(Newser) - Stool pigeons tell the police about criminals; parrots tell criminals about the police—or at least there's one that supposedly does in South America. Reaction online to a report out of Brazil's Piaui state is ranging from admiration to incredulity . There, police in the community of Vila Irma... More »

Brazil Prez Backs Off Holocaust 'Forgiveness'

Israel had criticized Bolsonaro's statement

(Newser) - After drawing criticism for remarks suggesting the Jewish genocide during World War II could be forgiven, Brazil's president now says that isn't quite what he meant. Jair Bolsonaro had said Thursday of the Holocaust: "We can forgive, but we can't forget. That's my phrase. Those... More »

Here's What Caused Fire That Destroyed Brazil's National Museum

An air conditioning unit

(Newser) - An air conditioning unit was the "primary cause" of a fire that destroyed Brazil's National Museum and most of its 20 million artifacts, police experts said Thursday. The larger investigation into the Sept. 2 tragedy is still ongoing, but experts released their findings on the origin and location... More »

Brazil May Revise Textbooks to Eliminate Mention of 'Coup'

Government says military's ouster of president was merely an 'institutional shift'

(Newser) - In 1964, the military in Brazil ousted President Joao Goulart, setting up a dictatorship infamous for its brutality that would rule for the next two decades. The ouster may sound like the very definition of a coup, but the current government of Brazil thinks otherwise. The education minister plans to... More »

Twins Try to Avoid Paying Child Support, Plan Backfires

Both men are ultimately ordered to pay up

(Newser) - Identical twin brothers had a plan to outsmart Brazil's family court system, but it ended up backfiring on them. Authorities say one of the Brazilian twins fathered a girl, now 9, during a brief relationship with the girl's mother. The woman began court proceedings in 2017, and the... More »

Deadly School Shooting Was 'Inspired by Columbine'

Former students killed 5 pupils, 3 adults in Brazil

(Newser) - Police in Brazil say Wednesday's school shooting near Sao Paulo was apparently inspired by another massacre that involved two shooters: the infamous 1999 Columbine school shooting in Colorado. The shooters at the Raul Brasil school in Suzano, who killed at least five students and two adults after storming the... More »

Children in Nigeria, Brazil Are Killed While at School

Building collapse, mass shooting leave communities in mourning in two parts of the world

(Newser) - More than a dozen children were killed Wednesday when tragedy struck two schools in different parts of the world.
  • Two gunmen opened fire at a school in southeastern Brazil, near São Paulo, the BBC reports. Officials say at least six students and two employees were killed. About 1,000
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Venezuela Opposition Leader Hails 'Great Achievement'

Juan Guaido says humanitarian aid is getting through

(Newser) - Opposition leader Juan Guaido says the first shipment of humanitarian aid has crossed into Venezuela from Brazil. Guaido announced the crossing on his Twitter account Saturday. He called it a "great achievement." The AP could not independently confirm the aid had passed through. Guaido one month ago declared... More »

Venezuela's Border With Brazil 'Completely' Closed

President Nicolas Maduro warns border with Colombia may be next

(Newser) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been pushing back against efforts to send humanitarian aid into his country, an initiative led by opposition leader Juan Guaido. The latest development in that conflict came Thursday night, with Maduro announcing on state TV that he was closing the border with Brazil "completely... More »

Drivers Race for Their Lives in Video of Dam Bursting

And a ceremony is held at the scene of the devastation

(Newser) - Two terrifying videos have emerged of a Brazil dam collapsing at a mine last month and killing at least 115 people, the New York Times reports. One video, apparently shot by the Vale mining company, shows a dust cloud coming up just before the red-mud avalanche pours in, burying vehicles... More »

Brazil Dam Collapse Could Be Among Deadliest in 50 Years

Death toll in Brumadinho tragedy jumps to 58, with hundreds still missing

(Newser) - Officials in Brazil feared they'd find many more bodies after a dam collapse in Brumadinho on Friday. Those fears have been realized, with the death toll climbing from under a dozen to now nearly 60. Authorities have confirmed 58 people perished and up to 300 are still missing, and... More »

Sea of Mud and Waste Leaves 9 Dead, 300 Missing

Dam collapse devastates Brumadinho, Brazil

(Newser) - Rescuers in helicopters on Saturday searched for survivors in a huge area in southeastern Brazil buried by mud from the collapse of a dam holding back mine waste, with at least nine people dead and up to 300 missing. Nearly a full day since the disaster happened, finding many more... More »

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 »

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