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Leonardo DiCaprio 'Better Keep His Mouth Shut,' Says Bolsonaro

Brazil president is not happy with actor's attempts to get out the vote

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio is in a feud, not with another celebrity, but with Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro. Following a series of recent tweets in which DiCaprio urged Brazilians to get out and vote in this October's elections to ensure the Amazon rainforest is protected, Bolsonaro on Tuesday hit back at...

World Record for Slackline Walk Was 'Total Serendipity Moment'

Rafael Zugno Bridi crossed 59-foot line between 2 hot-air balloons 1.2 miles above Brazil

(Newser) - Guinness World Records has officially recognized the highest slackline walk, at more than twice the height of the world's tallest building. Brazilian daredevil Rafael Zugno Bridi claimed the record after crossing a 59-foot slackline suspended between two hot-air balloons some 6,236 feet, or nearly 1.2 miles, above...

This Guy Has Spent 84 Years at the (Same) Office

Centenarian Walter Orthmann has broken a Guinness World Record

(Newser) - A man in Brazil has just broken his own Guinness World Record for the longest stint at one company. And after 84 years, Walter Orthmann is still excited to get up and go to the office. He's a 100-year-old sales manager at textile company ReneauxView, which was called Industrias...

Bolsonaro Answers DiCaprio Sarcastically

Actor and Amazon activist had appealed to the country's young people to vote

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio took his environmental worries directly to the young voters of Brazil this week, drawing a sarcastic response from the nation's president. "Brazil is home to the Amazon and other ecosystems critical to climate change," the actor tweeted Thursday, the BBC reports. "What happens there...

Ivermectin Has No Benefit Against COVID
Ivermectin Won't
Protect You From COVID

Ivermectin Won't Protect You From COVID

Double-blind, randomized trial found it did not reduce hospitalizations even if taken early

(Newser) - Treating COVID-19 patients with ivermectin did not alleviate the illness or reduce hospitalizations, according to a major double-blind, randomized clinical trial published Wednesday, which effectively rules out the anti-parasitic drug as a treatment. "There's really no sign of any benefit," Dr. David Boulware, an infectious-disease expert at...

He Was Chopping Down Trees. He Heard Weak Cries for Help

2 young brothers, ages 6 and 8, who'd been missing for nearly 4 weeks found in Amazon rainforest

(Newser) - For almost a month, locals in Brazil's Amazonas state desperately scoured the rainforest in search of two young Indigenous brothers who'd vanished while trying to capture tiny birds. This week, a miracle: The BBC reports that a man from the village of Palmeira stumbled upon little Gleison Ferreira,...

Navy Nuke Engineer Turned Spy Tried to Sell Secrets to Brazil

It had not before been revealed where he and his wife tried to sell secrets

(Newser) - The US naval engineer and his wife who tried to sell US nuclear secrets approached Brazil with the offer, according to a senior Brazilian official and other people briefed on the probe who spoke to the New York Times . Federal prosecutors and other US government officials had kept the nation'...

With Google's Advice, Boy, 9, Slips Onto Cross-Country Flight

Young sneak was returned safely after 1,677-mile trip in Brazil

(Newser) - Assuming his parents would be no help, a 9-year-old boy in Brazil turned to Google and searched for "how to get onto a plane unnoticed." Then he did it, winding up 1,677 miles from his hometown of Manaus after a flight to Guarulhos, the Mirror reports. Emanuel...

12 Hours a Day as a Maid, Then Victories in Chess

'Wall Street Journal' profiles Cibele Florencio of Brazil

(Newser) - One of the rising young stars in chess has a story that sounds right out of Hollywood, or at least a series streaming on Netflix. The Wall Street Journal explores the ascent of Cibele Florencio, a single mom who works as a maid in a poor part of Brazil. Last...

117 Dead in Mudslides, 116 Still Unaccounted For

Tragedy in Brazil also leaves hundreds homeless

(Newser) - The death toll from floods and landslides that swept down on the mountain city of Petropolis rose to at least 117 on Thursday and local officials said it could still rise sharply, with 116 more still unaccounted for. The Rio de Janeiro state government confirmed the rising loss of life,...

Amazon Deforestation Sets Record
Sets Record

Amazon Deforestation Sets Record

Brazil's government promised to do better, but polices remain, experts say

(Newser) - "There is a race to deforest the Amazon," said a researcher at Brazil's Federal University of Minas Gerais. It's becoming clearer that the Amazon is the loser. Trees in the Brazilian Amazon were cut down in an area five times the size of the deforested land...

Protesters Denounce Beating Death of Refugee
Protesters Denounce
Beating Death of Refugee

Protesters Denounce Beating Death of Refugee

24-year-old's family had moved to Brazil to escape fighting in Congo

(Newser) - Demonstrators gathered on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and other Brazilian cities to protest the killing of a 24-year-old Congolese refugee who was beaten to death on Jan. 24. The killing sparked outrage and revulsion across the nation, the AP reports. In Rio, they gathered outside the beach...

At Least 6 Boaters Killed by Falling Wall of Rock
10 Boaters Killed by
Falling Wall of Rock

10 Boaters Killed by Falling Wall of Rock

Victims were below a cliff face that sheered off above Brazil's Furnas Lake

(Newser) - Update: The cliff collapse in Brazil killed 10 people, only one of whom had been identified by Sunday afternoon, as 68-year-old retiree Julio Borges Antunes. All victims and survivors have now been accounted for, and two people remain hospitalized, the New York Times reports. At least 27 others were treated...

Brazil's Ex-Olympic Boss Gets 30 Years

Former Rio governor among others sentenced to jail for corruption

(Newser) - Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for more than two decades, was sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in jail for allegedly buying votes for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics. The ruling by Judge Marcelo Bretas became public Thursday, per the AP...

Scientists: Expect Next Pandemic at Edge of Forest

Deforestation contributes to favorable conditions for an outbreak

(Newser) - There will be more pandemics, scientists say. They don't know when the next one will begin, but they have a rough idea of where. Places where humans are moving into untouched habitats, such as the edge of the Amazon rainforest, have all the ingredients of an outbreak, the Los ...

As Brazil's Senate Pounces, Trump Salutes Bolsonaro

Senate panel votes to recommend charges against the Brazilian president

(Newser) - Former President Trump is on Jair Bolsonaro's side, but the Brazilian president can't say the same about his Senate. A panel of senators on Tuesday voted 7-4 to recommend charges over Bolsonaro's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, following a six-month investigation that culminated in a 1,288-page...

Brazil Senators Say 300K COVID Deaths Were Homicides

Panel recommends charges against Bolsonaro

(Newser) - The pandemic has killed at least 603,000 people in Brazil, more than in any country except the US—and a panel of senators is accusing President Jair Bolsonaro of killing half of them. After a six-month investigation, the panel plans to recommend charges of mass homicide and genocide of...

Pfizer's Vaccine Guinea Pig: This Entire City
An Entire City Is
Getting Vaccinated

An Entire City Is Getting Vaccinated

That would be Toledo, Brazil, where all eligible residents will receive Pfizer vaccine as part of study

(Newser) - Brazil is only the second country worldwide to surpass 600,000 COVID deaths , behind the United States with 713,000, but one city in the South American nation is about to push back on the virus in a big way. Pfizer says it will be teaming up with health officials...

Soccer Player Arrested for Brutal Attack on Ref

William Ribeiro kicked ref in head after getting yellow card during match in Brazil

(Newser) - A soccer player in Brazil is going to be punished with a lot more than a red card for a brutal attack on a referee. Sport Club Sao Paolo player William Ribeiro is facing a charge of attempted murder over the incident in a Monday night game against Guarani-RS, CNN...

Cops Arrest Suspected Pedophile, Find Huge Stash of Nazi Items

'I'm no doctor, but he seems to me an insane psychopath'

(Newser) - A man arrested in Brazil this week appeared to have two main interests, police say: Sexually abusing children and collecting Nazi memorabilia. Police say that when they went to the suspect's condo in Rio de Janiero Tuesday to arrest him on suspicion of raping a minor, they found a...

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