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Bolsonaro's Summer Isn't Off to a Great Start

Former Brazilian president is indicted for money laundering over undeclared Saudi diamonds

(Newser) - The indictment of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for money laundering and criminal association in connection with undeclared diamonds from Saudi Arabia marked the far-right leader's second formal accusation, with more potentially in store. The indictment on Thursday by the nation's Federal Police, confirmed by two officials with...

Noam Chomsky Hospitalized After 'Massive' Stroke

Valeria Chomsky says husband is recuperating in Sao Paulo hospital after stroke in June of last year

(Newser) - Linguist, activist, and social critic Noam Chomsky is hospitalized in his wife's native country of Brazil, recovering from a massive stroke he had a year ago, she confirmed Tuesday. Valeria Chomsky said via email that her 95-year-old husband is in a Sao Paulo hospital, where she took him on...

Orange Juice Makers Seek Alternatives as Prices Soar

Orange crops are down worldwide amid droughts and disease

(Newser) - Bad news for anyone who starts their day with a glass of OJ: oranges have gotten so expensive, producers are looking for replacement fruits. NBC News reports that a decline in harvests driven by climate change is the main culprit. "Orange production in the three major orange producing regions—...

Top Judge in Brazil: Elon Musk Is Inciting Crime on X

Supreme Court justice launches investigation of X owner, who vowed to reinstate blocked accounts

(Newser) - A crusading Brazilian Supreme Court justice included Elon Musk as a target in an ongoing investigation over the dissemination of fake news and opened a separate investigation late Sunday into the executive for alleged obstruction, per the AP . In his decision, Justice Alexandre de Moraes noted Musk on Saturday began...

Brazil Investigates Bolsonaro's Embassy Sleepover

'NYT' reports last month's stay at Hungarian embassy was 'apparent bid for asylum'

(Newser) - Days after Brazilian police raided the homes of Jair Bolsonaro's top allies last month, the former president turned up at the Hungarian embassy in Brasilia, where Brazilian police have no authority. Bolsonaro, whose passport had been seized by authorities, stayed two nights at the embassy, from Feb. 12 to...

Father Protects 4-Year-Old Before Dying in House Collapse

At least 7 have died in Brazil's heavy rains

(Newser) - Heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro state have killed at least seven people, Brazilian authorities said Saturday, while a 4-year-old girl was rescued after more than 16 hours under mud. The girl was pulled out alive in the city of Petropolis, 43 miles north of Rio. Rescue teams had to...

Bolsonaro Indicted, Allegedly Faked His Own Vaccine Info

Former Brazil leader faces jail time if convicted

(Newser) - Brazil's Federal Police accused former President Jair Bolsonaro of criminal association and falsifying his own COVID-19 vaccination data, reports the AP . The Supreme Court released the indictment on Tuesday that alleges Bolsonaro and 16 others inserted false information into the public health database to make it appear as though...

After the Super Bowl, a Big Couple of Firsts for the NFL

League will hold its first game in South America in September, with Eagles playing in Brazil

(Newser) - It's off to Sin City for the Super Bowl, then the Land of Drizzle for the first week of the NFL's next season. Fox News reports that the Philadelphia Eagles are heading to Brazil for a Week 1 game, against a still-to-be-announced competitor, the league's first game...

Scientists Find an Ancient Syphilis Relative in Brazil

Research suggests the bacterium has been around for millennia

(Newser) - People who lived with painful mouth and skin sores on the south coast of Brazil some 2,000 years ago carried the oldest known evidence of a syphilis relative. Treponema pallidum, the bacterium that causes syphilis, is "one of the least well understood common bacterial infections," one expert...

Dad Executed in Front of Wife, Son Turns Out to Be a Hitman Wanted by Interpol
Dad Executed
After Bike Ride
Turns Out to
Be a Hitman

Dad Executed After Bike Ride Turns Out to Be a Hitman

Darko Geisler had been on the run since 2014 and was wanted by Interpol

(Newser) - A Serbian man was executed in front of his wife and toddler son as they returned home from a bike ride last week in Brazil—and in a strange twist, it's now been revealed the victim, described initially as a "family man," was a hitman wanted by...

New Development in Mystery Over Bolsonaro's Vax Status

Brazilian authorities say anti-vax former president's records showing he'd been vaxxed were falsified

(Newser) - Jair Bolsonaro has long minimized COVID-19, as well as health and safety measures taken against the virus, including vaccination. Yet confusingly, records show that the former Brazilian president received a COVID shot more than two years ago, apparently to help him circumvent travel restrictions and other rules that required he...

Anti-Poverty Group: We're Entering a 'Decade of Division'

Oxfam says we could see the world's first trillionaire within 10 years

(Newser) - The world could have its first trillionaire within a decade, anti-poverty organization Oxfam International said Monday in its annual assessment of global inequalities timed to the gathering of political and business elites at the Swiss ski resort of Davos. Oxfam, which for years has been trying to highlight the growing...

Archaeological Dig May 'Change the History' of Brazil

Scientists find relics that push back the time of first inhabitants by about 1.4K years

(Newser) - Archaeologists weren't too surprised when they began unearthing relics from a dig in northeastern Brazil. They were stunned, however, to keep finding relics the deeper they dug in the coastal city of Sao Luis, reports AFP . In all, they've unearthed four layers representing different eras of human habitation,...

Brazil, Pope Honor Pele
Brazil, Pope
Honor Pele

Brazil, Pope Honor Pele

Soccer great died one year ago

(Newser) - Christ the Redeemer was lit up in a Pele shirt among Brazilian tributes to the soccer great on the first anniversary of his death on Friday. Pele died of colon cancer at age 82. Christ the Redeemer had a projection of a Brazil shirt with Pele's name and No....

Cause of Death for Taylor Swift Concertgoer Revealed

Heat exhaustion killed 23-year-old woman at Brazil concert in November

(Newser) - Heat exhaustion is the cause of death of a Brazilian fan who attended a Taylor Swift concert in November, a forensics report obtained by the AP on Wednesday shows. Ana Clara Benevides, 23, passed out during Swift's second song at the Nov. 17 concert in Rio de Janeiro, "...

Honk for These New Prison Guards in Brazil

Vigilant geese replace dogs at the Penitentiary Complex near Florianopolis

(Newser) - Who needs guard dogs when you have guard geese? Perhaps not as intimidating as a dog with bared teeth, a gaggle of the vigilant, honking birds have replaced canines as guards at a prison in Brazil's southern state of Santa Catarina, Reuters reports. "We have electronic surveillance, in-person...

Flight Crew Allegedly Faked Robbery to Cover Up Wild Night
Flight Crew
Allegedly Faked
Robbery to
Cover Up Wild Night
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Flight Crew Allegedly Faked Robbery to Cover Up Wild Night

Brazilian authorities are investigating trio of British Airways employees

(Newser) - British Airways crew members allegedly indulged in a raucous night of drinking and drugs in Rio de Janeiro, then covered it up by pretending they'd been the victims of various crimes, Brazilian authorities allege. The three airline employees are accused of inventing an armed robbery that supposedly took place...

Anchorage Sees a Wild Amount of Snow
Anchorage Sees a
Wild Amount of Snow

Anchorage Sees a Wild Amount of Snow

Meanwhile, Brazilians swelter

(Newser) - Anchorage, Alaska, is just an inch of snow away from breaking the November snowfall record of 38.8 inches, reports CNN . All that snow fell in just nine days, reports the AP ; that's the third-most snow the city has seen over a sustained period since record-keeping began in 1916....

Man Gets Stiff Sentence in Brazil's First Jan. 8 Riot Trial

Case was heard in Supreme Court building trashed by rioters

(Newser) - A man who stormed government buildings with a mob that claimed a presidential election was rigged received a stiff prison sentence Monday—and it wasn't in Washington, DC. Aecio Pereira, 51, was sentenced to 17 years for his role in the Jan. 8, 2023 riot in Brazil's capital,...

Broad Search Underway for Escaped Murder Convict
Escaped Murderer
Spotted on Camera

Escaped Murderer Spotted on Camera

Danelo Cavalcante, who fled county jail in Pennsylvania, also is wanted in Brazil

(Newser) - The murderer who fled a Pennsylvania jail last week was spotted around 12:30am Saturday on a residential surveillance camera around a mile and a half from Chester County Prison, from which he escaped Thursday, CBS News reports. Roads in the area were blocked off to anyone other than residents...

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