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By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After the recesso branco, where parliament continued functioning but no votes were held, lawmakers now have a long list of crucial votes ahead of them on bills prioritized in the wave...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Municipal Human Development Index (MHDI) rose nearly fifty percent in twenty years, the Brazil 2013 Human Development Atlas has shown. Using data from the 1991, 2000 and 2010 censuses, the study by the United Nations...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Pope Francis is in Brazil to attend World Youth Day (WYD), and was greeted by tens of thousands of pilgrims in the center of Rio on Monday, July 22nd. Argentinian-born Pope Francis,...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio’s security officials have revealed plans for next week’s World Youth Day (WYD), which Pope Francis is set to attend in the first major overseas trip of his papacy....
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian government has announced that the application process for work visas to Brazil has been simplified significantly in response to demands from industry, calling for more qualified overseas workers...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the FIFA Confederations Cup and World Youth Day (WYD 2013) set to arrive in Rio, the city has seen pacification operations in favelas at the base of Corcovado...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Sales of Brazilian-made firearms to the U.S. increased 187.5 percent while former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was in office, compared to the same eight-year period of his...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Telecoms giant Oi launched its high-speed 4G mobile internet service in Rio on Thursday, becoming the city’s second operator to offer the service. Rival operator Claro launched its 4G...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The State of Rio High Court last week approved so-called "direct authorization" of same-sex civil marriages, making Rio one of eleven states which have approved gay marriage in Brazil,...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil could overtake the U.S. in terms of soybean production this year to become to the world’s largest producer of grain, O Globo newspaper reports. Yet it has been...
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