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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A week after two gang rapes, one in Rio de Janeiro and another in Piaui, shocked the nation, Brazil’s Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would render stiffer sentences...
By Stephanie Foden, Contributing Reporter SALVADOR, BRAZIL – Around fifty million people in northeastern Brazil were affected by a regionwide blackout on Wednesday afternoon. The power outage was the result of a manmade fire in a rural area of Piauí...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The minimum legal working age in Brazil is sixteen, with some specific internships allowed from fourteen, but there are around 3.7 million working minors in the country, according to the...
By Julia Averbuck, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Just sixty days into the campaign, the 2012 municipal elections have already had more politically associated deaths and acts of violence than the 2010 elections. Over the past...
By Patricia Maresch, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – It looks like crack, but it is much cheaper, four times more lethal and called “oxi” or “oxidado” (rust). It's a cocaine derivative, just like crack, but it contains...
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