Brazilian Officials Say No Evidence of Second Terrorist Group

Brazilian Officials Say No Evidence of Second Terrorist Group

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Justice Minister of Brazil, Alexandre de Moraes vehemently denied rumors of the existence of another terrorist group planning attacks during Rio’s 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. “There is no second group,” he told reporters yesterday (Monday, July 25th). According to Moraes there is currently […]

Court in Brazil Orders Block of WhatsApp, Again

Court in Brazil Orders Block of WhatsApp, Again

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – For the third time in less than a year, the popular online messaging service, WhatsApp, was shutdown in Brazil by a Rio de Janeiro judge on Tuesday (July 19th), leaving millions of users unable to communicate through the mobile app. The decision was overturned by […]

As Brazil Tightens Airport Security, Travelers Face Delays

As Brazil Tightens Airport Security, Travelers Face Delays

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Passengers trying to board aircrafts on domestic airports across Brazil continue to face long lines at security gates, as the country tightens security not only for passengers of international flights but also domestic trips. There are reports that passengers at São Paulo’s Congonhas airport, Rio’s […]

Health Equipment Fraud in Brazil Cost Government Millions

Health Equipment Fraud in Brazil Cost Government Millions

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The federal prosecutors office and the federal police in Brazil issued eleven arrest and seizure orders on Monday morning, July 18th, in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro after conducting an investigation of the overpricing of equipment used to help patients with […]

Brazilian Officials to Boost Rio 2016 Olympic Security Measures

Brazilian Officials to Boost Rio 2016 Olympic Security Measures

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – With the recent terror attack in France, Brazilian authorities announced they will be reviewing all security procedures for the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August. On Friday Brazil’s interim President, Michel Temer, met with aides to discuss further security […]

Rodrigo Maia Elected in Brazil as President of the Chamber

Rodrigo Maia Elected in Brazil as President of the Chamber

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In the early morning hours of July 14th, Rodrigo Maia was elected president of the Chamber of Deputies, defeating congressman Roger Rosso by a vote of 285 to 170. Maia (DEM-RJ) takes on the position after the resignation of former president of the house Eduardo […]

Brazil’s Health Minister Updates Foreign Officials on Zika Virus

Brazil’s Health Minister Updates Foreign Officials on Zika Virus

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Less than a month before the start of the 2016 Olympics, Brazilian government officials are still trying to dissipate fears of the contagion of Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro. Health Minister, Ricardo Barros, met with over sixty ambassadors and country representatives on Tuesday (July […]

Rio Officials Want Armed Forces During Municipal Elections

Rio Officials Want Armed Forces During Municipal Elections

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Concerned about the recent deaths of ten pre-candidates planning to run in the October municipal elections in Rio de Janeiro, the state’s Regional Electoral Prosecutor has asked that the armed forces patrol the city and especially the area known as Baixada Fluminense to ensure security […]

Brazil’s Rousseff Not Expected to Attend Impeachment Hearings

Brazil’s Rousseff Not Expected to Attend Impeachment Hearings

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In a surprise move, suspended President Dilma Rousseff announced Tuesday through a social media account that she would not attend Wednesday’s Senate committee hearing examining arguments for her impeachment. Rousseff said she would be filing her defense in writing to be read by her lawyer, […]

Brazilian Officials Announce Extra Security for Rio Games

Brazilian Officials Announce Extra Security for Rio Games

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Concerned with the recent terrorist bombing at the Istanbul airport in Turkey, Brazilian officials are stepping up their security for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, scheduled for August and September. Officials have announced several security measures including Marine personnel at Copacabana Beach and […]

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