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By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The biggest novela (prime-time soap opera) of 2012 in Brazil, Avenida Brasil, brought the country to a standstill on Friday night, as half the country tuned in to watch the grand finale of the most successful whodunit in recent times. Bars and restaurants in Rio seized on the opportunity to lure in customers with special events and promotions organized to coincide with the dramatic finale episode.

Even President Dilma Rousseff – a fan of the series . . .

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