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Prominent Ceará Senator Is Shot While Challenging Striking Police Officers

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Senator Cid Gomes (PDT - CE) was shot on Wednesday in Sobral, Ceará State, while protesting, on top of a backhoe, against the strike by state police officers. Cid, a former governor of Ceará with a history of conflict with the police and linked...
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Petrobras Posts Biggest Profit on Record Thanks to Sale of Assets

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Petrobras earned more than R$40 (US$9) billion last year, which represents the highest annual profit in its history. The...

Three Parties Submit Petition to Remove Flávio Bolsonaro from Office

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Three political parties have requested the Senate Ethics Council to cashier Senator Flávio Bolsonaro, son of President Jair Bolsonaro,...

Eduardo Bolsonaro Echoes His Father’s Insults Towards Women

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Together with five female deputies of political party PSL, federal Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro on Tuesday echoed insults made by...

Video Shows PMs Beating up Youths in School in São Paulo’s...

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - State Police (PM) officers are shown in videos posted on social media beating up two youths at Emygdio de...

Pabllo Vittar Rules the Carnaval Musical Hit Parades

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The official start of Carnival is only a few days away and the expectation of knowing which hit will...

Brazilian Minister Suggests Executive Should Combat Congressional “Blackmail”

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Pressure from Congress to overturn President Jair Bolsonaro's vetoes on the tax budget and control some of the 2020...
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Minister Marcos Pontes Reportedly Negotiating Terms for Tesla Plant in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to reports in the NSC Total column, the Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications, Marcos Pontes, is...

Brazilians Attempt to Cancel Cruise to Asia for Fear of Coronavirus Covid-19

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - It was to be the trip of dreams: a month on the high seas in Asia, passing through the...

Large Brazilian Banks Distributed R$58 Billion in Dividends in 2019; Itaú Tops List

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The four major Brazilian publicly traded banks distributed R$58 (US$14.5) billion in dividends and interest on equity (IE) in...

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The Rio Times is an English language publication dedicated to anyone interested in Brazil and Mercosur. Beyond keeping up with national and local events, The Rio Times will also cover issues of specific interest to foreign nationals here. Our mission is to provide our readers with a broad spectrum of information and improve their understanding of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brazil, and Mercosur.

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Brazil Deploys 8,500 Armed Forces in Rio de Janeiro

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The government announced yesterday (July 28th) that the implementation of the National Security Plan in...

Rio de Janeiro Recorded Heat Index of 54.8ºC on Saturday

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Those who were at Santa Cruz station, in Rio de Janeiro, around 12:45 PM on Saturday, felt as if...

More Than 50 Million Brazilians Living Below Poverty Line

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Data released yesterday (December 15th) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) shows...

For the First Time in Brazil, Blacks are the Majority in Public Universities

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In 2018, for the first time, black students (black or mulatto) constituted a majority - 50.3 percent - of...

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Nightlife Guide

Rio Nightlife Guide for Thursday, February 20, 2020

We have the top three picks for this Thursday, and below is a list of bars and pubs that are always a good option. PARTY: Bombastic...

São Paulo Nightlife Guide for Thursday, February 20, 2020

We have the top three picks for this Thursday, and below is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option. CARNIVAL: ...

Rio Nightlife Guide for Wednesday, February 19, 2020

We have the top three picks for this Wednesday, and below is a list of bars and pubs that are always a good option. MÚSICA...

São Paulo Nightlife Guide for Wednesday, February 19, 2020

We have the top three picks for this Wednesday, and below is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option. LIVE: ...

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Brazil Is Major Emerging Market for Zurich Airport; Further Investments Likely

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In only 14 months, Flughafen Zürich AG (Zurich Airport) has built the brand new Hercílio Luz Airport (FLN) in...

Startup Wonderland Florianópolis Might Go National and Serve as Reference for Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Federal deputies linked to the Chamber's Parliamentary Front of Digital Economy and Citizenship, are looking into the Florianópolis ecosystem...

Looking for a Favela Tour? Skip the Jeeps — Find an Activist

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Carnaval 2020 is fast approaching, and if you’re one of the 1.9 million visitors flooding into Rio de Janeiro...

Bolsonaro Accelerates Deterioration of Democracy in Brazil, Says Report

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The arrival in power of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil - the first ultra-right-wing president since its return to democracy...

Travel

Fourteen Pictures of Tiradentes That Will Make You Want to Travel There

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Those visiting the town of Tiradentes, in Minas Gerais, take an incredible plunge into Brazil's colonial period. The destination...

Nine Spots in Espírito Santo State You Won’t Believe Exist

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - When you happen to hear that Espírito Santo is a surprising state in Brazil, believe it: it really is....

Imperial Museum in Petrópolis Had Record Number of Visitors in 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Last year's figures at the Imperial Museum, popularly known as the Imperial Palace, located in Petrópolis, in the state...

Tetris, World’s Largest Container Hostel, Is Now in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Idealized by architects Karin Nisiide and Carlos Eduardo Salamanca, Tetris Hostel offers a "connection of ideas and people from...

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GringoView: Escaping from Carnaval – My Annual Ritual

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) The sound of drums and amplified singing in the street below my São Paulo apartment, even a week before...

Opinion: Understanding the Dangers Facing the Future of Democracy

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) The history of the bizarre political events of the past few weeks in the US might best be avoided...

Opinion: In Brazil since 2007, 261 Children Have Died While Working; Governments Ignore Problem

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - 2020 will mark three years of hiding data on child labor for the Brazilian government. The most recent figures...

Opinion: ‘Impeachment’ as New Norm for Disposing of Annoying Opponents

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -  In this troubled and highly partisan world one is forced to wonder if ’impeachment’ is becoming the new norm...

Opinion: One Year of Bolsonaro in Brazil – Threats, More Arms Sales and a Still Sluggish Economy

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The first year in office of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro did not end without further polemics and worrying statistics. Most...