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Brazil’s $11 billion World Cup keeps getting more expensive

The cost of Brazil’s World Cup is edging ever higher, amid new estimates indicating Rio and Sao Paulo authorities must find more cash for temporary installations. Rio’s state government earlier this week revealed in Brazil’s Official Journal that it expected to spend 33.7 million reais ($14 million) on temporary structures…

Worst drought in Brazil in decades doubles the price of your coffee beans

The morning caffeine hit is about to get more pricey as drought in top producer Brazil has sparked fears of a global shortfall of coffee this year, sending the price of beans soaring. Coffee prices hit their highest point in two years in New York, with……

Edward Snowden says he is unwilling to swap NSA information for asylum

US leaker Edward Snowden said in a TV interview here that he would accept asylum in Brazil if offered, but not if it were in exchange for information about US intelligence. Snowden, in an interview broadcast late Sunday on the news show “Fantastico” on Globo TV network, also criticized the…

Tribes from 17 countries converge on Brazil for Indigenous Games

Leaving a cloud of dust in his wake, a burly warrior of a man rushes into view carrying a huge log on his shoulder. His face painted and grimacing with the effort, he heaves it on to a teammate and keeps running as if his life depended on it as…

Brazil will make and export measles-rubella double vaccine

Brazil will produce a combined vaccine against measles and rubella exclusively for export to poor countries, mainly in Africa, its health minister said Monday. Alexandre Padilha said the aim was to produce 30 million doses by 2017 for sale at a price of 54 US cents each. Currently such vaccines…

Germany and Brazil working on UN resolution concerning NSA spying

Germany and Brazil are working on a UN General Assembly resolution aimed at highlighting international anger at US data snooping in other countries, diplomats said Friday. The resolution would not mention the United States and would call for extending the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to internet activities.…

30,000 year old Brazilian artifacts throw wrench in theory humans first arrived in Americas 12,000 years ago

It’s no secret humans have been having sex for millennia — but recently discovered cave art suggests they were doing it in the Americas much earlier than many archeologists believed. A new exhibit in Brazil showcases artifacts dating as far back as 30,000 years ago — throwing a wrench in…

Native Brazilian tribes and slave descendants demand land rights

Brazil’s native tribes and descendants of African rebel slaves protested in Brasilia Tuesday to demand respect of their land rights. Among the scores of protesters who gathered to hear their leaders air grievances outside Congress were indigenous activists with painted faces and bodies, wearing colorful feather headgear and carrying spears…

Chinese demand fuels record soy crop production in South America

Soy fields stretch as far as the eye can see in South America’s fertile plains, boosted by a jump in demand from China and Europe. With more than 82 million tonnes harvested this year, Brazil is jostling for first place as a producer with the United States, hit by a…

Friendly rhetoric from Pope Francis on gay priests and women: But will it translate into action?

I’ve travelled on “Shepherd One”, as the plane carrying the pope is known, and it’s very clear when you’re on board how keen the pope’s PR men – and yes (sigh) they are all men – are on declaring a foreign trip a “triumph”. In the case of Francis’ visit…

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