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Anarchist group mars Brazilian teachers’ march

Thousands marched in Rio de Janeiro Monday to support teachers seeking pay hikes before masked anarchists turned to violence, setting fires, breaking into buildings and smashing a City Hall gate. The demonstration took place over several hours and was peaceful at first. But once night fell, violent incidents broke out…

Forget feathers and beads: At Basel’s carnival Fasnacht, it’s all about politics

Forget feathers and beads: At Basel's carnival Fasnacht, it's all about politics New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, Venice: All play host to the annual glittering, colorful, and wild extravaganza known as Carnival. But in Basel, Switzerland, the world’s only Protestant masque, celebrations take on a new twist – they get…

Chevron accused of ‘environmental crime’ in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — Federal prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday accused US oil giant Chevron and 17 executives of “environmental crime” in connection with a major spill off southeastern Brazil last November. The country’s national oil regulator estimates that 2,400 barrels of crude were spilled in the accident,…

London mulls Rio-style Jesus statue for Olympics

London may erect a replica of Rio de Janeiro’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue to mark the passage of the Olympic torch to Brazil at the end of this year’s games, reports said. The 30-foot (10-metre) sculpture would sit atop Primrose Hill, one of the most popular viewing points in…

Brazil fines Chevron for oil spill

Brazil’s Environment Institute on Friday ordered US oil giant Chevron to pay another fine related to the early November oil spill off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The agency, known as Ibama, ordered Chevron to pay $5.4 million for failures in the company’s emergency plan. Ibama earlier fined Chevron…

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