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Brazil's Bolsonaro taking a risk on Venezuela: analysts

Brazil's Bolsonaro taking a risk on Venezuela: analystsBy siding with the United States in recognizing Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president and dismissing Nicolas Maduro as an illegitimate “dictator,” Brazilian far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro is making a risky bet, analysts and former diplomats say. Firstly, he is breaking with Brazil’s tradition of trying to maintain cordial relations with governments of all stripes. Secondly, he is thrusting Brazil into a showdown that, in the words of Rubens Ricupero, a former Brazilian ambassador to the US speaking to the newspaper O Globo, “could have unpredictable consequences for the region” if not quickly resolved.



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Brazil's first human, a 'priceless' loss from Rio's museum fire

Brazil's first human, a 'priceless' loss from Rio's museum fireBrazil on Monday mourned the loss of the “first Brazilian,” Luzia, after the 12,000-year-old fossil was destroyed in a raging fire that ripped through Rio de Janeiro’s treasured National Museum. The jewel in the crown of the museum’s collection of 20 million valuable pieces, Luzia was the first human fossil found in Brazil, in the southwestern Minas Gerais state in 1970. “Luzia is a priceless loss for everyone interested in civilization,” Paulo Knauss, director at Brazil’s national history museum, told AFP.



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Brazil's National Museum, Latin America's largest

Brazil's National Museum, Latin America's largestBrazil’s National Museum, ravaged Sunday by a massive fire, is Latin America’s largest natural history and anthropology museum, with more than 20 million artefacts and 530,000 titles. It sits in the Quinta da Boa Vista public park in the north of Rio de Janeiro, former palace gardens that now include the city’s impressive Zoological Garden. The museum has about 150,000 visitors a year, according to its website, and has become an important centre of research and learning, integrated since 1946 into the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.



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Brazil's Temer to press Pence on U.S. treatment of migrant families

Brazil's Temer to press Pence on U.S. treatment of migrant familiesPresident Michel Temer will press U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during his two-day visit to Brazil on cases of Brazilian children separated from their parents upon trying to enter the United States, a Brazilian diplomat said on Monday. Pence will hold bilateral talks with Temer and other Brazilian officials on Tuesday. Temer “will express his worries about the treatment” of about 50 Brazilian children who were separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration’s policy of seeking to detain and prosecute anyone accused of entering the country illegally, said Brazilian diplomat Fernando Magalhaes during a Monday foreign ministry briefing in Brasilia.



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Brazil's top court suspends parts of President Temer's Christmas pardons

Brazil's top court suspends parts of President Temer's Christmas pardonsBy Ricardo Brito and Jake Spring BRASILIA (Reuters) – The head of Brazil’s Supreme Court suspended parts of a Christmas decree from President Michel Temer granting pardons to convicted criminals on Thursday, saying Temer’s actions needed further examination by the court. Cármen Lúcia ruled largely in favor of a legal challenge by Brazil’s top prosecutor, Raquel Dodge, who said on Wednesday that the pardons were unconstitutional and threatened a probe into the country’s largest-ever corruption scandal.



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Export bans hit Brazil's meat industry after scandal

Export bans hit Brazil's meat industry after scandalBrasília (AFP) – The fallout from Brazil’s rotten meat scandal accelerated Monday when China, a huge market, suspended imports and the European Union demanded a partial ban. Another ban on Brazilian meat imposed by Chile sparked fears of a trade spat between the two South American partners. A charm offensive by President Michel Temer, who even invited foreign ambassadors to a traditional meat restaurant in the capital Brasilia late Sunday, failed to calm importers.



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Brazil's Carnival 2017: A week-long celebration of parades and street parties

Brazil's Carnival 2017: A week-long celebration of parades and street partiesRevelers all over Brazil are gearing up for parades, balls and street parties during Carnival week celebrations. Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the “sambadrome.” Sao Paulo will also have its main samba schools taking their floats to their sambadrome. Brazilians living through two years of steep recession and nearly 13 percent unemployment have grasped this year’s carnival as a chance to let off steam.



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Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayor

Brazil's Carnival begins with parades, parties but no mayorRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.



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Brazil's race to save drought-hit city

Brazil's race to save drought-hit cityThe shrunken carcasses of cows lie in scorched fields outside the city of Campina Grande in northeast Brazil, and hungry goats search for food on the cracked-earth floor of the Boqueirao reservoir that serves the desperate town. After five years of drought, farmer Edivaldo Brito says he cannot remember when the Boqueirão reservoir was last full. Brazil’s arid northeast is weathering its worst drought on record and Campina Grande, which has 400,000 residents that depend on the reservoir, is running out of water.



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