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Brazilian presidential candidates remain silent on abortion

With the election just days away, the tragedy of illegal procedures is failing to trigger public debate

Wave of strikes rocks Brazil ahead of World Cup

Authorities are racing against the clock to complete airports in time for soccer championship

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Brazil to release genetically modified mosquitos to combat dengue fever

Government authorizes use of GM insects to prevent species from producing viable offspring The project has some environmental risk factors

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Brazil struggles with growing security problem ahead of World Cup kickoff

Violence and unrest on the rise as 'favela' residents complain of police abuses

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Rio shantytown violence spreads to Copacabana neighborhood

Residents of Pavão-Pavãozinho 'favela' block roads in famous beachside district Unrest forces shops to close early, while some tourists are warned not to leave hotels

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Residents of Rio’s ‘favelas’ rail against violence caused by police occupation

Indiscriminate searches and deaths of bystanders in shantytowns prompt communities to react

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Rio police win back notorious drug district

Heavily armed forces move into Complexo da Mará without firing a shot

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Promising Brazilian oil firm files for bankruptcy protection

Former billionaire’s OGX was the talk of petroleum industry after 2007 debut

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Shell saves Brazil’s showcase oil block auction by joining consortium

Petroleum giants shy away from bidding after government decides to keep nearly half of production

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Brazilians lose trust in judiciary following ruling to retry convicted politicians

Lula da Silva’s former chief of staff will be able to argue for a reduction in his sentence

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Brazil celebrates its late, great architect

Niemeyer, who died at 104, receives state honors in the city he designed

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Battle for the sacred river

Brazilian court blocks government-backed plans to develop world's third-largest dam Ruling upholds rights of Amazonian Indians on the Xingu river