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  • Live blog: Brazil's top court hears ex-President Lula’s last-ditch appeal

    Live blog: Brazil’s top court nixes ex-President Lula’s last-ditch petition

    Vote Tally 11:29 p.m. EDT Lúcia breaks the tie, and da Silva’s petition is denied. 11:24 p.m. EDT Lúcia says “presumption of innocence cannot lead to impunity.” 11:16 p.m. EDT Lúcia says she has been consistent in her position in favor of preventive detention since 2009. 11:12 p.m. EDT The court decides unanimously that Lúcia […]

  • Potential of community land trusts in Rio’s favelas discussed at Lincoln Institute

    Potential of community land trusts in Rio’s favelas discussed at Lincoln Institute

    Catalytic Communities’ Theresa Williamson was welcomed to the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy by Martim O. Smolka, director of the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean, on Nov. 16, 2017. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Lincoln Institute has for many years helped establish a network for best practices in the establishment of community land trusts, and […]

  • Over 470 English teachers from Brazilian public schools head to the U.S. for training

    Over 470 English teachers from Brazilian public schools head to the U.S. for training

    Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), a foundation linked to the Ministry of Education (MEC), the Fulbright Commission, the United States Embassy in Brazil and the Department of State, are celebrating a record number of Brazilians taking part in educational, professional and cultural exchanges in the USA. Today, January 12, 479 English […]

  • An open-air, free mental health clinic in São Paulo

    An open-air, free mental health clinic in São Paulo

    Low-income residents of the concrete jungle known as São Paulo can access mental health care through the publicly funded SUS health care system, but earlier this year a psychiatrist collective decided to launch a novel alternative. Calling itself Clínica Aberta de Psicanálise (“Open Psychoanalysis Clinic”), the collective began providing its services at a community center in […]

  • Three-time Indy 500 champ Hélio Castroneves switching gears

    Three-time Indy 500 champ Hélio Castroneves switching gears

    Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Hélio Castroneves announced Wednesday he is bringing his 20-year full-time IndyCar career to a close, moving to Team Penske’s sports car program in the 2018 racing season. Castroneves, 42, was born in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, and started his career in karting and raced for the UK-based Paul Stewart Racing team […]

  • Oxfam: Brazil still plagued by inequality

    Oxfam: Brazil still plagued by inequality

    Brazil’s six richest men have as much wealth as the poorest 50% of the population, according to an inaugural Oxfam Brazil report that highlights the country’s extreme inequality. Among other startling figures, the report found that at the current pace of progress, Brazilian women won’t close the wage gap until 2047, and Afro-Brazilians won’t earn […]

  • UNDP: About 60% of Brazilians don't exercise

    UNDP: About 60% of Brazilians don’t exercise

    Less than 4 out of 10 Brazilian adults exercise or practice sports on a regular basis, according to the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) first National Human Development Report on Brazil. Only 37.9% of the Brazilians surveyed in 2015 by the UNDP said they exercise of practice sports. The report flagged a gender gap, with […]

  • This is Brazil's national tree, and it's in bloom

    This is Brazil’s national tree, and it’s in bloom

    The golden trumpet tree (Tabebuia chrysotricha) is considered the national tree of Brazil. Known in Portuguese as ipê amarelo, this evergreen tree is rich in nectar and blooms in the Brazilian spring. Here are some beautiful specimens in full bloom in the streets of the national capital this week. Photos by Marcelo Camargo/ABr

  • Katie Holmes's keen eye for the gritty beauty of São Paulo

    Katie Holmes’ keen eye for the gritty beauty of São Paulo

    Katie Holmes was one of the many international stars who flew to Brazil for the 7th Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala São Paulo AIDS benefit. Unlike her peers, though, Holmes spent the next few days documenting the city’s design and street art style in photos and a video shared on Instagram. Intentionally or not, her handiwork […]