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Brazil deploys troops to stop violence in Fortaleza

Image copyright EPA Image caption Criminal gangs burnt buses, shops and banks in response to tougher prison measures About 300 troops have been sent to the northern city of Fortaleza to tackle a surge in criminal violence, authorities said. Soldiers will patrol there and across the state of Ceará in a bid to halt attacks on shops, banks and buses. The justice ministry ordered the special deployment after dozens of attacks this week. The attacks are a protest against new, tougher measures in local prisons, largely controlled by criminal gangs.…

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Brazil gun laws: Bolsonaro vows to loosen ownership rules

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Practice at a Rio de Janeiro gun club: shares in one manufacturer have recently jumped Brazil’s incoming far-right president has said he will seek to issue a decree loosening the country’s gun laws. Jair Bolsonaro, who takes over on 1 January, had made the pledge a key part of his presidential campaign. Brazil currently has strict gun ownership laws, requiring any prospective owners to undergo psychological tests. But Mr Bolsonaro has said more guns would allow “good people” in Brazil help combat violent crime.…

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Brazil ‘faith healer’ John of God surrenders to police

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Brazilian “spiritual healer” Joao Teixeira de Faria, pictured with supporters, has turned himself in to police A Brazilian faith healer accused of sexually abusing more than 300 women has handed himself in to police, local media report. Joao Teixeira de Faria, known as “John of God”, was declared a fugitive on Saturday after missing a deadline to surrender to the authorities. The cascade of claims against him began earlier in December, when a dozen women said the self-styled spiritual healer had abused them at…

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Why Brazil same-sex couples are rushing to tie the knot

Some same-sex couples in Brazil are rushing to get married, fearful that right-wing President-elect Jair Bolsonaro will challenge their right to wed after taking office next year. Mr Bolsonaro has been criticised for homophobic comments, including saying that he would rather have a dead son than a gay son. Brazil legalised same-sex marriage in 2013. Mr Bolsonaro has said gay people would be “happy with his government” and lawyers say reversing the law would in any case require a complicated constitutional amendment. But two couples told the BBC on their…

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Joao de Deus: Brazil ‘spiritual healer’ accused of sex abuse

Image copyright AFP Image caption Self-declared spiritual healer Joao Texeira de Faria denies abusing women who came to him as patients A dozen women have come forward in Brazil to accuse a prominent self-styled spiritual healer of sexually abusing them at his clinic. Joao Teixeira de Faria – known as “Joao of God” – is based in the town of Abadiania but has followers worldwide. A Dutch photographer, Zahira Leeneke Maus, told Globo TV that he had manipulated her into performing sex acts and then raped her. In a statement…

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Amazon rainforest deforestation ‘worst in 10 years’, says Brazil

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The government blamed illegal logging for the rise Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has hit its highest rate in a decade, according to official data. About 7,900 square kilometres (3,500 sq m) of the world’s largest rainforest was destroyed between August 2017 and July 2018, a 13.7% rise over last year. Environment minister Edson Duarte blamed a surge in illegal logging for the increase. The figures come amid concerns about the policies of newly elected Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro. During the 2018 election…

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Brazil 1-0 Cameroon: Neymar goes off injured as Brazil win friendly

Neymar has scored 16 goals for club and country this season Paris St-Germain forward Neymar played for only six minutes as Brazil edged out Cameroon in Milton Keynes. Neymar suffered an adductor muscle injury while taking a shot and was replaced by Everton’s Richarlison. And the Toffees forward proved to be the match-winner, powering home a header on the stroke of half-time. Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus struck the post for Brazil in the second half, while Arthur hit the crossbar with a long-range effort. The 29,669 fans at Stadium MK…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Willian eyes Brazil victory at their London ‘home from home’

He’s impressed London crowds on numerous occasions already in the early stages of the Premier League season with Chelsea. Now, Willian will be hoping to replicating that form for Brazil when they take on neighbours Uruguay in what has been his home city for the last five years on Friday. The explosive winger has already played his part in eight goals since returning from the FIFA World Cup™ – where A Seleção reached the quarter-finals – and has been producing some of his best football in a blue shirt. With…

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Lewis Hamilton wins after Max Verstappen collision in Brazil

Lewis Hamilton took a lucky win in the Brazilian Grand Prix after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen lost the lead in a collision with a backmarker. Verstappen was on course for a superb win when Force India’s Esteban Ocon left his car on the inside of the Red Bull at the Senna S and pitched it into a spin. The incident dropped Verstappen back to second place and although he came back at Hamilton he could not quite catch him. Verstappen remonstrated with Ocon in the driver weighing area afterwards and…

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Hamilton wins in Brazil as Mercedes take fifth F1 title

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 11, 2018 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton won the Brazilian Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday as Mercedes clinched the Formula One constructors’ world championship for the fifth year in a row. The win was Hamilton’s 10th of the season and 72nd of his career. The Briton has already won the drivers’ title for a fifth time. Red Bull’s Max…

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