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Brazil: the Exhilarating Land of Copa Cabana and Rio de Janerio

This vast country with its capital Brasilia covers a major portion of South America. Tracing back its colonial past, it was ruled by Portuguese settlers, the imprints of which are retained even today in the Brasilian towns of Salvador, Sao Paulo and Joao Pessoa. Brazilians are widely known for their love of music in form of folk music, which exhibits their cultural eminence. The Brazilian Soccer team is world renowned for having won an unprecedented five world cups. Brazilian Football Legends like Pele and Ronaldo are household names and revered in the country.

Some Quick Facts on Brazil:

    · National Name: Federative Republic of Brazil
    · National Capital: Brasilia
    · Total Population: 191.8 million (UN, 2007)
    · Largest City: Sao Paulo
    · Total Area: 8.55 million sq km (3.3 million sq miles)
    · Major Language: Portuguese
    · Major Religion: Christianity
    · Currency: Real
    · Main Exports: Manufactured goods, iron ore, coffee, oranges, other agricultural produce, Bauxite
    · Life Expectancy: 69 years (men), 76 years (women)
    · GDP (per capita): $9700 (2007 Est.)
    · Literacy: 88.6%

Geography and Weather of Brazil:
Brazil holds on to its vast wealth of tropical rainforests and the Amazon Basin, incorporates almost half of the rainforests on Earth. Besides this the Atlantic forest offers greater biological diversity than the Amazon basin. And it is characterized by a hot, humid climate receiving heavy rainfall measuring up to 300cm in some places. Amazon, the great river originates in Peru before forming its delta in Brazil.

Brazil has relatively cooler season from May to September and a sweltering one from December to March. While the rainy season comes in between October to May. However, it may also vary in different states.

Culture and Cuisine of Brasil:
Brazil had been under the control of Portuguese colonizers, thereby, presently it features a cultural influence of the same, besides Africa and Asia. Its affluent tradition incorporates relative motley of varied races and ethnicities as a result of which number of different races such as Mestizos and Mulattoes originated. The social aspect plays an important role in the lives of Brazilians, as they believe that family values form the basis of strong foundation enhancing stability.
Samba and Bossa Nova dances form a prominent part of this country’s music tradition. The rich diversity is also depicted through various forms of art be it Literature or architectural paintings. The annual Rio Carnival held in Rio de Janeiro is a great exhibition of Brazilian culture, dance and music.

This multicultural country offers a wide variety of cuisines belonging to varied cultures. Some of the important dishes are Pato no tucupi, prepared specially on the occasion of Christmas, Pao de Quiejo, is a must-eat Brazilian snack and many other sumptuous dishes. Also, Rice and Beans are considered a must have dish on the table. Besides this, Cachaca is the native liquor prepared from sugarcane that is added to the national drink Caipirinha as the main ingredient. Thereby, Brazil has a lot to offer in its range of cuisines.

Tourist Attractions and Vacations in Brazil:
Brazil offers a plethora of sight seeing destinations and is ideal for long vacations, as it comprises a number of different regions offering a whole lot of fun and adventure to the visitors. Some of the cool tourist attractions in Brazil are:

Rio de Janeiro: This populous city is known for its marvelous beaches like the Copa Cabana beach and majestic mountain ranges circumscribed by thick tropical forests. There are a number of historical museums, which comprise this country’s ancient artifacts belonging to 20th century.

Brasilia: This capital city of Brazil is featured as structurally one of the most well planned cities. It has been designed by number of great architects who gave it a backdrop of greenery and the layout of building as well.

Besides, these there are Sao Paulo, Amazonian National Park, Salvador, Iguacu falls, Pantanal, Manaus and many others.

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Sri Lankan business chamber steps up trade with BRICS

May 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Colombo, May 3 (IANS) Sri Lanka's largest business chamber has signed a deal with an organization representing Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) to increase trade ties, a statement said here Thursday.

15 million babies born prematurely every year

May 3, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Washington, May 3 (IANS) Fifteen million babies are born too soon every year and 1.1 million die shortly after birth, making premature birth the second leading cause of death in children under age 5, according to the first ever national, regional and global estimates of preterm birth.

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India tops list of pre-term births globally by a mile

May 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Washington, May 3 (ANI): India is leading other countries in the world with the highest number of deaths due to preterm births by a difference of millions, according to a new report.

India tops list of pre-term births globally by a mile

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Washington, May 3 (ANI): India is leading other countries in the world with the highest number of deaths due to preterm births by a difference of millions, according to a new report.

Man held in Sri Lanka with cocaine in belly

May 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Colombo, May 2 (IANS) A Philippine national who had cocaine stashed in his stomach has been arrested, police said Wednesday.

Brazil hope to end Olympic judo medal drought in London

May 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Rio de Janeiro, May 2 (IANS) Brazil will be hoping to end a 20-year Olympic gold medal drought at the London Games.

Flamengo to re-sign Adriano, says coach

May 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Rio de Janeiro, May 2 (Xinhua) Flamengo football coach Joel Santana hinted that the club in on the verge of re-signing former Inter Milan and Roma striker Adriano.

UN to send 300 peacekeepers to Syria by May-end

May 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

United Nations, May 2 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The UN will send its 300 international unarmed observers to Syria by the end of May, said Herve Ladsous, the head of the UN peacekeeping body.

Fluminense midfielder Deco worried about Brazilian football

May 1, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Rio De Janerio, May 1 (IANS) Fluminense midfielder Deco has said Brazilian football is suffering from an unhealthy obsession with individual talent.

Why being nice to your boss is a good move

April 30, 2012 at 4:58 PM

London, April 30 (IANS) Being nice to your boss always pays, including better prospects and promotions, even if your are neither too bright nor suitable for the job, according to an international business survey.

Colombia to spend $738 mn on housing programmes

April 30, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Bogota, April 30 (IANS/EFE) Colombia plans to invest 1.3 trillion pesos (about $738.13 million) in housing programmes "for the poorest of the poor", which it is adding to the plan to provide 100,000 homes free to the most vulnerable among the population, President Juan Manuel Santos said.

Misgoverance, corruption bring India down in geopolitical index

April 29, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Mumbai, April 29 (IANS) Afflicted by misgovernance and corruption, India's global clout has waned over the past year but could swing back if the economy regains its growth trajectory, says a geopolitical power index (GPI) report by an independent Mumbai-based think tank.

Injured Gremio goalkeeper Grohe to miss crucial game

April 29, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 29 (IANS) Gremio will be without goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe for Sunday's match against archrival Internacional after the 25-year-old underwent emergency surgery on his testicles.

Report: Mourinho agrees to signing Sao Paulo playmaker Lucas

April 28, 2012 at 2:02 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aprl 28 (Xinhua-ANI): Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has reportedly given his consent to the signing of Sao Paulo playmaker Lucas.

Neymar vows to avenge Santos' shock defeat

April 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Rio De Janeiro, April 27 (IANS) Santos striker Neymar has vowed to seek revenge after Bolivar's shock 2-1 victory over the defending Copa Libertadores champions in La Paz.

Soccer star Kaka becomes first athlete to pass 10 million followers on Twitter

April 26, 2012 at 3:38 PM

London, Apr 26 (ANI): Brazilian soccer star Kaka became the first athlete to amass 10 million followers on Twitter.

Olympic champion Cesar notches season fastest time in 50m freestyle

April 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), April 26 (Xinhua-ANI): Olympic 50m freestyle champion Cesar Cielo sent a warning to his rivals by creating the fastest time of the year at an Olympic warm-up event in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

Being nice to your boss will help you get ahead

April 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

London, April 26 (ANI): A good relationship with your boss will help you if you're aiming to climb the company ladder.

Being nice to your boss will help you get ahead

April 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

London, April 26 (ANI): A good relationship with your boss will help you if you're aiming to climb the company ladder.

Defending champion Santos lose in Copa Libertadores

April 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), April 26 (Xinhua-ANI): Defending Copa Libertadores champion Santos suffered a 2-1 defeat to Bolivar in the first leg of their round of 16 battle in La Paz on Wednesday.

Sao Paulo is on a comeback trail, says Fabiano

April 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Rio deJaneiro, April 26 (IANS) Former Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano feels his current club Sao Paulo is all set to return to the top of Brazilian football after three seasons without a trophy.

Now, Brazilian hooker sues US Federal Govt. for injury following Columbia sex scandal

April 26, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Washington, Apr 26 (ANI): Following the Secret Service scandal in Columbia, a Brazilian prostitute is suing the US Federal Government over an injury in an incident last year by four members of a U.S. security team.

Colombian firm makes new oil find

April 26, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Bogota, April 26 (IANS/EFE) State oil company Ecopetrol announced a new crude discovery at an exploratory well in Tisquirama, a block in northern Colombia that has been in commercial production for more than a half century.

US wants Brazil as defense partner

April 26, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Rio de Janeiro, April 26 (IANS/EFE) The US is ready to transfer military technology to Brazil to be able to count the South American country as a strategic ally, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said here Wednesday.

Team Britain given tough football draw in Olympics

April 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

London, April 25 (IANS) The British men's football team has been handed out a tough draw in the 2012 London Games.

Corinthians chasing AC Milan striker Pato

April 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 25 (IANS) Brazilian soccer club Corinthians has revealed its interest in signing AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato.

Prostitution scandal claims more US Secret Service agents

April 25, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Washington, April 25 (IANS) The US Secret Service Tuesday announced the fate of five remaining agents implicated in a scandal involving agency personnel and prostitutes during a presidential visit to Colombia. Two of the agents have decided to quit.

Brazil asks US for transfer of military technology

April 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Brasilia, April 25 (IANS/EFE) Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim has made a proposal to Pentagon chief Leon Panetta for collaboration in the military sphere including the transfer of US technology.

Journalist slain in Brazil

April 25, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Rio de Janeiro, April 25 (IANS/EFE) Brazilian political reporter and blogger Decio Sa was gunned down at a bar in Sao Luis, capital of the northern state of Maranhao, police said Tuesday.

10 mn Indians wish to move to US: Gallup poll

April 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Washington, April 25 (IANS) Around 13 percent of the world's adults -- or over 640 million people -- would like to emigrate with roughly 150 million, including ten million Indians wishing to settle in America.

Brazilian actor dies after accidentally hanging himself while playing Judas

April 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

London, April 24 (ANI): An actor in Brazil has died 17 days after he accidentally hanged himself while re-enacting the death of Judas Iscariot for an Easter Passion play.

Brazil, Spain, Britain seeded in Olympic football

April 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

London, April 24 (IANS) Brazil, Spain, Britain and Mexico have been seeded for the Olympic men's football tournament.

Strike halts work on mega-dam in Brazil

April 24, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Rio de Janeiro, April 24 (IANS/EFE) A strike Monday effectively halted work on Brazil's giant Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, a controversial project in the heart of Amazonia that has drawn bitter opposition from environmentalists and locals.

India seeks quick ratification of quota reforms

April 22, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Washington, April 22 (IANS) Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has urged lagging International Monetary Fund (IMF) members to move quickly to ratify quota and governance reforms that would give developing nations a greater voice in running the 188-nation global lender.

Five die in Brazil when elevator crashes

April 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Rio de Janeiro, April 22 (IANS/EFE) Five miners died in a elevator accident at an emerald mine in northeastern Brazil, officials said.

No decision yet on Adriano, says Flamengo president

April 21, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Rio De Janeiro, April 21 (IANS) Flamengo Football Club president Patricia Amorim says the club is still undecided about whether to re-sign troubled striker Adriano.

Bahrain protests instigate Force India team to give second practice session a miss

April 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Manama, Apr 21 (ANI): With the on-going violent protests near the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), Force India team decided to pull out of the second practice run, and head to their hotel before dark.

IMF arms itself with $430 bn new funding

April 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Washington, April 21 (IANS) The International Monetary Fund has almost doubled its "fire power" to protect the world economy against deepening debt turmoil in Europe with the Group of 20 nations, including India, pledging $430 billion in new funding.

Need for a working group for BRICS development bank: India

April 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

India has suggested to form a working group consists of finance ministry and central bank officials of the BRIC countries.

FIFA appoints 84 officials for London Olympic football

April 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Geneva, April 20 (IANS) The FIFA Referees Committee has confirmed the appointment of 84 officials from 36 countries to officiate at the 2012 London Olympic football tournaments.

FIFA appoints 84 officials for London Olympic football

April 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Geneva, April 19 (Xinhua-ANI): The FIFA Referees Committee has confirmed Thursday the appointment of 84 officials from 36 countries to officiate at the 2012 London Olympic football tournaments.

Deco prefers Libertadores to Champions League medals

April 19, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 19 (IANS) Star midfielder Deco says he would swap his Champions League winners' medals for a Copa Libertadores triumph with Brazilian club Fluminense.

Microsoft, Google win Indian developer awards

April 18, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Bangalore, April 18 (IANS) Global software major Microsoft and global search engine Google bagged the Great Indian Developer Awards 2012 for innovative products and applications at the IT developers' fifth annual summit here Wednesday.

Ronaldinho's brother jailed for money laundering

April 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 18 (IANS) The brother of former Barcelona and AC Milan star Ronaldinho has been sentenced to five and a half years in jail after being convicted of money laundering.

Lack of sleep may make you fat

April 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Washington, Apr 18 (ANI): Inadequate sleep may put people at risk of obesity, according to a new study.

BRIC revenues help push IBM profits

April 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Washington, April 18 (IANS) International Business Machines Corp's (IBM) profit jumped 7 percent to $3.1 billion in the first quarter earnings as the tech giant reported ten percent higher revenue in the BRIC countries - Brazil, Russia, India and China.

China's trade with Latin America grew in 2011

April 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Beijing, April 18 (IANS/EFE) The value of China's trade with Latin America rose 31.5 percent last year to $241.5 billion, a senior Chinese official said.

Global Effects of Inflation

April 17, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Inflation has long been the common man's concern about economy. Though inflation is the most immediate economic parameter to be associated with the hike of price, it has its long and far reaching effects on the society and social concerns. The monetary strategies in the international level are less vulnerable to the effects of global inflation than the currencies of the poorer and developing nations.

Three held for cannibal acts in Brazil

April 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

London, April 16 (IANS) A group of three people, including two women, in Brazil have been held for cooking their victims and turning them into pastries, a report in a British paper said.

McLaren boss Whitmarsh denies any special security measures for Bahrain GP

April 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM

London, Apr 15(ANI): McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has rejected suggestions that they would take special security measures for the security of their star drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button along with the other staff during next weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Uruguayan international Sebastian wants to end career at Nacional

April 15, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 15 (IANS) Uruguayan international Sebastian Abreu said he wanted to finish his career at Montevideo's Nacional, the club he idolized as a child.

Former Brazilian striker Adriano released from hospital

April 15, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 15 (IANS) Former Brazil striker Adriano has been released from hospital and is ready to begin rehabilitation after a second operation on his left Achilles tendon.

Internacional defeat Ceramica in Rio championship

April 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 15 (IANS) Brazil striker Leandro Damiao scored his 15th goal in 19 games to help Internacional defeat Ceramica 3-0 in the Rio championship.

Brazil killers ate flesh, sold 'dish' to neighbours

April 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Rio de Janeiro, April 14 (IANS/EFE) Three people accused of killing at least three women in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco said they ate some of their victims' flesh and also used it to make a dish they sold to their neighbours, police said Friday.

Brazil court allows abortion in case of brain damage

April 14, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Brasilia, April 14 (IANS/EFE) Brazil's Supreme Federal Tribunal ruled that aborting a foetus suffering from anencephaly - the absence of a large part of the brain and the skull - is not a criminal offence.

UN launches anti-human trafficking drive in Portugal

April 14, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Lisbon, April 14 (IANS) A United Nations' public awareness campaign against human trafficking has been launched in Portugal.

Infosys to hire 35,000 techies this fiscal

April 13, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Bangalore, April 13 (IANS) India's second largest IT bellwether Infosys Ltd and its subsidiaries would hire 35,000 people (gross addition) in fiscal 2012-13, about 10,000 less than last fiscal (2011-12), a top company official said Friday.

McLaren set to give Button, Hamilton SAS-style security for Bahrain GP

April 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

London, Apr 13(ANI): McLaren will give Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton SAS-style security along with their other drivers, if they participate in the highly contentious Bahrain Grand Prix.

Eating tree nut may help combat metabolic syndrome

April 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Washington, April 13 (ANI): Consumption of tree nut (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts) may lower risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, researchers suggest.

Russia looks for commercial space projects

April 13, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Moscow, April 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia needs to invigorate its efforts to implement commercial space projects jointly with the European Space Agency and individual space powers, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said.

India, Russia, China to cement trilateral cooperation

April 12, 2012 at 8:03 PM

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Building upon the success of the BRICS summit, the foreign ministers of India, China and Russia will hold a trilateral meeting Friday to cement new pathways of cooperation and attempt to harmonise their positions on key international issues.

Spain retain top spot in FIFA ranking

April 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Madrid, April 12 (IANS) Spain retained first position in the newly-released FIFA rankings but the Netherlands, which were second in March, dropped to fourth, while Germany and Uruguay moved up to the second and third positions, respectively.

Almost half of Brazilians overweight

April 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Rio de Janeiro, April 11 (IANS/EFE) More than 48 percent of Brazilians are overweight and 15.8 percent are obese, according to a study based on 2011 data that was released Tuesday by the health ministry.

China back to trade surplus

April 10, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Beijing, April 10 (IANS) China swung back to trade surplus in March from February's deficit of $31.48 billion, posting a $670 million trade surplus in the first quarter, authorities said Tuesday.

US, Brazil agree to closer defence ties

April 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Washington, April 10 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff agreed here Monday to increase defence cooperation and facilitate tourism and business travel between their two nations.

US to open consulates in Brazil

April 10, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Washington, April 10 (IANS) The US will open two new consulates in Brazil in an effort to keep up with the "expanding relationship" between the two countries, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday.

Brazil coach Menezes vows to win 2014 World Cup

April 9, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 9 (IANS) Brazil coach Mano Menezes is confident of leading the team to victory in the 2014 football World Cup.

Brazil makes world group playoffs in Davis Cup

April 9, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 9 (IANS) Brazil advanced to the Davis Cup world group playoffs after Thomaz Bellucci defeated Colombia's Santiago Giraldo in straight sets in Sao Jose do Rio Preto.

China becomes world's largest food market

April 9, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Beijing, April 9 (IANS) China is now the world's largest food and grocery market, having overtaken the US in terms of sales in 2011, a market research firm said.

Dentures may be teeming with MRSA superbugs

April 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM

London, Apr 8 (ANI): Dentures may not be as clean as they look as they could be contaminated with killer bugs like MRSA, a new study has revealed.

Brazil actor seriously injured

April 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 8 (IANS/EFE) A Brazilian actor almost hanged himself fatally while playing the part of Judas in a play and was taken to hospital in serious condition, online media said.

Adriano to have surgery on left foot

April 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 7 (IANS) Former Inter Milan and Roma striker Adriano insists he can still be a part of Brazil's 2014 World Cup campaign despite another injury setback. The 30-year-old announced he would undergo surgery to repair Achilles tendon damage to his left foot.

Lowered inflation may spur growth: Brazil

April 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 6 (IANS) Brazil's inflation is under control as latest statistics show the inflation rate dropped to its lowest level since July 2011, Finance Minister Guido Mantega said.

Brazil, Colombia battle for Davis Cup playoff

April 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 6 (IANS) Brazil and Colombia will play for a spot in the Davis Cup world group playoff when they meet on the clay surface of Sao Jose do Rio Preto Friday.

Santos preparing offer to keep Neymar beyond 2014

April 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 6 (IANS) Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro has revealed the club is preparing a new proposal to keep Brazilian prodigy Neymar at the club beyond 2014.

Urban populations expected to grow in Asia, Africa: UN

April 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

United Nations, April 6 (IANS) The 2011 version of a UN report on urbanization has projected that there will be significant increases in population in cities on the Asian and African continents by the year 2050, an official said here.

India successfully tests second indigenous airborne radar flight

April 5, 2012 at 6:57 PM

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) India's second indigenous airborne warning radar, formidable eyes in the sky, built aboard a Brazilian Embraer plane has been successfully flight tested, an official said Thursday.

Iran to play UAE in football friendly

April 5, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Tehran, April 5 (IANS) Iran's national football team will play a friendly match against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in preparation for the final stage of Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup to be held in Brazil.

Second indigenous airborne radar flight tested

April 5, 2012 at 5:12 PM

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) India's second indigenous airborne warning radar built on board a Brazilian Embraer plane has been successfully flight tested, an official said Thursday.

Brazil lobbies for surfing at Rio 2016 Olympics

April 5, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 5 (IANS) Brazil's surfing confederation (CBS) has launched a campaign to include the sport as a demonstration event at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Brazil sets auto export quotas for Mexico

April 5, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Brasilia, April 5 (IANS/EFE) The government has set its automotive export quotas for Mexico based on the requirements of each automaker operating in Brazil, officials said.

Brazil seeks association with US in education, science

April 4, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Brasilia, April 4 (IANS/EFE) Brazil's drive to establish a partnership with the US in the spheres of education, science, technology and innovation will be a key topic of President Dilma Rousseff's visit to Washington next week, the education minister said Tuesday.

Brazil to launch satellite for military purposes

April 4, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Rio de Janeiro, April 4 (IANS/EFE) Brazil will launch a satellite for military purposes and to expand broadband Internet service throughout the country, Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo Silva said, adding that officials hope to have the satellite operational in time for the 2014 soccer World Cup tournament in the South American nation.

Cisco to invest $545 mn in Brazil

April 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Rio de Janeiro, April 4 (IANS/EFE) US-based Cisco Systems, the world's largest maker of networking equipment, said it planned to invest 1 billion reais (about $545 million) in Brazil over the next four years.

Brain stimulation may help improve speech, memory and numerical abilities

April 3, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Washington, Apr 3 (ANI): One of the most difficult challenges for some stroke patients can be the inability to find and speak words even if they know what they want to say.

J.Lo and Casper Smart blindfold each other in raunchy new video

April 3, 2012 at 5:53 PM

London, Apr 3 (ANI): Jennifer Lopez fawns over her shirtless toyboy Casper Smart as she reveals her taut tummy in her new video for her song 'Dance Again'.

Low energy density diets may help lose weight

April 3, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Washington, April 3 (ANI): Consuming a diet low in energy density may be an effective strategy for managing body weight, suggest researchers.

2014 World Cup title a must for Brazil: Coach Parreira

April 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 3 (IANS) Former national coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has said Brazil's 2014 World Cup campaign will be considered a failure if the team does not win the tournament.

FIFA official to return to Brazil next week

April 3, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 3 (IANS) FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke will return to Brazil next week for a Senate hearing on the country's 2014 World Cup preparations.

Internacional best club in Brazil

April 3, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 3 (IANS) Internacional has retained its status as Brazil's top-ranked team in the latest South American Confederation (Conmebol) club rankings.

Strong India, China growth reduces world poverty

April 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Washington, April 3 (IANS) The percentage of people living in extreme poverty declined from 52 percent in 1981 to 22 percent in 2008 thanks to strong economic growth in the emerging markets of India, Brazil and China, according to a new report.

Argentina looks to stem imports of Mexican-made autos

April 3, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Buenos Aires, April 3 (IANS/EFE) Argentina is looking to reduce its imports of automobiles manufactured in Mexico in light of that country's refusal to revise the 2002 bilateral automotive trade agreement, media reports said.

Adriano can revive career with Flamengo: Zico

April 2, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 2 (IANS) Brazilian football legend Zico has backed clubless striker Adriano to resurrect his troubled career at Flamengo.

Prince Harry turns lifesaver for polo player

April 2, 2012 at 1:01 PM

London, Apr 2 (ANI): Prince Harry recently rushed to the aid of a polo player who fell off his horse and blacked out when he crashed to the ground.

Indian men and women finish 27th at World TT

April 1, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Dortmund (Germany), April 1 (IANS) India finished 27th in the men's and women's category at the World Team Table Tennis Championships here.

Neymar, Messi in charity match

April 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 1 (IANS) Santos star striker Neymar has been invited to take part in a charity match featuring Argentina's superstar Lionel Messi.

Lusofonia Games in Goa in November 2013

March 31, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Panaji, March 31 (IANS) Organisers of the Lusofonia Games 2013 Saturday said the Portuguese version of the British Commonwealth Games would be held in Goa Nov 2-10, 2013.

Valcke to return to Brazil for FIFA inspections

March 31, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Rio de Janeiro, March 31 (IANS) FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke will be back in Brazil to overlook the country's preparation for the 2014 World Cup.

Ex-Brazilian president fears losing voice

March 31, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Rio de Janeiro, March 31 (IANS) Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has said he was more afraid of losing his voice than dying from cancer.

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