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BRAZILIAN SHARES shot up 3 per cent in morning trade, as investors warmed to firmer prices on Wall Street and waited for the bellwether company Telesp to unveil good news.

Teenage detainees on the run in Brazil

MORE THAN 500 teenagers are still on the run after escaping from one of Brazil's most notorious young offenders' institutions during a 10-day jailbreak.

River of no return

In 1925, Colonel Percy Fawcett went in search of a lost civilisation in the jungles of the Amazon. He found death. But who or what was responsible? And how come the local indians have fallen out with their greatest benefactor?

The 50 Best: hot reads; 50 best holiday books

There can be no greater pleasure, surely, than a great book plus the time and a beautiful place to read it in? With that thought in mind, Diona Gregory and her panel of experts have browsed the booklists to bring you the best of holiday reading. These are words to chill with, in sun or shade, on sand or sward, but always at your leisure...

Obituary: Joao Carlos de Oliveira

JOAO CARLOS de Oliveira, "Joao do Pulo", or "Jumping Joao", was one of the greatest athletes in South American track and field history. He belonged to a Brazilian dynasty of triple jumpers that included the twice Olympic champion Adhemar Ferreira da Silva, and the double Olympic medallist Nelson Prudencio, de Oliveira's mentor in his early years.

Football: Brazil next for United

Tim Vickery in Rio de Janeiro finds a new threat to the champions

Obituary: Alfredo Dias Gomes

"GOD IS a great dramatist," the Brazilian writer Alfredo Dias Gomes once joked, "but his plots always end in death. If I were God, I'd think up a different ending." Unfortunately, he did not get the chance to invent another ending for himself, and died in a car accident in Sao Paulo.

Obituary: Frank Tuohy

WHEN FRANK Tuohy was born, it was soon discovered that he had a then inoperable heart condition, a hole in the heart, and his father, a doctor of Irish origin, came to the tragic conclusion that it was extremely unlikely that he would survive into his twenties. It was only after the introduction of open-heart surgery, when Tuohy was already in his forties, that a successful operation was performed. Now, instead of living with the fear that each day might be his last, Tuohy suddenly realised that he could look forward to a normal life span.

The defeat of General Wonderful

He has been confined to a barely furnished house with chat-show hosts and disc jockeys for neighbours

Football: Hard times for working-class heroes

A tough challenge awaits Brazil's champions.

Former president gets Brazil's knickers in a twist

WHAT DO a knickerless woman and the Brazilian financial crisis have in common? The former Brazilian president, Itamar Franco.

Football: Corinthians ready for battle

RIVALRY BETWEEN the Sao Paulo clubs Corinthians and Palmeiras is so intense that even the ball-boys can be a source of conflict.

Children as young as five suffer in picking fruit for our orange juice

CHILDREN as young as five are being used to pick oranges that end up as juice on British breakfast tables.


The number of goals scored in 11 games over the weekend in Brazil's football league. Corinthians won 5-4 at Ponte Preta, while Portuguesa beat Sao Paulo 7-2.
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