New rain hampers rescue effort in Brazil floods

A new and ominous rain began falling again today in mountain towns where mudslides and flooding killed at least 479 people, hindering rescuers' efforts to reach survivors even as relatives hauled the dead down the hills to freshly dug graves.

Hundreds killed in Brazil floods and mudslides

Survivors of mudslides in mountain towns north of Rio recounted today the horrors of watching homes swept away by walls of earth and water and of frantic efforts to dig with bare hands and reach trapped neighbours.

Sao Paulo case stays in Jersey

Investment vehicles allegedly owned by Paulo Maluf – the former mayor of Sao Paulo who is subject to numerous corruption cases in Brazil – will go on trial in Jersey in early 2012.

Kaka injury travails continue

Real Madrid's Brazilian ace Kaka is set to head back to his homeland for a fresh evaluation of the knee injury which has kept him out of action for the whole of the season to date.

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Brazilians expected to elect first woman president

Brazilians are expected to elect a woman as president for the first time today, backing her to emerge from the shadow of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and extend the country's run of prosperity.

Brazilian Greens 'neutral' in presidential vote

Brazil's Green Party opted yesterday to remain neutral in the country's 31 October presidential runoff, saying the move could help members gain leverage and participate in the nation's political debate more actively.

Kaka linked with Sao Paulo move

Sao Paulo have expressed their interest in luring unsettled Real Madrid midfielder Kaka back to Brazil on loan.

Lula's chosen heir forced to fight on for presidency

All celebrations were on hold yesterday for outgoing Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva after results from Sunday's national elections confirmed that the candidate handpicked to succeed him, Dilma Rousseff, had been forced into a run-off ballot in four weeks time.

Brazilians vote in presidential election

Brazilians are going to the polls today in national elections that could see front-running candidate Dilma Rousseff become the country's first female president, succeeding her popular ally and mentor.

Something For The Weekend: 21/08/2010

Squeaky bum time for...

The splashes contenders

It might not be an Ashes summer, but the England v Australia rivalry will be renewed in the Lake District today in "The Splashes", or the All England Stone Skimming Championship as it is better known.

Album: Tony Da Gatorra vs Gruff Rhys, The Terror of...(Ovni/Turnstile)

This album came about in 2007 when Da Gatorra, eccentric Outsider musician and inventor of his own hybrid drum machine/guitar gadget (the Gatorra), was visited in Sao Paulo by one of his biggest fans, Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys.

Size of Brazil's problems: vast distances, a lack of airports and crumbling stadiums

"Building work which has hardly been finished, pitches in a poor state, crime, problematic traffic and bad services have made Brazilians feel at home [in South Africa]," wrote Andre Kfouri in Lance!, Brazil's sports daily, on 19 June. "It is hard to imagine that in 2014 our reality will be better."

Just 1,432 days to go until it all starts again...

The World Cup heads to Brazil for 2014, and the hosts are already under huge pressure. Can they win, and win in style? And will travel issues spoil the party?

On top of the world: Why Brazil is booming

It is a 100th birthday party in a well-to-do postcode of Sao Paulo, where the house of our journalist host – he and another writer pal are actually each turning 50 – slips graciously down a slope to a terrace and the chatter is nearly all politics. Then the DJ cuts the music in the middle of a samba everyone knows. They reflexively fill in: "Ò coisinha tão bonitinha do papai" – "Oh daddy's beautiful little thing".

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