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Heavy Flooding Brings Chaos to Sao Paulo

Brazilian megalopolis Sao Paulo saw violent storms and heavy rains Wednesday, causing flooding and traffic chaos as authorities announced a state of alert in some parts of the city.

The east of Brazil's richest and largest city, home to some 20 million people, was worst hit as roads became streams carrying vehicles along after the heavy dump, which followed months of the worst drought in decades. 

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Brazil Truth Commission Urges End to Dictatorship Amnesty

Brazil's truth commission investigating the 1964-1985 military dictatorship Wednesday urged an end to amnesty for torturers, and listed the number of those killed or disappeared during the regime at 434.

The panel made its recommendation in a final report to President Dilma Rousseff, herself a victim of torture during the her country's brutal dictatorship.

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Thousands March in Brazil against Rousseff, Corruption

Around 5,000 demonstrators marched Saturday through downtown Sao Paulo against government corruption and the recent re-election of President Dilma Rousseff.

The march, widely championed by opposition supporters, is the fifth of its kind in the weeks following Rousseff's October 26 re-election to a second four-year term.

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Biden to Visit Brazil for Rousseff Inauguration

Vice President Joe Biden will lead a U.S. delegation to Brazil for the inauguration of President Dilma Rousseff on January 1, the White House said Friday.

Rousseff, who was re-elected for a second term in October, met Biden earlier this year when he visited for the World Cup.

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Brazil Nabs Serial Killer 'inspired' by Islamic State Videos

Brazilian police said Wednesday they had arrested a suspected serial killer who attacked victims with an axe before decapitating them, allegedly taking his inspiration from watching gruesome Islamic state videos.

"We already have a tally of seven victims, six of them fatalities. The first murder took place Saturday. We are going to investigate whether there may be further victims," said police commissioner Marcos Batalha from Mogi das Cruzes in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo.

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Sao Paulo Drought Issue for Global Concern

He cast his rod happily here for 30 years -- but where a river once teemed with fish, Brazilian fisherman Ernane da Silva these days stares out over a valley of weeds and bone dry, sun-parched land.

The southeastern state of Sao Paulo is suffering its worst drought in 80 years with scores of towns sounding the alarm, blaming increasing deforestation, unseasonably high temperatures and creeping urbanization.

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Marchers in Brazil Target Re-elected President

Angry demonstrators took to Sao Paulo's streets Saturday to push for the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff, with some charging that she should be impeached.

An estimated 2,500 people marched through the country's sprawling industrial and financial hub, frustrated with her re-election to a new term amid critics' concerns about her government's alleged role in potentially allowing or enabling corruption.

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10 Dead, 31 Injured in Brazil Student Bus Crash

At least 10 people were killed and 31 injured when a bus carrying students on a hiking trip crashed in Brazil, police said Tuesday.

"They were traveling on a bus for a school trip," a police spokesman told AFP.

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Obama Congratulates Rousseff on Brazil Poll Win

U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff on her re-election Monday, the day after the left-wing incumbent won a narrow victory in a presidential run-off vote. 

"Brazil is an important partner for the United States and we are committed to continuing to work with President Rousseff to strengthen our bilateral relationship," the White House said.

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Rousseff Vows Dialogue, Reform after Narrow Brazil Win

Leftist President Dilma Rousseff vowed to reconcile Brazil, reboot the economy and fight corruption after narrowly winning reelection Sunday in the most divisive race since the return to democracy in 1985.

Rousseff, the first woman president of the world's seventh-largest economy, took 51.6 percent of the vote to 48.4 percent for business favorite Aecio Neves in a run-off election.

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