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Rousseff Refuses Indonesia Ambassador Credentials

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday refused to accept the credentials of the Indonesian ambassador to demonstrate her anger at last month's execution of a Brazilian citizen for drug smuggling.

"We think it is important that there is an evolution in the situation in order to clarify the state of Indonesia's relations with Brazil," Rousseff said as she received the credentials of ambassadors from five other countries.

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Three Electrocuted in Brazil Carnival Festivities

Three men were killed early Tuesday when a Carnival float ran into a power line in the southeastern Brazilian city of Nova Iguacu, local media reported.

The Palmerinha samba school was getting ready to go on parade when one of its floats hit the power line, electrocuting the three men riding it.

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At Rio Carnival, not Even Downpour Dampens Show

Tens of thousands of people defied a thunderstorm Sunday to pack Rio's Sambadrome as elite dance schools paraded in dazzling costumes and revelers shed inhibitions at street parties.

An estimated crowd of more than 72,000, from great-grandmothers to babes in arms, swayed and cheered on their favorite samba school in hours-long parades in Rio's annual party to end all parties.

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Death Toll from Brazil Rig Explosion Rises to Five

The death toll from a blast which ripped through a Petrobras oil rig off Brazil has risen to five, with another four people still missing, the rig's owner said Thursday.

Wednesday's explosion -- which the oil workers' union said was caused by a gas leak -- also left two people injured, according to Norwegian owner BW Offshore.

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Several Injured in Explosion on Petrobras Rig Off Brazil

An explosion ripped through a Petrobras oil rig off Brazil's southeastern coast Wednesday, injuring several people, a spokesperson for the state government of Espirito Santo told Agence France-Presse.

Globo television reported three deaths and 15 seriously injured in the blast about 60 kilometers (36 miles) from the shore but neither Petrobras nor the state government would confirm the toll.

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Stray Bullets a Deadly Menace in Rio Slums

Three people have been killed and at least nine others injured by stray bullets over the past ten days in Rio, state security officials said Monday after an upsurge in urban violence.

In the most recent incident, a woman was hospitalized after she was shot in the head in the western dormitory town of Bangu while she lay in bed at home.

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Crew Leaves Stranded Cargo Vessel after Brazil Dispute

After more than five months stranded off southern Brazil amid reports of unpaid wages and mechanical woes, the remnant crew of Liberian-registered bulk carrier Adamastos was rescued Saturday, Brazilian media reported.

Half of the 23-strong crew had been taken off the vessel in December as sanitary conditions deteriorated and supplies began to run low off the southern port of Rio Grande.

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Two Killed, 29 Wounded in Brazil Prison Riot

A police officer and an inmate were killed and 29 prisoners wounded Monday in the latest riot to hit Brazil's overcrowded prison system, authorities said.

The violence erupted in a Recife jail when an orderly protest broke down, and was brought under control only after police arrived.

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Biggest Reservoir for Brazil's Largest city is Running Dry

Halfway through the rainy season, the key reservoir for the hemisphere's largest city holds just 6 percent of its capacity, and experts warned Friday that Sao Paulo authorities must take urgent steps to prevent the worst drought in more than 80 years from drying it out.

The system of reservoirs and rivers that provide water to millions in this city have received less rainfall than hoped during the first weeks of the wet season, raising fears they won't be replenished as hoped. Rainfall during the first two weeks of January totaled just 2.9 inches (7.1 centimeters), well below the historic average for the month of 10.7 inches (27.1 centimeters).

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Protesters Across Americas Rally behind 'I am Charlie'

Hundreds in Washington, New York and Canada rallied Wednesday night in the frigid cold proclaiming "I am Charlie" in solidarity with those killed in a deadly attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Some 200 to 300 French and American protesters gathered in the nation's capital in front of the Newseum, a museum dedicated to news, waving signs and French flags emblazoned with the now ubiquitous rallying cry "Je suis Charlie."

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