Batista appears with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff during a ceremony in celebration of the start of oil production by OGX, Batista's oil and gas company, in 2012. The company filed for bankruptcy Wednesday. Ricardo Moraes/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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The Billionaire Who Personified Brazil's Boom Goes Bust

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Demonstrators who are critical of the Catholic Church and favor abortion rights take part in a protest in Rio de Janeiro during Pope Francis' visit to Brazil on July 27. Abortion is illegal in Brazil with rare exceptions. Some lawmakers are attempting to make it even more restrictive. Tasso Marcelo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Brazil's Restrictions On Abortion May Get More Restrictive

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Brazil's Black Bloc Activists: Criminals Or People Power?

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Cuba is sending thousands of badly needed doctors to Brazil, but Brazil's medical establishment has sought to block the program. Here, Cuban Dr. Yocelin Macias treats a patient in the capital Brasilia on Aug. 30. Eraldo Peres/AP hide caption

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'Castrocare' Divides Doctors In Cuba, Brazil

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An anti-government demonstrator dressed as Batman carries a Brazilian flag at a protest during Brazil's Independence Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro earlier this month. The protesters called on the government to provide better security, education, health and public services. Ricardo Moraes/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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There Are Pitfalls If Brazil Wants To Secure Its Internet From Spies

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Volkswagen To End VW Van Production

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A couple review the work of Brazilian artist Victor Arruda during ArtRio, the International Art Fair of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sept. 5. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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All Across Brazil, The Art Scene Is Shifting

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A Cable Car Ride Gives Insight Into Rio's 'Pacified' Favelas

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Brazil's President Postpones U.S. Visit Over Spying Concerns

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Brazil President Postpones U.S. Visit After NSA Revelations

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A woman looks at clothes inside a shop in Rio de Janeiro. Consumption has been a huge driver of the Brazilian economy, but the boom years are over, and economists say the outlook isn't good. Sergio Moraes/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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As Economy Cools, Brazilians Find Themselves Trapped In Debt

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Men possessed by orixas dance before getting dressed in orixa costumes. They are participating in an Olubaje party, a Candomblé ritual for cleansing life of bad things and healing. The main god at the party is Omulu (the one with straws), known for healing diseases. Marcello Vitorino/Fullpress for NPR hide caption

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Brazilian Believers Of Hidden Religion Step Out Of Shadows

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Fed Decision Sends Brazil's Currency Lower

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Peru's Natural Gas Rush Threatens Native Tribes, Again

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