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From Recife, Brazil, 3 Rhythms Get The Carnival Party Started

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Maria Victoria Agostinho, 5, walks outside her home in the Vila Autodromo area of Rio. Her family is slated for eviction, along with others in the area, to make way for building projects related to the 2016 Summer Olympics. Lianne Milton for NPR hide caption

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As Brazil Gears Up For Olympics, Some Poor Families Get Moved Out

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The ground outside Sao Paulo is cracked and dry. It was the hottest January on record in parts of Brazil, and the heat plus a severe drought has fanned fears of water shortages and crop damage. Nacho Doce/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Drought Could Drain More Than Brazil's Coffee Crop

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Local authorities celebrate a demolition explosion that's part of Rio's Porto Maravilha urbanization project, in Rio de Janeiro, on Nov. 24, 2013. The state- and federal-supported project is part of the city's redevelopment ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Pilar Olivares/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse?

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Viviane Araujo, a Salguiero samba school queen, performs at a rehearsal for Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Marcello da Cunha Freire, vice president of the popular samba school, was murdered last month in a drive-by shooting. Lianne Milton for NPR hide caption

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Samba School Murder Exposes The Dark Side Of Rio's Carnival

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Residents enjoy a meal at the Quilombo Sacopa in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. Brazil has some 3,000 quilombo communities, which were formed by runaway slaves, dating to the 19th century. Residents have been promised ownership of their land but say the legal process has moved slowly. Victor R. Caivano/AP hide caption

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For Descendants Of Brazil's Slaves, A Quest For Land

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U.S. Team Trains In Brazil To Prepare For World Cup

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Argentina Imposes Hefty Tax On International Online Shopping

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Ahead Of World Cup, Brazil's Delays Have FIFA Concerned

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Prison Violence Spills Into Brazilian Streets

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Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speaks in Sao Paulo on Dec. 19, framed by posters held by protesters calling for asylum for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Andre Penner/AP hide caption

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Even In Snowden-Friendly Brazil, Asylum May Be 'Bridge Too Far'

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Brazilian chef Alex Atala, whose restaurant, D.O.M., is ranked among the top 10 in the world, was named one of the most influential people by Time magazine this year. Cassio Vasconcellos/AP hide caption

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Amazon Locavore: Meet The Man Putting Brazilian Food On The Map

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Social media is booming in Brazil, which has become a major market for both Facebook and Twitter. But Brazilian law is still in flux, and legislation is only just being created to deal with the rise of social media. Christophe Simon /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Brazil's Social Media Boom Sparks Calls For New Privacy Laws

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Volunteers look through children's letters to Santa at a post office in Salvador in northeastern Brazil's Bahia state. The campaign is part of a more than 20-year tradition to help those less fortunate to have gifts for the holiday. Raul Spinasse/DPA /Landov hide caption

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Brazil's Post Offices Help Deliver Christmas Wishes

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It's The End Of The Road For VW's Iconic Van

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