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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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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 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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Camila DeSouza, a 17-year-old Brazilian, shops for shoes at a mall in Sunrise, Fla., on July 16, 2012. During their winter, Brazilians flock to the U.S., mainly to shop. Even with the cost of airfare figured in, many products are far cheaper in the U.S. than in Brazil. Charles Trainor Jr. /Miami Herald/MCT /Landov hide caption

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The Mare shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is one of the city's densest neighborhoods. Silvia Izquierdo/AP hide caption

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After Drug Policies Fail, Uruguay Tries Grand Pot Experiment

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