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A couple watches fireworks exploding over Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 1. Some 2 million people visit the beach on New Year's Eve. Lifeguards say they usually perform more rescues than any other time of the year. Felipe Dana/AP hide caption

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Health inspectors collect samples of mosquito larvae from standing water in a garden in a middle-class neighborhood in the north of Rio de Janeiro. They are searching for places where the Aedes aegypti mosquito breeds — that's the one that carries Zika virus. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro/NPR hide caption

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Why Brazil Doesn't Want Women In The Northeast To Become Pregnant

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is accused of manipulating government finances to benefit her 2014 re-election campaign. She is shown here at a news conference in Finland in October. Jussi Nukari/AP hide caption

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Francisco Carlos Fonseca is the manager of Marina Confiança, a resort located on the banks of the Cantareira reservoir system. Behind him is a boat ramp that once led to a lake that he says used to be more than 100 feet deep. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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As Brazil's Largest City Struggles With Drought, Residents Are Leaving

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Ivo Cassol is a prominent Brazilian senator from the western state of Rondonia in the Amazon. He made his fortune in timber and cattle ranching. Environmentalists say these activities are responsible for much of the deforestation in the rain forest. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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The Amazon, As It Looks To A Man Who Made His Fortune There

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Sunset colors cut through the smoky haze in the Brazilian Amazon. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Scientists Say The Amazon Is Still Teaching Us New Lessons

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The region where two mining dams failed in southeastern Brazil is seen in this satellite image. According to Yahoo, one of the dams that failed is at bottom right. Google Maps hide caption

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A joint raid with IBAMA, ICMBIO, Rondonia Police and the Ministry of Defense went to the Jacunda National Forest to track illegal loggers and collect contraband lumber. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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The Claims Are Rosy, But Brazil's Rain Forest Is Still Disappearing

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