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A woman places flowers on a coffin during a protest against violence in Rio de Janeiro last October. Brazil's violence is at an all-time high, with nearly 60,000 murders a year. Silvia Izquierdo/AP hide caption

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Brazil Has Nearly 60,000 Murders, And It May Relax Gun Laws

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There are about 1,000 genetically engineered mosquitoes in each pot. Guilherme Trivellato of the biotech company Oxitec prepares to release them in Piracicaba, Brazil, in the hope of reducing the spread of Zika and other viruses. Catherine Osborn/for NPR hide caption

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How Could Releasing More Mosquitoes Help Fight Zika?

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Both President Dilma Rousseff and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, shown here during his swearing-in ceremony as the chief of staff March 17, have been caught up in the wiretap firestorm. Eraldo Peres/AP hide caption

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In Brazilian Officials' Taped Conversations, Women Hear Rampant Sexism

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Protesters used a sign to vent their anger over President Dilma Rousseff appointing her embattled predecessor, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, as her chief of staff — a move that shields him from prosecution. Both Lula and Rousseff have been confronted with questions from a massive corruption investigation. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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An inflatable figure in the likeness of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil, is seen as demonstrators gather during a protest against current President Dilma Rousseff and the ruling Workers Party in Brasilia, Brazil, on Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians gathered across the country on Sunday to protest political corruption and call for the impeachment of Rousseff. : Lula Marques/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Danielle Cruz attends to 4-month-old Davi Lucas Francisca da Paz, held by his mother, Eliane Francisca, in an examination room at the Institute of Integral Medicine Hospital in Recife, Brazil. Catherine Osborn/for NPR hide caption

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The Poignant Cry Of Babies With Birth Defects Linked to Zika

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Demonstrators parade large inflatable dolls, depicting Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in prison garb and current President Dilma Rousseff dressed as a thief, in Sao Paulo on Sunday. The corruption scandal at the state-run oil giant Petrobras has ensnared key figures from Rousseff's Workers' Party, including Silva, her predecessor and mentor. Andre Penner/AP hide caption

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Demonstrators shout in support of Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva outside his residence in the greater Sao Paulo area Friday. Police searched Silva's home and are questioning the former leader in relation to a corruption and money-laundering case. Andre Penner/AP hide caption

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From the Apple and FBI dispute in the U.S. to a legal case in Brazil involving the WhatsApp messaging service, U.S. tech companies are finding themselves subject to widely varying laws for cooperating with local police. William Volcov/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images hide caption

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For U.S. Tech Firms Abroad And Data In The Cloud, Whose Laws Apply?

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Lindomar Pena, a virologist at a lab in Recife, Brazil, holds a box of vials used to store samples of the Zika virus in huge freezers. Catherine Osborn/For NPR hide caption

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Reporting On The Zika Virus Means Getting Up Close And Personal

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Marcia Andrade, an agent from Brazil's Ministry of Health, interviews Camila Alves, 22. A friend holds Alves' 2-month-old daughter. Catherine Osborn for NPR hide caption

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Disease Detectives In Brazil Go Door-To-Door To Solve Zika Mystery

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Born in December, Valentina Vitoria has microcephaly, the birth defect that causes an abnormally small head and can cause brain damage as well. Her mother is 32-year-old Fabiane Lopes. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro/NPR hide caption

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Moms And Infants Are Abandoned In Brazil Amid Surge In Microcephaly

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The man in the T-shirt is Paolo Sandoval, 42. His wife (seated, far right, in a white shirt) is Jessica Vivana Torres, 30. She's 15 weeks pregnant with their first child and came down with Zika three weeks ago. "I'm really worried about brain damage in the baby," says Sandoval, who listens intently as the ultrasound doctor describes the procedure. Nurith Aizenman/NPR hide caption

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With Zika Looming, What's It Like At A Maternity Clinic In Colombia?

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Brazilian soldiers prepare for an operation to fight the Aedes aegypti mosquito, vector of the Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on February 3. The operation on Saturday will include 220,000 soldiers passing out pamphlets; they hope to reach 3 million homes. Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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