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Expats Find Brazil's Reputation For Race-Blindness Is Undone By Reality

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Brazil spent billions renovating and building World Cup stadiums. Almost a year after the tournament ended, the nation is still trying to figure out what to do with them. The Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil (shown here in April 2014), was the most expensive of the stadiums — at a cost of $550 million — and is now being used as a bus parking lot. Eraldo Peres/AP hide caption

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Brazil's World Cup Legacy Includes $550M Stadium-Turned-Parking Lot

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During her lifetime, singer and dancer Carmen Miranda (shown here in a dressing room at the London Palladium in 1948) was a huge success in the United States, but rejected at home in Brazil as a sellout. George Konig/Keystone Features/Getty Images hide caption

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Of Fruit Hats And 'Happy Tropics,' A Renaissance For Carmen Miranda

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Rio has hosted competitions that include athletes with physical impairments (above: the open water swim at Copacobana beach for the Rei e Rainha do Mar). But there's never been an event on the scale of the Paralympics. Buda Mendes/Getty Images hide caption

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On A Scale Of 1 To 10, Brazil Gets A Zero For Disability Access

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People, most of them unemployed, line up March 19 at a popular Itaborai, Brazil, restaurant where they can have lunch for about 30 cents. The Petrobras refinery and processing plant on the outskirts of town has been shut down; tens of thousands are now out of work in the area. Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Huge Scandal At Top Of Petrobras Trickles Down, With Devastating Effect

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Polina, 37, rests in a hospital bed in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2011. She is severely malnourished and suffers from numerous diseases, including tuberculosis, hepatitis C and HIV. Misha Friedman hide caption

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Embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (shown here at the 21st International Construction Salon in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday) was elected four months ago. Her administration has been hit hard by economic problems and a massive corruption scandal at the state oil company, Petrobras. Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Drumbeat Grows Louder For Impeachment Of Brazil's Rousseff

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Performers from the Beija-Flor samba school parade on a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on March 3, 2014. That year, the Beija-Flor parade was centered on a theme of communication throughout history; this year's theme, underwritten by Equatorial Guinea, is more controversial. Felipe Dana/AP hide caption

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Samba School Outrage Points To Carnival's Murky Financial History

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A demonstrator dressed as a bather protests against the rationing of water, outside the official residence of Sao Paulo's Governor Geraldo Alckmin in Sao Paulo, on Jan. 26. The banner behind him reads, "Planet Water, Dry Lives." Andre Penner/AP hide caption

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A Historic Drought Grips Brazil's Economic Capital

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Mercedes-Benz, Ford and Volkswagen workers block the Anchieta highway in Sao Bernardo do Campo. Thousands of metalworkers marched to protest layoffs by carmakers expecting little or no rebound from a sharp 2014 downturn. Adonis Guerra/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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In Brazil, A Once-High-Flying Economy Takes A Tumble

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United States' Abby Wambach fights for the ball with Brazil's Bruna Benites during a final match of the International Women's Football Tournament in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday. The game ended in a draw, giving Brazil the tournament victory. Eraldo Peres/AP hide caption

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Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff begins to cry as she delivers a speech during the final report of the National Truth Commission on Violation of Human Rights during the military dictatorship from 1964-1985 in Brasilia on Wednesday. She is among the thousands who were tortured during that brutal period. Ed Ferreira/Agencia Estado/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Brazil's Tearful President Praises Report On Abuses Of A Dictatorship

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Brazilian fruits, including jambu and tapereba (lower right), displayed for a gathering of chefs in Sao Paolo. Paula Moura for NPR hide caption

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Ferran Adria And Fellow Star Chefs Talk Biodiversity In Brazil

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