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Almost everyone who owns a home in the city of Petropolis — where the Brazilian royal family once had a summer palace — still pays tax to the descendants of the former rulers. Amadeu Júnior via Flickr hide caption

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For Brazil's 1 Percenters, The Land Stays In The Family Forever

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Sisters Francine and Fernanda Gravina have German, Italian, African and indigenous ancestry. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro/NPR hide caption

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Dark-Skinned Or Black? How Afro-Brazilians Are Forging A Collective Identity

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Valdelice Da Silva Dias Salum, 77, says she channels the spirits of famous painters to create her artwork. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro/NPR hide caption

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Brazil's Mediums Channel Dead Artists. Is It Worship Or Just Delusion?

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Bela Gil is a nutritionist, a chef with several cookbooks to her name and host of her own TV show. Wikimedia hide caption

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Brazilians Cybershame Gilberto Gil's Daughter For Healthful Lunchbox

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The Brazilian national flag flutters at the front of the headquarters of the Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras, in Rio de Janeiro. Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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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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