Brazil

 

Photo: Putting on her best face

A woman paints masks at a mask factory in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival celebration begins today, with 756,000 visitors expected to attend the five-day event

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Question of the day: Can a clown elected to Congress read?

Those unhappy with the outcome of the midterm elections here in the U.S. might do well to take a moment to contemplate Brazil, where not only was an actual clown elected to Congress, but that same clown is being quizzed to determine if he can read and write.

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  Pacifying Rio

In anticipation of the 2014 World Cup in Rio, Brazil has begun an aggressive program to reduce crime in Rio’s favelas. Officials call it ‚Äúpacification,” a full-scale military operation to run out the drug dealers and bring in more police, while other call it a superficial solution.

Iran sanctions pit major powers against developing world

The U.S.-led push for sanctions on Iran has opened a rift between world powers and developing nations, threatening international consensus on efforts to limit the spread of nuclear weapons.

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