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2006-08-14 23:33:05

By Todd Benson SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was a no-show on Monday night at the first debate in the country's presidential race, leaving other candidates free to bash him in hopes of chipping away at his commanding lead in the polls. With polls showing Lula as the clear front-runner heading into the October 1 election, he declined the invitation to debate his five challengers live on TV Bandeirantes, saying he had to focus on his...

2006-08-13 11:26:12

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - A powerful criminal gang that has terrorized Brazil's largest state of Sao Paulo kidnapped two Brazilian television journalists, police and a TV station said on Sunday. Guilherme Portanova, a reporter for TV Globo, and his assistant, Alexandre Coelho Calado, were abducted by three armed men on Saturday at a bakery near the station's studio in Sao Paulo, Globo said in a statement. Calado was later released in front of the studio with a recording that his...

2006-05-17 15:05:00

By Terry Wade SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Deadly clashes in Sao Paulo between gangs and police in the past six days have exposed Brazil's deep social problems at time when Latin America's largest country is trying to assert itself as a global leader in business and politics. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says Brazil deserves a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council and is the natural leader in South America. Economic planners see massive Brazil competing toe-to-toe with emerging...

2006-05-16 16:44:08

By Terry Wade SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Police killed more than 70 gang members and arrested 113 in Sao Paulo, officials said on Tuesday, quelling a campaign of violence that had terrorized Brazil's business capital since Friday. Life in Sao Paulo, the world's third-largest city, slowly returned to normal after the violence caused citizens to shutter shops and close offices, schools and restaurants. "We had tough moments but brave policemen confronted fear and terror," state...

2006-05-16 07:56:11

By Angus MacSwan SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Uprisings in about 70 Brazilian prisons linked to a campaign of violence unleashed by gangsters have ended, but Sao Paulo city remained tense on Tuesday after four days of bloodshed in which more than 80 people have been killed. Sao Paulo, the world's third-largest metropolis with a population of 20 million, was eerily quiet over Monday night as residents followed a self-imposed curfew. Restaurants, cinemas and shopping centers were...

2006-05-15 17:28:55

By Angus MacSwan SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - A wave of gangster attacks in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo in which at least 81 people, many of them police, have been killed in four days forced schools, shops and offices to close early and disrupted public transport in the world's third largest city on Monday. Gun-toting policemen manned checkpoints on main roads after the violence which broke out on Friday in retaliation for the transfer of jailed crime bosses and other gang...

2006-05-15 15:25:16

By Alice Assuncao SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - The Brazilian government offered on Monday to send troops to the business capital Sao Paulo to help combat a wave of gang attacks in which 81 people, many of them police, have died in four days. The gangsters set buses ablaze and shot up banks overnight Sunday after hitting police posts and vehicles across the city and state during Friday and Saturday nights. Heavily armed police manned checkpoints on main roads as fear gripped the...

2006-05-15 15:09:08

By Alice Assuncao SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - The Brazilian government offered on Monday to send troops to the business capital Sao Paulo to help combat a wave of gang attacks in which 81 people, many of them police, have died in four days. The gangsters set buses ablaze and shot up banks overnight Sunday after hitting police posts and vehicles across the city and state during Friday and Saturday nights. Heavily armed police manned checkpoints on main roads as fear gripped the...

2006-05-15 14:46:58

By Alice Assuncao SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - The Brazilian government offered on Monday to send troops to the business capital Sao Paulo to help combat a wave of gang attacks in which 81 people, many of them police, have died in four days. The gangsters set buses ablaze and shot up banks overnight Sunday after hitting police posts and vehicles across the city and state during Friday and Saturday nights. Heavily armed police manned checkpoints on main roads as fear gripped the...

2006-05-14 10:54:28

By Marcelo Teixeira and Angus MacSwan SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Heavily-armed gangsters attacked police posts in Brazil's Sao Paulo state for a second night in the worst wave of crime-related violence in the country's industrial and business heartland in memory. At least 52 people, mostly police and prison guards, have been killed in shoot-outs and attacks over Friday and Saturday nights, the state security office said on Sunday The bloodshed was unleashed by a powerful criminal...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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