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2008-09-02 12:00:19

Celebrated American poet and lyricist Jimmy D. Robinson pours out his MIND JUICE on the world-at-large. On August 15, following in the footsteps of Mikhail Gorbachev, Michael Jackson and actor Christopher Lambert, Robinson visited Rocinha, the largest favela (ranch) in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Robinson received a "rock star" welcome from Radio Brisa and thousands of local fans, as he generously handed out a truckload of MIND JUICE CDs. Brazilian photo journalist Ivone Perez was on hand to...

2006-02-19 00:05:00

By Angus MacSwan RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Veteran rock group the Rolling Stones treated 1 million delirious fans to a rock 'n' roll spectacle with a free show on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach on Saturday night in what was one of the biggest rock concerts ever. Singer Mick Jagger, 62, danced around the stage like a skinny teenager for the two-hour show, which featured songs from their early days in London 40 years ago and from their latest Grammy-winning album "A Bigger Bang." Police...

2006-02-18 09:16:47

By Angus MacSwan RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Fans poured into Rio de Janeiro from around the globe and a huge police operation swung into action for what will be one of the biggest rock concerts ever -- a free show by the Rolling Stones on the city's famed Copacabana Beach on Saturday night. A Carnival atmosphere took over the beach area, as fans gathered in front of the stage built on the sand or milled around outside the luxury Copacabana Palace Hotel where the band is...

2006-02-16 09:25:16

By Bruno Domingos RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - A gang turf war broke out when 40 armed men invaded Rio de Janeiro's largest slum, killing at least six people as the city prepares for a Rolling Stones concert and Carnival, police said on Thursday. Police squads raided the area, not far from Rio's beaches and posh neighborhoods, after the clash erupted in Rocinha on Wednesday night. They arrested seven people but raids and shooting continued into the early hours on Thursday. A...

2005-10-29 15:00:51

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Police killed the head of a drug-trafficking gang who controlled Rio de Janeiro's biggest slum in a shootout early on Saturday, officials said. Erismar Rodrigues Moreira, known as Bem-Te-Vi, was the most wanted man in the crime-ridden city. He was known for carrying gold-plated weapons and was said to be popular with some in the Rocinha slum because he helped provide for their needs. The clash lasted about an hour in the early morning after a force...

2005-10-23 10:31:27

By Marcos de Moura e Souza SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - From Brazil's violence-plagued slums to the guarded enclaves of the rich, people voted on Sunday on whether to ban guns sales in the country with the world's highest death toll from firearms. Surveys released before the referendum indicated they would reject the ban despite the fact that some 36,000 people were killed by guns last year in Brazil, where bloodshed and violent crime are a daily concern for many citizens. In...

2005-08-29 11:31:12

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Soccer star Ronaldo denied to Brazilian police on Monday that he had any links to a drug ring after his name was mentioned in a taped conversation involving a jailed trafficker. Ronaldo arrived in Brazil after scoring in a game for Real Madrid against Cadiz in Spain on Sunday. He took a helicopter to a police station in Niteroi near Rio de Janeiro, where police are investigating a drug ring that supplied ecstasy and other drugs over the Internet,...

2005-07-04 22:14:50

By Andrei Khalip RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - A boy and an old mandied in shootouts between police and drug gangs in two Rio deJaneiro shanty-towns on Monday, triggering protests byresidents tired of rampant crime and police violence. In Latin America's biggest slum of Rocinha, a 60-year-oldpensioner was shot to death by a stray bullet. Another man diedfrom a heart attack during the fierce standoff, police said. Rio has one of the world's highest murder rates, especiallyin its slums...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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