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Brazil's sexy Carnival puts Pentecostal mayor in tight spot
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- While campaigning last year to become Rio de Janeiro's mayor, Marcelo Crivella, a retired Pentecostal bishop, insisted his faith would not get in the way of governing the nation's most famous city....

Surfer 'paradise' in Puerto Rico at stake in hotel fight
AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The sun had just risen along Puerto Rico's northwest coast when Paul Schmidt hopped off his surfboard and emerged from the water at Wilderness Beach, ending another session at a remote area that draws surfers from around the world looking for the next big wave....

Ecuador electoral body formally orders presidential runoff
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador's electoral commission has formally ruled that a runoff election will be needed to choose a successor for socialist President Rafael Correa....

Chopped off heads, torn out hearts in brutal Brazil gang war
MANAUS, Brazil (AP) -- Shortly after midnight on New Year's Eve, hundreds of inmates watched from a Manaus prison yard as the sky lit up with fireworks, paid for by the gangs that dominate the jail system....

Brazil's foreign minister resigns due to medical reasons
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's foreign minister resigned from his post Wednesday night, citing undisclosed medical reasons....



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