Fat Tuesday: Carnival celebrations culminate on Mardi Gras around the world

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Brazil’s Carnival maintains a frenetic pace as celebrations continue around the world on Fat Tuesday.

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Pope Francis draws millions to Rio beach for Mass to cap weeklong trip

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A reported three million people jammed Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach Sunday to get a glimpse of Pope Francis as he brought a whirlwind trip to his home continent to a close with a Mass, during which he called on young people participating in World Youth Day to extend their Catholic faith “to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent.”

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Pope Francis enthralls his young fans: ‘I hope he hugs me!’

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Thousands of people flooded Rio’s lush Copacabana beach on Friday for one of the most solemn ceremonies of the Catholic faith, a procession depicting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

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Pope touches down in Brazil on first overseas trip

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Wearing a plain white robe, carrying his own luggage and flying from Rome to Rio on a no-frills commercial airliner, the Argentine-born Francis touched down in Rio de Janiero Monday afternoon.

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Hundreds of thousands march in Brazil protests

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Brazil’s biggest protests in two decades intensified on Thursday despite government concessions meant to quell the demonstrations, as 300,000 people took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro and hundreds of thousands more flooded other cities. 

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Brazil cleans up after widespread protests overnight

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday sought to defuse a massive protest movement sweeping the country, acknowledging the need for better public services and more responsive governance at all levels.

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Protesters embrace to protect each other from tear gas as Brazil bus fare demo turns ugly

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Two demonstrators hug each other tightly as they are surrounded by riot police using tear gas during a student protest in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

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Woman survives after husband accidentally shoots her in the mouth with harpoon

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A 28-year-old woman miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon, Brazilian officials said Wednesday.

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From joy to tragedy: Inside the Brazil nightclub where 233 died

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Shoes, bottles and slices of lime lay scattered around the blackened remains of a dancefloor in Brazil on Monday – signs of how quickly a Saturday night student party turned into one of the world’s worst nightclub fires.

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Police: Brazil nightclub fire kills at least 245

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PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil - Local police told NBC News that at least 245 people were killed in a nightclub fire in southern Brazil on Sunday after a band’s pyrotechnics show set the establishment ablaze, and fleeing patrons were unable to find the emergency exits.

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Cat caught smuggling contraband into Brazil prison

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A cat was caught entering a Brazilian prison with two small saws, drills for concrete, a cell phone, a cell phone charger, batteries and a headset wrapped around its torso. Authorities say the feline isn’t talking.

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Blind runner’s despair turns to joy at Paralympics

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Blind Brazilian runner Terezinha Guilhermina and her guide Guilherme Soares de Santana react after crossing the finish line to win the Women’s 100m T11 final at the Paralympic Games in London on Wednesday night. 

Blind or partially-sighted athletes are permitted to use a guide runner in Paralympic races, but the guide is never permitted to cross the finish line before the blind runner. At the 2012 Games, guides became eligible for medals for the first time.

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