After another brutal year of economic hardship, Spaniards across the country are hoping for relief through the country's famed Christmas lottery.
A whale that got lost and swam about 1 300km up the Amazon River died after a failed effort to capture it and transport it back to the ocean, an official said on Wednesday. The 5,5m minke whale had become stranded on sandbars at least twice since it was spotted last week in the Tapajos River.
A monster offshore oil discovery could help Brazil join the ranks of the world's major exporters, but full-scale extraction is unlikely until 2013 and will be very expensive. The "ultra-deep" Tupi field off the coast of Rio de Janeiro could hold as much as eight billion barrels of recoverable light crude.
Brazil descended again into air chaos on Wednesday after the nation's number-one airline cancelled dozens of flights to and from the country's busiest airport, causing a ripple effect nationwide that stranded thousands and sent tempers flaring. On Tuesday, ticket purchases were halted at São Paulo's Conghonas airport.
Trade ministers from 21 developing nations will try to find ways to restart talks on a global trade treaty during a weekend gathering of the Group of 20 (G20) in Rio de Janeiro. Led by Brazil and India, the group of emerging-market nations will hold two days of talks at Rio's famous Copacabana Palace hotel.
Former Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said on Friday he is close to reaching an agreement to manage 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa, a deal that would mark his return to the continent after nearly 40 years. Parreira, who resigned from Brazil last week, met with officials from the South African Football Association (Safa) in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
This Friday, a long chapter in the history of Volkswagen AG ends when the last air-cooled engine will be hoisted into a vehicle seen as a museum piece almost everywhere else across the planet. VW is being forced to change the minivan's historic rear-mounted engine because of a new Brazilian emissions law to reduce pollution that goes into effect in 2006.
By the slow-moving Tapajos River, monkeys murmur in the forest and Munduruku Indians with bows and arrows tiptoe along the riverbank, hunting turtles. Two boys fish for the family lunch, not even bothering with bait. To attract the piranha, they simply bang on the side of their boat.