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Neymar-less Brazil seal 3-0 victory over Bolivia


MNA Sports Desk: It was not pretty, nor particularly convincing at times, but Brazil will take it – and so will Philippe Coutinho. With a little help from the struggling Barcelona star and a welcome hand from VAR, the Copa America hosts overcame the loss of Neymar and sealed a 3-0 victory over Bolivia that on another day could have finished with a result far less favourable to the South American giants. The Selecao caused the first stir of the Copa America as they walked out decked in white, a nod to their original colours that were all but jettisoned ...

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At least 40 inmates found strangled in Brazil prison clashes


MNA International Desk: At least 40 prisoners in Brazil were found strangled to death on Monday in four jails in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus, where a fight between rival prison gangs resulted in 15 dead the day before, authorities said. A federal task force is being sent to Manaus in an effort to halt the violence. Prison clashes often spread rapidly in Brazil, where drug gangs have de facto control over nearly all jails. In January 2017, nearly 150 prisoners died during three weeks of violence in north and northeastern Brazil, as local gangs backed by Brazil’s two ...

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Brazil dam collapse leaves 7 killed, 150 missing


MNA International Desk: At least seven people were killed and some 150 others missing when a dam collapsed at an iron-ore mine in southeast Brazil. Emergency teams rescued scores of trapped people by helicopter, officials say. The break caused a sea of muddy sludge to spread across rural areas of Brumadinho, in Minas Gerais state, burying buildings and vehicles, reports BBC. The accident comes just over three years since a dam burst in another town in Minas Gerais, killing 19 people. Many of the missing are workers who were having lunch in the dam’s cafeteria which was buried by the ...

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Brazil court bars Lula from presidential contest


MNA International Desk: Brazil’s top electoral court on Friday barred jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from running in this year’s presidential because of his corruption conviction, reported news agency. The widely expected decision removes a cloud hanging over Brazil’s most uncertain election in decades – though Lula’s lawyers have said they would appeal an adverse decision to the Supreme Court. “What is at stake here today is the equality of all citizens before the law and the Constitution,” Judge Og Fernandes told the court in his vote to declare Lula ineligible. Judge Admar Gonzaga, who as a ...

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Belgium dump Brazil out of WC


MNA Sports Desk: Belgium struck early and then held off a late Brazil fightback to send the five-times champions tumbling out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage with a 2-1 victory in an end-to-end thriller on Friday. A Fernandinho own goal and brilliant Kevin De Bruyne strike, after Thiago Silva had hit the post for Brazil, earned Belgium a date with neighbours France in St Petersburg on Tuesday, their second trip to the last four at a World Cup after 1986. Brazil will depart at the last eight stage for the third time in the last four World ...

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Neymar fires Brazil into quarter-finals


MNA Sports Desk: Neymar barged his way into the World Cup limelight with a goal, an assist and another helping of histrionics as Brazil roared into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday that inflicted a seventh straight last-16 exit on the central Americans, reported news agency. The PSG forward was both architect and executioner for Brazil, sliding home in the second half and then teeing up Roberto Firmino late on, but he also writhed on the floor, seemingly in agony, after Mexico Miguel Layun had made slight contact with his ankle. That should not overshadow his ...

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Coutinho and Neymar snatch win for Brazil; Switzerland and Nigeria also wins


MNA Sports Desk: On a breezy afternoon by the Gulf of Finland Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 at the St Petersburg Stadium to ease their route towards the knockout stage of Russia 2018. The goals were both scored in injury time, the first by their best player on the day Philippe Coutinho, who came haring through a crowd on to a touch from Gabriel Jesus to poke the ball through the legs of Keylor Navas and send the yellow-shirted stands into a fever. As the clock ticked down Neymar added a second, the Costa Rica defence finally parting after some ...

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Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland


MNA Sports Desk: Brazil continued the trend of tournament favourites under performing as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E opener in Rostov. Having bowed out of their home tournament four years ago with a 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany, Brazil initially started their mission to put that humiliation behind them in stunning fashion when Philippe Coutinho struck a sublime goal to open the scoring. Despite dictating the pace of the game, Brazil were never completely dominant and had Switzerland’s rather toothless attack to thank for not taking advantage of the ...

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Neymar confirmed in World Cup squad

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MNA Sports Desk: A recovering Neymar was confirmed and injured leader Dani Alves was replaced by Danilo and Fagner in a Brazil World Cup squad of few surprises on Monday. The only surprises were among the likely reserves for the tournament in Russia, with the inclusion of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and winger Taison. Neymar has been recovering from right foot surgery in March, and Brazil Football Confederation doctors believe he will be fit to train next week in Teresopolis, where preparations will begin, and play on 3 June in a friendly against Croatia in Liverpool. Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar ...

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Spain crush Argentina, Brazil edge Germany


MNA Sports Desk: Isco scored a hat-trick as Spain hammered an Argentina side without Lionel Messi 6-1 in a friendly on Tuesday, while Brazil defeated Germany 1-0 in their first meeting since the 2014 World Cup. Gareth Southgate’s England were denied victory over Italy at Wembley after the visitors were awarded a disputed late penalty in a 1-1 draw following consulation with the video assistant referee. Spain underlined their status as chief contenders at this year’s World Cup in Russia as they extended their unbeaten run under Julen Lopetegui to 18 matches in sensational fashion in Madrid. Diego Costa bravely ...

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Death toll hits 9 in Brazil nursery arson attack

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MNA International Desk: A girl who was burned in an arson attack at a nursery school in Brazil succumbed to her wounds on Saturday, bringing the overall death toll to nine people. The four-year-old girl had been transferred to a hospital in Belo Horizonte, the state capital of Minas Gerais, some 370 miles (600 kilometers) north of the small town of Janauba where the attack occurred, according to Folha de Sao Paulo, a local newspaper. A security guard at the nursery sprayed his young victims with alcohol before setting fire to the building. He himself died from burns a few ...

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Former Brazil president Lula jailed for graft


MNA International Desk: Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for graft on Wednesday—a stark fall from grace for the iconic leftist leader, and the latest twist in a sprawling political corruption probe engulfing Latin America’s largest economy. Lula, who ruled Brazil from 2003-2010, was convicted and handed a 9.5-year prison term for accepting a bribe of a luxury seaside apartment and $1.1 million. But anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro, who handed down the sentence, said the 71-year-old Lula would remain free pending an appeal—something his lawyers immediately said they would lodge. ...

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Brazil yellow fever killed 40 in two months

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MNA International Desk: Brazil is fighting an outbreak of yellow fever that has killed at least 40 people in two months, officials say. The health ministry said in a report Tuesday that it was the highest rate of deaths recorded from the disease in 14 years. Yellow fever is carried by monkeys and can be transmitted to humans by mosquito bites. It can be prevented by a common vaccine. But the ministry’s infectious diseases chief Eduardo Hage told AFP that 22 infections had recently been detected in Espirito Santo state, where vaccines are not carried out because it is considered ...

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33 inmates killed in new Brazil prison riot

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MNA International Desk: Jailed members of Brazil’s most powerful drug gang killed 33 inmates at a prison on Friday, decapitating and cutting out the hearts of most of them, in revenge for a separate prison massacre that left 56 dead this week. The bloodletting in the Monte Cristo prison in the Amazonian state of Roraima, carried out by members of the First Capital Command (PCC) gang, sparked fears that months of violence between criminal groups controlling Brazil’s prisons had spiraled out of control. The government of Roraima state said the situation at the Agricola de Monte Cristo Penitentiary was now ...

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Brazil prison uprising kills at least 56


MNA International Desk: An uprising at a prison in Brazil claimed the lives of at least 56 prisoners over the weekend, state-run media agency Agencia Brasil reported Monday. Bodies were thrown over the wall of the complex, and at least six people were decapitated, the news agency reported. The revolt started Sunday afternoon as part of a rivalry between two criminal organizations at the Anisio Jobim Prison Complex in the city of Manaus, Agencia Brasil reported, citing Sergio Fontes, the public safety secretary for the state of Amazonas. Violence erupted on Sunday between incarcerated members of the Familia do Norte ...

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World Cup Qualifiers: Brazil beat Argentina 3-0

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MNA Sports Desk: It was a long road back to redemption as Brazil outplayed and outscored rivals Argentina 3-0 in Belo Horizonte, the city they were humiliated 7-1 in 2014 by Germany. Brazil returned to the Belo Horizonte and put back smiles on the faces of the fans who suffered emotional pain from their 7-1 defeat two years ago against Germany, as they made amends by whipping their bitterest rivals Argentina 3-0 in the 2018 South American FIFA World Cup qualifiers on Thursday in the Super Classico. Two goals from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar in the first half and third ...

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Neymar’s goal gave Brazil 2-1 victory over Colombia

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MNA Sports Desk: Neymar’s second-half goal gave Brazil a 2-1 victory over Colombia on Tuesday as the former world champions registered their second consecutive win to take the second place in the South America qualifying group for Russia 2018. The home side got the perfect start after just 80 seconds when Miranda rose to head home a corner and score his first goal in 33 appearances for the national side, as news agency reported. Brazil, playing just their second game under new coach Tite, dominated the first half with a high-pace pressing game but struggled to make clear cut chances ...

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Brazil made success over Honduras


MNA Sports Desk: Two goals from Manchester City new boy Gabriel Jesus and skipper Neymar, including the fastest goal in Olympic history, helped Brazil made a spot in the men’s Olympic football final with a 6-0 semi-final success over Honduras on Wednesday. The home side, playing in front of a packed Maracana stadium and desperately seeking the only international title they have yet to win, got off to the perfect start by scoring after just 15 seconds. The win raises the tantalizing possibility of a Brazil-Germany final, and a repeat of the 2014 World Cup semi-final in which Germany hammered ...

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Brazil voted to hold Rousseff impeachment trial


MNA International Desk: The senate of Brazil, as a process of removing permanently from office, on Wednesday voted to hold an impeachment trial for the suspended president Dilma Rousseff. The vote in favour of trying Rousseff was 59 in favor, 21 against. The trial is set to open on August 25, four days after the Olympics closing ceremony and is projected to last five days, closing with a judgment vote. Dilma Vana Rousseff (born 14 December 1947) is a Brazilian economist and politician and was the 36th President of Brazil. She is the first woman to hold the office. She ...

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Tremendous opening ceremony of Rio 2016 Olympic


MNA Sports Desk: The opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games officially took place with a long and tremendous celebration of Brazilian culture in the Maracana Stadium. The leading images from the four-hour opening ceremony will be supermodel Giselle Bundchen’s catwalk across the pitch to ‘The Girl From Ipanema’, the joyous arrival of Brazil’s team and former marathon star Vanderlei de Lima lighting an Olympic cauldron. Rio 2016 has had a hard background with fears about the country’s capacity to afford it; Rio’s arrangements and sport’s authority in the face of a divisive doping crisis, but South America’s ...

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Neymar lead Brazil to victory over Japan


MNA Sports Desk: Gabriel Barbosa scored an excellent individual goal as Neymar pay back to lead Brazil to a relaxed 2-0 victory over Japan in an Olympic warm-up game on Saturday. Santos striker, 19-year-old, who has been connected to European clubs including Juventus, gave Brazil a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute after an enthralling slalom through the Japan defence. The shot by the forward known to fans as “Gabigol” took a big glance on its way into the Japanese net but there was no denying the exciting burst of skill which shaped the opener. Neymar desperate to lead Brazil ...

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ABIN investigating threats to Rio Olympics


MNA Sports Desk: Brazil’s intelligence agency, ABIN said on Tuesday that it was investigating all threats to next month’s Rio Olympics after a supposed Brazilian Islamist group promised loyalty to Islamic State (IS) less than three weeks before the Games. The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, and commonly known as Rio 2016, is a major international multi-sport event in the tradition of the Olympic Games due to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. The SITE Intelligence Group that observes the internet stated that a group calling ...

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Brazil legend Pele produced song for 2016 Olympics


MNA Sports Desk: The Brazilian football legend Pele has produced a song celebrating the imminent Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, for the first Olympics ever in South America in 2016. The enormously famous star tweeted to social media earlier in the week to tease the Friday release on download sites. He posted a photo of himself with a laughing face before a microphone, saying that he was keen to release a song he had written called ‘Esperanca’ or ‘Hope.’ The lyrics of the attractive tune, on which Pele is escorted by a children’s chorus, promise a “Brazilian festival” that ...

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Brazil crash out of Copa on refereeing blunder


MNA Sports Desk: The Copa America Centenario exploded into debate on Sunday after a refereeing blunder sent Brazil crash to a 1-0 defeat against Peru and out of the tournament. The conquest left Brazil stressed to digest their worst performance in the Copa America since 1987, the last occasion the five-time world champions failed to make it past the group stage. Brazil, demanding only a draw to qualify for the quarter-finals as winners of Group B, looked to be on course for a place in the last eight with 15 minutes to go against Peru. But a rare foray into ...

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Rousseff calls for referendum on early elections


MNA International Desk: Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff calls for a referendum on whether to hold early elections if she survives removal from office in an impeachment trial that is expected to conclude in August. “We must consult the population to rebuild a constitutional pact that was broken by the impeachment process,” Rousseff said in an interview aired on Thursday night. Under the Brazilian electoral timetable, presidential elections are scheduled every four years, with the next due in 2018. Rousseff’s offer for early elections, which are not provided for by the Constitution, is seen by many political analysts as a ...

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Brazil’s goalless draw against Ecuador


MNA Sports Desk: A controversial refereeing decision spared Brazil’s blushes at the Copa America Centenario on Saturday as the five-time world champions opened their campaign with a goalless draw against Ecuador. Ecuador looked to have taken a sensational lead at the Pasadena Rose Bowl midway through the second half when Brazil goalkeeper Alisson fumbled a cross from Miller Bolanos into his own net as he stooped to gather at the near post. But as Ecuador bench and players celebrated, the match officials whistled for a goal kick, after ruling that the ball had gone out of play shortly before Bolanos ...

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Minister of Brazil government quits over leaked recordings


MNA International Desk: Reportedly, second minister of new Brazil government quits over leaked recordings. Brazil’s Transparency Minister Fabiano Silveira resigned on Monday after leaked recordings suggested he tried to derail a sprawling corruption probe, the latest cabinet casualty impacting interim President Michel Temer’s administration. Fabiano Silveira was in charge of the ministry tasked with fighting corruption but left after a recording was made public, which seems to show him trying to derail a corruption investigation at the state oil company. Dozens of protesting civil servants occupied the office of Minister Fabiano Silveira earlier on Monday after the audio was made ...

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