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  • In this photo taken Feb. 9, 2011, Brazilian artist Vik Muniz looks at his book "Lixo Extraordinario" during an interview with The Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After decades of anonymity, the workers of the Gramacho Municipal Landfill have been catapulted to fame by a collaboration with Muniz, who used the trash they sort to create portraits of the pickers. A documentary recording that experience is now vying for an Oscar. Money raised from Muniz's portraits of them has helped many of the scavengers prepare for the closing of the dump by establishing worker-run recycling co-ops. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Documentary about Brazil dump vies for Oscar

    A truck loaded with trash climbs a mountain of garbage, scattering a hoard of vultures. As it spills out its load, men and women reach into the stream for tin cans, plastic bottles, paper _ anything they might sell _ as the vultures swoop back in, fighting for scraps of food.

  • Brazil's Pele fears World Cup embarrassment

    Pele has expressed concern over delays in the preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, saying they could cause an embarrassment for the country.

  • Brazilian bishops blast reality shows

    Brazil's Catholic bishops are blasting the country's enormously popular reality TV shows, saying they have a "low moral level."

  • Larkin, Joyner at Brazilian instructional camp

    Instead of looking for the next Maradona, Major League Baseball is seeking the next Manny.

  • Brazil's Ronaldo announces retirement from soccer

    Ronaldo says he is retiring from soccer because he can't stay fit anymore, ending a stellar 18-year career in which he thrived with Brazil and some of Europe's top clubs.

  • In this photo taken July 18, 1999, Brazil's Ronaldo laughs after his team defeated Uruguay 3-0 to clinch the America's Cup at Defensores del Chaco Stadium in Asuncion, Paraguay. Ronaldo said on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, he is retiring from soccer because he can't stay fit anymore, ending a stellar 18-year career in which he thrived with Brazil and some of Europe's top clubs. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

    Ronaldo retires, ending magnificent soccer career

    A tearful Ronaldo said goodbye to soccer, having finally met an opponent he couldn't overcome.

  • A street artist entertains in Istanbul. Turkey, as an emerging power, is struggling to reconcile sharp differences within its society, which is marked by extremes of rich and poor, modern and traditional, secular and Islamic, as well as democratic and authoritarian. (Associated Press)

    Turkey leverages economy for global power

    While much attention has been focused on China and India, other quickly emerging nations are establishing themselves as powers to contend with in their parts of the world.

  • People bury victims of a landslide in Teresopolis, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, Thursday Jan. 13, 2011. More than 500 people died in Rio state towns after slides hit early Wednesday, officials said. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Death toll rises above 500 in Brazil mudslides

    A new and ominous rain began falling again Friday in mountain towns where mudslides and flooding killed at least 509 people, hindering rescuers' efforts to reach survivors even as relatives hauled the dead down the hills to freshly dug graves.

  • World Scene

    Landless activists have invaded three farms and several government buildings in Brazil and vow more seizures to pressure Brazil's new president into speeding redistribution of land.

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