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Brazil judges threaten strike

Jurists want a raise

Even as new president Dilma Rousseff trimmed budgets and fought to limit Brazil's minimum wage, congress gave themselves and the president a big salary increase. At the time, members of congress argued that they were paid less than federal judges. So they more or less doubled their salary. Well, now judges want a raise too. They’ve threatened to strike next month if their monthly wage doesn’t increase from $16,070 to $18,450. They argue that their salaries should be adjusted annually, but instead they’ve only received one raise in the last six years.


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Rio lagoon filled with 65 tons of dead fish

Heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro caused an ecological nightmare at the lagoon where Olympic rowing will take place in 2016, when 65 tons of dead fish were discovered earlier this week.