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Brazil sides with U.S. on Iran

Current president, Dilma Rousseff, breaks with Lula

Brazil backed the U.S. in voting for a U.N. resolution that appointed a human rights monitor to investigate abuses in Iran. With the vote, Dilma Rousseff further distanced her government from the Iranian regime, reversing the ties maintained by her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. A report in the newspaper O Globo said President Barack Obama personally asked Rousseff to vote for the resolution when he visited the country last weekend. But, the newspaper says, Rousseff didn't tell him yes or no at the time and Brazil’s intentions were unknown until the vote.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/bric-yard/brazil-sides-us-iran

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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.