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Wyre Davies

Wyre Davies Rio de Janeiro correspondent

My take on the vibrant lives of people across Brazil and wider South America - the most exciting but under-reported region in the world

Alberto Nisman: How and why did Argentina prosecutor die?

Argentina's populist President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner could not have had a worse start to the new year.

Her final year in office - she is not allowed to stand for re-election - already looks like it will be dominated by ongoing economic uncertainties and a political scandal involving the apparent murder of a former state prosecutor.

While the country's basket-case economy has been a concern for some time, the latter could not have been foreseen. Ms Fernandez's initial response, that Alberto Nisman had probably killed himself, was delivered hours after his body was found in his luxury Buenos Aires waterfront flat.

Amid a long defence of her own role in trying to secure justice for those bereaved by an attack on a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires in 1994, she said she could not imagine "what had driven" Mr Nisman to "do what he did".

A day later the embattled president had completely changed tack.

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Moment of Truth for Brazil's military past

DOPS cell
A cell at the Orwellian Department of Political and Social Order or DOPS

The Department of Political and Social Order or DOPS. It is a place as Orwellian and as sinister as the name suggests.

Right in the heart of the modern metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, the former police administration centre, prison and torture chamber has remained largely untouched since the end of the dictatorship in 1985.

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Brazil drought: Sao Paulo sleepwalking into water crisis

Mud in reservoir
Levels in the Cantareira reservoir system remain dangerously low

In Brazil's biggest city, a record dry season and ever-increasing demand for water has led to a punishing drought.

It has actually been raining quite heavily over the last few days in and around Sao Paulo but it has barely made a drop of difference.

Read full article Brazil drought: Sao Paulo sleepwalking into water crisis

Brazil's president preaches unity after hard-won victory

Workers Party supporters celebrate Dilma Rousseff's election victory 26 Oct 2014
For the Workers Party, it was a triumphant night

Sometimes a close contest can bring out the worst in people. Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory, weeks of effort with nothing to show at the end, lots of money spent for no return.

On opposite sides of Rio de Janeiro last night, the rival camps were nursing their wounds after a bruising campaign.

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Brazil elections: Last-ditch push in 'Mini-Brazil' state

Brazilian presidential candidate and incumbent President Dilma Rousseff (R) and social democratic candidate Aecio Neves (L) attend a TV debate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 24 October 2014
President Dilma Rousseff (R) and challenger Aecio Neves faced off in a bruising TV debate on Friday

All votes count in Brazil - there's no "winner takes all" system as in American states - so each part of this vast country is being fought over by Dilma Rousseff and Aecio Neves ahead of Sunday's vote. Nowhere is the race closer than in the southeastern state where they were both raised, Minas Gerais.

"Minas" is among the most closely contested constituencies in this election and is one in which many features affecting voters in the wider country can be found.

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Brazil: The 'El Dorado' for international migrants

The jungle state of Acre is a long way from anywhere. Tucked into the north-western corner of Brazil, it is closer to the big towns of eastern Bolivia and southern Peru than it is to the industrial heartland of southern Brazil.

Yet it is through here that many migrants looking for a better life or escaping persecution in their own countries choose to enter Brazil.

Read full article Brazil: The 'El Dorado' for international migrants

Brazil elections: Damned lies and opinion polls

A poster of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (right) and former leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Sao Paulo. Photo: 9 October 2014
Ms Rousseff (right) is not seen by many in Brazil as charismatic as her predecessor and mentor "Lula"

Lies, damned lies and opinion polls.

I have decided, in the two weeks or so that remain in Brazil's presidential election run-off campaign, to ignore the plethora of opinion polls that will undoubtedly emerge before polling day.

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Brazil elections: Presidency still up for grabs after last TV debate

Politics is often compared to a soap opera but, in Brazil at least, it seems it is not held in such high esteem or given the same prominence.

Even though this was the last and probably the most important of the pre-election debates, the popular soap - Imperio - took precedence on the host Globo TV channel.

Read full article Brazil elections: Presidency still up for grabs after last TV debate

Brazil in narrow presidential race as Silva captures imagination

Supporters of candidate Silva in the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro 30 August 2014
Brazil is the world's seventh largest economy, but millions still live in poverty

Brazil is a contradictory, complex country.

It boasts the world's seventh largest economy but Brazilian society is still deeply divided and unequal.

Read full article Brazil in narrow presidential race as Silva captures imagination

Brazil candidates engage in verbal sparring in TV debate

Brazilian presidential candidates for the Social Christian Party, Pastor Everaldo (L), for the Socialism and Freedom Party Luciana Genro (2-L), for the Brazilian Socialist Party Marina Silva (3-L), for the Brazilian Social Democracy Party Aecio Neves (4-L), for the Brazilian Labour Renewal Party Levy Fidelix (2-R), for the Green Party Eduardo Jorge (R), host Ricardo Boechat (4-R) and Brazilian President and candidate for the Workers" Party Dilma Rousseff (3-R), attend a television debate in Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 26, 2014. Brazilian general elections will take place next October 5.
All seven candidates took part in the televised debate ahead of the presidential election in October

The first of Brazil's televised presidential debates has taken place just two weeks after the death of one of the leading candidates in October's election, Eduardo Campos.

His replacement, internationally renowned environmentalist Marina Silva, is already challenging incumbent Dilma Rousseff according to opinion polls.

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About Wyre

As the BBC's first correspondent to be based in Rio de Janeiro, Wyre has come full circle. He lived in Brazil as a child and took his degree in Latin American studies. His first foreign posting for the BBC was the Chilean capital Santiago in the mid-1990s where he covered events in Spanish-speaking South America.

Subsequent stints as the correspondent in Wales and then the Middle East have seen him cover everything from football and rugby world cups, to political scandals and the Arab uprisings. There have been far too many close shaves and lost friends along the way, but there have also been moments of levity and the unfathomable privilege of roaming the world reporting for the BBC.

A passionate Welshman, supported by his constant travelling companions - a wonderful wife and four children - Wyre now faces the daunting task of covering not only one of the most iconic cities on earth, but also the emerging political and economic superpower of Brazil, as well as pretty much anything else of interest between the Darien Gap and the Straits of Magellan.

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