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‘Lost towns’ discovered in Amazon Saturday, 30 August, 2008

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BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | ‘Lost towns’ discovered in Amazon.

Trench over a defensive ditch (Science)

The settlements show an advanced level of planning

A remote area of the Amazon river basin was once home to densely populated towns, Science journal reports.

The Upper Xingu, in west Brazil, was once thought to be virgin forest, but in fact shows traces of extensive human activity.

Researchers found evidence of a grid-like pattern of settlements connected by road networks and arranged around large central plazas.

There are signs of farming, wetland management, and possibly fish farms.

The settlements are now almost completely overgrown by rainforest.

The ancient urban communities date back to before the first Europeans set foot in the Upper Xingu region of the Brazilian Amazon in the 15th Century.

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Brazil hands ‘drug baron’ to US Saturday, 23 August, 2008

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BBC NEWS | Americas | Brazil hands ‘drug baron’ to US.

The alleged leader of one of Colombia’s most powerful drug cartels has been extradited to the US by Brazil.

Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia was handed over to the US Drug Enforcement Agency in the city of Manaus and flown out of the country on a US government plane.

Mr Ramirez Abadia, known as Chupeta or Lollypop, was captured in Brazil last year and sentenced to 30 years in jail.

US prosecutors accuse him of smuggling more than 500 tons of cocaine into the US and of routinely killing his rivals.

Mr Ramirez Abadia is alleged to have been a key member of the Norte del Valle cartel, which is accused of sending huge amounts of cocaine to the US and Europe, and laundering the proceeds in Brazil. (more…)

Brazil claims soccer bronze in Olympics Saturday, 23 August, 2008

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Press TV – Brazil claims soccer bronze in Olympics.

Brazil has snatched the bronze medal in the men’s soccer tournament at the Beijing Games after defeating Belgium 3-0 at Shanghai Stadium.

The first goal came in the 27th minute, when a cross from Rafinha was knocked into the back of the net by Diego Ribas da Cunha, a midfielder who plays for the German team Werder Bremen.

Brazil’s striker Jo strengthened the lead just before halftime, heading the ball past the Belgium goalkeeper.

Belgium was on the attack in the second half, and created a number of chances. However, a second goal from Jo in the dying seconds of the match sealed the 3-0 victory for Brazil.

Brazil won silver at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, and a bronze medal at Atlanta in 1996.

Argentina, who thrashed Brazil 3-0 on Tuesday, will face Nigeria in the final at the National Stadium on Saturday to decide which team takes home gold.