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Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO — Protests in Brazil’s two biggest cities, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, calling for rises in public transport fares enacted earlier this week to be revoked, ended in violence on Friday.

In São Paulo, the event organised by Movimento Passe Livre (the Free Fare Movement, MPL) reunited up to 10,000 people, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent at the scene. Police put the number at 5,000 by the end of the protest, while the MPL said 30,000 people had participated.

The crowd marched around the city centre in protest at the 50-centavo price hike, which increased single fares on bus, local train and metro services to R$3.50 (US$1.33).

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BBC World News

SÃO PAULO — Despite 25 years of research, a vaccine against HIV remains stubbornly out of scientists’ reach. There are, however, around 30 HIV vaccines in clinic trials around the world, and many others at different stages of development, both building on past experience and experimenting with new concepts.

Scientists at the University of São Paulo in Brazil have been working on their HIVBr18 vaccine since 2002. The team claims their vaccine is the only one in development which aims to trigger  CD4+ T-cells — special immune system helper cells vital to coordinating the body’s immune defence system.

Preliminary results from a new technique, tested on animals earlier this year, have proved extremely encouraging.

As part of a BBC Health Check special on HIV, our reporter in São Paulo, Ben Tavener, has been finding out how a vaccine in Brazil is progressing.

SÃO PAULO — Violent clashes involving members of the FLM social housing movement spread across central São Paulo on Tuesday, after around 200 homeless families were evicted from an abandoned hotel in which they were squatting.

It was the third time police had attempted to carry out the formal eviction of the FLM families from the Hotel Aquarius, following a court order demanding the building be taken back.

Violent clashes broke out early on Tuesday, and a number of people were arrested and injured, when police responded harshly to aggressions from the evictees, who hurled objects from the building, as well as rocks and paint at officers.

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Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO — Brazil now boasts the most multi-millionaires in Latin America and is ranked tenth in the world, according to a study reported by local media.

The study by Johannesburg-based wealth consultancy New World Wealth also showed that São Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city and business center, is the world’s 17th for multi-millionaires, defined in the report as having more than $10 million in net assets.

Currently the world’s seventh largest economy, Brazil has 10,300 multi-millionaires, of which 4,400 are concentrated in São Paulo and a further 2,200 in Rio de Janeiro, putting the “Marvellous City” in 27th position globally.

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Video by Cedar Attanasio; produced/translated by Ben Tavener

SÃO PAULO – Just hours after Brazil secured its place in the World Cup semifinals the news broke that the country’s golden boy, Neymar Jr, who had been stretchered off during the quarterfinal clash against Colombia, had fractured a vertebra and would miss the rest of the tournament.

We asked Brazilian fans on Avenida Paulista how they thought their team had fared, and what the country would do without its rising star on the pitch.

See photos and video from the São Paulo Fan Fest during the quarterfinal clash

Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO – Exactly who brought football to Brazil and precisely when they did it is still a moot point.

Some say it was Charles Miller, the son of a British railway worker who was building train lines in São Paulo, and others point to Thomas Donohue, a dye worker from Busby in Scotland, who sowed the soccer seed in Rio de Janeiro – both sometime around the late 1890s.

However the sport made the 9,000km leap from Britain, some 120 years later Brazil has earned the title of O País do Futebol – the Land of Football – and deservedly so.

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SÃO PAULO – Anti-World Cup protesters had barely started to gather at São Paulo’s Carrão metro station on Thursday when military and riot police began taking action against the planned demonstration.

Stun grenades and tear gas were launched with fury as about 100 protesters grouped and taunted the officers.

Brazilian protesters taunted police, branding them “cowards”, “fascists” and “afraid of democracy”. Some wore gas masks and had vinegar-soaked handkerchiefs to mitigate the effects of the tear gas, fully aware of how the military police could – and did – respond.

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