Entries in Brazil (7)


State Department Contractor Strangled in Brazil

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A dream vacation in Brazil turned tragic for State Department contractor Victoria Tcaciuc, 38, who was found strangled in her hotel room last week.

"We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Department of State contractor Victoria Tcaciuc," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said Friday. "We express our deepest condolences to her friends and loved ones. Officials from the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro are providing all appropriate consular assistance."

Tcaciuc, who hailed from Moldova but had become a U.S. citizen, was working at the State Department as a financial analyst in the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington D.C., according to a senior State Department official.

Police have arrested Alessandro Rufino Oliveira Carvalho, who Barbosa says was seen entering and leaving Tcaciuc's hotel room.

Ventrell said that the United States is not involved with the investigation, but is cooperating with Brazilian authorities. He also confirmed that Tcaciuc was in Brazil for a holiday, not for business.

"She was there on personal travel," said Ventrell. "This was not an official State Department delegation, she was there on a personal visit."

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


President Obama Surprises Press Aboard Air Force One

Pool Photo (file)(WASHINGTON) -- Though members of the press fly Air Force One on every trip the president takes, they sit in the rear of the plane, sequestered in a separate cabin and rarely see the commander in chief.

But about a half-hour into Monday’s four-hour flight from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Santiago, Chile, President Obama made a surprise drop by in the press cabin. And, in a ‘turn-the-tables’ moment, the surprised press corps found themselves answering Obama’s questions.

"What are you guys doing?” he asked as he appeared solo in the doorway -- no aides or handlers with him. Taken a little off guard, the press told him they were watching the Naomi Watts/Sean Penn movie Fair Game.

"Is it any good?" Obama asked. “Ask us in an hour,” was the reply from one of the press corps.

“You guys having fun?”  Obama quizzed, adding that he heard some press folks had stayed out “late late” last night and “ate too much beef” at the local Brazilian churrascaria.

But before the press could turn the tables back on Obama, he ducked right back out of the cabin, saying “See ya” as he moved out of sight. The entire encounter was less than one minute.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Rare Photo: Sitting in Makeshift Tent, Obama Briefed on Libya

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil) -- The White House has allowed a rare glimpse into the security trappings around the president.

An official photo, taken and issued by the White House, captured President Obama sitting inside a blue security tent -- called a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) -- erected inside his Brazilian hotel suite Sunday as he was briefed by phone on the situation unfolding in Libya.

The president, participating in a secure conference call, was joined on the phone by AFRICOM Commander Gen. Carter Ham, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, and Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough.

Pictured beside him in the tent are National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Obama in Rio: Returning for 2016 Summer Olympics

Mike Majchrowitz/Pool Photo(RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil) -- On President Obama’s “lighter” Sunday schedule, it seemed his mind was on sports for at least part of the day. Though still smarting from Chicago’s failed bid to win the 2016 Olympics, Obama announced his intention to come to see the games in the winning city: Rio de Janeiro.

“You might have heard that this city wasn’t exactly my first choice for the Summer Olympics,” Obama told a crowd in Rio’s historic municipal theater. “But if the Games couldn’t be in my hometown of Chicago, there’s no place I’d rather see them than right here in Rio.  And I intend to come back in 2016 to watch it happen.”

Obama has mentioned the loss/win numerous times since arriving in Brazil. Saturday he brought it up with Brazilian President Rousseff and again in a statement to reporters.

Earlier Sunday, on a tour of one of Rio’s many favelas – or slum neighborhoods – Obama channeled his inner Pele (or Ronaldo) and kicked the soccer ball around with a bunch of grade school-aged kids. Perhaps as he should have expected, the kids were decked out in blue and white Rio2016 T-shirts.

“These are the best soccer players in the world,” Obama flattered his hosts. “Look at this guy! He’s making some moves!” Obama said to one boy, as he kicked the ball up by the child’s head. The boy promptly blocked then kicked the ball back to Obama.

Obama then showed off some moves of his own, kicking the ball up with his left foot, bouncing it off of his torso and kicking it back again at about head height to the boy. The boy caught the ball with his hand.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Olympic Bid Competition Doesn't Hurt US-Brazil Relations

ABC News(BRASILIA, Brazil) -- He lost an Olympic bid to Brazil and is still smarting a bit, but that didn’t stop President Obama from making a deal with the second biggest democracy and economy in the hemisphere.

The president joked twice about Brazil beating the United States for the 2016 Summer Games. He then said the two nations will sign two agreements, an open skies deal and a trade cooperation agreement.

“We’re pleased to do that,” the president said at a meeting with Brazilian CEOs.

The two countries have been trying to reach another deal on simplifying visa rules, but he said that agreement is “not all worked through.” Obama said progress is being made on the visa deal.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Obama In Brazil to Begin Five-Day Latin America Tour

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(BRASILIA, Brazil) -- Air Force One has delivered President Obama to his first ever stop in South America after an overnight flight. 

The Obama family arrived for what will be five days, four cities, three nations and a world away from the crises on other continents. His first stop is Brazil, a power engine of growth rivaling the U.S. in exports and newly found oil reserves. 

President Obama will discuss nuclear power in Chile and jobs and immigration in El Salvador.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Obama: Trade with Latin America Means Jobs

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama in his weekly address stressed the importance of trade with Latin America in the United States economy.

"We've always had a special bond with our neighbors to the south. It's a bond born of shared history and values and strengthened by the millions of Americans who proudly trace their roots to Latin America. What's clear is that in an increasingly global economy our partnership with these nations is only going to become more vital," he said.

The address comes as the president travels to South America. He cited Brazil, his first stop on the trip, as an example of how American exports to Latin America are a cornerstone in U.S. job creation.

"Today Brazil imports more goods from the United States than from any other nation. And I'll be meeting with business leaders from both countries to talk about how we can create even more jobs by deepening these economic ties."

Obama also reasserted that the U.S. is responding to the crisis in Libya and the emergency in Japan.

"We will work with our partners in the region to protect innocent civilians in Libya and hold the Gadhafi regime accountable. We will continue to stand with the people of Japan in their greatest hour of need."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio