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Brazil's president lays wreath at Arafat's grave, Brazil's foreign minister says Iranian sanctions would be ineffective, Rio has record floods

Brazilian president lays wreath at Arafat’s grave on March 17

Brazil's President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva laid a wreath at
Yasser Arafat's grave after refusing to visit the grave of Theodor Herzl.

"I dream of an independent and free Palestine living in peace in the Middle East," Silva said while in the West Bank. "I believe the Palestinians and Israelis are going to share the land of their forefathers."

Brazilian foreign minister: Iran sanctions would be ineffective...

Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim has warned against imposing new sanctions
on Iran, saying that Brazil wants to maintain its ties with the Islamic Republic.

Rio de Janeiro's worst rains in history

The heaviest rains in Rio de Janeiro's history triggered landslides Tuesday that killed at least 95 people as rising water turned roads into rivers and paralyzed Brazil's second-largest city.