Some 1,000 people are missing after days of heavy rain in north-eastern Brazil triggered deadly floods, officials say. At least 38 people are known to have died so far and tens of thousands have had to flee their homes.
Correspondents say the floods have washed away entire villages in the states of Alagoas and Pernambuco, BBC News reports.
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has called a crisis cabinet meeting for Tuesday and said the government would make federal funds available to help the homeless.
The president met Monday with local governors to work on details of the relief efforts, AFP says.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation put the head of the contractor company of Russia's space corporation Roskosmos, Sergei Slastikhin, on international wanted list
"Washington operators of the sanctions machine ought to get acquainted with the history of Russia, to stop the unnecessary fussing," spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said