Allegations Equatorial Guinea funded Brazilian samba group sparks Carnival controversy

February 12, 2015 7:30 PM

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Allegations Equatorial Guinea funded Brazilian samba group sparks Carnival controversy

FILE - In this March 3, 2014, file photo, performers from the Beija-Flor samba school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio’s O Globo newspaper, one of Brazil’s biggest, reported on Feb. 2015, that the samba group received substantial funding from Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, one of Africa’s most notorious dictators, an allegation that has sparked controversy on the eve of Brazil’s Carnival celebrations (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File) (The Associated Press)

RIO DE JANEIRO – A Carnival controversy is bubbling over allegations that a Rio de Janeiro samba group received funding from one of Africa's most criticized governments.

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