Trash pickers give Rio Carnival costumes new life

Mar 5, 2014

Trash pickers give Rio Carnival costumes new life

Elaine da Silva Moraes clambers up mounds of abandoned fabric, foam and feathers that minutes earlier were the essence of Rio de Janeiro’s glitzy, multimillion-dollar Carnival parades. The creative costumes on display at the all-night Sambadrome parades that ended early Tuesday have made Rio’s ...

Rio revelers put protests on hold for Carnival

Mar 2, 2014

Rio revelers put protests on hold for Carnival

Revelers in Rio joined a whirl of festivities Saturday as carnival fever took hold and the world’s biggest street party pushed lingering protests over corruption and the cost of hosting the World Cup firmly to one side. With the football extravaganza now just three ...

Olympics a test for ambitious developing countries

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics a test for ambitious developing countries

by Joe Mcdonald

Playing host to the Olympics or World Cup can showcase an ambitious country’s rise and cast a harsh light on its weaknesses. In Sochi, the eye-popping cost of Russia’s Winter Games and logistical fumbles have gotten as much attention as figure skaters and snowboarders. ...

Odd rule sends killings by Brazilian police plummeting

Feb 6, 2014

Odd rule sends killings by Brazilian police plummeting

The number of people killed by police in Brazil’s biggest state has plunged 40 percent, and experts are crediting what seems an unlikely reason — a new rule that forbids officers from transporting or otherwise helping shooting victims. They say it makes the summary ...

Repairs may darken giant Christ statue in Rio

Feb 3, 2014

Repairs may darken giant Christ statue in Rio

Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue, facing renovation after being struck by lightning last month, could take on a darker hue owing to a shortage of replacement stone, heritage officials said Sunday. The 38-meter statue, named in a 2007 global poll as one of seven ...

Nishimura, two assistant referees picked for World Cup assignment

Jan 15, 2014

Nishimura, two assistant referees picked for World Cup assignment

Referee Yuichi Nishimura and assistant referees Toru Sagara and Toshiyuki Nagi have been appointed to officiate at this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, world soccer’s governing body FIFA said Wednesday. The FIFA referees committee, meeting in Zurich on Tuesday, appointed 25 referee trios ...

Jan 4, 2014

Rio heat wave sets off sprinklers

Soaring temperatures in Rio de Janeiro set off the fire sprinklers Friday in a downtown shopping mall as the mercury topped 40 degrees Celsius. In the sunshine, temperatures rose to 50 degrees, leaving residents of the metropolis gasping. But customers taking refuge indoors at ...

Elite force to guard World Cup matches

Jan 4, 2014

Elite force to guard World Cup matches

Brazil will put a 10,000-strong elite security force on standby at the soccer World Cup to prevent a repeat of the disorder that marred the Confederations Cup last year, the Justice Ministry announced Friday. The government has warned it will not tolerate protests like ...

Protest for right to go topless on Rio's beaches falls flat

Dec 22, 2013

Protest for right to go topless on Rio's beaches falls flat

A much-hyped protest for the right to go topless on Rio de Janeiro’s beaches fell flat Saturday when only a handful of women bared their chests for the movement. More than 100 photojournalists stampeded across the golden sands of Ipanema Beach when the first ...

Snowden: NSA's indiscriminate spying 'collapsing'

Dec 18, 2013

Snowden: NSA's indiscriminate spying 'collapsing'

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wrote in a lengthy “open letter to the people of Brazil” that he’s been inspired by the global debate ignited by his release of thousands of NSA documents and that the agency’s culture of indiscriminate global espionage “is ...

Report: Snowden would help Brazil if given asylum

Dec 17, 2013

Report: Snowden would help Brazil if given asylum

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wrote in “an open letter to the Brazilian people” that he would be willing to help Brazil’s government investigate U.S. spying on its soil, but that he could do so only if granted political asylum. In a letter ...