Sep 22, 2016

Brazilian forest fires threaten uncontacted tribes

Forest fires raging in northeast Brazil are forcing indigenous people out of their traditional territories and threatening uncontacted tribes, an indigenous leader said on Wednesday. Fire season in the Amazon and surrounding savanna normally lasts from July to November, but burning has become more ...

Sep 14, 2016

Fires rips through shantytown on edge of Sao Paulo

A fire swept through a slum on the outskirts of Brazil’s biggest city Tuesday, and authorities said hundreds of people had to flee as flames consumed wooden homes. Fire department officials said the fire destroyed most of the shantytown in Osasco, a suburb on ...

Paralympics open with bang

Sep 8, 2016

Paralympics open with bang

The Paralympic Games opened Wednesday with 4,350 athletes demonstrating first-hand their creed: “The heart knows no limits; everybody has a heart.” Wheelchair daredevil Aaron Wheelz showed the spirit in the opening act. As a countdown from 10 reached its end, Wheelz raced down a ...

Scientists say Singapore Zika is Asian strain, cases reach 200

Sep 3, 2016

Scientists say Singapore Zika is Asian strain, cases reach 200

Singapore on Saturday reported 215 cases of Zika infections as scientists in the city-state said the virus strain comes from within Asia and was not imported from Brazil. The Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency said in a joint statement on Saturday evening ...

Sep 1, 2016

Ferrari's Massa to retire after season

Brazilian Felipe Massa announced on Thursday that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the season. The 35-year-old Williams driver, who won 11 races for Ferrari between 2006 and 2008 and finished overall runner-up to Lewis Hamilton in the 2008 world ...

Aug 26, 2016

Lochte charged with making false robbery claims

The Brazilian authorities have charged U.S. swimming star Ryan Lochte with making a false statement about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Olympics, police said Thursday. The 32-year-old gold medalist risks a jail sentence, Brazilian media quoted a police official as saying, although ...

Aug 20, 2016

Disgraced Lochte issues apology

U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte apologized Friday for his behavior surrounding an incident at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, saying he should have been more “careful and candid” about how he described what happened after a night of partying with his teammates. But ...