Rio Carnival crowns champion after accident-marred festivities

Mar 2, 2017

Rio Carnival crowns champion after accident-marred festivities

Rio de Janeiro's Carnival crowned a champion of its elite samba school parade on Wednesday, capping festivities marred by two accidents that injured more than 30 people. By winning the Carnival's headline event, the Portela samba school ended a 33-year losing streak, nabbing the crown ...

Oldest Rio party kicks off as Carnival hits full stride in Brazil

Feb 26, 2017

Oldest Rio party kicks off as Carnival hits full stride in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro's famed Carnival bacchanalia hit full stride on Saturday as hundreds of thousands roared into the streets for one of the city's oldest and by far its biggest "bloco" street party, the Bola Preta. The Bola Preta, or "Black Ball," gathering routinely draws ...

Feb 21, 2017

Spanish court nixes Neymar, Barcelona appeals

A Spanish court on Monday dismissed appeals from Neymar and Barcelona over alleged fraud and corruption in the Brazilian star's transfer from Santos in 2013. The decision brings the possibility of the player and club facing trial a step closer. Neymar's arrival from Brazil's Santos has ...

Feb 14, 2017

Former Japan midfielder Ramos leaves hospital

Ex-Japan international Ruy Ramos was released from the hospital on Tuesday after suffering a stroke in December. Ramos, 60, said on Dec. 30 he was diagnosed with a stroke and had been rehabilitating since then. The Brazilian-born former midfielder said on his official website Tuesday ...

Jan 29, 2017

Half of Brazil's population lack full property rights


Half of Brazil's population cannot prove full legal ownership of their homes, depriving authorities in the recession-hit country of a major source of taxes and deterring local investment, a senior government official said. An estimated 100 million people lack property rights, a senior Ministry of ...

Jan 21, 2017

Ex-Brazil, Yomiuri FC coach Silva, 77, passes away

Former Brazil national team coach Carlos Alberto Silva, who spent time managing in Japan in the early 1990s, passed away Friday at age 77, Brazilian media reported. Silva died at his home in the southeastern Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte. The cause of death was ...