Brazil

Brazil's economy dips 3.6 per cent in 2016 for worst-ever recession

Brazil's economy shrank 3.6 per cent in 2016, according to data released Tuesday, making the recession of the last two years the worst in the country's history.

Carnival float crashes in Rio, injures 20

A large float crashed into revellers at Rio de Janeiro's Carnival celebrations, injuring 20 people, eight of them so seriously that they had to be taken to hospital, the news portal O Globo reported on Monday.

Report: 'Panama Papers' lawyers arrested in corruption case

The founders of the Panama law firm at the centre of the "Panama Papers" leaks last year were under arrest Friday for suspected links to a mushrooming bribery scandal, according to media reports.

Police in northern Brazilian city investigate series of 30 killings

Police in the northern Brazil city of Belem were alarmed Sunday by a series of 30 mysterious killings in a 24-hour period.

Brazil sends federal troops to prisons after wave of deadly revolts

Brazil's government sent dozens of federal security forces to secure prisons in the country's north on Tuesday after gang-linked massacres left 100 inmates dead in the first week of the year, according to media reports.

At least 33 reported dead in second Brazil prison riot this week

At least 33 people are dead after the second prison riot in Brazil this week, local media reported Friday, citing justice officials.

Olympics boosted Brazil to tourism record in 2016

Hosting the Olympic Games in 2016 boosted tourist numbers to a new record for Brazil, the Tourism Ministry said on Wednesday.

Fifty reported dead in Brazil jail riot

At least 50 inmates have died in a prison riot in Brazil, security authorities in the north-western state of Amazonas say.

12 killed as man opens fire at New Year's party in Brazil

Twelve people died when a man opened fire at a New Year's Eve party in Brazil and then turned the gun on himself, the country's state news agency, Agencia Brasil, reported Sunday.

Brazil police: wife, lover plotted murder of Greek ambassador

The wife of Greece's ambassador to Brazil and her presumed lover were arrested Friday for murdering the diplomat in what authorities called a planned "crime of passion," Rio de Janeiro's Policia Civil said.

Brazilian police confirm murder of Greek ambassador

Police in Brazil on Friday confirmed that the Greek ambassador to the country was murdered, the G1 news portal reported.

Bolivia arrests three at footballer crash airline

Bolivian authorities Tuesday arrested the director and two employees of Bolivian charter airline Lamia, whose sole operational plane crashed last week with most of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense aboard, a prosecutor investigating the case said.

Chapecoense declared Copa Sudamericana champions after plane crash

The South American Football Confederation CONMEBOL Monday declared Chapecoense AF the winner of the 2-million-dollar Copa Sudamericana following an airplane crash last week that killed most of the team on its way to the cup finals.

Airline in footballer crash dismissed air authorities' warnings

The dispatcher for a charter flight that crashed in Colombia, killing 71 people, had clashed with Bolivian aviation officials who warned the flight was too long to make without a refuelling stop, Bolivian media reported on Thursday.

Investigation points to fuel shortage in Colombia plane crash

Investigators are looking into the possibility that a charter jet that crashed in Colombia while carrying 77 people, including a Brazilian football team, may have run out of fuel, authorities said Wednesday.

Plane carrying Brazilian football team crashes in Colombia - 71 dead

The Brazilian football team Chapecoense AF were flying to what might have been their greatest triumph

76 dead in Colombia plane crash, police say

Seventy-six people, including members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense, are dead after a chartered plane carrying 81 people crashed in the mountains of Colombia on Tuesday, according to police.

Plane carrying Brazilian footballers crashes in Colombia

A plane carrying more than 80 people, including members of the Brazilian club football team Chapecoense, crashed in Colombia early Tuesday morning, local broadcaster Caracol reported.

Four killed as police helicopter crashes in Rio de Janeiro

Four military policemen were killed in Rio de Janeiro Saturday when a police helicopter crashed following clashes in one of the city's most notorious slums, the news website Globo reported.

Reports: Brazil arrests key figure behind Rousseff impeachment

Eduardo Cunha, the central figure behind the impeachment of former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, was arrested Wednesday in Brasilia on corruption charges, according to news reports.

Brazil prison riots leave 33 dead in 24 hours

At least eight prisoners were asphyxiated in a fire during a battle between rival gangs in a Brazilian prison Monday, bringing to 33 the number of dead in two separate prisons in less than 24 hours, according to media reports.

Brazil to deploy 25,000 soldiers amid pre-election violence

Brazil will deploy more than 25,000 soldiers for municipal elections Sunday, Defence Minister Raul Jungmann said, amid a wave of political violence that has left three dead in recent days.

Paralympic opening ceremony marred by jeering of Brazil's president

Thousands of athletes from around the world took part Wednesday in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana Stadium.

Brazil's Senate ousts Rousseff from presidency in historic vote

Brazil's Senate overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office on charges of breaking budget laws, bringing to a decisive end 13 years of rule by her leftist Workers' Party.

Rousseff to Brazil Senate: Vote for democracy, not impeachment

President Dilma Rousseff defended her record in office during her impeachment trial Monday in the Brazilian Senate, rejecting charges of corruption and warning of a break in the country's democracy.

Record-breaking Olympics Games for Croatia as medal tally reaches 10

Croatia's participants at the Rio Summer Olympic Games won a total of 10 medals, which makes these Olympics most successful for Croatia.

Neymar no longer Brazil captain after Olympic triumph

Neymar's gold medal-winning match with Brazil in the Rio Olympics was his last as captain, the 24-year-old forward said Saturday.

Neymer returns colour and hunger to Brazil with Olympic victory

A first-ever Olympic gold medal in football has raised confidence in the Brazilian national team after two years of struggle.

Croatia's high jumper Blanka Vlasic grabs bronze in Rio

Croatia's Blanka Vlasic came in third in the women's high jump event in Rio clearing the bar at 1.97 metres on Saturday, and thus added this bronze to the silver she won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, while the title of the new Olympic champion went to Spaniard Ruth Beitia.

Neymar the Hero de Janeiro as Brazil end long wait for Olympic gold

Neymar was the toast of Brazilian football Saturday after converting the winning penalty in a shoot-out to give Brazil a first Olympic football gold as they beat Germany in the men's final at a raucous Maracana Stadium.

Brazil win Olympic football gold for first time by beating Germany

Neymar converts the winning penalty in a shoot-out to give Brazil a first Olympic football gold, as they beat Germany 5-4 following a 1-1 draw in the men's final at a raucous Maracana Stadium.

US thrash Spain for sixth consecutive gold in women's basketball

The US women's basketball team cruised through to their sixth Olympic gold medal in a row on Saturday after thrashing Spain 101-72 at the Rio Games.

Italy clinch water polo bronze ahead of Serbia-Croatia gold showdown

Italy walked away with a bronze medal Saturday after beating Montenegro 12-10 in the men's water polo competition at the Rio Olympics, ahead of a showdown for the gold medal between Serbia and Croatia.

Nigeria hold off Honduras for Olympic bronze in men's football

Nigeria claimed Olympic bronze in men's football Saturday by holding off Honduras 3-2 in Mineirao.

South Korea's Park clinches gold in Rio after golf's Olympic return

South Korea's seven-time major champion Park In Bee clinched gold in the women's Olympic golf tournament Saturday, finishing five strokes ahead of world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand.

Serbia pull away from France for first medal in women's basketball

Serbia claimed a first-ever medal in women's basketball at the Rio Games Saturday when a third period burst took them away from France in the bronze encounter and set up a 70-63 win in Rio de Janeiro.

Germany back in the Maracana as Brazil seek atonement

Football powerhouses Germany and Brazil meet in the men's Olympics final in a match which revives memories of a traumatic World Cup defeat for the host nation.

Iranian teenager Alizadeh wins first women's Olympic medal for Iran

Kimia Alizadeh made Iranian history on Thursday after she won an Olympic bronze medal during the women’s taekwondo competition.

US team apologizes for fake robbery story, two swimmers leave Brazil

Two US Olympic swimmers involved in an alleged robbery incident with relay gold medal winner Ryan Lochte have had their passports released and have left Brazil, the US Olympic team said Thursday.

Maroulis shocks Yoshida for first ever US women's wrestling gold

Helen Maroulis shocked superstar Saori Yoshida at the Rio Games to claim a first-ever Olympic gold for an American women's wrestler and deny her Japanese opponent a fourth Olympic title.

Olympic Games give 280,000 tickets to children, but half do not come

More than half of the schoolchildren who have been given free tickets to fill the stands at the Olympic Games have not shown up at sports events, local organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said Thursday.

Neymar sets up Brazil v Germany rematch for Olympic gold

Barcelona superstar Neymar needed no more than 15 seconds to find the net in the 6-0 romp against Honduras on Wednesday and set Brazil en route to a rematch with Germany in the final of the men's Olympic football tournament.

Brazil 6-0 Honduras: Neymar inspires Brazilian dream of Olympic gold

Barcelona superstar Neymar needed no more than 15 seconds to find the net against Honduras on Wednesday and inspire Brazil into a thumping 6-0 win in the Olympic football semi-final in the Maracana Stadium.

Jason Kenny secures Britain's sixth track cycling gold in Rio

Britain ends the Rio track cycling events with six gold medals as Jason Kenny rides to victory in an exhausting Keirin event that was drawn out by two false starts.

Croatian sailor Tonci Stipanovic wins silver in men's laser (dinghy)

Croatian sailor Tonci Stipanovic won the silver medal in the men's laser (dinghy) at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.

Croatia winner in Group B of men’s basketball

The Croatians were in control most of the game, and led 75-55 heading into the fourth quarter, Bojan Bogdanovic led Croatia (3-2) with 22 points.

German track cyclist: British success "very questionable"

Britain's success in track cycling at the Olympics is "very questionable," Germany's women's keirin world champion Kristina Vogel said Monday.

Poland's Wlodarczyk gets hammer gold with world record

Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk claims Olympic hammer throw gold at last with a world record 82.29 metres.

No Zika at the Olympics - but the epidemic isn't over for Brazil

Pre-Olympic fears over a Zika outbreak in Rio were so strong that some called for the Games to be cancelled, yet there hasn't been a single reported case during the competition - mainly thanks to the South American winter. But poor sewage systems in Brazil mean the virus is likely to return as temperatures increase.

Golden Rose triumphs on golf's Olympic return after 112 years

Britain's Justin Rose won the first Olympic golf gold medal in 112 years as he held off Henrik Stenson to win the men's tournament at the Rio Games in a dramatic finish Sunday.

Lochte and other US swimmers robbed in Rio, USOC confirms

American swimmer Ryan Lochte and three team-mates were robbed at gunpoint by individuals posing as police in Rio de Janeiro in the early hours of Sunday morning, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has confirmed.

Phelps bids farewell with 23rd, and definitely last, Olympic gold

Walking away at the peak of your powers is a difficult thing for any sportsman to do, but Michael Phelps insists his fifth Olympic Games in Rio will be his last.

Brazil beat Colombia to progress to Olympic football semi-finals

Brazil have defeated Colombia 2-0 to progress to the semi-finals in Rio and keep their dream of an elusive first Olympic men's football gold medal alive.

French tennis team physiotherapist collapses, dies in Rio

A physiotherapist for the French tennis team at the Rio Olympics has collapsed and died, the country's Olympic committee CNOSF said early Saturday.

Swimmers get unwanted city tour before Olympic race

Athletes go through certain rituals ahead of their competitions, but undertaking an unwanted city tour is not one of them. Yet that's just what happened to a group of swimmers before their Olympic race.

Brazil and Neymar still struggling at home two years after World Cup

Representing the most fanatical football country in the world can have advantages and disadvantages, as Brazil's misfiring forward Neymar is finding out.

Berlin runner puts Palestine on Olympic marathon map

Mayada Al-Sayad, a German-born marathon runner from Berlin, starts for Palestine in the marathon on Sunday in a Games first.

Fiji declares public holiday after winning first ever Olympic medal

Fiji will have an extra public holiday to celebrate the country's first ever Olympic medal after its rugby sevens team won gold in Rio, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced Friday.

Phelps makes it gold number 22; Oleksiak and Manuel tie in 100m free

Michael Phelps won a fourth consecutive men's 200-metre individual medley on Thursday, claiming the 22nd Olympic gold of his career in Rio de Janeiro, while the women's 100m freestyle resulted in an astonishing tie.

Military conducts controlled explosion near Olympic basketball arena

The Brazilian military conducted a controlled explosion of an unattended backpack near the Olympic basketball arena, Rio Games organisers said Thursday.

Fiji's elegant giants glide to rugby gold, first-ever Olympic medal

Fiji win their country's first-ever Olympic medal by thrashing Britain 43-7 in the gold medal match of the rugby sevens.

Croatia men's basketball team beats Brazil 80-76

Bojan Bogdanovic of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets poured in 33 points as Croatia spoiled the party for hosts Brazil with an 80-76 win in Olympic basketball on Thursday.

Security is top priority, Rio organizers insist as incidents continue

Security is a top priority at the Rio Olympics, its organizers said Thursday, as incidents continued to be reported on the sidelines of the Games.

Olympics off to a false start: What's going wrong in Rio

Gunshots, queues, empty seats: apart from the athletes themselves, not much is running smoothly in Rio. Olympic teething problems are nothing new, but the hosts are struggling to bring things under control.

Croatian brothers win gold in Men's double sculls at Rio Olympics

Croatian rowers Martin and Valent Sinkovic on Thursday won the gold medal in the Men's double sculls at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Balandin delivers first swimming gold for Kazakhstan

Dmitriy Balandin wrote himself into the Olympic history books on Wednesday as the first swimming medallist from Kazakhstan.

Brazil survive, Argentina bow out of Olympic football tournament

Brazil are one step closer to winning an elusive first Olympic gold medal in football after defeating Denmark 4-0 in their last opening-round game at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday.

Britain snags first diving title to deny China golden sweep in Rio

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears clinched the first-ever Olympic gold medal in diving for Britain Wednesday, ending China's dreams of a golden sweep in the sport at the Rio Games.

Rio Games organizers are considering giving schoolchildren tickets to fill empty seats

Rio Games organizers are considering giving schoolchildren tickets for Olympic events to fill tens of thousands of empty seats.

Dubrovnik, Zagreb present their tourism industries in Rio de Janeiro

The cities of Dubrovnik and Zagreb have presented their tourism industries to some 150 Brazilian tourist agents and journalists at the Croatia House, opened in Rio de Janeiro, for the Summer Olympic Games, officials from the Dubrovnik Tourism Office reported on Wednesday.

Rousseff impeachment trial gets final go-ahead; vote by September 2

Brazil's Senate gave the final approval for an impeachment trial against suspended President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday, bringing closer her possible dismissal on charges of manipulating government accounts.

China keep 100 per cent synchro platform diving record in green pool

Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia maintained China's 100 per cent Olympic record in the women's synchronised 10-metre diving event on Tuesday, in an unusually green pool, and kept alive hopes of a clean sweep.

Dutch gymnast van Gelder expelled, sent home after alcohol escapade

Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder was expelled by the Dutch Olympic team on Tuesday and told to return home after a night-time escapade involving alcohol.

Americans hail King win as victory for clean swimming

Lilly King downed Yulia Efimova in the 100-metre women's breaststroke final in Rio, in what had become a grudge match over the Russian's doping past.

Australia win first women's Olympic rugby gold as sport rejoins Games

It was a historical final between the two fierce rivals on Monday in Rio de Janeiro, as Australia beat New Zealand 24-17 for the first womens' rugby sevens gold medal awarded in Olympic history.

Judo's Silva gets first gold for Rio Games hosts Brazil

Rafaela Silva won the first gold medal for Olympic hosts Brazil at the Rio de Janeiro Games on Monday, in the women's judo 57-kilo event.

Dutch cyclist Van der Breggen wins Rio gold, team-mate hurt in crash

Anna van der Breggen delivered the Netherlands its first gold medal of the Rio Olympics on Sunday in a nail-biting finish to the women's cycling road race, which saw her team-mate Annemiek van Vleuten injured in a nasty fall.

Judoka Kelmendi gets first Olympic gold for Kosovo

Majlinda Kelmendi made Olympic history for Kosovo in Rio on Sunday with the nation's first-ever medal at the Games, a gold in women's judo.

Italian fencer Garozzo beats world number one for Olympic gold

Daniele Garozzo won gold for Italy at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics Sunday when he beat world ranking leader Alexander Massialas of the United States 15-11 in the foil fencing final.

China's Wu with unprecedented fourth straight synchro-diving gold

China's Wu Minxia became the first woman to win the same event at four successive Summer Olympics on Sunday when she teamed up with Shi Tingmao for the 3-metre springboard synchronised diving title.

IOC: It was was no mistake to elect Rio Olympic host city

International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams on Sunday firmly dismissed suggestions that Rio should not have been elected host city because of security and other concerns after several incidents.

Controlled explosion of suspicious backpack at Olympic cycling race

A Brazil police bomb squad conducted a controlled explosion of an unattended backback near the course of the Olympic cycling road race on Saturday.

Brazilian authorities put stop to Belgian royals' favela visit

The Belgian royal couple has been prevented by Brazilian authorities from visiting a charity project in one of Rio de Janeiro's favelas, a Brazilian report said.

Rio 2016: A challenge for South America

When the Olympic Games open on Friday, not only will Brazil be under the spotlight, but South America will also have to show it is up to the challenge of delivering in the continent's first stab at hosting the world's premier sporting event.

Rio Olympic athletes' village unlivable say Australian officials

Australian Olympic officials have condemned the Rio athletes' village as uninhabitable due to plumbing and electrical problems, it was reported Monday.

Brazil police arrest alleged Rio 2016 terrorist plotters

Brazilian federal police arrested 10 people suspected of planning a terrorist attack at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said.

Brazilian Supreme Court suspends order blocking WhatsApp

Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a lower court's order blocking WhatsApp, the latest reversal in an ongoing spat between the messaging service and authorities over access to encrypted data, Brazilian media reported.

Brazil again blocks WhatsApp in data dispute

A Brazil court blocked WhatsApp across the country Tuesday for the third time in a year in an ongoing spat between the messaging service and authorities over user records WhatsApp says it does not have, according to media reports.

Soldiers and police conduct anti-terror drills in Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian security forces conducted anti-terror exercises Saturday in Rio de Janeiro just weeks before the Summer Olympic are set to begin, officials announced.

Brazil increases military patrols for Rio 2016

Brazil will increase the number of soldiers patrolling the streets of Rio de Janeiro during next month's Olympic Games in response to a crime wave, the country's interim defence minister said Wednesday.

Latin American abortion requests rise amid Zika fears

The mysterious Zika virus has been detected in 61 countries, the majority in Latin America. More and more pregnant women are considering abortions out of fear of birth defects in their babies.

Australian Olympic Committee calls for extra security measures in Rio

Australian Olympic officials Tuesday called on the organizers of the Rio Games to improve security after a Paralympic athlete and an official were robbed at gunpoint in the Brazilian city.

Rio declares financial emergency, admits problems with Olympics

The Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro has declared a financial "calamity," and acknowledged problems in "honouring commitments" of the Olympic Games scheduled to begin August 5.

Health minister: Number of Zika cases plummets in Brazil

The number of Zika infections in Brazil has dropped precipitously just months before the start of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the country's health minister said Friday.

At least 17 students and bus driver killed in Brazil accident

At least 17 students and the bus driver were killed in an accident in Brazil late Thursday, G1 news reported citing fire officials.

Olympics organizers: No risk of Zika infection in Rio

Organisers of the upcoming summer Olympic Games said Tuesday that they see no health risks posed by the Zika virus.

Scientists and WHO disagree over Zika risk for Rio Olympics

August's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should be postponed or moved to avoid intensifying the spread of the Zika virus, according to a letter signed by 151 leading scientists.

Scientists, WHO disagree over zika risk for Brazil Olympics

Brazil's Olympic Games should be postponed or moved to avoid intensifying the spread of the zika virus, according to a letter signed by 151 scientists.

Australia's Olympians to be armed with Zika-proof condoms for Rio

Australia's Olympians will be given extra protection for the upcoming Rio games, in the form of "Zika-proof condoms," it was announced on Monday.

Brazil's Rousseff slams "coup" as former ally takes power

A defiant Dilma Rousseff called Thursday's Senate vote to suspend her as president of Brazil "a coup" by political opponents and vowed to continue to fight her removal from office.