Evangelical mega-church bishop elected mayor of Rio as Brazil veers right

Evangelical mega-church bishop elected mayor of Rio as Brazil veers right

An evangelical mega-church bishop who once branded Catholics demons was elected mayor of Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, in nationwide municipal elections that confirmed the decline of the former ruling Workers’ Party. Marcelo Crivella, a controversial 59-year-old pastor, routed his progressive opponent by nearly 20 points, as left-wing candidates suffered further defeats across Latin America’s […]

Paralympic Games kick off in Rio with samba and political protest

Paralympic Games kick off in Rio with samba and political protest

Rio de Janeiro opened the Paralympic Games on Wednesday with samba, parading wheelchairs, giant balloons — and loud booing of Brazil’s president — at a sold-out Maracana stadium. The extraordinary sight of US Paralympian Aaron Wheelz jumping in his wheelchair from a 55-foot (17-meter) ramp got the crowd on its feet. Then the joyous rhythms […]

US swimmer Lochte charged over false Rio robbery claim

US swimmer Lochte charged over false Rio robbery claim

US swimming star Ryan Lochte has been charged with making a false statement about being robbed at gunpoint during the Olympics, Brazilian police said Thursday. The 32-year-old gold medal-winner risks a jail sentence, Brazilian media quoted one police official as saying, although the judicial authorities had yet to confirm that. “Ryan Lochte was charged with […]

Bolt wins 200m at Rio, clinching his eighth Olympic gold

Bolt wins 200m at Rio, clinching his eighth Olympic gold

Usain Bolt won his second gold medal of the Rio Olympics, brushing aside all-comers again in his favourite 200m sprint but failing in his bid to smash his own world record. The Jamaican triumphed as Britain’s Brownlee brothers dominated in triathlon to keep their country ahead of China in the medals race. Meanwhile, an Iranian […]

Parker on song for France in Rio as Japan’s Uchimura claims gold

Parker on song for France in Rio as Japan’s Uchimura claims gold

  There was high drama on the basketball court and at the Rio Olympics Wednesday with NBA star Tony Parker securing a last-gasp win for France, while in the gymnastics arena Japanese legend Kohei Uchimura added another gold to his collection. After a day of glory for France yesterday, when the country claimed its first […]

France wins first golds at Rio as Phelps wins 21st medal

France wins first golds at Rio as Phelps wins 21st medal

France got its first two gold medals of the 2016 Olympics on the board Tuesday as USA swimming legend Michael Phelps added to his own impressive medal haul and Serena Williams crashed out of the tennis in the fourth day at the Games in Rio. After a poor start in Brazil, the first taste of […]

Crime wave and political unrest plague Rio Olympics

Crime wave and political unrest plague Rio Olympics

  The Olympic Games may have just begun, but crime and an overwhelmed police force threaten to overshadow this celebration of sport in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil has deployed 85,000 police and soldiers to combat crime and the threat of terrorism for the Olympics — double the number used in the 2012 London Games – […]

Olympic Games get underway in Rio amid tight security

Olympic Games get underway in Rio amid tight security

Police in Brazil have increased security across the country ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, FRANCE 24 reports. With many of the Games’ 11,000 athletes and dozens of heads of state in attendance, the much-hyped grand opening ceremony will be the first major test of Rio’s preparedness. More […]

Police and protesters clash as Olympic torch passes through Rio

Police and protesters clash as Olympic torch passes through Rio

Police used rubber bullets and pepper spray against protesters as the Olympic torch passed through a poor suburb of Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, two days before South America’s first Olympic Games open under tight security. Some 85,000 police, soldiers and security personnel will be deployed in Rio, more than double the amount in London […]

Rio Olympics: Why a Moscow ban could extend far beyond just sports

Rio Olympics: Why a Moscow ban could extend far beyond just sports

Two weeks to the Rio Olympics and Russia’s participation is hanging by a thread after a slew of doping accusations. Faced with calls to be banned, some say it would be detrimental to Russia’s national pride and further polarise the giant of the East. As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday announced it was […]