Greek ambassador to Brazil killed in suspected ‘crime of passion’

Greek ambassador to Brazil killed in suspected ‘crime of passion’

Brazilian police suspect Greek Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis was killed in a “crime of passion,” a source close to the investigation said Friday, as detectives interrogated his wife and a policeman who was reportedly her lover. Amiridis went missing while vacationing with his family in Rio de Janeiro, a picturesque but crime-plagued city where he served […]

Plane carrying Brazil team ran out of fuel before crash, Colombia says

Plane carrying Brazil team ran out of fuel before crash, Colombia says

Colombian aviation authorities said Monday that an airliner that crashed with a Brazilian soccer team aboard had run out of fuel before it could land. The plane, operated by Bolivia-based charter company LaMia, crashed on a wooded hillside near Medellin because the pilot failed to refuel en route and did not report engine failures caused […]

Brazil judge suspends senate leader facing corruption trial

Brazil judge suspends senate leader facing corruption trial

A supreme court judge in Brazil on Monday suspended the Senate’s powerful speaker, a key ally to President Michel Temer, before he goes on trial for alleged corruption. The interim decision to strip Renan Calheiros, 61, of his duties worsens the outlook for Temer as he struggles to lift Latin America’s biggest economy out of […]

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 […]

Brazil arrests lawmaker who championed Rousseff’s impeachment

Brazil arrests lawmaker who championed Rousseff’s impeachment

Brazilian police on Wednesday arrested Eduardo Cunha who was one of the country’s most powerful lawmakers and the architect of former president Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment until he became engulfed in corruption charges. “We can confirm that (Cunha) was detained in Brasilia,” a police spokesman told AFP. G1 news site published a copy of the arrest […]

Rio bids a colourful farewell to the Olympic Games

Rio bids a colourful farewell to the Olympic Games

A blustery storm, a touch of melancholy and a sense of pride converged at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics on Sunday as Brazil breathed a collective sigh of relief at having pulled off South America’s first Games. After a gruelling 17 days, Rio de Janeiro cast aside early struggles with empty venues, security […]

After USA upset, Sweden shock hosts Brazil in women’s football

After USA upset, Sweden shock hosts Brazil in women’s football

Sweden did it again, this time against the hosts. The Swedes are headed to the gold-medal match at the Olympics for the first time, advancing 4-3 on penalties after a scoreless draw with Brazil on Tuesday. Brazil forward Marta, one of the biggest stars of the tournament, buried the first kick of the shootout. But […]

Judoka from the favela wins first gold for Brazil

Judoka from the favela wins first gold for Brazil

A female athlete from the favelas brought joy to Brazil on Monday but there was no let-up in the war between clean and drug-tainted swimmers in the Rio Olympics pool. Rafaela Silva, who grew up in Rio’s notorious City of God slum, sparked pandemonium as she won Brazil’s first gold of the Games in the […]

Brazil Senate committee votes to put Rousseff on trial

Brazil Senate committee votes to put Rousseff on trial

A Senate impeachment committee voted on Thursday to put suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on trial in the full chamber for breaking budget laws, opening the way for her to be removed from office. The 21-member committee voted 14-5 to try Rousseff for allegedly doctoring government accounts to allow more public spending in the run-up […]

Man Born With The Upside-Down Head, Claudio Vieira de Oliveira, Becomes Inspirational Speaker

Man Born With The Upside-Down Head, Claudio Vieira de Oliveira, Becomes Inspirational Speaker

A man born with physical disabilities so severe his head is upside-down, has defied medical odds to become an inspirational public speaker. Claudio Vieira de Oliveira, 37, has badly deformed legs, almost no use of his arms and hands and his neck is folded back on itself. Doctors told his mother to stop feeding him […]

David Luiz in ‘£50mn’ switch from Chelsea to PSG

Chelsea has agreed to sell David Luiz to French champion Paris Saint-Germain in a deal that will reportedly make the Brazil international the world's most expensive defender.

David Luiz in ‘£50mn’ switch from Chelsea to PSG

Chelsea and PSG both announced the deal in separate statements late Friday, but did not disclose financial details. The British press is full of speculation as to his transfer fee, with it reported to be between 40 million pounds ($67 million) and 50 million pounds ($84 million) depending on incentives, which would be a record […]