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Rio official blames financial troubles for pollution woes

Rio De Janeiro - Raw sewage and garbage litter Rio's Guanabara Bay, the Olympic sailing venue in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain, with pollution one of several major headaches for organizers and athletes ahead of the Games.

Suspended Rousseff to get Rio Olympics ceremony invite

Rio De Janeiro - Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's suspended president, will be invited to the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics on August 5, the organising committee said Thursday.

Rousseff ex-minister arrested in Brazil graft probe

S - A top ex-minister of Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff became the latest official to get arrested in a sprawling corruption probe on Thursday, authorities said.

More than 1,000 swine flu deaths so far this year: Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Amid economic woes, political crisis and a Zika outbreak, Brazil's health minister on Wednesday announced yet another concern -- a resurgence of swine flu that has killed more than 1,000 people since the start of the year.

Police child-killing outrages Brazil

S - Chased by police, Italo Ferreira stepped on the gas in the stolen car until they stopped him with a bullet to the head. He was 10 years old.

Jaguar used in Olympic torch event killed in Brazil

Bras - A jaguar trotted out for the Olympic torch's passage through Brazil's Amazon was killed shortly afterward when it escaped its handlers and threatened a vet, the Brazilian military said Tuesday.

Jaguar used in Olympic torch event killed in Brazil

Bras - A jaguar trotted out for the Olympic torch's passage through Brazil's Amazon was killed shortly afterward when it escaped its handlers and threatened a vet, the Brazilian military said Tuesday.

Rio declares financial 'calamity' ahead of Olympic Games

Rio De Janeiro - Rio state authorities declared a "state of public calamity" Friday over a major budget crisis in order to release emergency funds to finance the Olympic Games due to begin in August.

Olympic Brazil detects IS radical messages in Portuguese

Bras - Authorities in this year's Olympic host Brazil detected users exchanging messages in Portuguese linked to the Islamic State extremist group in an online web forum, intelligence services said Friday.

Third Brazil minister resigns over bribery scandal

Bras - Brazil's interim president Michel Temer lost the third cabinet member of his month-old administration to a corruption scandal when his tourism minister resigned Thursday after being accused of taking bribes.

Brazil's Temer calls graft allegation a 'lie'

Bras - Brazil's interim president Michel Temer said Thursday a former oil executive's allegations that he was involved in a massive corruption scandal shaking the country were "frivolous, lying and criminal.

Brazil's Temer involved in Petrobras graft: Witness

Bras - Brazil's interim president Michel Temer was involved in a massive corruption scandal shaking the country's political establishment and asked for dirty cash diverted from state oil company Petrobras, a key witness said.

Brazil's Rousseff wants new elections

Bras - Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff said she is negotiating a political deal to escape impeachment and wants new elections to decide whether she can finish her term.

Studies find 'superbug' in Rio's sewage-filled Olympic venues

Rio De Janeiro - Scientists have found a dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in some of Rio de Janeiro's top beaches and in a lagoon where rowing and canoe events will take place during the Olympic Games.

Rousseff called as witness in Brazil corruption case

Rio De Janeiro - President Dilma Rousseff, suspended from office pending her impeachment trial, has been called as a defense witness for a key figure in the Petrobras corruption scandal, court documents show.

Brazilian athlete shot in head in Rio

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian competitive shooter was fighting for her life Friday after being shot in the head during an attempted robbery in Rio de Janeiro, underlining a crime wave sweeping the city two months before the Olympics.

Bus plunges into ravine in Brazil, at least 18 killed

S - A bus lost control and plunged into a ravine in Brazil's Sao Paulo state Wednesday night, killing at least 18 people and injuring 28, most of them students, authorities said.

Famous Brazilian officer arrested for smuggling

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian police officer of Japanese origin -- and the driving force behind high-level arrests in a government corruption investigation -- was jailed for smuggling Wednesday, according to local press.

Low approval ratings for Brazil's acting president

Bras - Just 11.3 percent of Brazilians support the government of Brazil's acting president Michel Temer, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Brazilian police raid Olympic site in corruption probe

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police raided the offices of the construction consortium building one of the four main hubs for the Rio Olympics on Tuesday on suspicions of fraud and corruption.
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