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Rio cops kill with impunity: Amnesty International

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's paramilitary police have killed more than 1,500 people in the last five years, driving up the Olympic host city's already high violent death rate, Amnesty International said Monday.

UFC Fight of the Week: Ronda Rousey dispatches Bethe Correia in 34 seconds

Unbeaten UFC defending bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey did not waste a minute to dispatch her top challenger, Bethe Correia of Brazil, over the weekend in Rio de Janeiro to retain her UFC Women's Bantamweight title.

WHO and sailing body seek virus testing in Rio Olympic waters

Rio De Janeiro - The World Health Organization (WHO) has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to analyze for viruses in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waters, while the governing body of world sailing says it will begin its own virus testing.

Rio revs up for Olympic opener in one year

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro hosts South America's first Olympic Games a year from this week and the iconic, contradictory city of sweeping beaches, street crime and joyful music says it's ready to roll.

Athletes in Rio Olympics will be competing in cesspool says study

Rio De Janeiro - On Thursday the Associated Press released the results of an independent investigation into the quality of the waters where athletes will be boating and swimming in next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Car blocking bike lane lifted by cyclist

An angry cyclist in Brazil gained international cyber-applause after lifting an illegally parked car blocking his path in a bike lane.

Michael Jackson's father suffers stroke in Brazil

S - The father of "King of Pop" Michael Jackson was in a Brazilian hospital Monday, after suffering a stroke hours before a huge birthday bash in his honor, doctors said.

Thirty-seven killed in three days in Brazilian city

S - Thirty-seven people were killed in three days in the Brazilian city of Manaus, and one hypothesis being considered is a coordinated wave of attacks involving police, an official said.

Brazil government approval rating at 7.7% in poll

Bras - The Brazilian government's approval rating has dwindled to 7.7 percent amid anger over corruption, a stagnant economy and growing unemployment, says a poll released Tuesday.Support for President Dilma Rousseff herself stood at 15.

Key figure quits Brazil president's ruling coalition

Bras - Brazil's political turmoil deepened Friday when the speaker of the lower house of Congress, a key figure in President Dilma Rousseff's fragile ruling coalition, announced he was joining the opposition.

Brazil opens corruption probe against ex-president Lula

Bras - Brazil's corruption-fueled political crisis ramped up Thursday when prosecutors announced a probe into possible influence peddling by former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Rio stadium and dancing crowds ready for Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - Stadium ready? Check. Equipment working, check. Crowd dancing, double check. An international volleyball event testing Rio de Janeiro's readiness to host the 2016 Olympics got off to a flawless start.

Brazil police target politicians in new Petrobras raids

Bras - Brazilian police probing the giant Petrobras corruption scandal launched raids Tuesday against several politicians, including former president Fernando Collor de Mello, reportedly seizing a Ferrari and other luxury cars from his home.

Murders of Brazil children, teens double in 25 years

Matupa - Twenty-eight Brazilian children and adolescents are murdered every day, double the number a quarter century ago, when Latin America's biggest country passed a law to protect minors, UNICEF said Monday.

Man shot dead in Rio de Janeiro metro

Rio De Janeiro - A man was shot dead Friday in Rio de Janeiro's usually safe metro, just one stop from the headquarters of the city's Olympics organizing committee.

Rash of lynchings shocks Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - A rash of lynchings of suspected criminals has shocked even violence-hardened Brazilians, baring dark undercurrents in the land of sun and samba.

Guard at Brazilian VP's residence shot dead

Bras - A guard outside Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer's official residence in the capital of Brasilia was found shot dead Wednesday, the military said.

Argentine torture suspect arrested in Brazil

Bras - An Argentine man alleged to have been a government torturer during the country's military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983 has been arrested in Brazil and could face genocide charges, police said Wednesday.

New Brazil rules seek to cut Cesarean craze

Rio De Janeiro - New regulations aimed at rolling back Brazil's obsession with Cesarean sections took effect Monday, with the government hoping it can steer the country from its status as a world leader in C-section births.

Armed thieves carjack Rio archbishop

Rio De Janeiro - Armed thieves carjacked Rio de Janeiro's archbishop, making off with his car and briefly holding the driver hostage in the 2016 Olympic host city's latest brazen act of street crime.
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