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A lawless Mexican region's explosively colorful carnival

Tlaxcala - As two armored military vehicles patrol the streets of Tlaxcala, workers unload a pick-up truck full of enormous traditional masks for this lawless Mexican region's explosively colorful carnival.

Violence during Rio carnival 'unacceptable:' minister

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann has called violent crime during Rio de Janeiro's carnival "unacceptable" and promised more security.

Four killed in Bolivia bomb attack: government

La Paz - A bomb triggered a blast that killed four people during carnival celebrations in the Bolivian city of Oruro, police said Wednesday.Police commander Faustino Mendoza said a device packed with three kilograms (6.

Beija Flor crowned Rio carnival winners with dig at corruption

Rio De Janeiro - Traditional samba school Beija Flor was crowned winner of the Rio carnival Wednesday after a performance that portrayed politicians as rats with money-stuffed briefcases in sharply political parades.

Four killed in Bolivia bomb attack: government

La Paz - A blast which killed four people during carnival celebrations in the festive Bolivian city of Oruro was caused by a bomb, police said Wednesday.

Drag queen to cap unusually political Rio samba parades

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's superstar drag queen Pabllo Vittar was the closing highlight in Rio de Janeiro's final samba parades early Tuesday, capping a carnival filled with unusually sharp criticism of the country's leaders.

Carnival in Haiti: a unifying release, despite controversies

Port-au-prince - Tens of thousands of people began Sunday three days of watching their favorite musicians and letting off steam in Haiti, forgetting their daily troubles and the controversies the festivities never fail to attract.

Mayor's backside and Dracula mark politicized Rio carnival parade

Rio De Janeiro - President Michel Temer as Dracula, crooked politicians, and a giant backside mocking Rio de Janeiro's mayor set the tone for this week's unusually politicized samba parades as the Rio carnival hits its peak.

Troubled Rio de Janeiro stages 'greatest show' of samba parades

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's colorful samba parades begin Sunday, a chance for a city struggling with violence and poverty to stage the "greatest show on earth" -- and to attack unpopular politicians.

Brazilian women say 'No Means No' at carnival

Rio De Janeiro - "No means no" is a new battle cry for Brazilian women mobilizing against assault at carnival, a raucous party whose free-wheeling atmosphere leaves women particularly vulnerable to unwanted sexual contact.

Rio's carnival by the numbers

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's carnival, which kicked off Friday, is arguably the world's biggest party. Here are some key numbers.6 million participants:They include some 1.5 million tourists from Brazil and abroad.

Rio mayor makes peace with carnival on opening day — sort of

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's famous carnival opened Friday with Mayor Marcelo Crivella having to defend himself against accusations that his evangelical beliefs have made him a killjoy.

Rio mayor makes peace with carnival on opening day

Rio De Janeiro - Rio's famous carnival opened Friday with Mayor Marcelo Crivella having to defend himself against accusations that his evangelical beliefs lead him to spoil the party.

Rio's carnival gets underway with dancing — and politics

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's carnival officially kicks off Friday, but this year revellers have more on their minds than drinking, dancing and dressing up -- there's politics.

Rio carnival parties attract crowds, but little funding

Rio De Janeiro - Imagine putting on the biggest show in town, pulling in hundreds of thousands of people, but still wondering if you'll be able to fund basic things like loudspeakers.

Rio de Janeiro street party targets mayor

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's mayor came in for some colorful criticism Saturday at the biggest of scores of pre-carnival street parties that took over the city.

Rio counting down to carnival under party-pooper mayor

Rio De Janeiro - Rio's annual carnival is seen as a money-making extravaganza for the city. But evangelical Mayor Marcelo Crivella isn't a fan and slashed funding for next month's parade, forcing samba schools to cut their cloth accordingly.

Rio mayor considers slashing funds for carnival

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella said Monday that he is considering drastic cuts to city funding for the samba schools at the heart of the annual carnival extravaganza.

18 hurt in accidental blast at French carnival

Bobigny - Eighteen people were hurt, five of them seriously, when a bonfire effigy blew up at a carnival north of Paris on Saturday, emergency workers said.

Rio carnival crowns champion after accident-marred festivities

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's carnival crowned a champion of its elite samba school parade on Wednesday, capping festivities marred by two accidents that injured more than 30 people.

New accident hits Rio's carnival party

Rio De Janeiro - The glittering revelry of Rio de Janeiro's carnival descended into mayhem again on Tuesday when a freak accident struck a float for the second time in two nights.

Rio carnival to go on after gruesome accident

Rio De Janeiro - Rio carnival organizers insisted the show will go on with a second round of samba parades Monday after a truck carrying a float ran into bystanders, injuring 20.

Truck accident in Rio mars joyful carnival

Rio De Janeiro - A huge float carried by an out-of-control truck struck at least 20 people celebrating carnival in Rio de Janeiro, causing serious injuries at the start of an all-night dance-off Sunday.

Haitians' ire over carnival spending amid hurricane's ruins

Les Cayes - Starjuin Regent is still waiting for Haitian government aid to help him rebuild his fishing business, which was destroyed last year by Hurricane Matthew.

Bloody accident and rain mar joyful Rio carnival

Rio De Janeiro - A huge float carried by an out-of-control truck at the Rio de Janeiro samba parade struck at least six people, seriously injuring two.

Rio sets aside recession, violence fears for carnival

Rio De Janeiro - The economy is crumbling and street protests are turning violent, but Rio de Janeiro put all worries aside for the opening of carnival Friday.

Brazilian troops withdraw from Rio ahead of carnival

Rio De Janeiro - Authorities on Wednesday began withdrawing 9,000 army soldiers who had been deployed to Rio de Janeiro to provide security ahead of this week's carnival celebrations following a strike by police officers.

Rio mayor may skip carnival: reports

Rio De Janeiro - Rio's evangelical mayor, Marcelo Crivella, may skip the Rio carnival, the city's biggest annual event and one of the world's most famous street parties, reports said Friday.

9,000 Brazilian troops deploy in Rio ahead of carnival

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil is sending 9,000 soldiers to Rio de Janeiro ahead of the city's carnival to boost security, following violent street protests and attempts to paralyze the police, the defense minister said Tuesday.

Spectacular water show opens Venice Carnival

Venice - The Carnival of Venice, which each year draws thousands of revellers dressed in masks and period costume, got under way in the iconic Italian city on Saturday with a stunning show staged on its famous canals.
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