Brazil judge orders accounts frozen of ex-billionaire Batista

A Rio de Janeiro judge on Tuesday ordered the bank accounts of former billionaire businessman Eike Batista frozen after authorities charged him with stock market manipulation, media reports said.

Four Rio police arrested over favela rape allegations

Four police officers in Rio de Janeiro were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the rapes of three women in a favela in the north of the Brazilian city.

Brazil police launch probe as shooting video emerges

Brazilian police have launched a probe following the release of a video purportedly showing elite officers shooting a man who had apparently turned himself in.

Two injured in fan clashes at Rio de Janeiro`s Maracana Stadium

World Cup organizers say two people were treated for injuries after fights involving fans from Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana Stadium.

Floods kill nine in Brazil

Heavy rains and flooding in Brazil`s southern state of Parana have claimed the lives of nine people and affected more then 51,418 residents across 74 towns, authorities said Monday.

Hundreds of thousands of evangelicals march in Rio

Hundreds of thousands of evangelical Christians held a "March for Jesus" Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, a show of their churches` growing heft in the world`s largest Roman Catholic country.

Police `panty gang` dismantled in Brazil

Six police officers in Rio de Janeiro have been arrested on charges of stopping trucks carrying women`s underwear, stealing their merchandise and extorting money from their drivers.

Brazilian torturer `died of heart attack`: Report

A retired Brazilian colonel who confessed to torturing and killing detainees during the country`s 1964-1985 military dictatorship died from a heart attack during a break-in at his home.

Rio police fire tear gas after dancer`s funeral

Brazilian police fired tear gas to disperse dozens of angry mourners who attended the Rio funeral Thursday of a dancer friends and family say was the victim of police brutality.

One dead as violent protests erupt in Rio

One person was shot dead as violent protests erupted near Rio`s famed Copacabana beach after a dancer was killed allegedly by police, less than two months before the World Cup in Brazil.

Brazil launches campaign against child sex abuse

Brazil has launched a campaign against the sexual exploitation of minors as it readies to host millions of visitors for the 2014 World Cup of soccer.

Dozens of dead babies found in Brazil hospital horror

The bodies of 40 newborn babies and fetuses have been found abandoned in a Brazilian hospital morgue, some forgotten for years, authorities said today, comparing it to a horror movie.

FIFA fashion: Rio de Janeiro-inspired line

Rio de Janeiro`s colourful flora and fauna has inspired a new fashion line by streetwear brand adidas Originals and Brazil`s womenswear label The Farm Company ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Brazil protesters march against bus fare hike

Hundreds of protesters are demonstrating in Rio de Janeiro`s streets against a 10-cent hike in bus fares.

Demonstrators clash ahead of Brazil fare hikes

More than 1,000 demonstrators protesting hikes in public transport fares clashed with police in Rio in the latest example of simmering social tensions in the run-up to this year`s World Cup.

Lighting costs Rio`s iconic Christ statue tip of thumb

The iconic statue of Jesus overlooking Rio de Janeiro, one of the city`s most recognizable landmarks, has lost a thumb tip to lightening, a report said .

Brazil floods toll climbs to 45

The toll from heavy rains and flooding in Brazil`s southeast states climbed to 45, authorities said.

Karnataka MLAs plan junket to South American countries

A contingent of MLAs from Karnataka is planning to embark on a 10 to 12-day tour of Brazil, Argentina and Peru next month.

Bill Clinton wades into US-Brazil cyberspy row

Former US president Bill Clinton, currently on a visit to Rio de Janeiro, said he opposes economic espionage on Washington`s allies such as Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro lights world`s tallest floating Christmas tree

The world`s tallest floating Christmas tree has been lighted in Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.