Rio de Janeiro Carnival 2016: In Pics

Performers at Rio Carnival swatted aside Zika concern to revel in the most famous and the largest carnival celebration of the world.

Rio carnival opens, defying growing Zika fears

Rio carnival opens, defying growing Zika fears

The annual mega-bash famed for lavish -- and skimpily dressed -- samba parades and all-night street dancing is expected to attract as many as five million people.

2016 Summer Games: Rio rescinds Olympic riding, tennis venue contracts

2016 Summer Games: Rio rescinds Olympic riding, tennis venue contracts

Rio`s urbanization authority insisted that both sites will be ready for the games.

New Year`s in Rio: 2 million revelers, 315 tonnes of trash

The two million revelers who ushered in 2016 on Rio de Janeiro`s famed Copacabana Beach left behind a calling card Friday: 315 tonnes of trash for the Olympic host city to cart away.

Crowds march against `coup` targeting Brazil`s President

 Supporters of embattled President Dilma Rousseff marched across Brazil on Wednesday protesting what they say is a "coup" aimed at toppling the leftist leader by impeachment.

Brazil breaks up ring that arranged false documents for Syrians

Four people face charges of fraud and belonging to a criminal organization, a report said.

Rio faces tough times but IOC upbeat about preparations

Rio faces tough times but IOC upbeat about preparations

The Rio Olympics have been plagued by delays for years but, they said, the situation was improving.

Michael Phelps claims third race at Winter Championships

Michael Phelps claims third race at Winter Championships

Phelps won the 100 meter butterfly on Friday.

Mary Kom loses in semis of Olympic Test event

Mary Kom loses in semis of Olympic Test event

In other fights, Parveen Kumar (91kg) was beaten by local favourite Gidelson De Oliveira.

Mary Kom enters semifinals of 2016 Olympics Test event in Rio

Mary Kom enters semifinals of 2016 Olympics Test event in Rio

The five-time world champion had been laid low by a shoulder injury which forced her to skip last year's World Championships.

FIFA ex-president Havelange hospitalized in Rio

FIFA ex-president Havelange hospitalized in Rio

Havelange led FIFA for 24 years between 1974 and 1988.

Brazilian builder admits to FIFA World Cup bribes: Reports

Brazilian builder admits to FIFA World Cup bribes: Reports

Scores of Brazilian politicians and company executives have been jailed since the Lava Jato investigation.

Brazil president Dilma Rousseff sanctions visa waiver for 2016 Rio Olympics

Brazil president Dilma Rousseff sanctions visa waiver for 2016 Rio Olympics

Foreigners from selected places will be able to stay for up to 90 days without visa during the Games.

France, Brazil to cooperate over Rio 2016 games security

France, Brazil to cooperate over Rio 2016 games security

The Rio 2016 Games, to be held from August 5 to 21, will be the first Olympics in South America.

Lin Dan heads for Rio 2016 badminton test event

Lin Dan heads for Rio 2016 badminton test event

Lin will be aiming for a hat-trick of Olympic gold medals next year having triumphed in Beijing in 2008 and London four years later.

Paris attacks heighten security fears for 2016 Rio Olympics

Paris attacks heighten security fears for 2016 Rio Olympics

Despite the Paris attacks, Rio`s security officials said there has been no intensification of the alerts by federal police, defence and intelligence services regarding any threats.

Mary Kom picked for AIBA's Olympic Test event

Mary Kom picked for AIBA's Olympic Test event

Six Indian Boxers have been selected to participate in the Test Event to be held at Rio De Janeiro.

Romario backs Brazil to win gold in Rio

Romario backs Brazil to win gold in Rio

The Olympics is the only major international competition that Brazil has never won.

Rio 2016 will be my last Olympics, eyeing gold: Yogeshwar Dutt

Rio 2016 will be my last Olympics, eyeing gold: Yogeshwar Dutt

Yogeshwar Dutt said that 2016 Olympics in Rio will be his last appearance at the quadrennial extravaganza.

Rafael Nadal to play in Rio Open

Rafael Nadal to play in Rio Open

Rafael Nadal said that he will play in February's Rio Open.