Scotland opposed to British soccer team in 2016 Rio Olympics
Scotland opposed to British soccer team in 2016 Rio Olympics

Scotland have followed Wales in voicing opposition to a combined British soccer team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Brazil beefs up police to quell trucker protest

 The Brazilian dispatched extra police Sunday to quell a strike by truckers opposing rising fuel and freight costs, after demonstrations turned violent.

G4 renews call for Security Council reforms

As the countdown ticks towards the UN 70th anniversary summit, India, Brazil, Japan and Germany have renewed their call for early action to make the Security Council "more representative and fit for the 21st century" and praised General Assembly President Sam Kutesa`s initiatives to give it top priority.

Indonesia recalls newly assigned envoy to Brazil over delay

Indonesia says it has recalled its newly designated ambassador to Brazil to protest the abrupt postponement of the approval of his credentials.

Brazil`s Rousseff refuses Indonesian envoy credentials

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday refused to accept the credentials of the Indonesian ambassador to demonstrate her anger at last month`s execution of a Brazilian citizen for drug smuggling.

Brazil disconnects nuclear power plant

One of Brazil's two nuclear reactors has been disconnected because of a flaw in a condenser that cools the steam used by the plant's electric power generator.

Toll in Brazil oil rig blast rises to six

The death toll from a blast which ripped through a Petrobras oil rig off Brazil last week has risen to six after the discovery of another body, local media said Tuesday.

Dutch tourist killed in Brazil

A Dutch tourist was shot to death on his sailboat in northeastern Brazil as his wife watched in horror, news reports said Monday, citing local police.

Luiz Felipe Scolari under fire for abandoning losing team
Luiz Felipe Scolari under fire for abandoning losing team

Former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was accused of unprofessional conduct this weekend after he abandoned his Gremio side before the end of their 1-0 home defeat by lowly Veranopolis.

Colombia proposes world's largest eco-corridor with Brazil, Venezuela

Colombia has proposed to collaborate with Brazil and Venezuela in creating the world's largest ecological corridor, to mitigate the effects of climate change and preserve biodiversity, President Juan Manuel Santos announced.

Brazilians cast off cares as carnival hits top gear

Dancers on stilts, bare-chested cowboys, Carmelite nuns in miniskirts and plenty of bare flesh flooded Rio`s streets Saturday as revelers cranked up the volume at Brazil`s intoxicating Carnival festival.

Colombia detains 16 Pakistanis trying to reach US

Colombian authorities detained 16 Pakistani nationals who illegally entered the country and were trying to reach the United States, immigration officials said Friday.

Toll in Brazil oil rig blast reaches five

Rio De Janeiro The toll in an accident at an offshore oil platform operated by Brazil`s state oil giant Petrobras climbed to five, media reported Thursday.

Football: Brazil Olympic squad overhaul after U20 side flop
Football: Brazil Olympic squad overhaul after U20 side flop

Brazil`s Olympic football squad is facing an overhaul after their Under-20 side flopped at the recent South American championships.

China backs India for permanent UNSC membership
China backs India for permanent UNSC membership

 China on Thursday said it respects the aspirations of India and Brazil to play bigger roles at the UN Security Council, while keeping mum on Japan's candidature.

Rafael Nadal limbers up for Rio defense, carnival
Rafael Nadal limbers up for Rio defense, carnival

Rafael Nadal flew into Brazil Wednesday to defend his title at the Rio Open -- but also to experience first-hand "the incredible energy" of the city`s world-famous carnival.

World champions Germany stay top in FIFA rankings
World champions Germany stay top in FIFA rankings

World champions Germany remain top of the FIFA rankings for January released on Thursday as France drop one spot to eighth without having played.

Several injured in explosion on Petrobras rig off Brazil: Official

Several people were injured Wednesday in an explosion on a Petrobras oil rig off Brazil`s southeastern coast, a spokesman for the state government of Espirito Santo told AFP.

Endangered cave-dwelling fish species discovered in Brazil

Brazilian researchers have found a new species of endangered cave-dwelling fish that is threatened by a destruction of its habitat, because of an expansion of cattle ranching.

Brazil police kill 13 would-be bank robbers: Officials

Brazilian police killed 13 men suspected of plotting to rob a bank in the northeastern city of Salvador on Friday, officials said.