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No girls allowed: Japan's men-only island gets UNESCO nod

The tiny landmass of Okinoshima is permanently manned by a Shinto priest who prays to the island's goddess, in a tradition that has been kept up for centuries.

Yellow fever hits Brazil, 259 deaths confirmed in 2017

Yellow fever hits Brazil, 259 deaths confirmed in 2017

In a statement, the Ministry of Health said that 259 deaths have been confirmed, another 47 are being investigated and 115 have been ruled out as being due to other causes.

Rio de Janeiro announces mass yellow fever vaccination

Rio de Janeiro announces mass yellow fever vaccination

Although Rio has not registered any cases, it is close to where the disease has taken hold in neighboring Minas Gerais, Espirito Santo and Sao Paulo states.

India issues advisory for its citizens, warns of travelling to Rio De Janeiro

India issues advisory for its citizens, warns of travelling to Rio De Janeiro

The Indian government on Monday issued an advisory for its citizens travelling to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as a matter of precaution in view of the law and order situation, according to an ANI source. 

PV Sindhu set to be deputy collector after accepting job offer from Andhra Pradesh government

PV Sindhu set to be deputy collector after accepting job offer from Andhra Pradesh government

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had offered a Group-I officer job of her choice at the felicitation function itself, but Sindhu has now decided to take it up.

Brazil jail bloodshed: Death toll rises to 27, nine inmates injured

Twenty-seven inmates were killed in a Brazilian prison riot that broke out on Saturday, adding to chaos in a penitentiary system in which some 140 inmates have died in gang warfare since the start of the year.

Thirty three prisoners killed in Brazil jail riot, second major incident in a week

At last 33 inmates have been killed in a new prison uprising in the Amazon region of Brazil, officials said Friday, just five days after 56 inmates were slaughtered in a nearby state in the country`s worst prison massacre for more than two decades.

Body in burned car raises fears for missing Greek ambassador to Brazil

The discovery of a burned-out car in Rio state with a body inside have sparked fears that it might be that of the Greek ambassador to Brazil, missing since Monday.

Cops search for Greek ambassador who went missing in Brazil three days ago

Greece's ambassador to Brazil, Kyriakos Amiridis, went missing three days ago near Rio de Janeiro while vacationing with his family, police said on Thursday, asking for information that could help locate him.

Rio gets UNESCO world heritage status

Rio de Janeiro, nicknamed the Marvelous City, officially entered the UN's list of world heritage sites in recognition of its soaring granite cliffs, urban rainforest and beaches.

Police in Rio seek 10 suspects in gang-rape of woman

Police in Brazil are looking for at least 10 men in connection with the gang-rape of a woman on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

Rio Paralympics end with music -- and relief

Rio Paralympics end with music -- and relief

Overall, organizers are breathing a sigh of relief that predictions of failure for South America`s first Olympics and Paralympics were proved wrong.

Nothing left for me to prove, says new world number one Angelique Kerber

Nothing left for me to prove, says new world number one Angelique Kerber

Her success in Rio was followed up by a final defeat in Cincinnati to Katerina Pliskova, who she then beat in the U.S. Open final.

Brazilian Paralympic star the new Michael Phelps? No, he's Daniel Dias

Brazilian Paralympic star the new Michael Phelps? No, he's Daniel Dias

At stunning speed, the 28-year-old delighted the raucous Brazilian home crowd by beating US swimmer Roy Perkins by 10 seconds.

Paralympics opening ceremony begins in Rio de Janeiro

Paralympics opening ceremony begins in Rio de Janeiro

The Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro has participants from 159 countries and 4,432 athletes who will compete in 22 categories, two more categories than in the London 2012 Paralympics due to the inclusion of triathlon and canoeing.

IOC President Thomas Bach to skip Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

IOC President Thomas Bach to skip Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

It will be the first time the IOC president has missed the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games since 1984.

Protests against new Brazilian president in dozens of cities

Protests against new Brazilian President Michel Temer are taking place in several dozen cities across the country.

Culex mosquito cannot transmit Zika, say Brazilian scientists

At a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, scientists from the Oswaldo Cruz Institute said that a study carried out with the Pasteur Institute in Paris had ruled out the Culex as a vector, Xinhua news agency reported.

PV Sindhu, Pullela Gopichand to be felicitated in Mumbai

PV Sindhu, Pullela Gopichand to be felicitated in Mumbai

Sindhu has won two bronze medals at World Championships in the past. She became the first Indian shuttler in Indian history to win a Silver at the Olympics.

Rio Olympics fallout: Swimmer Ryan Lochte charged over false robbery claim

Rio Olympics fallout: Swimmer Ryan Lochte charged over false robbery claim

Top sponsors such as Speedo and Ralph Lauren abandoned Lochte this week.