Rio de Janeiro city council votes to ban Uber

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday became the latest city to move against Uber as its city council voted to ban unregulated ride-sharing services. 

The decision still needs to be approved and signed by the Mayor Eduardo Paes within the next 15 days to become law. 

Trash forces sailing test venue switch
Trash forces sailing test venue switch

Floating trash in Rio de Janeiro`s picturesque but polluted Guanabara Bay has forced organizers to switch venues for an Olympic sailing test event.

Brazil increases budget for Rio 2016
Brazil increases budget for Rio 2016

 Brazil has raised the official budget for the Rio 2016 Olympics by 70 million reais to 38.67 billion reais ($11 billion), authorities said.

Olympics could `paralyze` Rio airport: Airlines

 Planned closure of airspace over Rio`s Guanabara Bay during sailing competitions at next year`s Olympics would "paralyze" air travel and affect more than 150,000 passengers, airlines said Friday.

Anti-government protests sweep Brazil

Demonstrators are taking to the streets of cities and towns across Brazil for a day of nationwide anti-government protests.

Pre-Olympic sailors embark on Rio warmup
Pre-Olympic sailors embark on Rio warmup

The world`s best racing sailors dueled each other, tricky winds, currents -- and floating garbage -- on Rio`s iconic Guanabara Bay in a warmup Saturday for next year`s Olympics.

Rio airport agents bribed in Chinese immigrant scandal: Report

Immigration agents at Rio de Janeiro's airport are under investigation for allegedly accepting bribes to allow Chinese immigrants into the country illegally, Brazilian newspaper O Globo has reported.

Protests to raise ante in bitter Brazilian power struggle

 Huge crowds on Sunday are expected to demand Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff`s impeachment, injecting more volatility into an increasingly toxic political struggle in Latin America`s biggest country.

IOC rules out viral testing of Rio's Olympic waters
IOC rules out viral testing of Rio's Olympic waters

The International Olympic Committee ruled out conducting viral tests of Rio de Janeiro's sewage-laden waterways ahead of the 2016 games, a top official said, despite an Associated Press study showing dangerously high levels of disease-causing viruses at all aquatic venues, with experts saying athletes are almost certain to be exposed to pathogens.

Rio de Janeiro set for `outstanding` Olympics: IOC
Rio de Janeiro set for `outstanding` Olympics: IOC

Rio de Janeiro is set to stage an "outstanding" Olympics -- if it can sort out "millions" of details, the head of an IOC fact-finding mission said Wednesday.

2016 Rio Olympic rowing water not to blame for US sickness: Organizers
2016 Rio Olympic rowing water not to blame for US sickness: Organizers

Pollution in the Olympic rowing lagoon in Rio de Janeiro was not responsible for illness among US athletes at an Olympic warm-up last weekend, Brazilian organizers said Tuesday.

Rio de Janeiro cab drivers offered free English courses for Olympics
Rio de Janeiro cab drivers offered free English courses for Olympics

Taxi drivers in Rio de Janeiro have been offered free English courses to improve communication with tourists during next year's Olympics.

Rio de Janeiro holds equestrian tests amid disease outbreak
Rio de Janeiro holds equestrian tests amid disease outbreak

Rio de Janeiro began holding equestrian test events Thursday ahead of the 2016 Olympics despite concerns over an outbreak of the deadly, highly contagious horse disease glanders at nearby stables.

Rio de Janeiro confident a year before 2016 Olympic Games but questions remain
Rio de Janeiro confident a year before 2016 Olympic Games but questions remain

Brazil`s economy is heading for recession, the president is threatened with impeachment and a huge corruption scandal has engulfed the nation but Rio is riding a wave of confidence in its preparations to host the Olympics next year.

Ronda Rousey eyes global superstardom
Ronda Rousey eyes global superstardom

From Hollywood to hamburgers, Ronda Rousey`s cage-fighting exploits are propelling the ferocious former Olympic judoka further towards global superstardom.

Triathlon tests 2016 Rio Olympics readiness
Triathlon tests 2016 Rio Olympics readiness

Elite triathletes from around the world raced off Rio de Janeiro`s Copacabana Beach Sunday in a dress rehearsal for next year`s Olympic Games.

Four threats Olympics security chiefs need to stop
Four threats Olympics security chiefs need to stop

Muggings, crowd violence, a terrorist attack -- there are a lot of potential problems to keep Olympics security chiefs in Rio de Janeiro awake at night a year before the 2016 Summer Games.

A guide to 2016 Rio Olympic stadiums
A guide to 2016 Rio Olympic stadiums

The Rio Olympics kick off August 5, 2016, in the famous Maracana soccer stadium, but events will take place right across the bustling city of some 6.3 million.

Polluted bay biggest problem for Rio games: IOC
Polluted bay biggest problem for Rio games: IOC

Cleaning up the dangerously polluted Guanabara Bay in the next year for sailing events is the biggest challenge facing Rio de Janeiro Olympic organisers, IOC chief Thomas Bach said Wednesday.

Move over Olympics, bring on World Indigenous Games
Move over Olympics, bring on World Indigenous Games

Move over the Olympics. First, Brazil`s hosting games for the world`s indigenous tribes, featuring traditional arrow shooting and a little-known cousin of football.