Overheated Brazil passengers open plan emergency exits

Brazilian news media say passengers trapped in a plane without air conditioning in the brutal heat of the southern hemisphere summer opened the emergency exit doors.

Brazil alert to Olympic risks after Paris attacks
Brazil alert to Olympic risks after Paris attacks

Brazil`s counter-terrorism chief said Thursday the attacks in Paris last week underscored the risks as his country prepares to stage South America`s first Olympic Games in Rio next year.

Confucius the Redeemer symbol of Xi`s Chinese Dream

 Arms outstretched like Rio de Janeiro`s Christ the Redeemer, a towering Confucius statue stands in the seaside resort that hosts the Chinese Communist leadership`s summer retreat, opposite a hulking monument to President Xi Jinping`s dreams.

Commuter train crash leaves 40 injured in Brazil

At least 40 people were injured when two commuter trains collided in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state, authorities have said.

Top Brazil cop dismissed, allegedly over pro-Nazi chat

Rio de Janeiro's military police officials say the commander of an elite division of riot police has been dismissed.

Pope sends New Years tidings to partying Brazilians

Pope Francis has recorded a video message at the Vatican offering New Years greetings to two million revelers, including around 800,000 tourists, preparing to party on Rio`s famed Copacabana beach.

Pope sends New Years tidings to partying Brazilians

Pope Francis has recorded a video message at the Vatican offering New Years greetings to two million revelers, including around 800,000 tourists, preparing to party on Rio`s famed Copacabana beach.

Brazil sports minister blasts `unfair` criticism

A controversial evangelical pastor`s nomination as Brazil`s new sports minister came under fire Tuesday, a year and a half before Rio stages South America`s first Olympics.

Brazilian Neymar dyes beard blonde
Brazilian Neymar dyes beard blonde

Not one to be left behind, Brazil's star footballer Neymar got into the festive mood by dying his beard blonde.

''Super-bacteria'' in Rio sailing waters causes concern
''Super-bacteria'' in Rio sailing waters causes concern

Scientists at a Rio de Janeiro research institute have found what they call a new "super-bacteria" that is resistant to antibiotics in the waters where sailors will compete in the Olympic sailing events in 2016.

These tough matches will prepare us for Rio 2016: Roelant Oltmans
These tough matches will prepare us for Rio 2016: Roelant Oltmans

Having masterminded Belgium's ouster from the Champions Trophy Hockey tournament with a perfect strategy, India's high performance director Roelant Oltmans is eyeing many such encounters before the team gets ready for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Five traditional sports may face axe under IOC's Olympic Games modernisation plan
Five traditional sports may face axe under IOC's Olympic Games modernisation plan

As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is determined to modernize the Games, five traditional sports have come under pressure for athletes numbers and events.

28-sport cap dropped as part of 40-point action plan to revamp future Olympic Games
28-sport cap dropped as part of 40-point action plan to revamp future Olympic Games

A 28-sport cap has reportedly been dropped as part of a 40-point action plan for future summer Olympics in order to revamp the sporting showpiece.

'India can produce more Mary Koms'
'India can produce more Mary Koms'

 India has the potential to produce many Mary Koms, the Asian Games gold medal winning boxer from Manipur said Sunday.

Aussie swimming coach slams late night Olympic finals
Aussie swimming coach slams late night Olympic finals

Australian head coach Jacco Verhaeren has described the apparent decision to stage the swimming finals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro at 10pm as showing "a lack of respect".

Rio making `very good progress`: Sergey Bubka
Rio making `very good progress`: Sergey Bubka

Rio de Janeiro is making "very good progress" catching up with delays in preparations for the 2016 Olympics, top IOC member Sergey Bubka said Friday.

A whole lot of love in Rio: nearly 4,000 tie the knot
A whole lot of love in Rio: nearly 4,000 tie the knot

It was Rio's biggest mass wedding: a total of 1,960 couples who exchanged vows in a hall next to the famous Maracana stadium.

A whole lot of love in Rio: Nearly 4,000 tie the knot in mass wedding

It was Rio's biggest mass wedding: a total of 1,960 couples who exchanged vows in a hall next to the famous Maracana stadium.

Brazil police arrest 27 in widening Petrobras probe

Police made 27 arrests in raids across Brazil on Friday in a widening investigation into allegations of a multi-billion-dollar kickback scheme at the state-owned oil giant Petrobras.

Paralympic Committee praises Rio Paralympics planning
Paralympic Committee praises Rio Paralympics planning

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has praised the "significant progress" made by organisers of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.