Latest Rio de Janeiro News

Committed Brazil a favorite to defend Copa America title

Jun. 11, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s international players were reluctant to play in the Copa America on home soil. Now that they’re committed, they're favored to win it. Argentina still looms as a threat to Brazil's title defense, but now as a visiting team. ...

Rio de Janeiro's Christ statue: 'Thou shalt not bribe'

Jun. 08, 2021 20:09 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After years of Brazilians being battered by revelations of bribery and corruption, Rio de Janeiro’s huge Christ the Redeemer statue is trying to set a moral example -- by introducing its own compliance program. Administrators of the 125-foot-tall...

'Girl from Ipanema:' Re-imagining a classic for today's Rio

Jun. 02, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Chauffeured in a classic Porsche, the Brazilian beauty steps out into 1960s Rio de Janeiro. The pastel pastiche is easy on the eyes, and so is the pin-up girl tracing twirls as a guitar strums the city’s hymn: “The Girl from Ipanema." Then the...

In Brazil's Amazon, rivers rise to record levels

Jun. 01, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Rivers around the biggest city in Brazil's Amazon rainforest have swelled to levels unseen in over a century of record-keeping, according to data published Tuesday by Manaus' port authorities, straining a society that has grown weary of increasingly frequent flooding....

Nike says it ended deal with Neymar amid assault allegations

May. 28, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

Nike has confirmed it ended its sponsorship agreement with Neymar after he refused to collaborate in an investigation into an accusation that he sexually assaulted a female employee from the company years ago. The soccer superstar has denied the accusation and criticized...

Withdrawal of pandemic welfare fuels poverty in Brazil

May. 25, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The pandemic shantytown sprang up virtually overnight when people began using scavenged wooden boards to build shacks on a plot of empty land in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city. Geovani de Souza and his pregnant wife were among the 200 families who...

Ex-minister says Brazil leader didn't interfere on pandemic

May. 19, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A former health minister denied receiving any direct orders from President Jair Bolsonaro during his 10 months in the post, providing the first day of his Senate testimony Wednesday that analysts saw as an attempt to shield Brazil’s leader from any blame over the...

French court orders trial in 2009 crash of Rio-Paris flight

May. 12, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French court on Wednesday ordered Air France and plane maker Airbus to stand trial for manslaughter in the 2009 crash into the Atlantic Ocean of a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, which killed all 228 people aboard. The two companies said they would...

Top judges in Brazil want review after deadly police raid

May. 09, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Several justices from Brazil’s Supreme Court say a ruling last year that banned police raids into Rio de Janeiro favelas, or slums, must now be reviewed after one of the city’s deadliest police operations. Brazil’s Supreme Court issued a...

Last wild macaw in Rio is lonely and looking for love

May. 08, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Some have claimed she’s indulging a forbidden romance. More likely, loneliness compels her to seek company at Rio de Janeiro’s zoo. Either way, a blue-and-yellow macaw that zookeepers named Juliet is believed to be the only wild bird of its...