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Stories with place: Rio de Janeiro
  • new storyLuxury birthing clinics spur cesarean 'epidemic' in Brazil story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 12:06 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Thais Faria sank into a leather love seat, relaxing under the ministrations first of a masseuse, then a manicurist and finally a hairdresser-cum-makeup artist. Not 24 hours after her daughter was born via cesarean, Faria was being pampered at an upscale Rio de Janeiro maternity clinic.

  • Rio Olympics cutting costs with Brazil deep in recession story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 1:37 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Olympic organizers, faced with the reality of a country deep in recession, are trimming costs to keep their budget balanced.

  • BMX test event in Rio put back 1 day over safety concerns 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 6:31 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Organizers of next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics have moved a BMX test event back one day over safety concerns.

  • Brazil's lower house approves visa waiver tied to Olympics 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 3:32 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's lower house voted Thursday to grant a 90-day waiver to foreigners who normally need a visa so they can come to the country next year for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The bill is expected to be approved by the Senate and signed by President Dilma Rousseff.

  • Brazil currency tumbles, but Olympic ticket prices stay put 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 2:22 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Some foreign ticket buyers for next year's Olympics are paying higher prices than they should, failing to benefit from the steep decline in the value of the Brazilian currency against the dollar.

  • Brazil currency tumbles, but Olympic ticket prices stay put 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 12:55 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Some foreign ticket buyers for next year's Olympics are paying higher prices than they should, failing to benefit from the steep decline in the value of the Brazilian currency against the dollar.

  • Brazil police officers accused of altering crime scene 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 6:45 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Five Brazilian police officers have been taken into custody for allegedly altering a crime scene by placing a gun in the hand of a teenager they allegedly killed during a shootout in a Rio de Janeiro slum.

  • Rio becomes first Brazilian city to ban use of Uber 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 3:56 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The city that hosts next year's Olympic Games has become the first in Brazil to ban the use of smartphone-based ride-hailing-applications like Uber.

  • Rio's sewage-filled waters a health threat for surfers, too story has photos
    Updated: Sep-29-15 5:59 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Rio's sewage-filled waters are not only a problem for next year's Olympics.

  • Ronaldinho parts ways with Rio club Fluminense 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 11:56 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Two-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldinho has left Rio de Janeiro club Fluminense after only two months.

  • Brazil's economy plunging; no relief in sight 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 12:02 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - A currency hitting historic lows. Unemployment at a five-year peak. Consumer spending in the dumps, and a grinding political crisis that's frozen leaders' ability to push through Congress measures to jumpstart a moribund economy.

  • Musicians help give hearing devices to Rio residents story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-25-15 4:53 pm

    Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry helped give people the gift of hearing while in Rio de Janeiro for the Rock in Rio music festival.

  • NBA's global reach to be displayed again in preseason 
    Updated: Sep-25-15 4:50 pm

    MIAMI - In less than six months, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens will be on the sideline in six different countries.

  • FIFA makes decisions before Blatter is interrogated story has photos
    Updated: Sep-25-15 11:44 am

    ZURICH - Despite hastily canceling a news conference scheduled with President Sepp Blatter after the surprise arrival of Swiss federal police at its headquarters, FIFA did make some decisions during its two-day executive committee meeting that ended Friday.

  • Rio Olympic, Paralympic ceremonies to be low-budget 
    Updated: Sep-22-15 5:50 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The opening and closing ceremonies for Rio Olympics and Paralympics will be low-budget productions compared to three years ago in London, or in Beijing in 2008.

  • Rio's forgotten downtown, a window on Olympic city's past story has photos
    Updated: Sep-22-15 10:11 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - For most visitors to Rio de Janeiro, and even for many residents, the city's historic downtown is a blur, a canyonland of office towers punctuated by the odd colonial-era church - all to be glimpsed through cab windows en route to the beach.

  • Rio Olympics Tourist's delight: Samba to Copa to Maracana 
    Updated: Sep-18-15 4:14 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Visitors to the Rio Olympics will be able to see most of city's famed landmarks without roaming far from the venues.

  • Swimming body criticizes Rio Olympic organizers story has photos
    Updated: Sep-16-15 8:31 pm

    MOSCOW - The international swimming federation has strongly criticized the organizers of next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over what it says are substandard facilities and "disrespect" for aquatic events.

  • Rio Olympic golf course will get first test in March 
    Updated: Sep-16-15 3:33 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - A top official of the International Golf Federation said Wednesday that the new course for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will get its first test in March with a one-day exhibition event featuring three or four of the top male and female players.

  • Brazil crisis shrinks ArtRio, Rio's showcase art fair 
    Updated: Sep-11-15 11:36 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - ArtRio looked poised to join the ranks of the world's most elite art fairs when it burst onto the scene five years ago and Brazil's booming economy was bursting with would-be collectors. But with the South American giant now mired in recession and pessimism about the future widespread, the fifth edition of Rio de Janeiro's showcase art fair is a pared-down and more modest affair.

  • Away from Olympics, sewage blights vast swaths of Rio story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-10-15 11:59 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Rivulets of waste crisscross the labyrinth of alleyways that serve as 5-year-old Kaike de Oliveira Benjamin's playground, forming dark, fetid puddles and gurgling streams of refuse and trash. It's little better inside the tiny, one-room apartment he shares with his mother, two little brothers and infestations of roaches and rats. When it rains, the basement apartment floods ankle-deep with a mixture of rainwater and sewage, and drinking water often comes out of the tap looking and smelling contaminated.

  • Brazil Pentecostal church welcomes gays spurned elsewhere story has photos
    Updated: Sep-09-15 10:58 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - With his booming voice and high-voltage charisma capable of working crowds of hundreds into a lather, Marcos Gladstone has all the trappings of a successful preacher. But Gladstone has something that most other Pentecostal leaders don't - a husband.

  • Reflections on Pope Francis from 35,000 feet story has photos
    Updated: Sep-08-15 11:01 am

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - At 35,000 feet, you see a different side of Pope Francis.