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Stories with place: Rio de Janeiro
  • Rio Mayor says no sports 'mausoleum' like Beijing 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:15 pm
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes is viewed as the key person to speed up the city's delayed Olympics Games preparations. He has been the point man when all three levels of Brazilian government have debated expenditures for the 2016 Games.

  • Brazil unveils $11 billion in 'legacy' budget 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:20 pm
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian government officials announced Wednesday that almost $11 billion (24.1 billion Brazilian reals) will be spent on major transportation and environmental projects, which they argue are not related to holding the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

  • Strike continues at Rio Olympic venues 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:57 pm
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - The two-week strike at Rio de Janeiro's main Olympic complex continued Wednesday despite an apparent settlement.

  • Familiar Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Maracana 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 12:15 pm
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - With famous beaches and world-renowned attractions such as the Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugar Loaf mountain, Rio de Janeiro has plenty to see even without the World Cup.

  • Flamengo scores late to win Rio state title 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 7:05 pm
  • SAO PAULO - Flamengo scored in stoppage time to draw 1-1 with Vasco da Gama on Sunday and win the Rio de Janeiro state championship for a record 33rd time.

  • Squatters, Brazil police clash in Rio de Janeiro 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 12:19 pm
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - Squatters in Rio de Janeiro are clashing with police after a Brazilian court ordered that 5,000 people be evicted from abandoned buildings of a telecommunications company.

  • Familiar Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Maracana 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 6:09 am
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - With famous beaches and world-renowned attractions such as the Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugar Loaf mountain, Rio de Janeiro has plenty to see even without the World Cup.

  • Bach: IOC sending troubleshooter to Rio next week 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 8:05 pm
  • BELEK, Turkey - The International Olympic Committee is sending a senior troubleshooter to Brazil next week as part of a series of emergency measures to tackle the delays threatening the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Decree: Brazilian banks must be open during WCup 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 12:36 pm
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian banks will be required to stay open on working days during the World Cup, even when Brazil plays a match.

  • Review: 'Rio 2' dazzling but overloaded 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 2:47 pm
  • A vivid and delightful animated spectacle, "Rio 2" is chock-full of colorful 3-D wonder and jubilant musical numbers set against a tale of family dynamics and environmental dilemmas.

  • Sports chief: Brazil government must act on Rio 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 12:59 pm
  • BELEK, Turkey - The head of Olympic summer sports federations called for urgent action Tuesday to tackle the critical delays facing the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and accused the Brazilian government of neglecting the crisis.

  • Gunmen attack Brazil army troops occupying slum 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 11:51 am
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - The Brazilian army says gunmen have launched at least five attacks against troops in the Rio de Janeiro slum complex occupied on Saturday in a bid to improve security two months before the start of the World Cup soccer tournament.

  • Cue samba: Brazil's World Cup bound to be special 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 4:26 am
  • Like sunshine and happiness or Lennon and McCartney, football and Brazil go together, each making the other better. So the first World Cup in Brazil in 64 years is bound to be special.

  • Workers, security guards clash at Rio Olympic Park 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 4:32 pm
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - Striking construction workers and security personnel clashed Monday at Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Park, the main cluster of venues under construction for the 2016 Summer Games.

  • After Sochi, IOC turns attention to delays in Rio 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 4:32 am
  • With the Sochi Olympics behind them, IOC leaders are gathering in Turkey this week amid growing alarm over Brazil's troubled preparations for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Fluminense changes coach after series of losses 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 4:28 pm
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - Four-time Brazilian champion Fluminense has hired Cristovao Borges as its new coach, replacing former player Renato Gaucho after a series of disappointing results.

  • Head of Olympic planning in Rio city hall resigns 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 3:29 pm
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - The head of Olympic planning for Rio de Janeiro's municipal government has resigned.

  • Brazil police push into Rio de Janeiro slums 
    Updated: Mar-30-14 3:28 pm
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - More than 1,400 police officers and Brazilian Marines rolled into a massive complex of slums near Rio de Janeiro's international airport before dawn Sunday in the latest security push ahead of this year's World Cup.

  • Official anthem for WCup sung at closing ceremony 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 2:08 pm
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - The official anthem for this year's World Cup will be performed by Santana, Wyclef, Avicci and Alexandre Pires at the closing ceremony on July 13 in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Ronaldo: Pressure 'huge' on Brazil World Cup team 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 10:59 pm
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - Ronaldo didn't quite go along with the outrageous predictions of eternal damnation if Brazil doesn't win the World Cup on home soil, but did concede the squad is "enormous pressure" to claim a sixth title.

  • Brazil inaugurates its World Cup training center 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 6:28 pm
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - The Brazilian soccer federation has inaugurated the training center it will use during the World Cup.

  • Rio Games: Crucial meeting next week over funding 
    Updated: Mar-21-14 6:10 pm
  • RIO DE JANEIRO - The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics face "challenging deadlines," the head an IOC inspection committee said Friday, adding that a meeting with top government officials next week will be "crucial" in finalizing funding and venue planning for the games.