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Stories with place: Rio de Janeiro
  • Police replace soldiers on security duty in big Rio slum 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 4:56 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Police in Rio de Janeiro have finished replacing more than 2,000 soldiers who have been stationed in the Mare complex of shantytowns to improve security and drive out the drug gangs that ruled the slum for decades.

  • Rugby takes small step to Olympics; bigger jump to get fans story has photos
    Updated: Jun-24-15 4:49 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Returning to the Olympics is one step for rugby. But grabbing the limelight is a bigger jump, particularly in countries like Brazil where the sport has little following.

  • Rio girl attacked after party for Afro-Brazilian religion 
    Updated: Jun-17-15 5:14 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian police said Wednesday they are trying to identify two men who attacked an 11-year-old girl as she left a party at a center used by followers of Candomble, a syncretic Afro-Brazilian religion.

  • Amid Brazil's economic crisis, consumers struggle with debt 
    Updated: Jun-15-15 12:07 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Francisco Xavier emerges from a payday loan shop, his brow more furrowed with worry than when he entered. His loan request was denied, and he has no idea how he is going to pay out-of-control bills, including credit card payments that gobble up nearly half his monthly income.

  • Brazil may lift visa needed by Americans heading to Olympics 
    Updated: Jun-12-15 9:03 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's tourism minister said Thursday the visa requirements may be lifted for Americans wishing to attend next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, an effort that may boost ticket sales.

  • Brazil may lift visa needed by Americans heading to Olympics story has photos
    Updated: Jun-11-15 8:06 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's tourism minister said Thursday the visa requirements may be lifted for Americans wishing to attend next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, an effort that may boost ticket sales.

  • Former Brazil star Zico wants to run for FIFA president story has photos
    Updated: Jun-10-15 9:09 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Former Brazil star Zico wants to run for the presidency of FIFA, even though he believes the odds are stacked against him being elected.

  • Holdouts: Slum resists eviction in shadow of Olympic Park story has photos
    Updated: Jun-09-15 6:26 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The Olympic Park for the 2016 Games is going up in one of Rio's wealthiest areas, and real estate prices are soaring even as Brazil enters a recession.

  • Only 35 percent of tickets allocated for 2016 Rio Olympics 
    Updated: Jun-08-15 8:47 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Only 35 percent of the tickets initially available for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been allocated to Brazilian fans after the first phase of sales ended.

  • Bach: FIFA must go through 'painful experience' to reform story has photos
    Updated: Jun-08-15 3:48 pm

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Saying there is "no comparison" in the scale of the IOC's Salt Lake City scandal and FIFA's corruption crisis, IOC President Thomas Bach urged soccer's governing body to take the "painful" steps needed to clean itself up and restore credibility in the organization.

  • Brazil beats Mexico 2-0 in warmup for Copa America story has photos
    Updated: Jun-07-15 6:32 pm

    SAO PAULO - Philippe Coutinho and Diego Tardelli scored a goal each in the first half to give Brazil a 2-0 win over Mexico in a warmup for the Copa America on Sunday.

  • Brazil demonstrators decry state of Rio's Olympic waters 
    Updated: Jun-06-15 1:32 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Activists on Saturday staged a demonstration on a sewage- and trash-filled strewn Rio de Janeiro beach to protest authorities' failure to make good on promises to clean up the Olympic city's filthy waters ahead of the 2016 games.

  • NFL looking for more international games in Mexico, Germany 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 5:05 pm

    NEW YORK - Commissioner Roger Goodell casually mentioned last month the NFL's interest in adding more international games. He mentioned potential contests in Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

  • Brazil students make art out of trash plucked off Rio shore story has photos
    Updated: Jun-01-15 5:52 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Forget pricey imported oil paints and exorbitant blocks of marble. Art students at a Brazilian university have taken advantage of one material they have in endless and free supply - trash - to create an exhibition that aims to draw attention to the fetid state of Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing events are to be held next year.