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Flash Flood Struck Rio de Janeiro in 1966

Today in Latin American history, a flash flood struck Rio de Janeiro, Brazil killing 400 and displacing 50,000 in 1966. More than 10 inches of rain fell in 12 hours, causing a flash flood. continue reading »

Cisco Inaugurates Center of Innovation in Rio de Janeiro

The U.S. multinational Cisco inaugurated a Center of Innovation in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, where it plans to develop technological solutions to meet local needs for companies in sectors that include oil and gas, education and public safety. continue reading »

Pope, at Brazil Shrine, Urges Youth to Embrace Traditional Values

Pope Francis, receiving another rapturous welcome in Brazil, on Wednesday urged young people to shun the “ephemeral idols” of money and pleasure, and cherish traditional values to help build a better world. continue reading »

BRAZIL: Did Police Use Excessive Force?

Police in Brazil are being criticized by those who say they used excessive force when they fired dozens, possible hundreds of bullets from a helicopter at the car of a suspected drug trafficker. continue reading »

2 Men Arrested For Raping Tourist in Brazil

Two men were arrested for robbing and raping a foreign tourist aboard a microbus in Rio de Janeiro and beating her boyfriend, Brazilian police said Sunday. continue reading »

Will Tom Cruise Film “Mission: Impossible 5” in Brazil? Rio Hopes So

Officials in Rio de Janeiro urged Tom Cruise, now in Brazil to promote his latest film, to shoot the fifth installment of the "Mission:Impossible" here in the "Marvelous City." continue reading »

Brazilian States Call New Royalties Law Unconstitutional

The oil-producing states of Rio de Janeiro and Espirito Santo on Friday filed a Supreme Court challenge against a new law that distributes royalties from crude and natural gas production more evenly among Brazil's 27 states. continue reading »

Brazilian Forces Launch Lightning Operation in Rio Favelas Ahead of Olympics

A lightning operation conducted without incident by Brazilian security forces early Sunday morning allowed authorities to regain control of two "favelas," or shantytowns, in a strategic part of Rio de Janeiro forming part of the roadway corridor for the 2016 Olympic Games. continue reading »

Hundreds of Thousands Attempt to Break World Record at Rio Carnival

A crowd of revelers hundreds of thousands strong poured into downtown Rio de Janeiro on Saturday to celebrate Carnival to the rhythm of the Cordão da Bola Preta street band while trying to win a place in the Guinness World Records for the world's largest Carnival troupe. continue reading »

Group of Brazilians Take a Stand Against Effort to “Privatize” Rio Carnival

A group of Rio de Janeiro street troupes are crying foul over the numerous multi-million-dollar contracts with carnival sponsors and municipal authorities' growing control over the festivities. continue reading »

Catholic Samba Group Turns Parade into Procession After Nightclub Fire

A Catholic samba group in Rio de Janeiro changed its parade plans after the nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people, most of them students from the local university in Santa Maria. continue reading »

Latin America News: 35,000 Live in “High Risk Areas” of Rio de Janeiro

Some 35,000 people live in areas of Rio de Janeiro state that are prone to mudslides and other natural disasters as a result of heavy rains, an official report published Monday in the Brazilian daily O Globo said. continue reading »

Stevie Wonder, Gilberto Gil Perform for 400,000 in Brazil (VIDEO)

American pop star Stevie Wonder and Brazilian singer-songwriter Gilberto Gil filled Copacabana Beach with music during a seaside concert that attracted some 400,000 people, police said. continue reading »

Brazil Lights World’s Largest Floating Christmas Tree

The world's largest floating Christmas tree has been lighted in Rio de Janeiro during an event that featured lights, music and fireworks. continue reading »

Police Operation Kills 6 in Rio de Janeiro Slums

Brazilian police killed at least six suspected drug-gang members in two operations early Saturday in Rio de Janeiro slums. continue reading »

Lady Gaga Entertains Young Children in Rio Favela

Singer Lady Gaga on Thursday played soccer and sang with children in a slum in Rio de Janeiro, where she is set to perform this week. continue reading »

Gas Explosion at Brazilian Supermarket Kills 7

At least seven people were injured, four of them suffering serious burns, in a gas explosion Wednesday at a supermarket in Rio de Janeiro, firefighters said. The blast, which occurred about 7:30 a.m. (9:30 GMT), apparently was caused by a gas leak at a grocery store in the northern Rio neighborhood of Iraja, the Fire Department said. continue reading »

Michael Phelps Teaches Young Brazilians to Swim in Rio

U.S. Olympian Michael Phelps gave a swimming class Tuesday to Brazilian tots and teens in a rough Rio de Janeiro neighborhood that until two years ago was occupied by drug-trafficking gangs. continue reading »

Shootout in Rio’s Favelas Between Drug Traffickers and Brazilian Police Leave 5 Dead

At least five suspected drug traffickers died Saturday in a shootout with police who were getting ready for this Sunday's occupation of two huge "favelas," or shantytowns, in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro controlled by drug trafficking gangs, officials said. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Best Cities to Live In

The ranking system is based on a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) using a spatial adjusted livability index. The EIU ranked 70 cities internationally, Hong Kong ranked the highest and Harare, Zimbabwe ranked the lowest. The other scores (ie- education) are out of 100. continue reading »