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Olympic Games Off To Rough Start

Olympic Games Off To Rough Start

The Rio de Janeiro Olympics got off to a shambolic start on Saturday with fans queuing for hours to enter the stadium and some missing their events as many athletes competed in front of eerily empty stands. Games organizers apologized for dropping the ball on the first day of full competition, the morning after a dazzling opening ceremony, as iconic venues such as beach volleyball on the famed Copacabana beach saw only a few hundred spectators.

August 6, 2016

Kerry Confident Olympic Games Will Be ‘Safe, Sound, Secure’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday he is confident the Olympics Games will be “safe, sound, secure” and said the United States and Brazil are working together to ensure they are. Kerry, meeting with Brazilian Foreign Minister José Serra in Rio before the opening of the Games later on Friday, told reporters he was sure Brazil will deliver “not just a great venue but a great Olympics.”

August 5, 2016
Michael Phelps after the men's butterfly 200m semi-finals in the U.S. Olympic swimming team trials at CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Imagining A More Honest Olympics Opening Ceremony

The 2016 Olympic Games are set to begin today in Rio de Janeiro, but the event is already mired in controversy and a sense of impending doom. Tonight’s Opening Ceremony will no doubt be gushing with overblown displays of optimism, but what if we were to envision an alternate version, a pageant that addresses all the disasters that Rio is juggling?

August 5, 2016
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff attends a news conference at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

Brazil’s Rousseff Lacks Senate Votes to Defeat Impeachment: Senator

Congress’ lower house opened impeachment proceedings last week against the unpopular Rousseff based on opposition allegations that she deliberately manipulated government accounts to boost her chances of reelection to a second term in 2014.

March 20, 2016

Israel Presses Brazil To Accept Pro-Settler Envoy

Brazil’s reluctance to accept an Israeli ambassador who is a West Bank settler has set off a diplomatic crisis.

December 27, 2015
Infrastructure, carbon, emissions, supreme court, pollution, EPA, climate change, law

In Global Climate Talks, Some Major Polluters Drag Their Feet

Now that the U.S. and China are stepping up on climate change, will developing nations do their part?

December 12, 2014

Olympic Sailing Champions Race In Huge Rio ‘Toilet’

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Twenty-three Olympic medalists start trials on Saturday for the 2016 Rio Games in a bay littered with dead animals, television sets, sofas, shoes and not much clean water. More than 320 competitors from 34 countries will take part in nine days of racing in a Guanabara Bay which has become […]

August 1, 2014

Brazil Celebrates Rival Argentina’s World Cup Defeat

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilians bitter about their team’s disastrous World Cup celebrated Argentina’s defeat to Germany in the final Sunday by dancing and launching fireworks, relieved that their arch-rivals failed to triumph on their soil. In Brasilia and Sao Paulo, fireworks exploded after Mario Goetze scored in extra-time to give the Germans a […]

July 14, 2014

Germany Crushes Brazil In Record 7-1 Win

Belo Horizonte (Brazil) (AFP) – Germany crushed shambolic World Cup hosts Brazil with a record 7-1 defeat on Tuesday to book their place in the tournament final in a match that shook football’s superpower to the core. Brazil were booed by their fans and gathered shell-shocked on the Mineirao pitch with coach Luiz Felipe Scolari […]

July 8, 2014

Brazilian Enclave Takes Root, Boosted By World Cup

By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — This corner of the Westside is one of Los Angeles’ most unlikely ethnic enclaves. During the 1994 World Cup, Brazilian soccer fans flooded the Zabumba nightclub restaurant to watch their home country win the sold-out championship game about 20 miles away in Pasadena. So many Brazilians […]

June 26, 2014

As Brazil’s Protests Shrink And Intensify, Analysts Predict Change

By Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald Protestors in a handful of Brazilian cities have clashed with police, thrown rocks and dodged rubber bullets and tear gas canisters since last week’s opening of the World Cup. But this year’s protests are different from the massive demonstrations during the 2013 Confederations Cup, when more than 1 million Brazilians, […]

June 18, 2014

German-Born Brooks Gives USA Memorable Win Over Ghana

Natal (Brazil) (AFP) – German-born United States defender John Brooks came off the bench to stun Ghana with a late winner in a 2-1 victory in Natal on Monday to put a huge dent in the 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists hopes of emulating that feat this time round. Clint Dempsey scored the opener after just […]

June 17, 2014

Biden Will Go To Central America To Help Stem Tide Of Immigrant Children

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Facing a tide of unaccompanied children pouring into the U.S., the Obama administration will send Vice President Joe Biden to Central America this week to make it clear that the children are not eligible for a path to citizenship and could be deported. Biden will go to Guatemala […]

June 16, 2014

Sao Paulo Police Crack Down On Anti-World Cup Protest

Sao Paulo (AFP) – Military police in Sao Paulo clashed with masked anti-World Cup protesters Thursday hours before the Brazilian mega-city hosts the tournament’s opening match. Around 100 activists clad in the black masks and scarves of radical protest movement Black Bloc tore down street signs and traffic lights and set fire to them to […]

June 12, 2014

Brazil Braces For World Cup Carnival

Sao Paulo (AFP) – Brazil kicks off the World Cup Thursday hoping to unite the football-mad country after a chaotic seven-year build-up plagued by violent protests. The 32-team extravaganza gets under way in the teeming mega-city of Sao Paulo, where the host nation’s beloved ‘Selecao’ faces Croatia at 5:00 pm before 61,600 supporters and a […]

June 12, 2014

Brazil Braces For Waves Of Cup Protests

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – With a week to go before the World Cup kicks off, Brazilian authorities are bracing for waves of public protests over the cost of staging the event. Caught out by the scale of demonstrations which accompanied last year’s Confederations Cup dress rehearsal event, authorities have made detailed plans to counter […]

June 5, 2014

Every World Cup Player To Have Drug Test

Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA is on an ambitious mission to make sure that for the first time every player who takes part in the World Cup has a drug test and carries a ‘biological passport’. Football’s governing body wants to impose the passport — already used in cycling and athletics — that will follow a […]

June 4, 2014

Switch From Gasoline To Ethanol Linked To Higher Ozone Levels

Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Scientists have made a surprising discovery about ethanol: The more it was used by drivers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the more ozone they measured in the local environment. The finding, reported this week in Nature Geoscience, is contrary to other studies predicting that increased use of ethanol would cut […]

May 1, 2014

Venezuela Factions Agree To Formal Talks To End Months’ Long Crisis

By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — In what might be the first step toward ending Venezuela’s two-month-long political crisis, the government and opposition leaders agreed Tuesday to begin formal peace talks that will be mediated by the Vatican and the foreign ministers of Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. The agreement came after the two […]

April 9, 2014