Brazil's tanking economy means this year's carnival in Rio will probably be a little less extravagant than usual.
The head of Brazil's Olympic committee allegedly paid a $2 million bribe to secure votes for Brazil. The allegations came as police revealed a nine-month investigation into the corruption behind the Olympic bid.
Brazilians often look for stories about North Korea on the internet. One reason is a mutual entrenched distrust of the US. Researchers have been trying to dig a little deeper to find out more about the phenomenon.
An annual BRICS summit in China has kicked off with the emerging market bloc in need of direction. The five members are divided as they face political and economic troubles.
The mayor of Rio de Janeiro says he will cut public funding for samba schools. These are now threatening to cancel Carnival. There are accusations that this is exactly what the city's evangelical mayor wants.
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