Samba schools are using Carnival as an opportunity to make political statements. One man has designed a float based on the literary character Don Quixote to portray his country’s hapless battle against corruption.
The head of Brazil's Olympic committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, has been arrested on vote buying allegations to win Rio's bid for the 2016 Games. The arrest is part of a probe into corruption around the Games.
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.
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.
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.
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