Tag: Brazil

Plane Crash In Colombia Leaves At Least 76 Dead, 6 Survive [VIDEO]

On Monday night, a chartered plane carrying nine crew members and 72 passengers, including members of the Chapecoense Brazilian soccer team, crashed as it approached Jose Maria Cordova Airport in Medellin, Colombia. Colombian police said early Tuesday that at least 76 people died in the crash. Among the survivors, at least three were players for…

Brazil Senate Votes to Remove President Dilma Rousseff

Brazil’s Senate on Wednesday voted 61-20 to impeach embattled President Dilma Rousseff, who was accused of illegal federal budget manipulation in violation of the country’s constitution. An impeachment in Brazil requires two-thirds of the 81 senators, or 54, to vote in favor of removal from office. Rousseff has proclaimed her innocence and has testified in…

Rio Police Charge Ryan Lochte With Filing False Robbery Report

American swimmer Ryan Lochte was charged Thursday by Brazilian police with filing a false robbery report during the Rio Olympics. In a statement, the police said Lochte will be notified and can decide if he wants to introduce a defense in Brazil, The Associated Press reports. The indictment will also be sent to the International…

Speedo and Ralph Lauren Drop Ryan Lochte Sponsorships

Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren both announced Monday they will end their sponsorships of Ryan Lochte in light of recent controversy involving the Olympic swimmer embellishing details of an alleged altercation in Rio. In a statement, Speedo said while it has “enjoyed a winning relationship” with the gold medalist, it “cannot condone behavior that is…

Ryan Lochte, James Feigen Indicted for False Crime Report

U.S. Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen were indicted Thursday by officials in Rio de Janeiro on charges of falsely reporting a crime. The Federal Police of Brazil confirmed the news to ABC just hours after the city’s police chief confirmed that no robbery of Lochte and his teammates had taken place, despite their…

US Swimmers Pulled From Plane Amid Lochte Robbery

A Brazilian judge ordered two U.S. swimmers not to leave the country, according to court documents obtained Wednesday. Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen were ordered to stay in Rio three days after they said they were robbed at gunpoint. Attorney Jeff Ostrow told USA TODAY Sports that Lochte was already back in the United States…

USA’s Rio 2016 Flag Bearer Is Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps has been selected as Team USA’s flag bearer for Friday night’s Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Phelps is the first male American swimmer to qualify for five Olympic Games, and he is the most decorated Olympian of any sport in history, with 22 medals. He was chosen by other…

‘Drug-Resistance Bacteria’ Discovered In Rio’s Waters As Olympics Near

Bacteria is coming from local sewage and could affect water sport competitions Athlete says beach water “feels like there’s some alien enemy entering your face” Rio de Janeiro (CNN)A group of Brazilian scientists have detected a drug-resistant bacteria growing off the shores of some of Rio de Janeiro’s most stunning beaches, one month before they’re…

Rory McIlroy Withdraws From Rio Olympics Over Zika Virus [VIDEO]

Rory McIlroy, the 27-year-old Irish golfer, has withdrawn from the Rio Olympics over concerns about the Zika virus. The sport is returning to the Olympics after 112 years away. Despite the low risk of contracting the infection, McIlroy said it “is a risk nonetheless and a risk I am unwilling to take” since his engagement…

Aussie Paralympian Liesl Tesch Robbed at Gunpoint in Rio

An Australian Paralympic athlete was robbed at gunpoint over the weekend in Rio de Janeiro, raising continued concerns about the city’s security as it hosts upcoming Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Liesl Tesch, 47, claimed a man with a gun pushed her off her bicycle and stole it after initially demanding money. Tesch is a…

Brazil Votes to Impeach President Dilma Rousseff [VIDEO]

Brazil’s lower house of congress voted impeach President Dilma Rousseff late Sunday, sending the decision to its senate, where she is expected to face a trial. The lower Chamber of Deputies voted the necessary two-thirds of support, or 342 of the 513 votes, to impeach Rousseff. The embattled president is accused of illegally using money…

Brazil Ex-President Lula Arrested Over Corruption Charges [VIDEO]

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been detained as part of a huge fraud inquiry into the state oil company Petrobras. The former president’s house was raided by federal police agents and he was brought in for questioning. Lula, who left office in 2011, has denied allegations of corruption. The long-running inquiry,…

Dam Bursts at BHP-Owned Mine in Brazil [VIDEO]

At least two people were confirmed dead after a dam burst Thursday at an iron-ore mine in southeastern Brazil, triggering deadly mudslides that ravaged a nearby town. Early Friday, local authorities said they expected the death toll to rise as rescue crews struggled to search devastated areas where roads and cell towers were knocked out.…

Brazil’s Neymar Out Of World Cup With Fractured Vertebra

Brazil striker Neymar has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup with a broken vertebrae after being injured in the quarterfinal match against Colombia, the team doctor said. Brazil advanced to the semifinals after beating Colombia 2-1 today. The team will face Germany on Tuesday. AP

Costa Ricans Celebrate Historic World Cup Win Against Greece In Brazil

The streets of the Costa Rican capital, San Jose, have been filled with fans celebrating the national team’s latest win at the football World Cup. Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout after the match, which ended 1-1, went into extra time in Recife. With the result, Costa Rica have qualified for the quarter-finals,…

Brazil’s World Cup win beats Super Bowl on Twitter

Nervous Brazilian soccer fans took to Twitter to breathe a collective sigh of relief Saturday, with the final, tense-filled minute of a penalty shootout against Chile generating more buzz online than Super Bowl. Almost 389,000 tweets were generated in the minute after Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara’s penalty shot hit the right post and allowed Brazil…

Portugal scores late to tie US 2-2

A stoppage-time goal by Silvestre Varela tied Portugal and the U.S. 2-2 in Manaus, Brazil. The U.S. would have secured a place in the World Cup’s knockout stage with a win. Now, the U.S. will need to at least draw against Germany to advance. Photo: Clint Dempsey’s goal gave the USA the 2-1 lead over…

World Cup Will Add $1.5 Billion in Global Ad Spending

Global ad spend is expected to get a $1.5 billion boost this year thanks to the soccer tournament, according to market forecasting company ZenithOptimedia. “The event will deliver large television audiences and high interest in news media and sport websites, at a time of year when — in the northern hemisphere at least — people…

World Cup viewing center attacked in Nigeria

Witnesses say a suicide bomber in tricycle taxi triggered an explosion that blasted a World Cup viewing center in northeast Nigeria, killing several people. Hospital workers say the death toll likely will rise with 15 people critically wounded and casualties still coming in at Damaturu, state capital of Yobe state. [AP]

Dempsey, Brooks lead US to 2-1 victory over Ghana

The United States beat Ghana 2-1 on Tuesday evening to win its first opening match in the World Cup since 2002. Clint Dempsey scored just 32 seconds into the match, the fastest goal in the team’s World Cup history, and John Brooks scored the go-ahead goal on a header in the 86th minute. Ghana knocked…

Violent Protests in Brazil Lead Up to World Cup

Protesters who oppose the implementation of the World Cup clashed with military police in Sao Paulo, within hours of the start of the event, scheduled for 17 in this Brazilian city. WATCH THE LIVE NEWS STREAM The troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters identified with the “anti-glass” movement and initially two detainees…

Pelé’s Son Gets 33 Years in Prison

Pele’s son Edinho has been sentenced to 33 years behind bars for laundering money obtained through drug trafficking. Edinho, whose real name is Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, was first arrested on drug-trafficking charges in 2005 and reportedly has connections with a notorious drug dealer in Santos. His father has stood by him throughout his legal…

[VIDEO] Miracle boy survives after out of control car runs over his head

Warning! For some people might be disturb but at the end everyone was ok thank God! jezuzz! This is the miraculous moment a five-year-old boy walked away unhurt after an out of control car ran over his head and body. Heart-stopping CCTV footage shows a parked VW Golf crash into Joao Pedro Nascimento and his…

Report: Snowden would help Brazil if granted asylum

Edward Snowden wrote in an “open letter to the Brazilian people” that he would be willing to help their government investigate U.S. spying if granted political asylum. In the letter, obtained by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, Snowden says he was impressed by Brazil’s criticism of the National Security Agency spying program.