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Brazil arrests Rio 2016 Olympic committee chairman on corruption charges

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian police on Thursday arrested the chairman of the country's Olympic Committee as part of a probe into alleged vote buying to secure Rio's hosting of the 2016 Games. Twenty federal police agents swept into Rio de Janeiro's upscale Leblon neighborhood in an early morning operation to arrest 75-year-old Carlos Nuzman. The Rio 2016 committee's chief operating officer Leonardo Gryner was arrested in a separate raid. A grim-faced Nuzman left his home wearing a dark business suit in the Rio heat as…

Greek ambassador to Brazil murdered by wife’s cop lover: police

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil: Greece's ambassador to Brazil was murdered in a plot hatched by his Brazilian wife and her police officer lover, who confessed to the crime, officials here said. The envoy, Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, was killed on Monday by the officer, Sergio Gomez Moreira, Rio homicide division chief Evaristo Pontes told a news conference. Amiridis's charred body was found Thursday in Rio in his burned-out rental car, a day after his wife, Francoise de Souza Oliveira, declared him missing. Oliveira, 40, and…

Rio de Janeiro gets UNESCO world heritage status

RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio de Janeiro, nicknamed the Marvelous City, officially entered the UN's list of world heritage sites Tuesday in recognition of its soaring granite cliffs, urban rainforest and beaches. The UN cultural body, UNESCO, highlighted the "extraordinary fusion" of man-made and natural beauty in certifying Rio on the world heritage list during a ceremony held at the Christ the Redeemer statue. That blend has "created an urban landscape perceived to be of great beauty by many writers and travelers and one that…