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Massive fire blazes Rio’s 200-year old National Museum

RIO DE JANEIRO: A massive fire raced through Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, probably destroying its collection of more than 20 million items, ranging from archeological finds to historical memorabilia. The destruction of the building, once a palace for emperors that had fallen into disrepair, was an “incalculable loss for Brazil,” President Michel Temer said in a statement. “Two hundred years of work, research and knowledge were lost.” There was no word of the possible cause late…

On a Rio beach, a man’s home is his castle

With a crown on his head, Marcio Matolias carefully retouches his sandcastle, sculpting and smoothing with a shovel as bathers cool off nearby in the suffocating January heat. They say a man's home is his castle and Marcio has lived in his -- albeit made of sand -- on a beach in Rio de Janeiro for the last 22 years. In Barra da Tijuca, a wealthy beachside neighborhood west of Rio, neighbors and friends call him "The King." He gladly assumes the role and poses willingly for passers-by, scepter in hand, on his throne…

New accident hits Rio’s carnival party

RIO DE JANEIRO: A huge float carried by an out-of-control truck struck at least 20 people celebrating carnival in Rio de Janeiro, causing serious injuries on Sunday. The truck was at the tail end of the Paraiso do Tuiuti samba school parade in the city’s Sambadrome when the accident occurred. Read More: Rio ready for Olympics carnival as opening awaits It drove too close to a fence at the entrance to the competition piste, leaving several people unable to escape. Three were seriously injured,…