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…
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…
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,…
Rio has passed the Olympic baton to 2020 hosts Tokyo in a colourful closing spectacular , but no one would have expected how surprisingly the next host would introduce themselves at the event.
RIO DE JANEIRO: Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder has been expelled from the Olympics for "gravely" violating team rules by going out for a night of drinking in Rio after qualifying for the finals of the rings event, the Dutch team said.
RIO DE JANEIRO: Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad said she was proud to represent the United States and hailed a "beautiful experience" despite being knocked out of the Rio Olympics women's sabre competition on Monday.
RIO DE JANIERO: Rio Olympic spectators might be forgiven for thinking they are hearing things when the boxer Muhammad Ali steps in to the ring.
LAUSANNE: The International Olympic Committee ordered individual sports federations to decide whether Russian competitors should take part in the Rio Games after failing to agree on a complete ban over Russia's state-run doping.