US pushed to explain allegations of NSA spying on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

Mexico and Brazil have called for the United States to explain allegations that a US government spy agency may have intercepted the communications of political leaders.

David Miranda’s lawyer Gwendolen Morgan briefed the press outside the High Court yesterday

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Manning leaked ‘to gain notoriety’

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Military police in Rio

Police involvement suspected in killings of young Brazilian singers

Another funk star has died after being shot on stage, the seventh 'Proibidao' musician to be assassinated over the past three years. Janet Tappin Coelho, in Uberlandia, reports on a sinister pattern of murder on the dance floor

Pope Francis will make his first international trip to Rio for World Youth Day celebrations

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Pope Francis will make his first international trip to world's largest Catholic country for World Youth Day celebrations

Paulinho of Brazil scores his team's second goal to make the score 2-1 during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Semi Final match between Brazil and Uruguay

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Late Paulinho header sends Brazil to final as protesters and police clash near stadium

Liv Nicolsky Lagerblad de Oliveira who had pepper spray fired into her face by a police officer

I was Brazil woman pepper-sprayed in face, says protester

23-year-old says she faced 'psychological torture' from military police after being arrested

Six appeal: Neymar (left) and Thiago Silva are good, say fans, but the team will struggle for a sixth win

England v Brazil: Win the World Cup? Not a hope, say Brazilian fans

For the drinkers squatting around the big screen at the Rule 3 Bar in Goiania, slap in the middle of Brazil's mid-western agricultural heartland, the summer (or winter in these parts) of 2014 is viewed with a mixture of cautious optimism and trepidation.

The Football Association chairman, David Bernstein, has hit back at Rio Ferdinand’s claim that a new coaching strategy is needed to help English youngsters

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The Football Association chairman, David Bernstein, has hit back at Rio Ferdinand’s claim that a new coaching strategy is needed to help English youngsters.

Tom Cleverley ruled out of England friendlies

Midfielder Tom Cleverley has pulled out of the England squad for this week's friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

Student Jason Kelly wears the new England shirt

Drei Löwen auf dem Hemd? It's all kicking off about the new England shirt unveiled by Jack Wilshere

The strip will be used for the first time in the friendly against Republic of Ireland

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The feel good factor in Belo Horizonte may not extend to the Brazil national team

Rio de Janeiro? As stale as yesterday’s päo de queijo. São Paulo? As cutting edge as a mid-nineties Now That’s What I Call Music CD. These days, the footballing place to be in Brazil is Belo Horizonte.

Steven Gerrard comes to terms with Liverpool’s elimination

Steven Gerrard likely to miss summer England internationals with plans for shoulder surgery

The Liverpool captain has featured in every minute of the Reds' 34 Premier League matches so far

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