Bruno Fernandes is accused of luring the mother of his child to a ranch and killing her

Brazilian footballer 'fed former lover to his dogs'

A Brazilian football star has gone on trial for orchestrating what prosecutors claim is the gruesome murder of the mother of his child.

Sir Richard Branson completes a kitesurf across the Channel

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Sailing's governing body reverses decision to replace windsurfing after international outcry

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An Indian tribe have informed the Brazilian government they will commit suicide if they are forced from their homes.

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Graeme McDowell believes the International Olympic Committee should step in to resolve the debate over whether he and the world No 1 Rory McIlroy should represent Britain or Ireland at the 2016 Olympics.

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Seven-metre high inflatable armadillo mascot for the 2014 World Cup attacked by vandals

An inflatable version of Brazil's mascot for the 2014 World Cup, a smiling three-banded armadillo, has been removed after it was attacked with knives by vandals.

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Usain Bolt still open to more events at the 2016 Olympics in Rio

World's fastest man Usain Bolt is still toying with the notion of adding the 400 metres or long jump to his repertoire after retaining his 100 and 200 Olympic titles.

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Roy Hodgson: Brazil will be fur coats one day, mossie spray the next

Dramatic temperature changes and huge travel implications worry the England manager

Eduardo Paes: Olympic challenge

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Cameron seeks to capitalise on Olympic buzz by linking sporting endeavour with efforts to rebuild the economy

David Cameron today attempted to extract as much political capital as possible from the success of the London Games – linking Britain’s sporting endeavour with efforts to rebuild the economy.

Saskia Clark takes a celebratory dip as Hannah Mills looks on

British sailing pairs sign off with silvers in Weymouth

Patience and Bithell, and Mills and Clark earn medals to crown successful campaign

Team GB's hockey captain Kate Walsh

Hockey: Team GB women hope to create legacy for future generations

Team GB's hockey captain Kate Walsh hopes that the team's success at the Games could secure a legacy for the sport and inspire their successors.

An exhausted Alistair Brownlee following his victory

Triathlon: Alistair Brownlee may turn to track after incredible run in gold medal performance

Alistair Brownlee could try his luck on the track after producing a phenomenal run to win Olympic gold in the triathlon yesterday.

Drinkhall eventually slipped out at the third-round stage

Table Tennis: Paul Drinkhall targets Rio after London 2012 exit

Great Britain table tennis star Paul Drinkhall immediately set himself the target of qualifying by right for the next Olympic Games after being knocked out of the singles in London.

Sales at his 90th birthday celebrations in November 2010

Briefly: Archbishop Eugenio de Araujo Sales

Eugenio de Araujo Sales, who died of a heart attack in his sleep on 9 July at the age of 91, was Rio de Janeiro's former archbishop who provided shelter to thousands of people opposed to the military regimes that once ruled Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Rio green summit dismissed as 'hoax that achieved nothing'

The UN's Rio Plus 20 summit on sustainable development ended yesterday amid a torrent of criticism from environment and development campaigners, who said the colossal, three-day international meeting had achieved nothing.

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