Travel By Numbers: Rio de Janeiro

Carnival starts today in this vibrant Brazilian city. Sally Hawkins calculates its year-round appeal

Freak carnival accident kills 16 in Brazil

At least 16 Brazilian Carnival revelers were killed and dozens more wounded when a power cable fell and electrocuted them as they danced behind a sound truck.

Howl, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, 93 mins (15)<br/>West Is West, Andy DeEmmony, 102 mins (15)

Why they thought this works as a big-screen docu-drama beats me

Waste Land (PG)

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Brazil: Mudslides leave families buried and hundreds dead near Rio

Survivors told yesterday how they frantically dug with their hands to try to find victims buried by a string of landslides which struck hillside communities around Rio de Janeiro, as Brazil's flood death toll climbed to more than 460.

Ronaldinho snubs Blackburn and signs for Flamengo

Brazilian side Flamengo have confirmed the signing of World Cup winner Ronaldinho from AC Milan.

Leading article: Reasons for optimism over this austere winter

Your donations to our Christmas appeal give the lie to the notion that Britain has become a selfish society

Murder-suicide at Brazilian wedding reception

A groom shot and killed his new bride and his best man, before turning the gun on himself.

Groom murders bride and best man at wedding

A bridegroom gunned down his new wife, his best man and then himself after announcing to horrified guests that he had a "surprise" for them.

The dark side of the boys and girls from Brazil

It may have become the epitome of laid-back cool, but, as a new book relates, the bossa nova was forged in turbulence. By Ian Burrell

Police take control of most dangerous slum

Rio de Janeiro's top security official said authorities had seized control of the most dangerous slum in the city, as operations continued yesterday to locate drug gang members thought to be hiding inside.

Police invade slum held by drug gangs

Police invaded a shantytown long held by drug traffickers yesterday, quickly taking over the key drug gang stronghold in a historic victory meant to help to make Rio de Janeiro safe for the 2016 Olympics.

Armed police clear drug gangs from Rio favela

Police searched homes and secured the perimeter yesterday of a Rio de Janeiro shantytown that has long been a stronghold for drug gangs and a symbol of their ability to rule vast areas of the seaside city with impunity.

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