200 feared dead as new mudslide hits Rio slum

At least 200 people were feared dead after being buried under the latest landslide to hit a slum in Rio de Janeiro's metropolitan area, authorities said yesterday.

At least 104 dead in Rio de Janeiro floods

Rio de Janeiro braced for more rain today as the death toll from flooding climbed to 104 and order slowly returned to Brazil's second-biggest city that was thrown into chaos a day earlier.

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Brazil's Costa Verde: The perfect escape from Rio

It is, admittedly, a long way to go for a party. Even the eye-popping, booty-shaking, gargantuan excess of the biggest street party in the world, the Rio Carnival.

Death toll from mudslides rises to 75 in Brazil

The mayor of a city devastated by mudslides called yesterday for Brazil's only nuclear power stations to be shut down as the death toll in the storm-ravaged region rose to 75.

Mudslide at Brazilian tourist lodge kills 15

A rain-loosened area of hillside collapsed on three houses and a luxury tourist lodge after New Year celebrations at a resort city near Rio de Janeiro, killing at least 15 people, Brazilian authorities said.

Mudslide kills 14 people in Brazilian resort city

A rain-loosened slab of hillside collapsed on three houses and an upscale lodge after New Year celebrations at a resort near Rio de Janeiro, killing at least 14 people, Brazilian authorities said.

Travel challenge: A South American city and beach break

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a 10-night city and beach holiday in South America, departing in late January. Prices are for two people travelling together.

Outside Edge (15/11/09)

Unbridled unpleasantness in sleepy Chiddingfold, Surrey, after a former international showjumper ran over a cyclist in his car on a country lane because he was hogging the road. Christopher Robertson, whose parents own a stud farm, was jailed for 33 months for hitting Leslie Smith, 66, and driving off. He cleaned his car, replacing a damaged number plate, and told a stable lad to tear down the police notices seeking witnesses. Robertson's mother Sue gave evidence for the prosecution, saying her son was "quite a bully". Robertson then tried to discredit the stable lad as a witness, claiming he was seeking revenge after his gay advances towards Robertson were rejected. What a stud.

Brazil power cut traced to massive storm

An investigation was under way yesterday in Brazil into the causes of a giant electricity blackout that plunged cities from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paolo into darkness on Tuesday night and for a short while shut down the entire grid in neighbouring Paraguay.

Olympic fears as Rio drug gangs shoot down police helicopter

All-day battle in slum reaches new levels of violence as 12 die

Leading article: Party time

In the global contest for recognition and prestige, the summer Olympics is a trophy in a class all its own. For Rio de Janeiro, which becomes the first South American host, victory was doubly sweet; exuberance in Brazil overflowed. And the choice is to be applauded, not only because this unique sporting festival will go to another part of the world, but because the competition was so fierce. The US First Couple strove heroically to support their home city, Chicago, with the President taking a day trip to Denmark.

Rio erupts in celebration

Nearly 50,000 people erupted in celebration when Rio de Janeiro was announced host of the 2016 Olympics, jumping and cheering in a Carnival-like party on Copacabana beach.

2016 Olympics: Windy city holds its breath

As D-day looms for Chicago's bid, David Usborne hears the citizens sharply polarised views about the Games

Graduates refused bail over Brazil allegations

Two British law graduates were "anxious and concerned" after being denied bail in Brazil over allegations they fraudulently claimed they had been robbed, their lawyer said today.

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