Nine die as Brazilian church roof collapses

Rescue workers sifted through the wreckage today of a sprawling evangelical church in Brazil's largest city where the roof collapsed during a religious service, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 100.

Bolton undecided on Denilson

Bolton have yet to make a decision on whether to sign former Brazil international Denilson despite suggestions to the contrary by the player's brother and agent.

Denilson trial is win-win for Bolton

Bolton manager Gary Megson today insisted he has nothing to lose by taking former Brazil superstar Denilson on trial.

Brazilian Denilson on Bolton trial

Bolton are giving a trial to former Brazil and Real Betis midfielder Denilson.

Simon Calder: A New Romantic rendezvous in Rio de Janeiro

Travelling in South America comprises a grand tour through improbability. Uncertainty can beset the traveller immediately on arrival: forget the usual red channel/green channel arrangements, because in some countries it is usual at Customs to assess whether inbound passengers have something to declare on an entirely arbitrary basis.

Ronaldo set for Corinthians unveiling

Ronaldo hailed Corinthians as "a light at the end of the tunnel" after the club confirmed they will announce his signing tomorrow.

Bahia Blues, By Yasmina Traboulsi

From Maria Aparecida the seen-it-all matriarch to the soft-hearted parish priest Father Denilson; from the orphaned whore Gabriela to Ivone, the wannabe diva of the telenovelas, and Sergio the street vendor who, aged seven, heads his family: this swift-flowing, strong-flavoured novel begins in an operatic interplay of voices.

Bahia Blues By Yasmina Traboulsi

From Maria Aparecida the seen-it-all matriarch to the soft-hearted parish priest Father Denilson; from the orphaned whore Gabriela to Ivone, the wannabe diva of the telenovelas, and Sergio the street vendor who, aged seven, heads his family: this swift-flowing, strong-flavoured novel begins in an operatic interplay of voices. Each one speaks to us of hard lives and fond hopes on the square where they live and struggle in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. Plainly indebted to Jorge Amado, the sexy (and soapy) Dickens of Bahia, London-based French writer Yasmina Traboulsi begins in a vein that promises a carnival of colour, character – and, perhaps, some tear-jerking sentimentality as well. To her (and translator Polly McLean's) credit, the tone darkens and the action quickens as the pull of huge cities – Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo – scatters this band of comrades-in-poverty and condemns them to harsher fates than scraping by in Salvador. "Away from the Square you're nothing," warns Maria Aparecida, a prophecy fulfilled in the gang-ridden favelas and opulent "fortresses of fear" of metropolitan Brazil. "Goodbye to nice manners and all that foolishness": but, even in the big bad city, farce finds a niche as soap-star Olympia flees her gilded cage. At the other pole of a violently unjust society, gay teenagers Manuel and Zé face the ordeal of jail. With its rapid cuts, boldly-drawn cast and galloping sense of doom, Bahia Blues delivers a shot of fiery fictional cachaça – and calls out for City of God-style direction to bring it to the screen.

Linha de Passe (15)

Linha de Passe is co-directed by the director of Central Station and The Motorcycle Diaries, and co-written by the writer of City of God and Elite Squad. That's another way of saying that it's a grubby, grainy slice of South American urban life, but for once it isn't about drug-dealing gangsters; it's about hard-working people scrabbling to make ends meet. Its protagonists are four brothers who live with their pregnant single mother in a slum on the edge of traffic-clogged Sao Paulo. One is a motorcycle courier; another is a petrol-pump attendant who has turned to Jesus. A third wants to be a professional footballer, but turning 18 is "the end of the line". And the youngest is a boy who dreams of discovering his father's identity.

You write the reviews: Linha de Passe (15)

Interviewed after a private showing of his latest film, Linha de Passe, Walter Salles, the director of Central Station and The Motorcycle Diaries, discussed life in Sao Paulo and how in the movie he has attempted to illustrate the difficulties facing the poor as they strive to grow into useful citizens of the community, and how many fall at the last hurdle.

24-Hour Room Service: Pousada Picinguaba, Ubatuba, Brazil

How to make the perfect caipirinha: top and tail a lime, quarter it, cut each quarter in two, throw into a cocktail shaker with a heaped dessertspoon of sugar, crush with a wooden spoon, add eight ice cubes, a measure of cachaça (or white rum), shake well, pour and drink.

BG boosted by latest oil find in Brazil

BG Group has found oil in the deep waters off Brazil for the fifth time in as many drillings, prompting claims that the region will redraw the map of global hydrocarbon resources.

Ghetto fabulous: Why Seu Jorge will never forget life (and death) in the favela

Jorge Mário da Silva doesn't do mornings. And though it's 3pm in São Paulo, the Brazilian actor and musician – otherwise known as Seu Jorge ("Mr Jorge") – is only just coming round. But between yawns, he's enthusing about his forthcoming trip to London. "I love playing abroad," he says. "I've got lots of friends in London. Also, the shows are earlier over there. I played in Rio last week and I got on stage at one in the morning!"

Britons missing in Brazil

Britons were feared to be among the passengers on a small plane missing off the coast of Brazil last night, the Foreign Office said yesterday.

The boys from Brazil: On the trail of football's dream team

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