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Backup flame for Rio lit in birthplace of ancient Olympics

Fire spurted from a concave mirror Wednesday as a priestess, kneeling in her long, pleated dress before a ruined Greek temple, focused the blazing sun’s rays on her metal torch.


Robert J. Samuelson: Brazil’s ‘emerging market’ mismanagement a lesson

What got lost in the optimism of emerging markets was the impact of national differences - of values, institutions, politics, policies - on smooth economic growth.


As Olympic Games near, Brazil’s sports minister resigns

Brazil’s sports minister is resigning four months before the country hosts the Olympics, the office of embattled President Dilma Rousseff says, amid continuing uncertainty over the fate of six other …


18 go blind after cataract surgery in Brazil

Brazilian officials say 18 people have been left blind after undergoing cataract surgeries in which non-sterilized instruments were used in an industrial suburb on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.


In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

A Brazilian health official warned pregnant women to think twice before giving a kiss as global measures mounted Friday against the Zika virus suspected of a link to birth defects.


Brazil finds active Zika virus in urine, saliva

The head of a top Brazilian health research institute says its scientists have discovered the presence of active Zika virus in urine and saliva samples.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 4, 2016, 7:23 p.m.

Zika spread via blood transfusion, Brazil official confirms

Two people in southeastern Brazil contracted the Zika virus through blood transfusions, a municipal health official said Thursday, presenting a fresh challenge to efforts to contain the virus on top …


Dam bursts at mine in southeastern Brazil, submerging homes

A dam burst at an iron ore mine Thursday in southeastern Brazil, submerging nearby homes and vehicles. Authorities confirmed at least one death – and said an unknown number of …


IOC will order testing for viruses around Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO – The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will order testing for disease-causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete in next year’s Rio de …


Sub scores in 80th minute for Australia’s historic victory

Substitute Kyah Simon scored in the 80th minute to lift Australia to its first Women’s World Cup knockout win, a 1-0 upset of Brazil and star Marta on a rainy …


Pele doing ’fine’ after taken to special care unit

Brazilian soccer great Pele, who is being treated for a urinary infection, is in good condition and is expected to leave the hospital in the next few days, his spokesman …


Derrick Rose hears cheers as U.S. beats Brazil

Derrick Rose heard the cheers and showed some of his old explosiveness, fellow Windy City product Anthony Davis scored 20 points, and the U.S. beat Brazil 95-78 in a tuneup …


Soccer notes: Colombia’s James Rodriguez signs with Madrid

After scoring the most goals of any player at the World Cup, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped …


Scolari out as coach of Brazil soccer team

The Brazilian football confederation says it won’t keep Luiz Felipe Scolari as Brazil’s head coach. The confederation said in a statement Monday that Scolari will not be coming back after …


Dejected Brazilians watch another World Cup loss

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilians already downhearted at missing out on reaching the World Cup final watched in dismay Saturday as their national team lost to the Netherlands 3-0 in …


Netherlands beats host Brazil 3-0 to finish third

BRASILIA, Brazil – When it was all over, it was the Netherlands receiving a standing ovation from the Brazilian crowd. Brazil walked off the field to boos, after another demoralizing …


Netherlands, Brazil find importance in third-place game

Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal is trying to motivate his players for the third-place match against Brazil by giving them the mission of becoming the only Dutch squad to finish …


UPDATED: Tue., July 8, 2014, 3:56 p.m.

Germany routs Brazil 7-1, reaches World Cup final

With Neymar out injured, just about everyone in Brazil knew it would be tough against Germany.


Brazil searches for effective strategy versus Germany

SAO PAULO, Brazil – There were a couple of things most fans wanted to see in the final games of this World Cup. Yet, neither will be on display in …


Brazilian gold-mining town home to country’s independence movement

OURO PRETO, Brazil – Removed from the bustling World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte lies a charming colonial town that gave birth to Brazil’s independence. Ouro Preto, a UNESCO …


Rugged Brazil faces Germany in World Cup semifinal

There were a couple of things most fans wanted to see in the final games of this World Cup. Yet, neither will be on display in today’s semifinal game between …


Neymar talks about injury, expects Brazil to win World Cup

Brazil star Neymar says his World Cup may be over because of a fractured vertebra but his dream of celebrating the title with his teammates at the Maracana Stadium next …


Brazil wins, but Neymar ruled out of World Cup

FORTALEZA, Brazil – Not long after celebrating another all-important win at the World Cup, Brazil was jolted by the loss of Neymar. The tournament’s poster boy with the dyed-blonde fauxhawk …


UPDATED: Fri., July 4, 2014, 5:57 p.m.

Brazil wins, but Neymar ruled out of FIFA World Cup

Not long after celebrating another all-important win at the World Cup, Brazil was jolted by the loss of Neymar.


Brazil expects fewer difficulties against Colombia

FORTALEZA, Brazil – Luiz Felipe Scolari thinks Brazil may be at an advantage by playing in the World Cup quarterfinals against a Colombia team that likes to attack often. Scolari …


World Cup notes: Colombia’s fun comes with duty

FORTALEZA, Brazil – Colombia has been playing the exciting brand of football that Brazilians believe their own team should be playing at this World Cup. They’ve also been dancing after …


Brazil ready for Colombia

Luiz Felipe Scolari thinks Brazil may be at an advantage by playing in the World Cup quarterfinals against a Colombia team that likes to attack often. Scolari said he knows …


Saved by the woodwork vs. Chile, Brazil lives another day at FIFA World Cup

Tight and tense as it was, it was enough to keep Brazil’s national obsession of winning the World Cup on home soil from taking a desperately disappointing turn.


Brazil showing some nerves ahead of FIFA World Cup match vs. Chile

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil – There’s no denying it, the thought of sudden World Cup elimination is on the minds of Luiz Felipe Scolari and his Brazil squad. The veteran coach …


World Cup Round-up: Mexico advances to knockout stage

One of the first things Miguel Herrera did when he became Mexico’s fourth coach in a year was call Rafael Marquez and ask the 35-year-old defender known as “the boss” …