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Pilot told Colombia controllers ‘no fuel’ before crash

The pilot of the chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team told air traffic controllers he had run out of fuel and desperately pleaded for permission to land before crashing into the Andes, according to a leaked recording of the final minutes of the doomed flight.

Colombia plane crash probe focuses on fuel, electrical systems

Air crash investigators in Colombia sought Wednesday to piece together the terrifying final moments aboard a charter jet carrying a Brazilian soccer team for the biggest match in its history, including a report that the cabin was plunged into darkness as the plane went down.

Plane with Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia

A chartered aircraft with 72 people on board, including players from a Brazilian soccer team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way to Medellin’s international airport.

Scientists are bewildered by Zika’s path across Latin America

Nearly nine months after Zika was declared a global health emergency, the virus has infected at least 650,000 people in Latin America and the Caribbean, including tens of thousands of expectant mothers. But to the great bewilderment of scientists, the epidemic has not produced the wave of fetal deformities so widely feared when the images of misshapen infants first emerged from Brazil.

Amy Goodman: Brazil’s ‘coup’ should be denounced

This week’s coup was not carried out by the military, but by the Brazilian Senate. The effect is essentially the same: the president has been impeached, and an unpopular political opponent has assumed the presidency.

Brazil’s President Rousseff ousted from office by Senate

Brazil’s Senate on Wednesday voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the culmination of a yearlong fight that paralyzed Latin America’s largest nation and exposed deep rifts among its people on everything from race relations to social spending.

Brazil Senate debates fate of Rousseff, final vote Wednesday

Senators deciding whether to oust President Dilma Rousseff headed into a long night of debate Tuesday, with so many wanting to speak that the judge presiding over the impeachment trial put off the final vote until Wednesday.

Ryan Lochte, U.S. swimmers were not robbed, Brazil police say

The mystery behind the claim that U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte and three teammates were robbed after a night of partying in Rio de Janeiro deepened Thursday, after officials first blamed him for making it up – then backtracked on some details and acknowledged the Olympians had been confronted by security guards with guns.

Tim Wendel: Build permanent facilities for Olympics

It would end the insane bidding wars to host the games. It would help curtail the bribes and kickbacks that are seemingly required to land an Olympiad. More importantly, it would hold down costs for the host cities.