Rio firefighter plays uplifting trumpet at 150 ft

A firefighter in Rio de Janeiro plays uplifting songs on the trumpet perched atop a firetruck ladder 150 feet in the air for the city’s residents during the coronavirus pandemic. (April 7)

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Rio’s iconic Sugarloaf Mountain closed due to COVID-19 | AFP

The iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, one of Rio de Janeiro’s main tourist attraction, is closed as an emergency measure to stop the spread of COVID-19. IMAGES

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Tourists, nationals ‘not worried’ about coronavirus case in Brazil | AFP

Tourists and residents of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro say they are “not worried” about the novel coronavirus after the health ministry announced that a Sao Paulo resident has been diagnosed with Covid-19, the first case recorded in Latin America.

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Sao Clemente samba school launches second night of Rio carnival | AFP

Members of the Sao Clemente samba school perform during their last night of the Rio’s Carnival parade at the Sambadrome Marques de Sapucai in Rio de Janeiro, with dances, colorful costumes and eye-catching floats. IMAGES

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Perros celebran carnaval con fiesta propia en Río de Janeiro

Perros celebran carnaval con fiesta propia en Río de Janeiro

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On This Day: 17 February 2007

The Cordão da Bola Preta – or Black Ball parade – was declared a part of Rio de Janeiro’s cultural heritage. (Feb. 17)

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Rio Carnival unofficially opens with feminist anthem, street shows | AFP

Street carnival group Mulheres Rodadas perform the song “A Rapist In Your Way”, a Chilean viral feminist anthem against sexual violence, during the unofficial opening of the 2020 Carnival. Other carnival groups fill downtown Rio de Janeiro with music and dance while criticizing the Brazilian government.

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27 years of talking? What’s happened since climate summits started

The first United Nations diplomatic conference to tackle climate change was in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. AP Science writer Seth Borenstein explains what’s happened to Earth since. (Dec. 2)

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The revival of the Pirarucu, one of world’s largest freshwater fish | AFP

The pirarucu, a giant fish native to the Amazon, which was once threatened with extinction, is now served in Rio de Janeiro’s fanciest restaurants, thanks to a number of chefs who have championed the delicacy, and the indigenous communities who ensure its continued survival.

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Dengue and zika virus | AFP Animé

Videographic on dengue fever and Zika. Dengue-resistant mosquitoes breed in a Rio de Janeiro laboratory, producing offspring infected with bacteria packing a punch in the fight against the deadly virus, which is exploding across Brazil this year.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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‘Stop killing us’ : Brazilians protest against police violence in favelas | AFP

Brazilians protest in Rio de Janeiro against police violence in favelas after an 8-year-old girl was killed by a stray bullet during a police operation.

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Paris names garden after Brazilian activist Marielle Franco | AFP

Paris holds a ceremony to inaugurate a public garden in tribute to Marielle Franco, a Brazilian leftist politician and human rights activist who was murdered in Rio de Janeiro on March 14, 2018. IMAGES

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Firefighters continue their duties at Rio hospital | AFP

Firefighters continue working after a fire erupted in a hospital in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, leaving at least 10 people dead and forcing medical staff and desperate relatives to rescue patients from the smoke-filled wards.

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Hundreds demonstrate against Brazil’s government | AFP

Hundreds protest in Rio de Janeiro against Brazil’s government over the fires in the Amazon rainforest, as the fires in the world’s largest rainforest have sparked street protests around the planet. IMAGES

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Police kill armed man who held bus hostage in Rio

Brazilian authorities say an armed man who took dozens of hostages on a bus in Rio de Janeiro was shot dead by police following a four-hour standoff on Tuesday. (Aug. 20)

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Police on the scene of Brazil bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro | AFP

Brazilian authorities are on the scene near where a gunman held a busload of passengers hostage in Rio de Janeiro and was later shot dead by police, officials said, ending the hours-long hijacking. IMAGES

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Images of site near where Brazil bus hijacker shot by police | AFP

Brazil police block a Rio de Janeiro highway near the site of where a gunman was shot by authorities after holding at least 16 bus passengers hostage. +DOPESHEET TO FOLLOW+ IMAGES

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Brazilians react to ambitious pension reform bill | AFP

Residents of Rio de Janeiro react to an ambitious pension reform bill that has passed the first vote stage in the Brazilian Congress. The proposal to introduce a minimum retirement age and increase contributions over a longer period of time is seen as crucial to Bolsonaro’s ability to deliver on other promised measures to shake up Latin America’s biggest economy, which is on the brink of recession.

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Fans bid final farewell to Brazil music legend Joao Gilberto | AFP

Hundreds of Brazilians bid the last farewell to musician Joao Gilberto on Monday at the Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro, where the father of bossa nova, who died on Saturday at the age of 88, gave one of his last concerts.

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