Rio’s favelas are on their own to stop the spread of COVID-19 | AFP

A team of volunteers sprays disinfectants in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas to stop the spread of COVID-19, saying that the government is not serving these poor neighborhoods, which have to fend for themselves against the pandemic.

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Here’s the latest for Sunday, July 5: Christopher Columbus statue toppled in Baltimore; India sees another record jump in coronavirus cases; Rio’s Catholic church reopens for mass; baby Hawksbill turtles born on nearly empty Thailand beaches. (July 5)

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Brazil’s Rio authorities allow some businesses to reopen despite COVID-19 death toll | AFP

Residents of Rio de Janeiro walk on a shopping district as local authorities allow gyms, bars, restaurants and other stores to reopen despite Brazil’s high COVID-19 death toll. IMAGES

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Graves dug on Rio’s beach to protest against govt handling of pandemic | AFP

A hundred graves are dug as a symbolic gesture on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach to protest against Brazil’s government handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. IMAGES

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Surfers hit Ipanema beach as Rio eases virus restrictions | AFP

Surfers, sportsmen and beach-goers enjoy the reopening of Ipanema as Rio de Janeiro eases coronavirus stay-at-home order restrictions, despite Brazil surpassing the 30,000 COVID-19 deaths.

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Cariocas stroll down Rio beach as city eases virus stay-at-home order | AFP

Swimming is allowed on Ipanema beach as Rio de Janeiro eases coronavirus stay-at-home order restrictions despite Brazil nearing the 30,000 COVID-19 death toll.

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Brazil police raid Rio governor’s official residence over virus funds | AFP

Brazilian police raid the official residence of Wilson Witzel, the governor of Rio de Janeiro, as part of an investigation into the misappropriation of funds allocated to field hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic.

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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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Here’s the latest for Sunday, March 1: Virus outbreak threatens tourism industry; Former vice president Joe Biden speaks at Sunday worship in Selma; Tensions on the Turkey-Greece border; Rio celebrates carnival champions.

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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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Pacientes de salud mental participan en el desfile de Río

Pacientes de salud mental participan en el desfile de Río

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Flamengo celebrations turn into clashes with police | AFP

Military police in Rio disperse Flamengo fans taking part in a celebratory parade following the team’s arrival from the Libertadores final.

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Military police and Flamengo fans clash in Rio after Libertadores win | AFP

Military police in Rio disperse Flamengo fans taking part in a celebratory parade following the team’s arrival from the Libertadores final. 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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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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Teachers occupy Rio squares offering free classes | AFP

A year ago, a retired engineer sat down at a table in a square of Rio de Janeiro with a small sign reading: “I can help you for free with mathematics and physics questions.” A year later, hundreds of students of all ages attend free classes held by volunteers every day of the week in several squares of Rio de Janeiro.

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Protests in Rio and Salvador over Bolsonaro’s pension reform | AFP

People protest President Jair Bolsonaro’s pension reform in Rio de Janeiro and in Salvador, as part of a nationwide strike called by Brazil’s trade unions. IMAGES

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Neymar rape accuser arrives at Rio police station | AFP

Brazilian model Najila Trindade Mendes de Souza arrives at a police station in Sao Paulo to testify after accusing football star Neymar of rape. IMAGES

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Brazilians in Rio don’t believe Neyma’s accuser | AFP

Brazilians in Rio de Janeiro show little empathy to Najila Trindade Mendes de Souza, the alleged victim who accused football star Neymar of rape, saying the reported model was probably angry the footballer didn’t want to continue the relationship, whilst another Carioca believes the accuser should answer for “false accusations.”

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2 dead, 2 injured in Rio building collapse

Firefighters on Friday dug through rubble in search of survivors after two small buildings collapsed in Rio de Janeiro, killing at least two people and leaving another two injured. (April 12)

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