March 19, 2014 |
SAO PAULO, Brazil - The governor of Rio de Janeiro state apologized Wednesday for the death of a woman shot during a firefight between police and criminal suspects and later dragged behind a police vehicle. The incident was the latest to raise questions about police conduct in Rio as Gov. Sergio Cabral's administration continues a years-long effort to reform the police department and establish peace in its favelas , or slums, in preparation for the 2014 World Cup, which begins in June, and the 2016 Olympic Games.
March 18, 2014 |
If you're looking for dreamy beaches this summer, TripAdvisor travelers suggest Sancho Bay on a remote Brazilian island in the Atlantic Ocean as the 2014 best beach in the world. The website's fans also give high marks to beaches in Hawaii, ranking seven of them in the top 10 beaches in the United States. TripAdvisor culled traveler reviews and ratings for beaches over a 12-month period in coming up with the 2014 statistics released Tuesday. California didn't make a showing on the world or domestic best beaches list, now in its second year.
March 9, 2014 |
We've seen supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio posing in bejeweled bikinis and gigantic feather wings. Now she's crossing over to the other side of the camera, creating a line of beachy, bohemian clothing called ále by Alessandra. The longtime Victoria's Secret Angel draws on her Brazilian heritage and Southern California lifestyle for the collection, which is scheduled to debut at Planet Blue stores and www.shopplanetblue.com on March 15. "It reflects my everyday life," Ambrosio says of the collection, whose pieces sell for $60 to $260.
February 24, 2014 |
If you're an American chasing tickets for the World Cup beginning June 12, your time is running short, and you have to go through Brasilia and FIFA, not necessarily in that order. Brasilia is the Brazilian capital, where the government oversees handling of visa applications. In fact, Brazil has set up a separate visa category for World Cup visitors, presumably simplifying red tape that has sometimes complicated travel between the U.S. and Brazil. But to get one of those visas, you must first show that you have tickets to one of the competition's 64 matches in 12 cities.
February 21, 2014 |
Venezuela's state-supported music education marvel, El Sistema, offering free instruction to nearly 600,000 young people in all corners of the country, is not without controversy. With an increasingly restive Venezuelan public protesting human rights violations and economic dysfunction, El Sistema, an agency in the executive branch of the government, cannot escape its association with the administration of President Nicolàs Maduro. But those who argue that El Sistema has always been a program above politics and an example of positive social action that is catching on around the world had powerful evidence with the exceptional Los Angeles debut Wednesday night of the Bahia Orchestra Project.
February 15, 2014 |
Apple threw open the doors Saturday to its first store in Brazil, one of the world's fastest-growing smartphone markets and a region that is crucially important to the company. Chief Executive Tim Cook announced the opening in a tweet : "'Obrigado' to everyone who visited our new store in Rio de Janeiro today and to our terrific customers across Brazil!" The opening is the company's first in Latin America, and comes in a country that is set to host the World Cup this summer and the Olympics in 2016. The grand opening drew more than 1,700 people, according to the Brazilian newspaper the Globe.