January 1, 2014 |
SAO PAULO, Brazil - When two workers were crushed by a crane in late November on the construction site of the Sao Paulo stadium due to host the opening match of the 2014 World Cup, the tragedy led to investigations of working conditions and the threat that completion will be delayed until just before the opening whistle. Two more men died Dec. 14, from a fall and a heart attack, on the site of another soccer stadium under construction, in the Amazonian city of Manaus. Authorities quickly halted parts of the project as attention intensified on Brazil's rush to finish its flashy temples to futebol . "So much is being done in a hurry and at the last minute that it puts tremendous pressure on the workers," said Antonio de Sousa Ramalho, president of the Sao Paulo civil construction workers union and a state legislator.
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December 18, 2013 |
LONDON - Ronnie Biggs, one of the most famous criminals in British history, who helped commit the Great Train Robbery of 1963, broke out of prison, enjoyed a notoriously colorful life on the lam in Brazil and then gave himself up, in thoroughly British fashion, to a tabloid newspaper decades later, has died. He was 84. Biggs died during the night, his official Twitter account said Wednesday morning; a woman at the nursing home where he was living, outside London, confirmed the news.
December 17, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has published a lengthy "open letter to the people of Brazil," saying he has been inspired by the reaction around the world to his revelations, and lamenting that he can't fully assist the South American nation's investigations into spying without being granted permanent political asylum. "Until a country grants permanent political asylum, the U.S. government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak," he wrote in the letter published by Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo.
December 12, 2013 |
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- At least three people were killed and more than 2,000 displaced when heavy rainfall caused flooding this week in the coastal state of Rio de Janeiro, officials said Thursday. The downpour began Wednesday and continued overnight, dumping more rain in 10 hours in parts of the state than was expected for the entire month of December. Local media were full of photographs of streets turned into rivers, commuters seeking refuge on top of buses and reports of looting as residents of the Baixada Flumeninse region fled their homes. Authorities said they had discovered at least three bodies so far, but the death count could rise.
December 12, 2013 |
Here's how director Peter Berg ("Lone Survivor") and art director Tom Duffield bonded professionally: They got kidnapped. The duo, who would go on to work together on three films (including the upcoming "Lone Survivor"), were scouting locations in the Brazilian rain forest for Berg's 2003 film, "The Rundown," and were held for several hours by three armed men who were trying to figure out how to ransom them. "Going through an experience like that and coming out the other side, a real relationship of trust is formed," says Berg.
December 7, 2013 |
Juergen Klinsmann struggled to put a bright spin on what was clearly a black Friday for U.S. soccer. But his face told the story his words couldn't. On most days, the perpetually exuberant Klinsmann looks like a boy who just got a puppy. But after the U.S. team he coaches was drawn into the most difficult four-team group for next summer's World Cup, he looked like a boy whose puppy had just been run over. "Well, I think we hit one of those real big killer groups," Klinsmann said from the Brazilian beachfront resort of Costa do Sauipe after the U.S. was paired with Germany, Portugal and Ghana in a group from which only two countries can advance.
December 6, 2013 |
Juergen Klinsmann won a World Cup with Germany in 1990 and coached the country to the tournament semifinals 16 years later. Now he'll be out to beat his homeland after the U.S. team he now leads was drawn into a group headed by Germany for next summer's World Cup in Brazil. Klinsmann feared Friday's draw would land the U.S. in a difficult group and those fears were realized when it was paired with not only Germany, one of the tournament favorites, but also with Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal and Ghana, the African nation that eliminated the U.S. in the last two World Cups.
December 6, 2013 |
Coach Juergen Klinsmann said he had a gut feeling things would not go well for his U.S. team in Friday's World Cup draw. With the field for next summer's tournament in Brazil the strongest ever, the chances Klinsmann's team would wind up with tough first-round matchups were high. And when the World Cup pairings were announced at the Brazilian beachfront resort of Costa do Sauipe, that nightmare came true, with the U.S. drawn into a group with three-time champion Germany, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Ghana.
December 4, 2013 |
Entering Friday's draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the United States and 31 other countries in the tournament will be on pins and needles to see how they fare in the selection process. The 2014 World Cup field is arguably the strongest in history. The eight seeded teams - four from Europe (Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium) and four from South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay) - are all capable of advancing deep in the tournament. The draw will produce eight groups of four teams.
November 28, 2013 |
SAO PAULO, Brazil - In a country where less than 10% of prison inmates have finished high school, several major politicians and officials dealing with public funds are now behind bars in a corruption case. After a long-running prosecution, the imprisonments have sent shock waves across the political and legal systems of a nation where widespread political corruption has long been a given but where dangerous prisons are usually reserved for the poor. "The population has begun to believe that powerful people can be punished too," Sao Paulo criminal attorney Rafael Tucherman said last week.