Rio De Janeiro

The 'Other' World Cup

Kat Pugh | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Sport
Kat Pugh

The Street Child World Cup has competing boys and girls teams, it kicks off on Sunday 30th March in Rio, but unlike this Summer's event, it is the taking part that really does count as every single child participating has had a journey to get there and is already a winner.

Rugby Sevens World Series Feels Olympic Fever

Christina Macfarlane | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Sport
Christina Macfarlane

If Rugby Sevens continues to grow on this trajectory, we might even see more numbers from the host nation follow in the tradition of William Webb Ellis and pick up a ball and run with it, rather than kick it, by the time the Olympics comes back around.

Hackers 'Making Plans' To Disrupt World Cup

Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Tech

Hackers associating themselves with the Anonymous collective have threatened to disrupt this summer's World Cup in Brazil. Hackers threaten massive...

How We Ended Up at Heathrow for 4 O'Clock This Morning

Max De Lucia | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
Max De Lucia

We're in the air en route to Lisbon for the first leg of a once in a lifetime journey around the world in fourteen days. It's early and whilst the team rest up before a day exploring the city, it seems like a good opportunity to reflect on where we are at.

WATCH: Daredevil Workmen Begin Repairs On Rio's Iconic Statue

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Some of the bravest workmen in the world are to fix the damage on Brazil's towering Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, after lightning stru...

LOOK: Lightning Bolts Lick The Skies Above Christ The Redeemer

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The skies above the outstretched arms of Brazil’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue were electrified during storms on Tuesday. Bolts of lightnin...

Brazilians Speak Portuguese - Not Spanish!

Mark Hillary | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hillary

Whisper it, but Brazilians speak Portuguese - not Spanish. It's a common mistake...Despite the belief of many English speakers that everyone around the world uses English, it is not common to find very many people who can use it well in Brazil.

Forget UK Festivities: Why Not Spend Christmas Abroad? | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Here are some fantastic alternatives to spending Christmas at home. And yes, we know it's an expensive time of year; but there are some fantastic deals available in the low season.

Winter Sun Getaways for New Year

Jerrine M Lowe | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jerrine M Lowe

As temperatures begin to plummet in Blighty, it can only mean it's time to pack your bags and head to warmer climates, where spectacular beaches, exotic food and sunshine are a plenty.

Six Places Not to be Missed in a Lifetime | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

So many places; so little time. Yes I love to travel, but deciding on where to go when there are so many places can be tricky...

Her Name Was Rio...

Gina Lyons | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

So, as you may have read in my last blog, I have just returned from Rio De Janeiro. Holy Maloney that's a place and a half! It's NOT good to be back if I'm honest.

Has Flying Lost Its Magic?

Gina Lyons | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

I remember when I was a kid, about nine years old and my Dad treated the whole family to go to Florida on holiday. Everything about flying was magical! The impeccable looking air hostesses, the dapper dressed pilots, the excitement of actually flying to a new place...

Joining Forces in the Fight for the Right to the City

Caroline Elliot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Caroline Elliot

As regional leaders next week gather for the African economic conference in Johannesburg, within post-apartheid's wealthiest province, the leader of some of South Africa's poorest communities prepares to join forces with allies overseas in the bid for justice and the right to the city.

Brazil's Ten Thousand Unexplained Deaths

Mohamed Soudy | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK
Mohamed Soudy

The recent arrest of ten police officers in the Favela da Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, for their alleged involvement of the murder of 40 year old bricklayer and father of four, Amarildo, might have come as a shock to the outside world, but to many Brazilians it was something that they have come to live with as a regular occurrance in Brazil...

Pimp My Favela: How Art Can Improve Living Conditions in Rio's Slums

Rooksana Hossenally | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rooksana Hossenally

Favela Painting, a community-driven project that turns hillside slums into artworks of epic scale is giving power back to the community. And after several years of planning, Favel Painting is back with an even bigger project: to paint an entire favela.

World Youth Day: Pope Argues for More Legislation to Reduce Drug Use

Jo-Anne Rowney | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK
Jo-Anne Rowney

Pope Francis has started a war against drug dealers - at least that is what the headlines would have you believe. The comments came after the leader of the Catholic Church addressed crowds gathered at the Hospital of St Francis in Rio, as part of his visit to the country for World Youth Day.

World Youth Day: Young people are told another world is possible

Jo-Anne Rowney | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK
Jo-Anne Rowney

About half a million pilgrims descended on Copacabana beach marking the start of World Youth Day in the pouring rain ready to answer the Pope's call to become missionaries. The rain did nothing to deter the young people as they prepared for the Opening Mass. It was a very different scene to what I am used to in England, or even to what I witnessed at the last WYD.

WATCH: Pope Stuck In Perilous Papal Pickle

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK

Poor piloting performance put the Pope in a perilous papal pickle on Monday. A wrong turn by his driver as he left the airport meant he was mobbed ...

The New Gang in Rio Slum Wear Uniform

Mohamed Soudy | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK
Mohamed Soudy

The fact is while the UPP and Military Police (Police Militar) feed a lie to the media that the pacification programme is working and winning the hearts and minds of the residents in the Favela da Rocinha, the reality on the ground is that one gang has been replaced by another in uniform.

Rio Governor Calls Emergency Meeting as Leblon and Ipanema Suffers Night of Violent Protests

Mohamed Soudy | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
Mohamed Soudy

Rio de Janeiro Governor Sergio Cabral has called on an emergency meeting in a bid to contain the violence as the streets of Leblon and Ipanema were last night turned into a scene from Tahrir square in Egypt as protests turned violent.

Mind Over Matter

Tom Watson | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Sport
Tom Watson

I'm heading into my last four weeks of training ahead of my next bout against Thale Leites in Brazil, at UFC 163. A physically punishing schedule has been devised for me by my team, but it's mentally where the fight will be won or lost.

Gang Shootout Puts Dent in Rio Slum Pacification Programme

Mohamed Soudy | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Mohamed Soudy

The announcement of the World cup and Olympic games in 2014 and 2016 respectively turned the dynamics of the way favelas were neglected by the State. The governor of Rio and mayor shortly announced afterwards that they would be deploying a new tactic called "pacification" to combat crime and liberate the favelas from the control of drug gangs.

Brazil's President Holds Emergency Meeting After Millions Take To Streets In Protest

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK

Dilma Rousseff, the President of Brazil, will hold and an emergency meeting with her cabinet on Friday over the on-going demonstrations that have blig...

Protests Lead To Violence In Brazil

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK

WARNING: Graphic Pictures Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have paraded through cities in Brazil to protest against corruption, police brutal...

We Need to Talk About Brazil

Rita Lobo | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK
Rita Lobo

Last week the governments of Rio and São Paulo, Brazil's two biggest cities raised the cost of the bus fare by R$0.20 (£0.06). It might sound like a negligible amount of money, but it was enough to trigger the biggest public uprisings the country has seen in over two decades.