Brazil

Members of the Silva family, back row, from left, Silvia Santos, Joao de Assis, Pedro de Assis, Ana Carolina Santos and Silvana Santos, front row, Bernardo de Assis, left, and Maria Morena Santos, pose for a photo in their home to show that they each have six fingers on each of their hands, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. The family was born with an extra digit on each hand as a result of a genetic condition known as polydactyly. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

6-fingered family roots for Brazil’s 6th World Cup

AGUAS CLARAS, Brazil (AP) — A family is counting on the fingers of a single hand its hopes for Brazil to win a sixth World Cup championship. All the members of the Silva family living […]

06/20/2014

In this photo dated Tuesday, June 17, 2014, Algerian soccer fans watch their team's World Cup soccer match with Belgium on a large screen set up in Algiers Zocalo June 17, 2014. Belgium defeated Algeria 2-1. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub)

World Cup fans need math to figure out scenarios

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Every four years, the World Cup forces fans to remember their math lessons. Working out what each team needs from its final match to finish in the top two of […]

06/18/2014

A Brazuca, the official soccer ball of the 2014 World Cup, sits on a cone, during a training session at the Santa Cruz Stadium in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

A few handy words for speaking ‘futebol’

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — To impress friends with your knowledge of futebol, here’s a few words and phrases Brazilians use to discuss their jogo bonito, the beautiful game: Fominha — player who selfishly keeps […]

06/18/2014

Brazil's Neymar, left, and Mexico's Francisco Rodriguez challenge for the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, pool)

Brazil, Belgium have tough day at office

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil and Belgium proved the old adage that there are no easy games at the World Cup. Brazil failed to beat Mexico for the first time at a World Cup, […]

06/17/2014

United States singer Jennifer Lopez performs during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony ahead of the group A soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

It’s finally here! Brazil World Cup begins

SAO PAULO (AP) — “Tudo bem” — all good — as the Brazilians like to say. Well, almost. With a nationwide wave of excitement but also wafts of tear gas, the country that sees itself […]

06/12/2014

Soccer fans from Belgium pose for a photo with a replica of a World Cup trophy on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The World Cup soccer tournament starts Thursday. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

BRAZIL BEAT: Fans celebrate World Cup holiday

SAO PAULO (AP) — Thursday is a holiday in Sao Paulo: Everybody is off to celebrate the start of the World Cup. Many people were out on the streets early, some singing and chanting in […]

06/12/2014

General view at the Itaquerao Stadium during an official training session the day before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia in the Itaquerao Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Will Brazil’s Cup spotlight burn too bright?

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s day has finally arrived. The sun rose Thursday on a tropical nation hosting its first World Cup in 64 years. Nearly half the world’s population, well over 3 billion […]

06/12/2014

In this May 21, 2014 photo, Children and adults play soccer in the ruins of Paricatuba, near Manaus, Brazil. The haunting ruins built in 1898 at the height of the region’s rubber boom, briefly transformed Manaus into one of the richest cities in the world. The sprawling villa was initially intended to house the Italian immigrants who arrived to work in the rubber trade. The building’s decline over the next century mirrored that of Manaus, which after the rubber boom went bust, slipped into a long period of decadence and decay. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Amazon ruins await adventurous World Cup visitors

PARICATUBA, Brazil (AP) — If Hollywood were to set a psychological thriller in the Amazon rainforest, the haunting Paricatuba Ruins would be the perfect backdrop. Massive root structures poke through the foundations of the once-stately […]

05/30/2014

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6-foot-8 model is getting married to a guy who’s 5-foot-4

There’s an 18-year-old in Brazil who’s SIX-FOOT-EIGHT, and she just got engaged to her boyfriend . . . who’s 5-foot-4.  They’ve been together three years and have lived together since last May.  The woman is […]

05/09/2014

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An amazing story about a man and his dog

A homeless guy in Brazil checked into a hospital late last month after someone hit him in the face with a rock. And it actually turned out to be a good thing, because doctors realized […]

04/15/2014

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