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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


Video frame grab provided by The Guardian shows whistle blower Edward Snowden. (AP Photo)

Snowden writes that NSA’s indiscriminate spying ‘collapsing’

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wrote in a lengthy “open letter to the people of Brazil” that he’s been inspired by the global debate ignited by his release of […]


An injured fan is carried on a stretcher after clashes with team fans during a Brazilian league soccer match between Atletico Paranaense and Vasco da Gama in Joinville, southern Brazil, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Moraes, Agencia O Dia)

FIFA calls fan violence in Brazil ‘very sad’

SAO PAULO (AP) — With disturbing images of fans hitting each other shown across Brazil, soccer’s governing body downplayed the risk of violence inside stadiums during the World Cup. FIFA condemned the mayhem in the […]


Cheap Motorola smartphone available in US early

NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola will start selling a cheap smartphone in the U.S. more than a month ahead of schedule. The company says it was able to produce the Moto G phones faster than […]


Canada's pop star Justin Bieber performs in concert during his Believe world tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Molina, DyN)

Bieber says ‘sorry’ for mistreating Argentine flag

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Justin Bieber says he hopes Argentines can forgive him. He may need to tell that to some judges. The 19-year-old pop sensation faces two criminal complaints and demands for refunds […]


Justin Bieber performs during his 'Believe' world tour in Panama City, Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)

Bieber caught spraying graffiti in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The website of Brazil’s biggest news outlet published photos Wednesday it says show pop star Justin Bieber spray painting graffiti on a wall. And it adds that police want to […]