RIO DE JANEIRO

A woman sits in front of a pile of discarded carnival costumes after carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Refuse pickers give new life to Rio Carnival trash

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Elaine da Silva Moraes clambers up mounds of abandoned fabric, foam and feathers that minutes earlier were the essence of Rio de Janeiro’s glitzy, multi-million dollar Carnival parades. The creative […]

03/04/2014

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 […]

11/06/2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Secretary John McHugh, right, watch an Army carry team move a transfer case containing the remains of Pfc. Cody J. Patterson on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore., died Oct. 6 in Zhari district, Afghanistan of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)

10 photos of the week

Here’s your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. […]

10/10/2013

Actress Goldie Hawn jokes as designer Kenneth Cole accidentally steps on her dress as they arrive to a charity dinner for amfAR, a foundation for AIDS research in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Goldie Hawn among celebs at Brazil AIDS gala

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Supermodel Linda Evangelista, actress Goldie Hawn and designer Kenneth Cole lent their star power to a glitzy charity dinner and auction that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for AIDS research […]

10/05/2013

In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, fishermen and helpers gather before sunrise on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's just another work day on the ocean for the four score men manning the two dozen vessels that head out to try their luck six days a week. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

PHOTO GALLERY: Fishermen of Copacabana beach

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Daybreak’s glow silhouettes the rainforest-covered mountains nearby while the Atlantic’s waters lap at cramped wooden fishing boats. It’s another day at sea for the men who sail out six days […]

08/23/2013

Pilgrims and residents gather on Copacabana beach before the arrival of Pope Francis for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Clergy, faithful digest Francis’ Brazil message

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In word and deed during his trip to Brazil, Pope Francis put clergy and faithful alike on notice: Get energized, go out and spread the Gospel, give the Roman Catholic […]

07/30/2013

Pope Francis gestures while speaking to journalists during the direct papal flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, 22 July 2013. Francis, the 76-year-old Argentine who became the church's first pontiff from the Americas in March, returns to the embrace of Latin America to preside over the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day festival.  (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

An interactive look at the Pope’s trip to Brazil

In his first international trip as pontiff, the Argentine-born Pope Francis spent a week in Brazil. By all accounts, he was welcomed like a rock star and the pope himself appeared to thoroughly enjoy every […]

07/29/2013

Pope Francis listens to questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on its way back from Brazil, Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

Pope Francis says he won’t judge gay priests

ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT (AP) — Pope Francis reached out to gays, saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference Monday as he returned from his […]

07/29/2013

Pope Francis speaks to the youth at the World Youth Day Welcome Feast on the Copacabana beachfront in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

Pope to youth: Treasure the elderly

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis praised the elderly during the Catholic Church’s festival of youth Friday, saying grandparents are critical for passing on wisdom and religious heritage and are a “treasure to be […]

07/26/2013

Pope Francis holds up an Argentine flag outside the Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 25, 2013. Francis added a last-minute tweak to his busy schedule, meeting with pilgrims from his native Argentina at Rio's cathedral Thursday afternoon. He told the youngsters to get out into the streets and spread their faith, saying that a church that doesn't go out and preach becomes a simple NGO, or nongovernmental organization. "And the church cannot be an NGO!" he said to applause.  (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

Rebel pope urges Catholics to shake up dioceses

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis showed his rebel side Thursday, urging young Catholics to shake up the church and make a “mess” in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread […]

07/25/2013

People greet Pope Francis, center, as he visits the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

‘Slum pope’ tells slum residents not to lose hope

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The “slum pope” returned to the slum on Thursday as Pope Francis visited one of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, telling its residents that the wealthy must do more to end […]

07/25/2013

Pope Francis visits with journalists during the papal flight direct to Rio de Janeiro, Monday, July 22, 2013.  Francis, the 76-year-old Argentine who became the church's first pontiff from the Americas in March, returns to the embrace of Latin America to preside over the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day festival.  During his flight from Rome, Francis warned about youth unemployment in some countries in the double digits, telling about 70 journalists aboard the papal plane that there is a "risk of having a generation that hasn't worked." He said, "Young people at this moment are in crisis." (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

PHOTOS: Francis begins first trip home as pope

Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro to begin a weeklong visit to participate in the World Youth Day festival. After making a no-frills flight on a charter jet from Italy on Monday, the pontiff […]

07/23/2013

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