With the exception of Auckland and Las Vegas, many metropolises around the world are planning a subdued New Year’s Eve, planned mostly around virtual events.
Boeing Co's 737 MAX plane restarted commercial flights in Brazil, the first country in the world to do so, 20 months after the aircraft was grounded worldwide by regulators following two deadly crashes.
Another report from the Brazilian Public Security Forum says the number of murders and other violent deaths in Brazil increased 7.1 percent in the first half of the year, despite lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
Mental health patients dressed as a princess, a clown, a pharaoh, and other costumes, they were in a carnival group called Loucura Suburbana (Suburban Madness) as they danced along Rio de Janeiro's streets.
Marcelo Crivella, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, says 11 people died after a fire ripped through Badim Hospital.
The hijacker's intentions were unclear as he did not make any particular demands, according to police.
Brazil advanced to the final of the Copa America with a 2-0 win over old rivals Argentina in Belo Horizonte thanks to a goal in each half from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino.
Evangelicals have become an energetic voting base in Brazil, helping right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro to become frontrunner in this year's election.
Right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who was knifed in the abdomen while campaigning on Thursday, is in serious condition, his son and a hospital spokeswoman confirmed.
Many Brazilians are demanding answers, asking how so much of the country's heritage could have meant so little that the country's National Museum could go unprotected. The building had no fire system, despite its priceless collections.
Reflecting the fear of being shot by police looking for Rio's well-armed drug gang members, the activists caution against carrying a long umbrella.
Workers rage against Temer's agenda for changing labour and pensions laws, holding nationwide demonstrations in the Latin American country.
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