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The Rio summit convenes to create environmental blueprint for future, but some key leaders aren't there.
Rio +20, a major international environmental conference begins in Brazil on Wednesday, billed by its organizers as a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to safeguard our planet for generations to come.
The United Nations is holding a summit this week in Rio de Janeiro on global sustainable development, but, incredibly, family planning is not on the agenda. How can the summit ignore this elephant in the room?
Monita Rajpal explains how viewers can join the conversation around the Rio +20 Earth Summit by using CNN Ecosphere.
The organizers of the 2016 Olympics in Rio selected a U.S-based company Wednesday to design the golf course where the leading players in the world will battle for gold in four years time.
[Updated 3 p.m. Monday, February 27] Revelers perform on a monster-like float during the second night of Carnival last week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to Rio de Janeiro for annual Carnival. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.
Carnival revelers descended on Rio de Janeiro, flocking to hundreds of block parties and cramming into designated areas to watch elaborate parades from dusk until dawn.
Rio de Janeiro's police and firefighters declared a strike Friday, just a week before Carnival kicks off, raising fears of violence and crime as tourists arrive for the famed parades and street parties.
The death toll in the collapse of three buildings in Rio de Janeiro rose to 17 Saturday morning as rescuers found two more bodies, state media reported.
New video from a CNN affiliate shows an 18-story building partially collapsed in Brazil after an explosion.
The death toll in the collapse of three buildings in Rio de Janeiro rose to 13 on Friday as rescuers said they held out little or no hope of finding more survivors, state media reported.
Four people died and 22 remained missing after the collapse of three buildings in the historic center of Rio de Janeiro, Mayor Eduardo Paes said Thursday, according to CNN affiliate TV Record.
Two adjacent buildings collapsed Wednesday night in the historic center of Rio de Janeiro, injuring at least four people, Mayor Eduardo Paes told reporters.
Dozens of people died as heavy rain caused flooding and mudslides in Brazil this week, officials said Tuesday.
Brazilian authorities on Thursday said they were evacuating 4,000 people in the state of Rio de Janeiro after days of heavy rains burst a river dike.
Oil from a small leak in Brazilian waters -- the second in less than two months -- has reached the shores of Rio de Janeiro state, environmental authorities said.
Brazilian federal prosecutors have filed a suit against Chevron and oil rig operator Transocean Ltd for 20 billion reais, about $11 billion, in response to an oil spill in deep water off the coast of Rio de Janeiro last month.
An American woman died aboard a cruise ship that docked at Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, the same ship on which 86 passengers previously fell ill, according to the state-run Brazilian news agency, Agencia Brasil.
Rio de Janeiro's police forces declared Sunday that they were in control of one of the city's most notorious shantytowns.
Rio de Janeiro's special forces moved quickly and didn't stop to chat Monday as they peered in windows and knocked on doors in Rocinha, the city's biggest shantytown.
Brazilian authorities launch a crackdown in an effort to control gang activity in preparation for the Olympic Games.
Rio de Janeiro's special police forces declared Sunday that they were in full control of one of the city's biggest and most notorious shantytowns, Rocinha, after a predawn operation aimed at wresting control from drug traffickers.
A special military task force is scheduled to occupy three of Rio de Janeiro's most notorious slums on Sunday in an effort to gain control of the communities from drug gangs.
As Brazilian authorities work to "pacify" Brazil's slums ahead of two global sporting events, police in Rio de Janeiro captured one of the city's most notorious drug traffickers.
A Brazilian cameraman died in a Rio de Janeiro slum while covering a police raid targeting organized drug militias, police said Sunday.
The top commander of the military police in Rio de Janeiro state in Brazil has resigned amid a scandal that linked a top officer and other policemen to the assassination of a high-profile judge.
A lieutenant colonel in Rio de Janeiro's military police was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the killing of a judge last month, the state-run Agencia Brasil news agency reported, citing military police.
At least four people were killed when a tourist trolley derailed Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, state media reported.
Pope Benedict XVI is in Madrid, Spain for World Youth Day. CNN's Al Goodman reports.
Rio de Janeiro will host the next World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI announced Sunday to hundreds of thousands of young Roman Catholic pilgrims at the close of this year's event in Madrid.
Rio de Janeiro police are combing a suburb for clues in the murder of a high-profile criminal judge, ambushed and fatally shot at her doorstep by hooded gunmen, TV Record reported Sunday.
Hundreds of military police raided a slum in northern Rio de Janeiro this weekend, seizing dozens of vehicles and hundreds of bundles of marijuana, state-run media reported Sunday.
A domesticated Minnesota macaw is returned to Brazil to propagate his species in this colorful animated family feature.
A pair of homemade videos of the gunman who killed 12 students at a Rio de Janeiro school last week reveals an outcast whose rampage may have been triggered by bullying.
Rolf Potts is the author of Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel. He is currently working on a book about the concept of time wealth.
A fire in Rio de Janeiro on Monday claimed a large portion of an area known as Samba City, where the floats and decorations for the city's carnival celebration are created, CNN affiliate Record TV reported.
Devastating floods in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state have killed at least 827 people, the state-run Agencia Brasil news agency reported Tuesday.
Brazil's hospitals resonate with stories of loss and survival. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.
Devastating floods in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state have killed more than 800 people, according to new government figures.
CNN's Helena De Moura hears survivor's harrowing tales of the moments floodwaters and mud poured down on them.
The death toll from devastating flooding in Brazil continued to rise Sunday, surpassing 600, the government said.
The death toll from devastating flooding in Brazil continued to rise Sunday, surpassing 600, the government said.
The death toll from flooding caused by torrential rains in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state rose to 591 people Saturday, Brazil's official news agency reported.
Dozens of garbage pickers pounce on the black and white trash bags as they tumble out of the latest truck to dump its load at the summit of the Gramacho landfill.
The military operation to clear a Rio de Janeiro slum of drug traffickers will effectively turn into an occupation of the area at least through October of next year, Gov. Sergio Cabral said in a radio interview Tuesday.
Soldiers and police will remain in the Alemao favela complex in northern Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, until a more permanent policing solution can be put in place, the local governor said Monday, according to the official Agencia Brasil.
Brazilian military troops and drug gangs clash in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.
Temporary calm returned to Rio de Janeiro on Saturday as anxious residents remained locked in their homes, awaiting developments in the week-long conflict that has turned their picturesque city into a de facto war zone.
CNN's Tim Lister reports on an upsurge of street violence in Rio de Janeiro.
Authorities sent in the military to help authorities quell violence that continued Friday in the slums of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, with criminal gangs torching at least two more buses and five cars before dawn, state media reported.
Violence including clashes between police and drug gangs in the slums of Rio de Janeiro has killed 23 people since Sunday, with 188 people arrested or detained so far, military police said Thursday.
Fourteen people died and another 25 were arrested Wednesday in drug-gang violence in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, military police said Wednesday.
Brazilian officials have said they will continue to crack down on farms accused of forcing workers into slave-like conditions, the country's labor ministry said after authorities rescued nearly 150 workers.
Brazilian authorities are rescuing stranded penguins on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.
Brazilian football star Adriano appeared before a prosecutor on Wednesday and denied accusations of associating with a top Rio de Janeiro drug gang, according to state officials and the player's lawyer.
The worst floods in decades leave dozens dead in and around Rio de Janeiro. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.
Brazilian President Inacio Lula da Silva said Monday the government will do everything possible to help victims of flooding and mudslides that have killed at least 229 people and left thousands homeless.
The death toll from flooding and mudslides in Brazil continued to climb Thursday, with official reports of at least 181 fatalities.
Another mudslide swamps an area near Rio de Janiero, killing at least six people. (No audio)
Heavy rains and flooding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and surrounding areas Tuesday killed 95 people and injured at least 93, fire officials said.
Located only 16 kilometers from Rio de Janeiro, Niteroi Zoo is home to dozens of animal species from this tropical region of Brazil. But lately the zoo has gained more recognition for its work in rescuing animals and returning them to their natural habitat than for its size or animal variety.
Like any girl her age, Julia Lira likes playing with her friends and siblings but one of her passions has put her center stage in a Brazilian national debate.
CNN's Rafael Romo reports on a 7-year-old samba dancer who's making headlines in Brazil.
The death toll rose to 75 Sunday on Brazil's southeast coast after three days of torrential rains unleashed a series of deadly mudslides, an emergency official said.
CNN's Natalie Allen reports on dramatic attempts to find survivors of Brazil's deadly mudslides.
The death toll on Brazil's southeast coast rose to 60 on Saturday as rescuers combed through mounds of debris after three days of pounding rain unleashed deadly mudslides, state officials said.
A stationary front continued for a third day Friday to pound Brazil's southeast coast with rain, turning Rio de Janeiro's picturesque hills into nightmarish scenes and raising the death toll to 45, state officials said.
U.S. Representative Chris Smith speaks to the press in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, regarding David and Sean Goldman's reunion.
A father and son reunited after an international custody battle planned to spend their first holiday season together in five years at Disney World in Florida, a family friend said.
A Brazilian court ordered Wednesday that 9-year-old Sean Goldman be returned to the custody of his father, David, in the United States, but his Brazilian relatives were expected to try to block the order, a Brazilian official said.
Walls in Rio de Janeiro's shantytowns protect rainforests. Locals call it segregation. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.
Cement-block walls are being built around the shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro. Authorities say it's to save rainforests. The city's poorest residents say it's an attempt to shut them out.
Electricity returned early Wednesday to a large swath of central and southern Brazil that was plunged into darkness when power from a major hydroelectric dam was lost.
Deadly violence between rival drug gangs in Rio de Janeiro has left buses burning and a police helicopter shot down.
Some 2,000 police officers patrolled the streets of Rio de Janeiro Sunday after a bloody confrontation between rival drug gangs and authorities that killed 14 over the weekend, including two police officers.
Twelve people, including two police officers, were killed Saturday in a gun battle between two rival drug gangs in a slum in northern Rio de Janeiro, a state spokesman said.
Thousands of people celebrated Friday on crowded Copacabana beach as the announcement that Brazil had been chosen as the 2016 Olympics host played live over huge screens erected above the sand.
For whoever has seen the 2002 movie "City of God" -- based on real stories set in the eponymous slum in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro -- a favela can be a scary place, plagued by violent crime.
Anne and Michael Harris were an "extraordinary" couple with a zest for life, their niece said.
CNN's John Zarrella reports on debris found along the flight path of a missing Air France plane.
Police have killed at least 10 drug-trafficking suspects in all-day shootouts in Brazil that closed schools and government offices in three Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods, the official news agency said.
Protesters took to the fabled Brazilian beaches of Copacabana on Tuesday to draw attention to the 9,000 people they say have disappeared in Rio de Janeiro since January 2007.
More than 400 dead penguins, most of them young, have been washing up on Rio de Janeiro's tropical beaches
Hundreds of baby penguins swept from the icy shores of Antarctica and Patagonia are washing up dead on Rio de Janeiro's tropical beaches, rescuers and penguin experts said Friday
Rio de Janeiro's new government said it was meeting Tuesday with Brazil's top security official to discuss its request for federal troops to combat a wave of gang violence that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has called "terrorism."
Rio has always been a symbol of the exotic, perched on the edge of a mythical continent amid crescents of sand and emerald seas, with tall rocks merging into lush rainforest. Famously friendly, the Brazilian city has welcomed all-comers, from Hollywood icons and European royalty to great train robbers and immigrants from every corner of the globe. Cariocas have generally been happy with their role as ambassadors for an exportable ideal of Brazil as an endless beach party, leaving politics and business to the bureaucrats of Brasilia and the industrialists of Sao Paulo. But the image has been shattered in recent years by the untrammelled expansion of the favelas which has brought the city of five-star hotels and luxury apartments face to face with a desperate mirror image of poverty and violence. Bizarrely, following the global success of "City of God" and its documentary successor "Favela Rising" -- both Oscar-nominated -- the city of bullets, beaches and bossa nova beats has never been hotter. It's undoub
Rio de Janeiro will bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) have confirmed.
Three football fans were shot in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium by a plainclothes police officer when unrest broke out in the stands, media reports said.
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