Weekend in . . . Rio de Janeiro
  • Travel
  • October 17, 2015, 05:00

For decades, Rio de Janeiro has evoked a distant fantasyland of skimpy bathing suits and Carnival spectacle wedged between the sea and a riotous up(...)

My husband and I love to ski but since we had our children we have skied very little. We have a 12-year-old daughter with Down syndrome and an 11-year(...)

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras): the state-controlled oil producer was at the centre of a corruption investigation. Photograph: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Petrobras chairman Murilo Ferreira is taking a leave of absence less than five months after he was appointed to help the Brazilian government-con(...)

Twenty-three years after she represented France at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Ségolène Royal is again France’s environment minister. Rio est(...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff stands in a vehicle during a civic-military parade in Brasilia to commemorate Brazil’s Independence Day on Monday.  Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

The depths of the institutional and ethical crisis facing Brazil have been laid bare by a new survey of the country’s congress, which reveals more tha(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius and Peruvian environment minister Manuel Pulgar Vidal in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty

Officials responsible for the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change are attempting to inject a new sense of urgency into negotiations, in(...)

People mark the 70th anniversary of the US attack at the Atomic Bomb Dome at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Japan. Photograph: Getty Images

Seventy years on and more than 10,000 miles away, a group of atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki are campaigning for a nuclear-free worl(...)

 Lisa Bruton from Malahide attends to her horse ahead of the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show in the RDS in Dublin.   Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

That hardy summer annual, the Dublin Horse Show, gets under way on Wednesday morning at the RDS. Now in its 142nd year, this fixture of the Irish sum(...)

 UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey accepts the best female athlete award at the 2015 ESPYS  in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

At the ESPYs (America’s rather lame attempt at a sporting Oscars) earlier this month, Ronda Rousey collected the “Fighter of the Year” gong and the(...)

Sinéad Diver from Belmullet, Co Mayo, has just been confirmed on the Australian team for the IAAF world contest in Beijing.

A Mayo woman, who took up competitive running accidentally just four years ago, has been selected to represent Australia in this year’s athletics worl(...)