An Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed in a laboratory at the University of El Salvador, in San Salvador. For the  first time the virus has been detected in the saliva and urine of two patients. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

Zika has been identified in the saliva and urine of two patients infected by the virus, a leading Brazilian health institute has said. It is the firs(...)

A researcher collecting larvae of mosquitos at Sao Paulo University, Brazil. Photograph: AFP Photo /Nelson Almeida

Brazil said yesterday that pregnant women should consult their doctors before travelling to there, but that no other restrictions were necessary regar(...)

Cian O’Connor onboard Good Luck: “I have no regrets. I tried everything possible and left no stone unturned in trying to seek fairness.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland will not have a show jumping team at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro following yesterday’s decision by the Court of Arbitration for Spo(...)

Tony Smurfit of Smurfit Kappa Group

Packaging group Smurfit Kappa has announced the acquisition of two Brazilian companies for €186 million. The company has acquired integrated paper-ba(...)

Barra da Tijuca in Rio, where the Olympics will be held. Photograph: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

As any recent visitor to Rio de Janeiro will have noticed, the city hosting this summer’s first Olympic Games in South America currently resembles on(...)

The Arena Carioca Olympic venues in Rio: the suitability of Brazil as host country has been questioned. Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

It doesn’t feel that long ago since Ronnie Delany was telling me the difference between fate and faith. Fate, he said, was when you knew something abo(...)

Tensions rose last year when an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman called Brazil a ’diplomatic dwarf’ after Brasilia recalled its ambassador from Israel to protest the  military offensive in Gaza in July 2014. File photograph:  AP Photo/Hatem Moussa

Brazil’s reluctance to accept an Israeli ambassador who is a West Bank settler has set off a diplomatic crisis and led to a standoff with the Israeli (...)

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(...)