A view inside the Arena da Baixada  stadium in Curitiba, which has yet to be completed. Photograph: Rodolfo Buhrer/Reuters

With 100 days to go before the World Cup starts, Brazil is in the home straight of the countdown and huffing and puffing to complete stadiums, (...)

A demonstrator in Rio de Janeiro shows a placard that says: ‘Mourning for Santiago’ during a protest against an increase in public transport ticket prices. The death of TV cameraman Santiago Andrade during an earlier protest shocked Brazil, but the political class has seized its chance to criminalise protest ahead of the World Cup. Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/ EPA

With a World Cup to host in June it is unfortunate that Brazil has started the New Year in such an ugly mood. Shocking scenes of violence(...)

Demonstrators hold a banner that reads “There will be no World Cup” during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo January 25, 2014.  Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters
Anti-World Cup protest in Sao Paolo
  • World
  • January 26, 2014, 07:11

The year’s first major protest against the World Cup drew more than 2,000 demonstrators into the streets of Brazil’s largest city yesterday, as frustr(...)

Young people chant during a rolezinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rolezinhos are a new form of social gathering and protest at shopping centres by working-class teens in Brazil. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty

With more than 80,000 friends on Facebook, Vinicius Andrade is a social media star in Brazil.The 17-year-old from São Paulo’s poor, grim periferia (pe(...)

Edward Snowden, “the fugitive whistleblower who brought the all-seeing eye of the American government’s National Security Agency to public attention”. Photograph: AP Photo/the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras

The year 2013 may well be looked back on as a year when people around the world became truly aware of the extent to which digital technology, data tra(...)

A  JAS 39C Gripen jet  built by Saab. Brazil has  awarded a $4.5bn contract to Saab  to replace its ageing fleet of fighter jets, a surprise coup for the Swedish company after news of US spying on Brazilians helped derail Boeing’s chances for the deal

Saab surged in Stockholm as it beat Boeing to supply 36 jet fighters for Brazil’s air force. Meanwhile Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has called a(...)

US president Barack Obama  shakes hands with Cuban president Raul Castro during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Florida congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, called the gesture “nauseating”. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Cuban-American politicians in the United States have voiced criticism at President Barack Obama’s historic handshake with Cuban leader Raul Castro (...)

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela with South African president Jacob Zuma at a prayer service for former president Nelson Mandela. Photograph: Joao Silva/The New York Times

The full magnitude of the late Nelson Mandela’s memorial service became apparent yesterday after it was confirmed dozens of the world’s former and sit(...)

Mexico berated the United States over new allegations of spying after a German magazine reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had hacked(...)

A demonstrator with his face covered jumps over a burning barricade at Cinelandia square during a march in support of teachers on strike in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Teachers have been on strike demanding better pay for almost two months. Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP

Rio de Janeiro was once again racked by violent protest last night as a teachers’ strike became the latest rallying point for public discontent over p(...)

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