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File picture of a riot at Vila Velha prison  in Brazil's eastern state of Espirito do Santo in 1997. A jury has found 23 Brazilian police officers guilty of killing 13 inmates during the 1992 riot at Sao Paulo’s Carandiru prison. Photograph: Gazeta de Vitoria/Reuters

A jury has found 23 Brazilian police officers guilty of killing 13 inmates during the 1992 riot at Sao Paulo’s Carandiru prison that left 111 (...)

The maker of Guinness and Johnnie Walker whisky said overall volumes were down 1 per cent in the three months to the end of March. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Global drinks group Diageo said a strong performance and higher prices in US spirits, its biggest business, led it to a 4 per cent growth in or(...)

Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Sweden in the Friends Arena last month helped them rise one place in the Fifa rankings. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland moved up a place to 39th in the latest Fifa world rankings following World Cup qualifying draws against Austria and Sw(...)

Rice is the staple food for about three billion people worldwide. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

Rice imported from some countries contains high levels of lead that could pose a health risk to children, researchers have claimed. (...)

Jordan Casey: “With all games I offered them free for a few weeks to build up hype and then I started charging”

Jordan Casey may seem like an unlikely tech entrepreneur considering he’s just 13-years old, but the Waterford schoolboy already has three game(...)

The indicator for growth in the euro zone has been gradually increasing over the past few months. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Growth is picking up in most industrialised countries, including in the euro zone, the OECD said today, with the United States leading the way.(...)

According to several survivors, the fire, which engulfed the Kiss nightclub in the university town of Santa Maria, started when the band on stage lit flares as part of their act.

Prosecutors have charged four people with manslaughter for their roles in a nightclub fire that killed 241 people in southern Brazil in Januar(...)

Last Saturday’s brutal assault has refocused attention on the safety of visitors to Rio de Janeiro as the city gears up to receive the millions of foreigners expected to visit for the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day this July, football’s World Cup final next year and the summer Olympics in 2016.

Police in Rio de Janeiro have arrested a third man in connection with the brutal gang rape of a foreign student i(...)

From left: Chinese president Xi Jinping, his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Kikwete, Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan and her Tanzanian counterpart Salma Kikwete, during a farewell ceremony as they prepare to leave fromJulius Nyerere International Airport. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

China’s new president Xi Jinping will feel as he returns from an eventful maiden overseas trip that he has done his bit to rea(...)

Independence Plaza in the centre of Mexico City. Independence Plaza in the centre of Mexico City.
Down Mexico way

If you’re flying to Mexico city, leave your preconceptions on the plane. “Don’t ask me. I hate the place”, said a banker acquaintance, when we aske(...)

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