Relatives of patients suffering from microcephaly listen to therapists  at the Altino Ventura Foundation in Recife, BrazilPhotograph: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

When in the first months of her pregnancy Silvana Nascimento began to see reports on Brazilian television about the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika (...)

Leticia de Araujo holding her daughter, one-month-old Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the Sika virus during her mother’s pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph:  Antonio Lacerda/EPA

As the Zika virus spreads in Latin America, Catholic leaders are warning women against using contraceptives or having abortions, even as health offici(...)

The former executive director of Russia’s anti-doping agency (Rusada) Nikita Kamayev has died two months after resigning his post, the Tass news agency reported on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters

The former executive director of Russia’s anti-doping agency (Rusada) Nikita Kamayev has died two months after resigning his post, the Tass news agenc(...)

Amazon Theatre  in Manaus, Brazil is among the buildings that will go green on St Patrick’s Day this year.

An opera house in the heart of the Amazon rain forest and the home of the Boston Red Sox are among the buildings that will ‘go green’ this year to mar(...)

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(...)