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Wednesday, July 27th 2016 - 14:01 UTC

Rousseff and Lula will not attend Rio Olympic Games opening

On Monday, Rousseff said in an interview with French radio RFI that she would refuse to attend the opening ceremony with anything less than presidential status.

Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor and left-wing ally Lula da Silva will boycott the opening ceremony at the Rio Olympics, officials have said. Their absence at the 5 August ceremony highlights the political crisis in Brazil, with Rousseff facing possible removal from office in an impeachment trial shortly after the Games end.

Tuesday, July 26th 2016 - 21:38 UTC

Olympics Brazilian security personnel have been trained by Israel Special Forces

According to Israeli television 10.000 police and soldiers officers have been trained by Israel  International Security & Defense Systems (ISDS).

Next month's summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will take place under watchful eyes of 10,000 Brazilian soldiers and police officers and all have been highly trained for the job by Israelis, according to a report on the Israel NonStop website, based on details broadcast by Israeli Channel 2 television news reporter Nir Dvori.

Tuesday, July 19th 2016 - 05:37 UTC

Brazil tightens security at airports ahead of the Olympic Games in the aftermath of Nice

Authorities insisted the new screenings were not related to attacks abroad, but were in line with international security standards.

Stepped-up security screenings produced long lines for travelers at Brazil’s main airports on Monday in the aftermath of the truck attack in Nice, France and weeks ahead of the Olympic Games scheduled to open next 5 August in Rio do Janeiro.

Wednesday, July 13th 2016 - 01:31 UTC

Argentina and Brazil situations take a toll on Uruguay's 2015/16 cruise season

 The season which extended from November 2015 to April 2016, recorded 56 calls in the Punta del Este sea resort and 105 in Montevideo.

The number of vessel calls dropped 6.4% and passengers landed 4.1%, during the last 2015/2016 cruise season compared to 2041/2015, according to the final report from Uruguay's Tourism ministry. The number of passenger and crew landed in Montevideo and Punta del Este reached 319.000 having spent an estimate 11.1 million dollars.

Monday, July 11th 2016 - 07:44 UTC

Buenos Aires port planning ambitious new terminal to recover cruise industry business

 “We are determined that this project will help us recover the 50% of business lost in recent years, by making the Buenos Aires port more competitive”, said Mortola

The port of Buenos Aires is planning a new terminal for the cruise industry with the purpose or recovering lost business estimated at 50% compared to the peak reached in the 2012/2013 season. Likewise for this coming season there will be a drastic reduction in landing and provision costs for cruise companies operating from Buenos Aires.

Monday, July 11th 2016 - 06:07 UTC

Brazilian army take to the streets in a display of force in anticipation of the Olympic Games

Armored vehicles and trucks carrying troops were accompanied by soldiers decked out in camouflage gear and matching helmets, with rifles slung over their shoulders.

Brazilian soldiers were on the streets last Saturday, checking out spots around the city that will get intense security when the Rio de Janeiro Olympics open in under four weeks. Armored vehicles and trucks carrying troops were accompanied by soldiers decked out in camouflage gear and matching helmets, with rifles slung over their shoulders. The soldiers covered the city, from Copacabana Beach to the central train station and the renovated port area.

Monday, July 11th 2016 - 05:12 UTC

Raw sewage and super-bacteria off Rio beaches threaten Olympic water competitions

City officials blame illegal dumping for the contamination, but a significant portion of Rio’s raw sewage goes untreated before it’s dumped into the ocean.

A group of Brazilian scientists has just discovered a drug-resistant super-bacteria growing off some of Rio de Janeiro’s beaches, with less than a month to go until the 2016 Olympic Games officially commence, which will be hosted by the city from August 5.

Wednesday, July 6th 2016 - 04:02 UTC

Temer extends a Rio Olympic Games open arms message to the world

The Olympic Village, housing more than 17,000 participating athletes in one of Rio de Janeiro’s most beautiful settings, has just been inaugurated.

With just a month to go to the Olympic Games, Michel Temer Brazil’s interim president, invites the world to experience the beauty of Rio de Janeiro. The following is his welcome message to the world’s athletes, officials and fans:

Monday, July 4th 2016 - 09:45 UTC

New York Times gets involved in Rio Olympics Games catastrophe controversy

The Times’ opinion page article titled “Brazil’s Olympic catastrophe” cast a harsh light on what can be expected in August

Rio de Janeiro’s mayor lashed out Sunday at an opinion piece in The New York Times which warned of “catastrophe” at next month’s Olympic Games.

Wednesday, June 29th 2016 - 11:22 UTC

“Welcome to Hell”, Rio police and firefighters tell arriving passengers

Police and firefighters don't get paid,“ the banners, in English and Portuguese, went on. ”Whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe”.

There was a nasty surprise awaiting passengers in the arrivals hall at Rio De Janeiro's Galeao International Airport on Monday. Along with the relatives carrying flowers and taxi drivers waiting with name boards there were lines of off-duty police with banners that had a far more ominous message: “Welcome to Hell”.

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