The world's largest floating bookstore - the Logos Hope - with a crew of 400 volunteers from 60 nations Thursday opened its doors to the public to offer books on a large assortment of subjects. The vessel has visited over 1,400 ports in 150 countries worldwide. Most recently, she stopped at Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata in Argentina.
Brazilian authorities say they knew about structural risks in the area where a pair of buildings collapsed but were unable to act due to the threat posed by organized crime.
Marcelo Crivella on Sunday won the mayor's race in Rio de Janeiro, beating leftist Marcelo Freixo by a wide margin. Crivella, with the Brazilian Republican party, garnered 59.35% of the votes to 40.65% for Freixo, who is with the Socialism and Freedom Party.