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Rio's Latest Problem: Body Parts on Olympic Beach

Foot, other body parts found Wednesday

(Newser) - The beaches of the Rio Olympics just added gory to gross : Police say a foot and other body parts possibly belonging to a young adult turned up on Copacabana beach Wednesday—right in front of the Olympic Beach Volleyball Arena, reports CNN . Little is known about the case, but it'... More »

Rio Governor: Olympics Could Be 'Big Failure'

Acting governor warns that federal government payout is needed

(Newser) - Rio de Janeiro's acting governor warned Monday that the Olympic Games could be a "big failure" because of budget shortfalls that threaten to compromise security and mobility during the games. In an interview with Rio's O Globo daily, Francisco Dornelles said the state is still awaiting an... More »

Using Jaguar in Olympic Ceremony Ends Up Being Terrible Idea

It was chained up during Brazil torch relay

(Newser) - Using a live jaguar at an Olympic torch relay ceremony—what could go wrong? Officials in Manaus, Brazil, discovered the answer to that question Monday when the animal was shot dead after escaping its leash and approaching one of the soldiers sent to recapture it, Reuters reports. In what the... More »

Athletes Are Already Getting Robbed in Rio

Australian Paralympian robbed at gunpoint on Sunday

(Newser) - The Olympics are still six weeks away, yet several athletes have already become victims of crime in Rio. Australian Paralympic sailor Liesl Tesch, 47, says a man with a gun demanded money, then pushed her off her bicycle as she rode in a park on Sunday. A second man stole... More »

Rio Declares Financial Emergency Just Weeks Before Olympics

Not to mention looming 'public calamity' and 'social collapse'

(Newser) - With less than 50 days before the Olympics, the state of Rio de Janeiro officially declared financial emergency while warning of a "serious economic crisis" and looming "public calamity," the BBC reports. According to Reuters , Gov. Francisco Dornelles declared the state of financial emergency Friday, requesting federal... More »

Athletes, Coaches Freezing Sperm Before Olympics Over Zika Fears

But few plan on staying home

(Newser) - The Zika virus is adding a whole new wrinkle to the way athletes and coaches are preparing for the Olympics this year. For example, the New York Times reports John Speraw, coach of the US men's indoor volleyball team, is freezing his sperm before traveling to Rio. “My... More »

Pregnant Savannah Guthrie: I'm Skipping Olympics

She's the highest-profile NBC employee to opt out so far

(Newser) - Today co-host Savannah Guthrie is pregnant with her second child—which means she won't be heading to Brazil to cover the Olympics this summer. "I’m not going to be able to go to Rio, so you’ll have to go to beach volleyball without me," she... More »

Scientists: Oral Sex Could Spread Zika, Too

'It shows you how elaborate the number of avenues of possible transmission can be'

(Newser) - The Zika virus can be passed through vaginal sex , anal sex —and possibly oral sex, scientists now say based on a single case in France. A 46-year-old man who developed Zika symptoms during a two-month stay in Brazil returned home to Paris in February, then had unprotected vaginal sex... More »

Rio Gang-Rape Victim: 'Nobody Deserves This'

Describes assault, stigma that followed

(Newser) - "I fell asleep and woke up in a completely different place, with a man under me, one on top of me and two holding me down," the Rio de Janeiro teenager who was allegedly gang-raped by more than 30 men says in an interview , per CNN . "I... More »

Arrest Made in Case of '33-Man Gang Rape'

The cops are seeking survivor's boyfriend, too

(Newser) - Brazil police have identified four suspects and made an arrest in the shocking case of a Rio de Janeiro teenager who was allegedly gang-raped by more than 30 people, the New York Times reports. Police say they're interrogating the still-unidentified suspect, who was nabbed after some 70 military police... More »

More Than 30 Men Sought in Gang Rape of Teen Girl

Videos and photos of the attack posted online garnered hundreds of likes

(Newser) - Brazilian police are searching for more than 30 men suspected of gang-raping a 16-year-old girl May 21 in a Rio de Janeiro slum, CBS News reports. Police only became aware of the crime after two men posted photos and videos of the naked and unconscious victim online, along with jokes... More »

Zika Moms Face 'Substantial' Risk for Birth Defects

Up to 14% chance, says CDC

(Newser) - A month after confirming Zika causes birth defects , CDC researchers say there is a "substantial" risk that a pregnant woman will have a baby with a birth defect if infected with Zika during her first trimester. More specifically, the risk for microencaphaly is 1% to 14% depending on the... More »

Brazil Senate Suspends President

Dilma Rousseff loses impeachment vote, faces a 6-month trial

(Newser) - Will she resign? That's about the only suspense left in Brazil on Thursday after the Senate voted to proceed with an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff . The move means that Rousseff will be suspended from office while a trial that could last six months gets under way, reports... More »

Expert Says Olympics Should Be Rescheduled Over Zika

He says the lives of many thousands of unborn babies are at risk

(Newser) - "But for the games, would anyone recommend sending an extra half a million visitors into Brazil right now?" University of Ottawa professor Amir Attaran writes in the Harvard Public Health Review . According to the AP , Attaran is calling on the International Olympic Committee to postpone or relocate the Summer... More »

'Worst Crisis': Brazil Senate Poised to Decide Rousseff's Fate

Impeachment proceedings could result in Dilma Rousseff's suspension and trial

(Newser) - Last month, Brazil's Congress voted to start impeachment proceedings against its beleaguered president, Dilma Rousseff. It's now come down to the country's Senate, which will decide Wednesday if she'll be suspended and put on trial in what the New York Times calls a "watershed" vote... More »

Hot Fashion for S. Korea's Olympic Team: Zika-Proof Attire

Training, ceremonial clothing for Rio Games to be 'impregnated' with chemicals

(Newser) - South Korea's Olympic committee on Wednesday unveiled Zika-proof long-sleeved shirts and pants it says will help protect the country's Olympic athletes from the mosquito-borne virus at this year's games in Rio de Janeiro, the AP reports. The sets of clothing will be impregnated with mosquito-repellent chemicals and... More »

The Amazon's Muddy Waters Have Been Hiding a Massive Reef

Researchers were 'flabbergasted'

(Newser) - You don't hear a lot of good news about coral reefs these days, so the the discovery of more than 3,600 square miles of undiscovered reef at the mouth of the Amazon River is a pretty big deal. The Atlantic reports researchers in the 1970s caught a few... More »

Brazil Congress Votes to Impeach Rousseff

Senate fight looms for embattled president

(Newser) - For the second time in under a quarter century, Brazil's Chamber of Deputies has voted to open impeachment proceedings against a democratically elected leader, dealing a devastating blow to President Dilma Rousseff, whose left-leaning Workers' Party came to power 13 years ago on the promise of improving the lot... More »

Brazil Starts 'Kafka-esque' Impeachment Debate

Lawmakers who want President Dilma Rousseff out allege finance rule violations

(Newser) - The lower chamber of Brazil's Congress has begun debate on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff , with the crucial vote slated for Sunday, the AP reports. The government had carried out an unsuccessful bid before the country's Supreme Court to try to halt the process, but that appeal... More »

Yes, Impeach Dilma: Brazil Congressional Committee

Though outcome was largely symbolic

(Newser) - A congressional committee voted Monday to recommend that the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff move forward, bringing the possible ouster of the embattled leader a step closer. Rousseff is facing impeachment proceedings over allegations her administration violated fiscal rules to mask budget problems. Her opponents say the process is... More »

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