Neymar hits back at World Cup critics

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:37 AM

The Brazilian football superstar breaks down in tears after a win, then gets criticized for showing 'fragility'

EMOTIONAL. Costa Rica's Bryan Oviedo talks to Brazil's Neymar as he cries after scoring a last-gasp goal during their Group E match. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Brazil nears World Cup knockouts after Costa Rica late show

Jun 22, 2018 - 10:23 PM

Neymar gets all emotional after securing the victory for Brazil

STIRRING TRIUMPH. Brazil superstar Neymar lets it all out after the match. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

LOOK: Iceland midfielder heats up social media, Neymar gets hair do-over

Jun 20, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Rurik Gislason now boasts more Instagram followers than the population of Iceland

COOL VIBE. Iceland's midfielder Rurik Gislason gains viral fame after Iceland's World Cup debut. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Brazil suffers first-night nerves in Swiss stalemate

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:11 AM

The Brazilians’ bid for a 6th World Cup gets off to a slow start as the favorites settle for a draw against the Swiss

CHALLENGE. Neymar (center) falls as a gritty Switzerland side keeps pace with powerhouse Brazil. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Neymar puts injury woe behind, kicks off World Cup assault

Jun 16, 2018 - 12:54 PM

The Brazilian superstar appears to have fully recovered from a foot fracture

Neymar, Brazil arrive in Russia as clock ticks down to World Cup start

Jun 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

A 3-0 demolition of Austria marks Neymar's first start for Brazil in more than 3 months

HIGHLIGHTS: PH dominates Brazil in FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018 opening game

Jun 09, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Watch how Gilas Pilipinas started its FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018 campaign

STUNNER. Roger Pogoy's back-to-back outside shots got the crowd cheering as he gave Philippines an edge over Brazil. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

PH stuns 6th-ranked Brazil in 3x3 World Cup opener

Jun 09, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 team gets its bid off to a promising start

LEADER. Stanley Pringle seals the game with back-to-back layups. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

Manchester United to sign Brazil midfielder Fred

Jun 05, 2018 - 11:52 PM

United is hopeful that its first signing of the summer will be a significant step to beating Premier League champ Man City

AGREEMENT. Brazil's midfielder Fred is slated to join Man United days after the International friendly football match between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield in Liverpool on June 3, 2018. File Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Brazil's Neymar to return from injury against Croatia

Jun 03, 2018 - 11:03 AM

The PSG striker races to be fit for his national team's World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17

READY. Brazil's star striker Neymar shares a light moment with midfielder Philippe Coutinho during a training session ahead of their international friendly football match against Croatia. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Brazil, 9 days into grinding strike, still a transport hell

May 29, 2018 - 1:52 PM

The truck strike has been crippling fuel, food, and other freight across the continent-sized industrial and agricultural powerhouse

STRIKE. In thils file photo, members of the Brazilian Military Police and Sao Paulo's traffic police, stand beside a truck with its windscreen reading 'military intervention,' during an operation to clear blocked 'Rodoanel Mrio Covas' road, in the city of Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25 kilometers from Sao Paulo, Brazil on the sixth day of a truckers' strike protesting rising fuel costs, on May, 26, 2018. File photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Brazil cuts fuel prices after strike leaves food, fuel scarce

May 28, 2018 - 11:42 AM

The price cut, equal to 0.46 reais a liter, is to be locked in place for 60 days, Brazil's president says in televised remarks

BRAZIL'S TEMER. This handout picture shows President Michel Temer at a meeting to discuss the measures to be taken regarding the nationwide truck drivers' strike, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on May 2, 2018. Photo by Alan Santos/Brazil Presidency//AFP

For tens of thousands in Sao Paulo, squatting is only way out

May 20, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Squatters occupy some 200 buildings in Sao Paulo, a metropolis that is also home to Brazil's billionaires

A resident is seen at the Prestes Maia building which is occupied by squatters in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 14, 2018. Occupied since 2010, the abandoned building with 21 floors houses the largest occupation in Latin America, where 478 families now live. / AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA

PH-Payatas falters vs Brazil in Street Child World Cup semis

May 14, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The Filipino all-girls football squad surrenders a late goal against the defending champions

FOR THE PODIUM. The Philippine team can still secure the bronze medal against England. Photo from Team Philippines Street Child World Cup's Facebook page

IN PHOTOS: Chaos and color in Labor Day rallies across the globe

May 02, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Here is a round-up of some of the biggest events on the annual workers' holiday

EFFIGY BURNING. Dutertemonyo effigy burning as part of International Labor Day commemoration led by Kilusang Mayo Uno in Mendiola. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Injured Neymar on track to be back for World Cup

Apr 28, 2018 - 10:46 AM

The Brazilian football star gears up for the World Cup, but puts a lid on his season with Paris Saint-Germain

ROAD TO RECOVERY. 'Neymar is recovering the best way possible,' the Brazil team doctor says of the 26-year-old forward. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Lula says party free to find new candidate for Brazil vote

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:06 AM

'I want you to feel totally free to take whatever decision you need because 2018 is an important year for the PT, for the left and for democracy,' writes Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a letter to the Workers' Party

NEW CANDIDATE? This file photo shows Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters as he arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

Neymar out until at least May 17, eyes 'dream' World Cup

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:51 PM

After sustaining a foot injury, the Paris Saint-Germain superstar hopes to get back in time to suit up for Brazil

INJURED. "I hope I won't watch the World Cup on TV," Brazilian superstar Neymar jokes. Photo by AFP PHOTO / Nelson ALMEIDA

Neymar 'about a month' away from comeback after operation

Apr 14, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'I need about a month, but it is healing well. Everything is happening normally,' says Neymar, who broke a metatarsal bone in his right foot late February

ROAD TO RECOVERY. Neymar says he is a month away from a full recovery from his foot injury. File photo by  Christophe Archambault/AFP

Brazil's Lula spends first day in prison, hoping to get out

Apr 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is behind bars for corruption

Brazilian ex-president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives at the Federal Police headquarters where he is due to serve his 12-year prison sentence, in Curitiba, Parana State, Brazil, on April 7, 2018. Brazil's election frontrunner and controversial leftist icon said Saturday that he will comply with an arrest warrant to start a 12-year sentence for corruption. "I will comply with their warrant," he told a crowd of supporters. / AFP PHOTO / Heuler Andrey

Brazil's Lula says innocent but ready to surrender

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:08 AM

The ex-president accuses the judiciary and a media conglomerate of assisting a right-wing coup with the ultimate aim of preventing him from competing in October's presidential polls

LULA. This screen grab shows Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva waving to supporters at the metalworkers' union building in Sao Bernardo do Campo, in metropolitan Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 7, 2018. Lula is facing 12 years behind bars for taking bribes and money laundering. Photo by Carlos Reyes / AFP

Brazil's Lula given 24 hours to start prison sentence

Apr 06, 2018 - 8:26 AM

Judge Sergio Moro says a special cell 'was prepared in advance... in which the ex-president will be separated from other prisoners, with no risk for his moral or physical integrity'

LULA'S FATE. Brazilian newspapers headline the decision of the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) that denied a habeas corpus petition for Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 5, 2018. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Brazil's Supreme Court rejects Lula's bid to avoid prison

Apr 05, 2018 - 11:34 AM

The 6-5 ruling means that former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva could be arrested within days

FORMER PRESIDENT. Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 15, 2016. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Trump suspends metal tariffs for key U.S. trade partners

Mar 23, 2018 - 11:19 AM

The suspension until May 1 covers EU member states, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea

SUSPENSION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with House Republican leaders and Republican members at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 2, 2017. File photo by  Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Surgeon says Neymar's recovery is 'going well'

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar, who operated on Neymar on March 3, says he speaks "two or three time a day" with the physiotherapists working with the Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain player

RECOVERING. In this file photo taken on February 17, 2018 Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar Jr looks on during the French Ligue 1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Strasbourg at The Parc des Princes in Paris. Photo by  Christophe Archambault/AFP

Lula risks jail in coming weeks after Brazil court ruling

Mar 07, 2018 - 10:53 AM

The decision by the Superior Court of Justice adds a new layer of uncertainty to the campaign for Brazil's October presidential election, in which former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is the current frontrunner

Neymar leaving hospital to begin rehab

Mar 04, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Will Neymar be able to catch PSG's remaining season or even be in shape at the start of Brazil's World Cup campaign in Russia?

FRACTURED. Brazilian superstar Neymar (R), is pictured next to his doctor Rodrigo Lasmar (L), upon his arrival in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state, Brazil on March 2, 2018 ahead of an operation on his fractured foot. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Neymar arrives at hospital for foot operation

Mar 03, 2018 - 12:07 PM

The procedure takes place Saturday, March 3, led by Brazilian national team surgeon Rodrigo Lasmar.

NEYMAR ON WHEELCHAIR. A picture obtained from Twitter account of @Claire_Dorland shows Brazilian superstar Neymar as he arrives at Rio de Janeiro after flying from Paris on March 1, 2018 ahead of an operation on his fractured foot. Photo by Claire Dornald Clauzel / Twitter / AFP

Brazil's Neymar sidelined for up to 3 months with foot surgery

Mar 02, 2018 - 4:56 PM

'The (recovery) period will be around two and a half to 3 months,' says Brazil's national team surgeon Rodrigo Lasmar, who flew with Neymar to Rio de Janeiro

A picture obtained from Twitter account of @Claire_Dorland shows Brazilian superstar Neymar as he arrives at Rio de Janeiro after flying from Paris on March 1, 2018 ahead of an operation on his fractured foot. Brazilian superstar Neymar flew into Rio de Janeiro early Thursday ahead of an operation on his fractured foot that will rule him out for up to three months. Neymar suffered a hairline fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot as well as a twisted ankle late in PSG's 3-0 win over Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday Claire Dornald Clauzel / Twitter / AFP

Could Brazil's loathed president Temer seek a new term?

Feb 26, 2018 - 10:34 AM

After a torrid time in office, a few elements are finally going the 77-year-old's way

NEW TERM IN HORIZON? In this file photo, Brazilian President Michel Temer attends the inauguration of the country's new Attorney General, Raquel Dodge, in Brasilia on September 18, 2017. Evaristo Sa/AFP

CA confirms envoys to Vatican, UAE, 5 other countries

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Lawmakers confirm the nomination of the Philippines' ambassadors to the Vatican, UAE, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, and the Czech Republic

CONFIRMED ENVOYS. The Commission on Appointments confirms 7 ambassadors on February 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of Alex Nueva España/PRIB

Brazil's Lula fails again in legal bid to avoid prison

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:41 AM

Lula is making every effort to stave off any prison time while he angles to return as president in elections later this year

LULA. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends the testimony of suspended Brazilian President Dilma on impeachment trial, at the National Congress in Brasilia, on August 29, 2016. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Rio's carnival gets underway with dancing – and politics

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:05 PM

This year revelers have more on their minds than drinking, dancing and dressing up – there's politics

BURST OF COLOR. In this file photo, revellers of Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 7, 2016. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Football great Zico impressed by Pinoy's passion for the Beautiful game

Jan 29, 2018 - 4:17 PM

Zico enjoys his action-packed weekend in Manila with up-and-coming football players of the Philippines

LEGEND. Zico came to Manila to spend the weekend with aspiring Filipino footballers. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Brazil authorities prevent former leader Lula from leaving country

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:34 AM

Authorities rescind the passport of former Brazilian president Lula Inacio Lula da Silva, who was headed to Addis Ababa for a meeting organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends the testimony of suspended Brazilian President Dilma on impeachment trial, at the National Congress in Brasilia, on August 29, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's Lula loses appeal against corruption conviction

Jan 25, 2018 - 7:09 AM

The court decision deals a body blow to his hopes of running for re-election this year

DEFIANT. Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a rally in his support by trade unionists and members of social movements in Sao Paulo, Brazil on January 24, 2018.  Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Venezuela says Brazilian, Canadian diplomats not welcome

Dec 24, 2017 - 8:01 AM

The head of the powerful pro-government Constituent Assembly, Delcy Rodriguez, says the decision was made against Brazil's ambassador Ruy Pereira and Canadian charge d'affaires Craig Kowalik

Photo by AFP

Brazil's 'most wanted' drugs suspect caught in Paraguay

Dec 14, 2017 - 10:52 PM

Marcelo Fernando Pinheiro Veiga, known as 'Marcelo Piloto,' is accused of murder and supplying drugs and weapons to Rio de Janeiro's biggest criminal gang, the Comando Vermelho, or Red Command

PILOTO. Brazilian drug lord Marcelo Fernando Pinheiro Veiga, nicknamed 'Marcelo Piloto" is presented to the press in the headquarters of the Paraguayan Anti-Narcotic National Secretary (SENAD), in Asuncion on December 14, 2017. Photo by Norberto Duarte/AFP

Neymar heads to Brazil for 'personal matters'

Dec 11, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Neymar might miss Wednesday's clash with Strasbourg

PERSONAL MATTERS. Neymar heads home to Brazil for personal reasons. Photo from AFP

Centrists struggle in polarized Brazil ahead of polls

Dec 09, 2017 - 3:16 PM

Will breaking from the government and naming Geraldo Alckmin persuade voters that the PSDB can bring a fresh start?

DEFIANT. A hand out picture released by Instituto Lula showing Brazil's former president (2003-2010) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters while arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

Rio de Janeiro police, soldiers capture famed drug trafficker

Dec 06, 2017 - 10:58 PM

Journalists are the first to see 'Rogerio 157' handcuffed and wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt with the words 'wild spirit' written upside down

DRUG LORD. Alleged Rocinha favela drug boss, Rogerio Avelino da Silva (center), nicknamed "Rogerio 157", is escorted by Brazilian Civil Police members at the police headquarters, after being arrested in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 06, 2017. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Philippine Air Force acquires 6 Brazilian attack planes

Dec 01, 2017 - 8:03 PM

The '6 A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft... are intended to be the primary close air support aircraft' of the air force, said the defense department

COMING SOON. Boosting the fleet of the Philippine Air Force next year are "6 A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft" like these shown here. From wikipedia

Brazil's Adriano Moraes retains ONE flyweight championship

Nov 10, 2017 - 10:56 PM

The Brazilian displays his superior ground game by swarming local boy Kingad, who submitted to a choke with still 15 seconds remaining in the opening round

STILL CHAMP. Brazil's Adriano Moraes drops Filipino foe to submission in first round. Image from Facebook.

'No-mobile-phone-phobia' being treated in Brazil through detox clinics

Nov 08, 2017 - 12:19 PM

Patients range from youth addicted to video games, and adults who have lost a spouse or their job for spending too much time on social media and other online channels

DETOX. Patients from therapeutic group on digital dependence "Delete" show their cellphones inside a clinic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 'Delete' is a therapeutic group from the Psychiatry Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and it is the first nucleus in Brazil specialized in the treatment of digital dependence or "nomophobia" (no-mobile-phone phobia). Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Former Democratic Party chair considered replacing Clinton with Biden – book

Nov 05, 2017 - 8:02 AM

Donna Brazile also wrote that Clinton's campaign was badly mismanaged, 'anemic' and had taken on 'the odor of failure'

DNC RIFT. This combination of files photos created on November 3, 2017 shows former DNC Vice-Chair Donna Brazile and former former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Saul Loeb and Angela Weiss/AFP

Brazil president avoids corruption trial

Oct 26, 2017 - 9:10 AM

The first president in the country to face criminal charges while in office, Temer is accused of obstruction of justice and racketeering

ESCAPES CHARGES. In this file photo, Brazilian President Michel Temer offers a press conference at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on November 27, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Pope Francis names 35 new saints, most of them martyrs

Oct 15, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The new saints include 30 martyrs massacred in Brazil in the 17th century, 3 teens slain in 16th-century Mexico, a Spanish priest, and an Italian priest

A tapestry hanged on the facade of St Peter's basilica shows Andrea de Soveral, Ambrogio Francesco Ferro, Matteo Moreira, and thirty martyrs murdered in Brazil in the 17th century, during a holy mass for the canonization of 35 new saints on October 15, 2017 at St Peter's square.  Pope Francis celebrates a Holy Mass today with canonizations of 35 new saints, including thirty martyrs murdered in Brazil in the 17th century by Dutch Calvinists, three Mexican teenagers who died in the 16th century, and Italian Capuchin Angelo d'Acri and the Spanish priest Faustino Miguez of the Incarnation. / AFP PHOTO / Tiziana FABI

Brazil scraps bid to mine Amazon natural reserve

Sep 26, 2017 - 9:35 AM

The Brazilian government backs off a controversial proposal to authorize private companies to mine a sprawling Amazon reserve after blistering domestic and international criticism

THE AMAZON. This file photo taken on December 04, 2011 shows an aerial view of the Amazonic forest reserve of Trairao, western Para state, northern Brazil on December 4, 2011.  Lunae Parracho/AFP

Brazil court opens door for Congress to vote on Temer trial

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:02 AM

A 7-1 majority on the court voted against Temer's appeal to put the racketeering and obstruction of justice charges on hold

FACING CHARGES. In this photo, Brazilian President Michel Temer attends the inauguration of the country's new Attorney General, Raquel Dodge, in Brasilia on September 18, 2017. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Scandal-plagued Lula heads Brazil election survey

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:33 AM

Underlining the turmoil in Brazilian politics, the poll also confirmed plummeting support for the current center-right government, with 75.6% saying it is doing a bad job

In this file photo, former Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 15, 2016. Nelson Almeida/AFP