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Team Nigeria to Depart for Rio2016 Paralympic Games Today

Team Nigeria to Depart for Rio2016 Paralympic Games Today

Team Nigeria’s contingent to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games is expected to depart today for Brazil. Paralympic Committee Nigeria Media Officer, Mr. Patrick Ibeh, said the team which is made up of 23 athletes and six coaches plus one athlete’s competition partner will depart the country through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja via Emirates […]

Students Speak: The Rio Olympics Come At A Cost To Brazil’s Poorest

Students Speak: The Rio Olympics Come At A Cost To Brazil’s Poorest

In August, Rio de Janeiro hosts the first Olympic Games on South American soil. But human rights campaigners have been concerned about the impact of the Games on the Brazilian city’s most vulnerable communities. Residents of Rio’s favelas have spoken of battles against forced evictions, police violence and wasted spending. We asked students to tell […]

Zika Emergency Pushes Women To Challenge Brazil’s Abortion Law

Zika Emergency Pushes Women To Challenge Brazil’s Abortion Law

Women’s groups in Brazil are set to challenge the abortion laws this summer in the hope of making a safe and legal termination possible for women at risk of delivering a baby born with defects after exposure to the Zika virus. “Women should be able to decide and have the means to terminate pregnancies because […]

From A Refugee Camp To Rio

From A Refugee Camp To Rio

Mangar Makur Chuot left Sudan as a child after his father was killed during the civil war. He lived for eight years in a refugee camp in Kenya before his family were granted asylum in Australia. To launch the Guardian’s Dear Australia series, we tell the remarkable story of South Sudan’s 200 metres hopeful and […]

In Brazil, Women Are Fighting Against The Sexist Impeachment Of Dilma Rousseff

In Brazil, Women Are Fighting Against The Sexist Impeachment Of Dilma Rousseff

When she was president, Dilma Rousseff’s administration did not always generate solidarity between feminists. There was often a marked line between those who tried to work with her government on developing better public policies and those who rejected her administration, citing the lack of advances in reproductive rights, in the political sphere and in education […]

Brazil Gang Rape: 7 charged In Attack On Teen.

Brazil Gang Rape: 7 charged In Attack On Teen.

Brazilian authorities charged seven people in the brutal gang rape of a teenage girl in a Rio de Janeiro slum, state media reported. The rape of the 16-year-old in a building on May 21 sparked outrage after a 38-second video emerged on Twitter . It showed the victim naked and unconscious while male voices bragged […]

Very Low Risk of Zika Virus Spreading Internationally After Olympics, WHO Says

Very Low Risk of Zika Virus Spreading Internationally After Olympics, WHO Says

There is a “very low risk” of international spread of the Zika virus as a result of the Rio Olympics, the World Health Organisation’s emergency committee on Zika has concluded. The panel assessed information and research on the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, particularly Zika, spreading through international travel and mass gatherings. Dr David Heymann, chair […]

Brazil President Urges Economy Reforms, Slams ‘Psychological Aggression’

Brazil President Urges Economy Reforms, Slams ‘Psychological Aggression’

Brazil’s acting president Michel Temer on Tuesday called for reforms to haul Latin America’s biggest economy back from crippling recession and slammed what he called “psychological aggression” against his government. Temer, who took power May 12 after the suspension of president Dilma Rousseff pending her impeachment trial, is seeking to cement his authority in the […]

South America’s Powerful Women Are Embattled. Is Gender a Factor?

South America’s Powerful Women Are Embattled. Is Gender a Factor?

In Argentina, former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has been indicted, accused of endangering the nation’s finances. In Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff is facing an impeachment trial, and her interim successor has appointed only male ministers. In Chile, President Michelle Bachelet, once hugely popular, has seen her approval ratings plunge. What has happened to the […]

It’s Official: Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly And Other Birth Defects

It’s Official: Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly And Other Birth Defects

Zika virus is the cause of microcephaly and other fetal brain defects, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday. While there isn’t yet “conclusive proof” that the mosquito-borne virus causes severe birth defects, health officials asserted that the totality of the research thus far clearly shows that there is a causal connection, and […]

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