Log in
Please enter your login details

Skip to main content

Breaking News
  • Putin: risks of serious conflicts involving major countries have risen, as well as risk of arms control treaties being violated – Reuters
  • Putin: Moscow would not “beg“ in response to the sanctions imposed on it over the crisis in Ukraine – Reuters
  • WHO says potential Ebola vaccine manufacturers have made commitments for affordable prices – Reuters
  • German Chancellor Merkel urged Russian President Putin to support a quick solution to Moscow’s gas row with Ukraine – Reuters
  • Russian President Putin says global and regional security system has been weakened – Reuters
  • Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccines doses will be ready by the first half of 2015, says the World Health Organisation – Reuters
  • Tunisian forces killed six people after a standoff with an Islamist militant group on the outskirts of Tunis – Reuters
  • Poland lodges request with European Court of Human Rights for review of judgment in CIA prisons case – Reuters
  • French fighter jets destroyed 12 buildings in Iraq holding weapons under control of Islamic State militants
  • NATO: Russia still has some troops in eastern Ukraine despite a partial withdrawal – Reuters

It is competition time for 13 top-league samba schools who are all fighting for titles at this year’s carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Every school has dozens of subgroups, each with its own brilliant costumes. More than 4,000 samba troupe members will dance and swivel their way down the city’s Sambadrome parade avenue.

Around 80 per cent of those taking part are poor local people who receive their costumes free. Others, who are mostly Brazilian, pay up to 300 euros to take part.

Watching them are around 80,000 spectators and of course a worldwide television audience.

The five-day carnival in Rio, which started on Friday, is more than just official parades. Whole areas across the city host block parties which attract thousands.

This year about 850,000 tourists are said to be in Rio.

Copyright © 2014 euronews

More about: