While the cities government official carnival only opens on January 12, carnival revellers attended more than 20 "blocos" or carnival street parties.
French judges have dropped charges against Air France and Airbus over a mid-Atlantic plane crash in 2009 that killed all 228 people on board, blaming the pilots for losing control of the plane.
Fans from around the world honoured Bossa nova pioneer João Gilberto at his funeral in Rio de Janeiro.
The pioneering Brazilian musician and creator of bossa nova, João Gilberto, has died aged 88
Firefighters search for survivors after two illegally constructed buildings collapsed in Rio de Janeiro. At least three people were killed and dozens are injured.
Brazilian police killed at least 13 suspected drug traffickers on Friday in a shootout in Rio de Janeiro.
Rescuers in Brazil are searching for survivors of a mudslide in Rio state that has left at least ten people dead including a child
Brazilian police have arrested plastic surgeon Denis Cesar Barros Furtado after he was on the run since a patient died on Saturday. Lilian Calixto had injections to enlarge her buttocks at his home in Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian President Michel Temer has signed a decree giving the country's military full control of security in Rio de Janeiro in response to rising drug gang violence.
From Venice to Copacabana Beach, the world is celebrating winter carnival.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family were on stage in Times Square to help see in 2018.
Honouring fallen police officers in Rio, one of the most violent cities in Latin America
Despite funding cuts, local media estimate that 800,000 people gathered on Copacabana beach for the annual event.
The body of a Humpback whale that was saved over the weekend has turns up dead on a beach in Rio de Janeiro
Brazil has stepped up security in Rio de Janeiro amid a rise in violence by organised crime gangs.
Brazilian oil and mining magnate Eike Batista has left a Rio de Janeiro jail for house arrest ahead of a trial on corruption charges.
Children in Rio de Janeiro took part in the junior Carnival parade competition on Tuesday.
At least 11 people have been injured after a float collapsed during Rio's world-famous Carnival Parade.
It comes after a float belonging to the Paraiso de Tuiuti samba school crashed on Sunday, injuri
At least a dozen people have been injured, one seriously, following a float crash at Rio de Janeiro’s world famous carnival parade.
Rio de Janeiro’s annual samba extravaganza got into full swing on Saturday in typical style.
Organisers promised the Rio de Janeiro Olympics would bring long-term benefits to the Brazilian city and its residents.
Thousands of revelers took part in colourful street parties in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday ahead of the famous Carnival.
In a plot-twist worthy of a telenovela, a policeman from Rio de Janeiro has confessed to murdering the Greek ambassador to Brazil, who is said to have been his lover’s…
Brazilian police looking for the missing Greek ambassador to the country have found a body inside a burnt-out car.
An Italian tourist has been shot dead after mistakenly entering a hillside favela in Rio de Janeiro.