Lifestyle

Rio Carnival evolves into low-cost street party extravaganza

Feb 9, 2018

Rio de Janeiro's famous Carnival celebrations are shifting from heavy spending to bargain-hunting tourists

Australian lawmakers debate banning sex with staff members

Feb 9, 2018

The prime minister has talked down the need in Australia for a U.S.-style ban on legislators having sex with staff, but declined to say whether he had intervened in his deputy's relationship with a press secretary

Rio beefs up Carnival security amid wave of violence

Feb 8, 2018

Authorities in Rio de Janeiro state say security will be beefed up during Carnival following a wave of violence caused by rival drug trafficking gangs

Thai capital known for tourist sites chokes in polluted haze

Feb 8, 2018

A cloud of unhealthy haze has settled across the Thai capital, blurring views of the gilded temples and towering skyscrapers that draw millions of tourists each year

AP PHOTOS: Brazilians honor sea goddess Yemanja

Feb 8, 2018

AP PHOTOS: Brazilians honor the sea goddess Yemanja with offerings ahead of the start of Carnival

Staid Sao Paulo is getting in on Carnival fun in Brazil

Feb 6, 2018

Carnival in buttoned-up Sao Paulo? Once a ghost town during Brazil's biggest celebration, Sao Paulo is expecting 4 million people to flood the streets and celebrate the city's Carnival this year.

Aussie anti-gay marriage opponent attends same-sex wedding

Feb 2, 2018

A former Australian prime minister who was a leader of the national campaign against gay marriage last year has attended the same-sex wedding of his lesbian sister in Sydney.

Castro freezes Cuban private sector, throws future in doubt

Feb 1, 2018

On the verge of leaving office, Cuban President Raul Castro has thrown the brakes on private enterprise in Cuba, raising fundamental questions about the nation's economic path

Australia probes sale of secret papers in filing cabinets

Jan 31, 2018

The Australian government has launched an urgent investigation into the loss of thousands of classified documents that were sold with two second-hand filing cabinets.

Rio urges Carnival visitors to stick to urban areas

Jan 30, 2018

Brazilian health authorities are urging Carnival visitors to stick to celebrations in the city of Rio de Janeiro and avoid sightseeing at waterfalls and forests where yellow fever has been detected

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