Posts Tagged South America

Rio officials probe source of fish die-off in Olympic waters

Dead fish and trash float in the polluted Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Rio de Janeiro’s state environmental agency is trying to determine why thousands of dead fish have been found floating where next year’s Olympic sailing events are to be held. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro’s state environmental agency says it is investigating a fish die-off that has left thousands of carcasses floating in waters where sailing events are to be held when Brazil hosts next year’s Olympics.

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IOC head quizzed about water shortages in Rio, golf course

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, right, speaks during a news conference accompanied by Brazil’s Sport Minister George Hilton at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. The IOC's coordination commission is visiting venues and meeting with local organizers as Rio races to be ready on time for South America's first games, set for 2016. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach was pressed Wednesday about the severe water shortages in Brazil by a group of 100 university students during a town hall meeting.

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AP PHOTOS: Bolivian grandmothers stay fit with handball

In this Jan. 28, 2105 photo, elderly Aymara indigenous women run laps during a training session before playing handball in El Alto, Bolivia. Dozens of traditional Aymara grandmothers ease many of the aches and pains of aging by practicing a sport that is decidedly untraditional in Bolivia: team handball. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

EL ALTO, Bolivia (AP) — Dozens of traditional Aymara grandmothers ease many of the aches and pains of aging by practicing a sport that is decidedly untraditional in Bolivia — team handball.

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Mayer into 2nd round in Buenos Aires; Nadal tries to rebound

Spain's tennis player Rafael Nadal listens to a question during a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Nadal will play at the Argentina Open that starts Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — No. 5-seeded Leonardo Mayer of Argentina reached the second round of the Argentina Open on Monday, defeating Stephane Robert of France 6-0, 6-1.

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IOC inspectors tour Rio 2016 sites; games start in 18 months

A general view of the  Olympic Park which will host competitions during Rio's 2016 Olympics under construction in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Feb 19, 2015. International Olympic Committee inspectors start a three-day tour Monday. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — IOC inspectors have begun a three-day visit to Rio de Janeiro to check on preparations for the Olympics, which are just 18 months away.

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