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Almaty beats all Asia in Top 10 cities to visit in 2014

Almaty is the most 'alluring city' in Kazakhstan and number 7 of the Top 10 cities to visit in 2014 according to The Rough Guide.

Almaty beats all Asia in Top 10 cities to visit in 2014
Rio police use tear gas to disperse teacher protest
Rio police use tear gas to disperse teacher protest

Police in Rio de Janeiro used tear gas Tuesday to disperse around 100 protesting teachers who tried to disrupt the city council vote on a wage increase.

Rio police use tear gas to disperse teacher protest
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Olympics: Brazil audit shows Rio Games preparations off target

An audit into the finances of the 2016 Rio Olympics shows preparations are behind schedule with earmarked state cash largely unspent.

Olympics: Brazil audit shows Rio Games preparations off target
Brazilians throng streets to greet pope
Brazilians throng streets to greet pope

Tens of thousands of pilgrims packed Rio de Janeiro's streets to greet Pope Francis on Monday, joyfully swarming his car and chanting his name in a country recently rocked by social unrest.

Brazilians throng streets to greet pope
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Gunshots interrupt peace run in Rio de Janeiro

Gunshots erupted ahead of a foot race for peace in Rio de Janeiro favela on Sunday, delaying the start by an hour as police stepped up security along the route.

Gunshots interrupt peace run in Rio de Janeiro
Football/Olympics: Sex motels revamp for World Cup, Olympics
Football/Olympics: Sex motels revamp for World Cup, Olympics

A shortage of hotel rooms has led Rio authorities to invest millions of dollars to convert raunchy motels to accommodate the legions of tourists expected for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 summer Olympics.

Football/Olympics: Sex motels revamp for World Cup, Olympics
Brazil's Carnival reaches its crescendo Origin: Brazil
Brazil's Carnival reaches its crescendo Origin: Brazil

Rio's Carnival festivities reached their crescendo late Monday with a final night of samba school parades, part of a contest appropriately dubbed the greatest show on earth.

Brazil's Carnival reaches its crescendo Origin: Brazil
Celebrities flock to Rio Carnival extravaganza
Celebrities flock to Rio Carnival extravaganza

As world celebrities watched, top samba schools paraded their elaborate fantasy floats and scantily-clad beauty queens Sunday in the fiery highlight of the Rio Carnival.

Celebrities flock to Rio Carnival extravaganza
Sequins, beer, robberies at Rio's pet Carnival parade
Sequins, beer, robberies at Rio's pet Carnival parade

Hundreds of pets decked out with sequins, ruffles and hats paraded on Rio's famed Copacabana beach Sunday in an annual pre-Carnival extravaganza briefly interrupted by a spate of robberies.

Sequins, beer, robberies at Rio's pet Carnival parade
Huge Rio protest against oil royalties share-out plan
Huge Rio protest against oil royalties share-out plan

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Rio Monday to press Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to veto a bill that would redistribute oil royalties in favor of non-oil producing states.

Huge Rio protest against oil royalties share-out plan
Rio gay pride march puts some politics in the mix
Rio gay pride march puts some politics in the mix

Techno music was thumping as tens of thousands hit the streets in Rio Sunday for the annual Gay Pride Parade, which organizers insisted was both a party and political.

Rio gay pride march puts some politics in the mix
Olympic flag arrives in Rio, host of 2016 Games
Olympic flag arrives in Rio, host of 2016 Games

The Olympic flag arrived Monday in Rio de Janeiro, which will host the 2016 Summer Games -- a challenge which authorities in Brazil say the city is prepared to conquer.

Olympic flag arrives in Rio, host of 2016 Games