Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival celebrations have kicked off amid an avalanche of bad news.

The five days of over-the-top parades and raucous, alcohol-soaked street parties that make up Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival celebrations have kicked off amid an avalanche of bad news, including more evidence of Brazil’s stalling economy, an ongoing drought and a snowballing corruption scandal at state-run oil giant Petrobras. In the annual ceremony that marks the […]

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