Entries in Rio de Janeiro (3)


Pope Francis Speaks to Record Crowds in Rio de Janerio

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(RIO DE JANERIO) -- Record crowds turned out to hear Pop Francis speak in Rio de Janerio Saturday night and Sunday morning.

About two million people packed into Rio de Janerio’s Copacabana beach to hear the pope speak for World Youth Day, according to local authorities, making it the biggest event ever held in the city.

Pope Francis said that young people should be protagonists of change - he encouraged people to take to the streets and ask for improvement in their countries -he said he's been following the demonstrations happening in several parts of the world and said that people should ask for social and political improvements in an orderly and peaceful manner.

The record breaking attendance number was broken the following morning, when more than three million people packed the two and a half mile-long beach for Pope Francis’ final Mass before he departs for Rome. Many pilgrims spend the night after attending a Saturday night vigil.

This was Pope Francis’ first foreign trip as pope.

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Air France 447: Air Speed Sensors Eyed in Crash

HO/AFP/Getty Images(BERLIN) -- The investigation into a deadly Air France crash is reportedly narrowing on the aircraft's airspeed indicators. With two co-pilots at the helm, Air France Flight 447 went down into the Atlantic two years ago after speed sensors failed and the Airbus jet stalled, a German newspaper reported.

Der Spiegel cited sources who are familiar with the contents of flight recorders recovered from the ocean floor two weeks ago.  The unnamed sources told the newspaper that the chief pilot, Captain Marc Dubois, had left the cockpit just before the Airbus A330's airspeed sensors failed four hours into the flight.  The failure of the sensors caused the autopilot to disengage and the plane to stall, going into an uncontrolled dive.

The air speed sensors have long been suspected as the cause of the crash.  Air France flight 447 was en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on May 31, 2009, when it when down in the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 people aboard.

Its last known communication was about four hours into the flight.

Before the crash, the pilot had sent an electronic text message to the airline to say that the plane was heading to an area known for stormy weather, the Intertropical Convergence Zone.

About 24 automated messages during four minutes were sent from the plane before it disappeared from radar.  The messages recorded system failures and variable speed readings.

Last month, a team from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution discovered the plane's wreckage using remote underwater submarines some four kilometers deep.

Of those who died, 51 bodies were found following the crash but 177 bodies are still missing.

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Over a Dozen Dead, Injured After School Shooting in Brazil

ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) -- At least 13 people are dead and 22 others injured after a shooting at an elementary school in Rio de Janeiro Thursday, according to Brazilian officials.

The Globo television network reports that the gunman, Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, was a former student of the school and was able to enter the building by saying he was going to give a lecture.  Upon entering, the 23-year-old gunman went up to the third floor where he opened fired using two guns, which he reloaded several times.

Police responded to the scene after seeing children running away from the school.

Twelve children between the ages of nine and 14 were killed in the shooting.  The gunman also died, although it is unclear at this point if he took his own life or was shot by authorities.  Police did say, however, that he left a letter stating he intended to kill himself.

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