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Pele says he is 'doing fine' amid heath fears

Brazilian football legend Pele has said he "is doing fine" as he attempted to play down concerns over his health.

The 74-year-old also denied reports that he had been placed in intensive care.


Pele moved to quieter special care unit away from fans

Football legend Pele has been moved to a quieter special care unit to receive treatment away from fans after being admitted to a Brazilian hospital with a urinary tract infection.

The Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said the 74-year-old had suffered "clinical instability" but provided no more details of his condition.

A spokeswoman for Albert Einstein Hospital confirmed earlier reports that Pele was in intensive care were inaccurate. Credit: RTV
Pele was discharged from the same hospital on November 13 after undergoing surgery to remove kidney stones. Credit: RTV

Aide: Pele moved for the sake of privacy

Pele has been receiving treatment for a urinary infection. Credit: PA

Football legend Pele's aide says the former player is 'completely fine', after reports he had been moved to an intensive care unit, after being admitted in hospital due to a urinary infection..

Jose Fornos Rodrigues told Reuters that Pele was moved for the sake of privacy.

"He was uncomfortable with so many people coming. It'll be quieter now," Rodrigues said.

Brazilian football legend Pele 'in intensive care'

Pele has been in and out of hospital recently. Credit: PA

Brazilian football legend Pele is reportedly in intensive care at a hospital in Sao Paulo.

Pele was admitted for a urinary tract infection and has since undergone surgery to remove kidney stones, but his condition is now worsening, according to reports.

A statement released to Brazilian press stated: "The Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein said that the Edson Arantes do Nascimento patient (Pele) was admitted with clinical instability.

"To receive the best care, he was transferred to be monitored in a special care unit."

Brazilian police 'kill six people every day'

Brazilian police killed six people every day over a five-year period – totalling more than 11,000 deaths between 2009 and 2013, a report has claimed.

The study, by the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety, states that officers in the country killed more in just five years than police in the US had over a 30-year timespan, in what it labelled “unacceptable standards” revealing systematic “police victimisation”.

Police in Brazil are accused of 'abusive use of lethal force' in the report Credit: Reuters

The annual report – which also reveals black people were 30.5 per cent more likely to be killed – accused the force of “abusive use of lethal force” when responding to crime and violence.

It suggested that 143,000 rapes were committed in the country in 2013, only a third of which were reported, and said the “crisis in public safety” had cost the economy more than 250 billion Brazilian Real (£61bn) last year alone.


'Two inmates beheaded' in Brazil prison riots

Prison riots in Brazil have seen two inmates beheaded and another killed after being thrown off the roof, according to the Associated Press news agency.

The riots are said to have taken place in Cascavel. Credit: Google Maps

Prisoners in the city of Cascavel took two officials and a number of other inmates hostage during the uprising, the news agency reports.

The revolt was said to have begun after a prison guard during breakfast, while dozens of prisoners were also reported to have climbed onto the roof of the building.

Marina Silva confirmed as Brazil presidential candidate

Environmentalist Marina Silva will be the new presidential candidate for Brazil's Socialist Party a week after its previous nominee was killed in a plane crash.

Ms Silva, who had been Eduardo Campos' vice presidential running mate, met members of the party in Brasilia who officially approved her as the new candidate.

Brazilian politician Marina Silva speaks during a news conference in Brasilia Credit: Reuters

The decision was widely expected. Party members and Ms Silva's associates had said over the weekend that the main leaders had already chosen her to run in Mr Campos' place.

Thousands mourn Brazil presidential candidate

Tens of thousands of Brazilians gathered in the north eastern city of Recife to bid farewell to presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, killed in a plane crash four days ago, as debate swirled about the impact of his death on the October election.

Locals waited hours in line to pay their respects in front of Campos's coffin and watch an open-air mass attended by a number of Brazilian officials, including President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Supporters accompany a fire truck carrying the coffin of the late Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos towards a cemetery for burial in Recife Credit: Reuters
Supporters crowd around a cart carrying the coffin of the late Brazilian presidential candidate Credit: Reuters
A supporter of the late Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos cries inside the cemetery where Campos was buried in Recife Credit: Reuters
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