With only 100 days until the World Cup, there is concern among FIFA's bosses that Brazil is running behind with the preparations.
Hold-ups happen daily in Rio. Few are as brazen as a gang that robbed hospital staff and patients in a waiting room at gunpoint.
Repair work has begun on Brazil's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue after its head and right hand were damaged during lightning strikes.
A construction worker has died in an accident outside the World Cup stadium in the Brazilian jungle city of Manaus where England will play their opening group match against Italy.
He is the third worker to die in or near the stadium in Manaus.
Fifa's general secretary tweeted:
FIFA deeply regret the death of the worker who was disassembling a crane used in the construction of the roof of the Arena Amazonia. 1/2
With great sadness we send our sincere condolences to the family, on behalf of both FIFA and the Local Organising Committee tonight. (2/2)
Hundreds of demonstrators in Brazil have clashed with police in Rio de Janeiro in protest against a 10 cent rise in public transport fares.
At the city's main train station riot police used batons and tear gas to disperse protesters after they rushed through the turnstiles, and some of them destroyed fare machines.
The demonstration had started out peacefully with about 800 people demanding better public transportation, health services and education.
One protester said: "If there was a public transportation fare hike and we had good health services and education you wouldn't have this many people on the street.
"On top of this you see spending with the World Cup, things that we really don't need", she added.
Roy Hodgson has attempted to make amends with the city of Manaus ahead of the World Cup following a public spat with the mayor last December.
The England manager previously said that Manaus, renowned for its heat and humility, was the place to avoid during the World Cup, much to the annoyance of mayor Arthur Birgilo who released a statement saying England would not be welcome.
With England due to face Italy in the opening game in Manaus, Hodgson attempted to defuse the row by writing a letter to the city's governor Omar Aziz.
Hodgson said he was looking forward to experiencing the city to learn more about the culture, history and people of Manaus, in what promises to be "one of the highlights of the tournament" for England.
Officials said they were now planning a warm reception for the England team when they arrive in June.
For the latest World Cup news visit ITV Sport's World Cup site
A health inspector in Brazil got a surprise when he visited a family to weigh their son Billy da Silva Rosa and found out he was a cat, The Times reports.
For seven months, Billy's "father" had claimed a benefit known as "bolsa familia" for the four-year-old, which is paid to poor families who send their children to school rather than work.
As he ran the local programme, which pays for education, basic healthcare and food, it might have appeared to be the perfect scam until his wife unknowingly let the cat out of the bag.
"But Billy is my cat", she reportedly told the heath inspector in surprise when he arrived at her home.
Her husband, a council worker, was dismissed from his position and is expected to face criminal proceedings.
Protesters around Brazil gathered to demonstrate against the cost of hosting the soccer World Cup later this year.
In Sao Paulo, at least 1,000 demonstrators waved flags and carried banners reading, "Without rights there will be no World Cup."
As they marched towards the centre, some protesters attacked an empty police car and tried to overturn it, while others torched a small car and smashed the windows of a building.
Activists sat on toilets along Rio de Janeiro's famed Ipanema beach to protest against the lack of basic sanitation in the Brazilian city.
The protest organisers, Meu Rio (My Rio), said the toilets represented the thousands of litres of untreated sewage that ends up into the sea waters of Rio everyday.
Activists carved out silhouettes of bacteria and other micro-organisms, carried to the beach in sewage, on the sand.
These beaches are set to host several of Rio's events at the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.
Rio's state government has pledged that the city's waterways will be clean in time for the 2016 Olympics.
The city's Olympic committee has promised that pollution will also be reduced.
FIFA has told officials in Curitiba that they have until February 18 to prove they can get their stadium on track for the World Cup or risk exclusion from this summer's tournament in Brazil.
The 43,000-seater Arena da Baixada is so behind schedule that FIFA doesn't know when it might be ready. The organisation's secretary general said he will decide in three weeks whether to drop the city from the World Cup.
"As you can imagine, the current situation of the stadium is not something we really appreciate," Jerome Valcke told reporters on a visit to the ground. "The stadium is not only late, it is very, very late.
"If you don't have a stadium you can't have games," he added, describing it as an "emergency situation".
A newborn monkey that was rejected by its mother has survived thanks to donations of human breast milk.
The baby golden lion tamarin was rejected by his mother at the Brasilia Zoo in Brazil, when he was just seven days old.
Vets at the zoo asked the public for human breast milk donations after they determined it has the closest biological proximity to what the newborn primate would naturally receive from its mother.
Investigators in Brazil are investigating whether police officers killed at least 12 young men in a number of incidents across the city of Campinas to avenge the murder of a colleague.
The wave of killings began on Sunday night and continued into Monday in Campinas, about 60 miles north west of Sao Paulo.
The mostly drive-by shootings of the young men occurred within about four hours of one another and came after an off-duty police officer was killed while fighting armed robbers who targeted him as he stopped at a petrol station in the same region. Police investigator Licurgo Nunes Costa said:
We're not ruling out executions, revenge nor a fight between criminals. It's a sequence of events in the same region and around the same time and we have to consider the relationship between the occurrences.