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.
Millions of people have flocked to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to take part in one of the biggest New Year's parties in the world:
A Brazilian labour court has halted construction in part of the World Cup stadium where a man fell 115 feet to his death while working on a roofing structure in the jungle city of Manaus.
The move will further delay work at the venue that will host England v Italy and three other matches next June.
The decision was announced after public prosecutors requested the immediate interruption of work in all areas where labourers need to be high above the ground.
Work will only restart after builders show that all safety measures are in place at the Arena Amazonia, which will also host United States v Portugal.
The Manaus court said constructors will be fined a daily amount if they do not abide by the decision.
Public prosecutors have moved to halt construction at the World Cup stadium where a worker fell 115 feet to his death while working on the roofing structure in Manaus, according to the Associated Press.
Prosecutors want the "immediate" interruption of work in all areas where labourers need to be high above the ground.
They said work should only restart after constructors show that all safety measures are in place at the Arena da Amazonia, the stadium hosting four World Cup matches next June, including England v Italy and United States v Portugal.
A construction worker has died at the Brazilian football stadium where England will open their World Cup bid.
It is the latest in a series of fatal accidents as Brazil rushes to complete its World Cup venues in time for next year's tournament.
ITV News correspondent Nina Nannar reports:
A construction worker died at the stadium due to host the England versus Italy match on June 14 next year.
Manaus officials said they aim to hold the first match to test the stadium on January 15, with the 10,000 workers who participated in the stadium's construction serving as spectators.
Delays in the unblocking of federal financing for the venue slowed construction, causing FIFA to push back its original December deadline for stadium delivery.
A construction worker died after falling off the roof of the Arena Amazonia in Brazil on Saturday, FIFA and the World Cup organising committee confirmed today.
In a statement, the football bodies said:
FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) learnt of the death of the worker on Saturday at the Arena Amazonia site with great sadness.
We would like to send our most sincere condolences to his family, relatives, colleagues and friends.
A construction worker died in Brazil early this morning after falling off the roof of a World Cup stadium.
Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira, 22, died in a hospital in Manaus, according to local officials. He fell nearly 35 meters (115 feet) after a cable broke.
His death adds to safety concerns as Brazil races to finish building in time to host the 2014 World Cup.
Workers had already been killed at three of Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums.
Fatal accidents have occurred in Manaus, Brasilia and most recently in Sao Paulo, where two people died on Nov. 27 after a crane collapsed in the arena that is to host the opening game on June 12.
Violent clashes between Brazilian football fans stopped a football match for more than an hour. The violence erupted 17 minutes into the first half after the home team Atletico Paranaense opened the scoreboard 1-0 against opponent and Rio de Janeiro team Vasco.
According to authorities, four fans were injured in the fighting, three of whom were taken to the hospital. One injured fan had to be taken away by helicopter. Fighting also reportedly broke out outside the stadium on Sunday but the majority of the violence occurred in the stadium.
The game, which eventually resumed, ended in a 1-0 for Atletico Paranaense. The result drops Vasco from the first to second division.
England's opening World Cup match against Italy has been brought forward by three hours.
The match had been scheduled for 02:00 BST on June 15, but it will now kick-off at 23:00 BST on the 14 June.
Fifa agreed to reschedule the clash following an appeal by British broadcasters over the late kick-off.