Behind the ostrich feathers and sequins, the parades tackle serious matters such as crime, corruption, drugs, poverty and intolerance towards the LGBT community.
Heartwarming image of Pikin the gorilla resting in the arms of her human companion Appolinaire in the back of a car wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award.
Response to Oxfam Haiti sex scandal: "Judge me by my work, not what I do in my time off," says aid worker who had sex with prostitutes during Bosnian War.
A former senior UN official has suggested that Oxfam workers involved in the Haitian prostitution scandal could face prosecution for sex crimes in British courts.
Seven of Rio de Janeiro's elite samba schools danced through the specially-built Sambadrome on the first night of the city's famous Carnival parades.
Mark Goldring said the conduct of nine senior in Haiti was "contrary to the values" of Oxfam and the sex scandal had compromised the entire organisation.
Fresh allegations emerge indicating that charity bosses failed to warn other aid agencies about the behaviour of certain staff members.
Dress code advice by Pontifical Bolivarian University (UPB) in Medellin sparks protest over "disrespectful" attitude to women.
José María Guizar, one of the leaders of the Los Zetas drug cartel, was among the 122 most wanted criminals by the Mexican government.
Senior Oxfam staff paid Haiti quake survivors to take part in sex orgies, with some feared to be underage, the Times has reported.
Bruce McArthur was charged with the murder of five men, police believe may have been targeted in Toronto's Gay Village. Officers say they have recovered the remains of a sixth man.
Maclean's publishes two identical issues with different cover prices for men and women to highlight pay inequality in Canada.
Bermuda becomes first country to introduce and repeal a gay marriage law as it struggles to balance public attitudes with civil rights.
Pressure groups call for foreign secretary to intervene and prevent Caribbean island reversing gay marriage ruling.
Authorities believe the brutal dismemberments were done by members of a drug cartel in the state of Chihuahua.
Fast-track hearings of claims and better training for refugee processors leads to acceptance rate jumping to 70 per cent.
A circus worker in Guatemala had both his arms violently ripped off by hungry tigers as he gave the animals a bucket of water to drink.
Police investigate after student union representatives across Canada receive packages containing electrical items and adult sex aids.
The London-based entrepreneur says he was forced to fight off the shark after his foot became trapped in its jaws.