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Suspicious deposits made to account of Brazil president's son – report

Jan 19, 2019 - 5:15 PM

A report says several bank deposits have been made to Bolsonaro's son in 2017, totalling to 96,000 reais, or about $30,000 at the average exchange rate of that year

CORRUPT? Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro promises to end political graft, but now has suspicious deposits in his son's bank account when he was lawmaker. File photo by AFP

Brazil, U.S. officials meet Venezuela opposition leaders

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Brazil's foreign ministry says the meetings are to 'analyze the situation in Venezuela stemming from the illegitimacy of President Nicolas Maduro's rule'

MEETING. This handout picture released by the Brazilian presidency press office shows Brazilian foreign minister Ernesto Araujo (2nd-L), Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (C), exiled Venezuelan supreme court justice Miguel Angel Martin (2nd-R) and Organization of American States representative Gustavo Cinosi (R) during a meeting with members of the Venezuelan opposition in Brasilia on January 17, 2019. AFP PHOTO/BRAZILIAN PRESIDENCY/ALAN SANTOS/HO

Brazil museum holds first exhibition since fire

Jan 17, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The director of the National Museum, Alexander Kellner, says that the exhibition is 'major proof that the museum is alive and operating with available tools'

NATIONAL MUSEUM. The director of Brazil's National Museum Alexander Kellner shows fossils found among the debris in the building, destroyed by a fire last year, during a press conference on the expo 'When Not Everything Was Ice: New Discoveries in the Antarctic Continent,' based on discoveries and the museum's collection during the Paleoantar Project, part of the Brazilian Antarctic Program, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 16, 2019. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Italian ex-militant Battisti arrested in Bolivia

Jan 13, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Italy sends a plane carrying police and secret service agents to Bolivia, the interior ministry says

ARRESTED. In this file photo taken on October 20, 2017, Italian ultra-leftist militant Cesare Battisti gestures during an interview with AFP in Cananeia, Sao Paulo state, Brazi. File Photo by AFP

'Good will beat evil,' Bolsonaro says amid crime crackdown

Jan 06, 2019 - 11:00 PM

'The legislative, executive and judicial (powers) together must, by law, give guarantees that good will beat evil,' Brazil's new far-right president Jair Bolsonaro says

Brazilian deputy Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference he called to announce his intention to run for the Brazilian presidency in the October 2018 presidential election, at a hotel in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2017. A controversial politician and former army paratrooper, Bolsonaro called himself the "patriot" Brazil needs, adding he is the answer to Brazil's rampant corruption, crime and economic malaise. He won more votes than any other congressman from Rio de Janeiro state in the last general elections in 2014 and polls currently show him tied in second place for the presidency, behind leftist former two term president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. / AFP PHOTO / Apu Gomes

Far-right Bolsonaro puts stamp on Brazil in 1st week

Jan 06, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Many measures that President Jair Bolsonaro announced reflect his desire to break with decades of center-left politics and embrace a nationalist vision of the sort espoused by his ideological ally, US President Donald Trump

1ST WEEK. Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro votes during runoff elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 28, 2018. Photo by AFP

Brazil enters new era with far-right president

Jan 01, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Jair Bolsonaro is taking office as president with a sky-high approval rating, fueled by public expectations that he will be a new broom sweeping away chronic crime and corruption, and boosting an economy still limping after a record recession

Brazil embassy move to Jerusalem a question of 'when' not 'if' – Netanyahu

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says President-elect Jair Bolsonaro assured him of the move

THE MOVE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Brazil will be moving its embassy from Israel to Jerusalem. Photo from Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Pompeo to meet Netanyahu in Brazil after Syria decision

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:35 AM

The meeting comes at the heels of US President Donald Trump's announcement that he would bring home all 2,000 American troops from Syria

DIPLOMACY TALKS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Brazil. Photos by AFP

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

First baby born via uterus transplanted from dead donor

Dec 05, 2018 - 9:11 AM

The breakthrough operation, performed two years ago in Brazil, shows that such transplants are feasible and could help thousands of women unable to have children due to uterine problems

G20 opens under assault from Trump on collective action

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Shortly before the summit kicks off, Donald Trump's 'America First' charge will bear fruit with the signing in Buenos Aires of a successor to the North American free trade pact NAFTA

G20. View of the Obelisk as Corrientes Avenue remains without traffic due to security measures ahead of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires on Noviembre 29, 2018. Photo by Alberto Raggio/AFP

Former Brazilian leaders Rousseff, Lula accused in fresh graft case

Nov 24, 2018 - 11:12 AM

The two former presidents are accused of receiving bribes through the state-owned oil company Petrobas

Bolsonaro says Brazilians 'don't know what dictatorship is'

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:36 PM

'The Brazilian people still do not know what dictatorship is, do not know what it is to suffer at the hands of these people,' says President-elect Jair Bolsonaro

BOLSONARO. Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro says Brazilians do not know what a dictatorship is. File photo by Ricardo Moraes/Pool/AFP

Taking cue from Trump, Brazil's Bolsonaro to move Israel embassy

Nov 02, 2018 - 7:53 AM

The move from Tel Aviv, which will defy Palestinians and most of the world, is the latest controversial announcement by Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro

BRAZIL. In this file photo, Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters after voting, during the second round of the presidential elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 28, 2018. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Handful of states hold fate of world's vanishing wilderness

Nov 01, 2018 - 2:17 PM

New research published in the journal Nature finds that nearly 3 quarters of the wilderness that's left belongs to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia, and the United States

DEFORESTATION. This file photo shows a rainforest jungle in Borneo, Malaysia, destroyed to make way for oil palm plant. Shutterstock photo

Dead Brazilian footballer almost decapitated

Oct 31, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Sao Paulo FC midfielder Daniel Correa was found brutally murdered in Brazil

Authorities are investigating the violent death of 24-year-old football player Daniel Correa.

Brazil's Bolsonaro gets to work on hardline agenda

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:22 AM

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro huddles with his inner circle at the home of a wealthy backer in Rio de Janeiro to start forming what advisor Gustavo Bebianno calls 'a combat vanguard' for the new administration

PRESIDENT-ELECT. In this file photo, Jair Bolsonaro votes during runoff elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 28, 2018. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Pool/AFP

Brazil enters new era with far-right president-elect

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Having channeled voters' anger with corruption, crime and economic malaise, the man dubbed the 'Tropical Trump' will now get down to work seeking to 'change Brazil's destiny'

NEW ERA. Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference. File photo by Apu Gomes/AFP

'Tropical Trump' Bolsonaro elected Brazil president

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:01 AM

Official results give the controversial president-elect 55.13% of the vote in the run-off election, to 44.87 for leftist opponent Fernando Haddad, with 99.99% of the ballots counted

BOLSONARO WINS. Jair Bolsonaro, far-right lawmaker and presidential candidate of the Social Liberal Party (PSL), and his wife Michelle kiss before casting their votes, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 28, 2018. Photo by Ricardo Moraes/AFP

Brazil votes with far-right candidate favorite

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Coming on the heels of a punishing recession and staggering corruption scandal, the Latin American giant's elections have thrown up a spectacular cast of characters, even by the standards of these divisive, anti-establishment times

Brazil, a giant in crisis rocked by corruption

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Brazil has been struck by a string of corruption scandals that have rocked its political core

Far-right candidate leads as Brazil heads to polls

Oct 27, 2018 - 1:47 PM

Facing far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro is leftist candidate Fernando Haddad, a former Sao Paulo mayor who is standing in for jailed ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

WHO WILL WIN? This combination of file pictures created on October 08, 2018 shows Brazilian presidential candidates Jair Bolsonaro (L) (PSL) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 18, 2018 and Fernando Haddad (PT) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 04, 2018. Photos by Miguel Schincariol and Daniel Ramalho/AFP

[OPINION] Letter to Brazilian friends on eve of Brazil's presidential polls

Oct 27, 2018 - 9:37 AM

Will Brazil's clone of the Philippines' Duterte come to power?

Social media in the spotlight in Brazil presidential race

Oct 24, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Facebook and its WhatsApp messenger service are in the spotlight for being used in disinformation trafficking

FAKE NEWS FIGHTING. Students of Unified Educational Centers (CEU) attend a lesson on 'Fake News: access, security and veracity of information', in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 21, 2018.  File photo Miguel Schincariol/AFP

‘Sensational political content’ increasingly used as clickbait – Facebook

Oct 23, 2018 - 4:31 PM

In Facebook's takedown of 68 Pages and 43 accounts in Brazil, the company says that, increasingly, pages are using sensational political content to drive traffic to their websites

FACEBOOK. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


WhatsApp dirty tricks campaign alleged in Brazil presidential race

Oct 19, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The row shines a light on an issue that has become pressing in democracies: the organized abuse of social media to sway public opinion in countries

Brazil federal police ask for president to be indicted for corruption

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:05 PM

The federal police have investigated for more than a year whether Michel Temer, who has been in power since May 2016, took bribes to issue a decree in May 2017 to benefit companies in the port sector

TEMER. Brazilian President Michel Temer reviews an honor guard upon his arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport on June 20, 2017. File photo by Kirill Kudrayvtsev/AFP

French health watchdog wants to ban sunbeds

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:00 AM

'We recommend banning all activities linked to artificial tanning,' says Olivier Merckel, an expert at the Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety

CAUSES CANCER. In this file photo taken on July 31, 2009, a young woman lies on a sunbed or tanning bed in Santiago. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

What does 10,000,000% inflation look like? See Venezuela

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:27 PM

In 2019 hyperinflation in Venezuela is expected to leave earth's orbit, hitting 10 million percent, a figure so large and improbable, readers of the IMF report had to count the zeroes to make sure they had the correct number

Picture of a new five Bolivar-note (R) and its equivalent in old Bolivar-bills in Caracas on August 20, 2018. Caracas is issuing new banknotes after lopping five zeroes off the crippled bolivar, casting a pall of uncertainty over businesses and consumers across the country. / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA

Far-right Bolsonaro wins 1st round Brazil election

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:02 AM

Jair Bolsonaro and Fernando Haddad – the two top candidates from a field of 13 on Sunday – will have to duke it out on October 28

BRAZIL ELECTIONS. A supporter of Brazilian presidential candidate for the Workers' Party Fernando Haddad reacts during the general election vote count at a bar in Sao Salvador square in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 07, 2018. Photo by Daniel Ramalho/AFP

Brazil is choosing a new president: here's what you need to know

Oct 06, 2018 - 12:07 PM

Brazil's most polarizing presidential candidate is known for his offensive remarks against women, gays, and Brazil's mostly black poor

Brazilian deputy Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference he called to announce his intention to run for the Brazilian presidency in the October 2018 presidential election, at a hotel in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2017. A controversial politician and former army paratrooper, Bolsonaro called himself the "patriot" Brazil needs, adding he is the answer to Brazil's rampant corruption, crime and economic malaise. He won more votes than any other congressman from Rio de Janeiro state in the last general elections in 2014 and polls currently show him tied in second place for the presidency, behind leftist former two term president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. / AFP PHOTO / Apu Gomes

Pro-hunting nations block whale sanctuary bid

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Pro-whaling Japan has voted against the project, backed by commercial whaling states Iceland and Norway, as well as Russia

RESEARCH. This undated handout picture released from the Instutute of Cetacean Research on November 18, 2014 shows a minke whale on the deck of a whaling ship for research whaling at Antarctic Ocean. Photo from The Institute of Cetacean Research / AFP

Brazil's Lula quits presidential race, Haddad to run instead

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:02 AM

The decision comes less than two weeks after Brazil's Superior Electoral Tribunal ruled that the popular but polarizing former president cannot run while serving his 12-year prison sentence

The week in photos: September 1-7, 2018

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ABORTION HEARING. Women dressed as characters from the novel-turned-TV series "The Handmaid's Tale" stand in an elevator at the Hart Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on September 4, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Knife attack set to boost Bolsonaro's Brazil presidential bid

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Right-wing Brazilian election front-runner Jair Bolsonaro leads the presidential race against jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva after surviving a knife attack by an activist

epa04149938 Legislator Jair Bolsonaro, who supports the dictatorship, participates in a session held at Chamber of Legislators in Brasilia, Brazil, 01 April 2014. Brazilian Chamber of Legislators abruptly stoped the session in rejection of the 50 year anniversary of the military coup at the moment that Bolsonaro wanted to start his speech. Members of Parliament jeered at him and turned their backs in way of protest. EPA/FERNANDO BIZERRA JR.

Attacker stabs Brazil's right-wing presidential frontrunner

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:10 AM

(UPDATED) Images shared on social media and Brazilian television show Jair Bolsonaro being carried on the shoulders of a throng of supporters, before a man lunges at his stomach

Lula appeals to UN in desperate bid to gain access to election

Sep 04, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The appeal will be accompanied by a request to suspend Friday's decision by the Superior Electoral Court to prevent Lula from running for a potential third term as president because he is serving a 12-year jail sentence for accepting a bribe

APPEALING TO THE UN. Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a rally in his support by trade unionists and members of social movements in Sao Paulo, Brazil on January 24, 2018. File photo by Miguel Schincariol

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Brazil's first human, a 'priceless' loss from Rio's museum fire

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:48 AM

The jewel in the crown of the museum's collection of 20 million valuable pieces, Luzia was the first human fossil found in Brazil, in the southwestern Minas Gerais state in 1970

LUZIA. File photo taken on September 20, 1999 of a cameraman recording the presentation of the reconstruction of the head of 'Luzia,' 'the first Brazilian woman' – whose skull is 12,000 years old – at the National Museum of History in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. File photo by Antonio Scorza/AFP

Raging fire tears through prized Rio museum

Sep 03, 2018 - 3:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The museum's destruction has caused a social media outcry and students and researchers gather to demonstrate outside its still-smoldering remains

BLAZED. A massive fire engulfs the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil's oldest, on September 2, 2018. The cause of the fire was not yet known, according to local media. STR / AFP

Brazil's top electoral court votes down Lula candidacy

Sep 01, 2018 - 9:19 AM

(UPDATED) Majority of Brazil's top electoral court voted against Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva presidential bid for a 3rd term

NEW CANDIDATE? This file photo shows Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters as he arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

Venezuela arrests 131 accused of economic sabotage

Aug 31, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The arrests include 'several managers of large chains' accused of 'speculating and hoarding basic products' that are subject to prices fixed by the government

ECONOMIC SABOTAGE? In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela claims 'thousands' of migrants want to come home

Aug 30, 2018 - 9:41 AM

Brazil President Michel Temer has called on 'the international community to adopt diplomatic measures' to halt the 'tragic' exodus of Venezuelans that 'threatens the harmony of practically the entire continent'

7.1-magnitude earthquake hits Peru-Brazil border – USGS

Aug 24, 2018 - 6:58 PM

(UPDATED) The earthquake hits at a depth of 609 kilometers on Peru's eastern frontier with Brazil

Brazil sends troops to Venezuela border

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:23 AM

Brazil's president mobilizes military after residents in the border town of Pacaraima clashed violently with Venezuelan migrants, driving them out of makeshift camps

Imprisoned Lula registers Brazil presidential candidacy

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:28 PM

'I registered my candidacy for the presidency of the republic...certain that I can do a lot to pull Brazil from one of its worst crises in history,' Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says in a letter

NEW CANDIDATE? This file photo shows Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters as he arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:24 PM

Here is the state of play regarding lawsuits and restrictions on the use of glyphosate around the world

GLYPHOSATE. Roundup products are seen for sale at a store in San Rafael, California, on July, 9, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Politicians involved in murder of Brazilian activist Marielle Franco

Aug 11, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Colleagues say the leftist politician was killed because she had angered police and underground paramilitary groups known as militias

ACTIVIST. Brazilian lawmaker and Black human rights activist Marielle Franco speaking at a campaign in August 2016. Photo from Wiki Commons

Presidential debate showcases divided Brazil

Aug 10, 2018 - 12:45 PM

(UPDATED) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's enforced absence due to his corruption conviction casts a shadow, given his stunning lead in the polls

DEBATE. Composition made with pictures of Brazilian presidential candidates (top L-R) Alvaro Dias (Podemos), Marina Silva (Rede), Guilherme Boulos (PSOL), Henrique Meirelles (MDB) and (bottom L-R) Cabo Daciolo (Patriota), Geraldo Alkmin (PSDB), Ciro Gomes (PDT) and Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), taken during their participation in the first presidential debate ahead of the October 7 general election, at Bandeirantes television network in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 9, 2018. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP