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Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian bishop – Vatican

May 17, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The bishop is under investigation for alleged extortion of priests in his diocese, and the covering-up of sexual abuse cases, according to Brazilian media reports

Brazil court orders Bolsonaro to explain gun decree

May 11, 2019 - 10:42 PM

An opposition political party Sustainability Network challenges the constitutionality of Bolsonaro's decision that granted millions of Brazilians the right to carry loaded weapons in public

PRESIDENT. In this file photo taken on April 9, 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the appointment ceremony of his new Education Minister Abraham Weintraub at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Bolsonaro's decree allows millions of Brazilians to carry guns

May 09, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Jair Bolsonaro defends the move as honoring the result of a 2005 referendum in which nearly 64% of Brazilians rejected a law that included, among other things, a total ban on the sale of arms

GUNS IN BRAZIL. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attends a ceremony to commemorate the participation of Brazil in World War II in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 8, 2019. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Brazil court reduces ex-president Lula's sentence

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:36 PM

In a unanimous decision, the 4 judges on the Superior Court of Justice panel hearing Lula's appeal agree to uphold his conviction, but cut the sentence to 8 years and 10 months

REDUCED SENTENCE. In this file photo taken on April 07, 2018, Brazilian ex-president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gestures after attending a Catholic Mass in memory of his late wife Marisa Leticia in metropolitan Sao Paulo, Brazil. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Party's over: Rio reels from deadly disasters

Apr 17, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The havoc caused by the unusually heavy downpour is amplified by rampant construction in neighborhoods controlled by heavily-armed gangs and militias

RIO BUILDING COLLAPSE. People watch as an injured person is carried onto a rescue helicopter after two buildings collapsed in Muzema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 12, 2019. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Pele back in Brazil after hospital stay in France

Apr 09, 2019 - 8:09 PM

'Once again, thank God, everything went well. I'm alive. Long live Brazil,' says Pele when he arrived

HOME, SWEET HOME. Pele safely arrives in Brazil after his hospitalization in Paris. File photo from Shutterstock

Brazil military shoots family driving to baby shower – report

Apr 09, 2019 - 11:40 AM

The soldiers patrolling the northern district of Guadalupe apparently mistook the white car as belonging to criminals

BRAZIL SOLDIERS. Brazilian soldiers participate in the graduation ceremony and commemorate the 1964 military coup, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 28, 2019. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Measles: Nearly wiped-out, on the rise again

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The United Nations says worldwide cases of measles jumped by more than 30% in 2017, and infections continued to rise in 2018

MEASLES ON THE RISE. This file photo shows patients stricken with measles inside the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 11, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

President Bolsonaro: Brazil owes world nothing on environment

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:19 AM

'Brazil does not owe the world anything when it comes to environmental protection,' says Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro

'UNATTAINABLE.' Brazil earlier declined to host the UN Conference on Climate Change after finding the objectives impossible to attain. File photo by Ricardo Morales/AFP

Brazil's ex-president Michel Temer arrested in 'Car Wash' probe

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:47 PM

(UPDATED) The investigation into Temer has uncovered 'the existence of a criminal organization in full operation, involved in concrete acts of clear gravity,' the federal prosecutor's office says

ARRESTED. This handout picture shows former president Michel Temer during a meeting at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on May 2, 2018. File photo by Alan Santos/Brazil Presidency/AFP

Trump, right-wing Bolsonaro announce special relationship

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Washington has had strained relations with Brazil's long string of leftist governments but the rise of Jair Bolsonaro has opened a new door for the Trump administration

SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro in the Rose Garden at the White House on March 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

8 dead in Brazil school shooting

Mar 13, 2019 - 10:11 PM

(UPDATED) Sao Paulo state Governor Joao Doria says 4 children and two members of staff are among the dead

SCHOOL SHOOTING. Police work at the scene of a shooting at a school in Suzano, Sao Paulo metropolitan region, Brazil, on March 13, 2019. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Trump to host Brazil's far-right president Bolsonaro

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro, who has been dubbed 'South America's Trump', has vowed to forge close ties with Washington

'TROPICAL TRUMP.' Jair Bolsonaro has been in line with Donald Trump in key international stands. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Brazil president sacks close aide amid political scandal

Feb 19, 2019 - 8:37 AM

Gustavo Bebianno, who held cabinet rank and was former leader of the ultraconservative PSL, is replaced by retired general Floriano Peixoto

GUSTAVO BEBIANNO. In this file picture taken on November 21, 2018, Gustavo Bebianno, who was appointed by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro as Minister of Government Secretariat, addresses the press at the transitional government's headquarters in Brasilia. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's president leaves hospital after 17-day 'power vacuum'

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:02 AM

Now that he is out of the hospital, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will have to prioritize reforming Brazil's unsustainable pension system – and reimposing his authority

This video grab taken from Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro's official Twitter account shows President Jair Bolsonaro speaking before undergoing a surgery to remove the colostomy bag that was placed after the attack he suffered in September, at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil on January 27, 2019. - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro was in hospital in Sao Paulo on Sunday for surgery to remove a colostomy bag put in after he was attacked by a man with a knife during his election campaign. His spokesman, General Otavio Santana do Rego Barros, said Saturday that Bolsonaro would be operated on January 28, after which he would be on strict bed rest for two days. (Photo by HO / Jair Bolsonaro's official Twitter account / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO - Jair Bolsonaro's Official Twitter Account" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Brazil's Bolsonaro improving after pneumonia, surgery

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:55 AM

The former army captain has been in semi-intensive care since January 28

Brazil's right-wing presidential candidate for the Social Liberal Party (PSL), Jair Bolsonaro votes during runoff elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 28, 2018. (Photo by RICARDO MORAES / POOL / AFP)

Toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 157 dead, 182 missing

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Virtually all the dead and missing are workers at the iron ore mine, buried under an avalanche of sludgy mining waste when the dam collapsed

PRAYING. People pray outside the Brumadinho Matriz Church during a service in honor of the missing people and victims in the community of Parque das Cachoeiras, after a dam belonging to Brazil's giant mining company Vale collapsed on January 25 near the city of Brumadinho in the state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, on January 31, 2019. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Residents near Brazil dam disaster exposed to illness, expert warns

Feb 07, 2019 - 8:21 AM

Residents face an increased risk of dengue, yellow fever, infectious diseases, and psychological problems

DAM COLLAPSE. Firefighters recover the body of a victim from the dam collapse at an iron-ore mine belonging to Brazil's giant mining company Vale near the town of Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, on January 28, 2019. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Death toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 134

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:17 AM

A fire services spokesman says it is possible that not all the bodies will be located and recovered

DAM COLLAPSE. A rescuer searches for victims of Friday's dam collapse near the town of Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, on January 28, 2019. Photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

Toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 121 dead, 226 missing

Feb 03, 2019 - 10:05 AM

All those listed as missing are presumed dead, with no survivors being found over the past week

Brazil dam collapse toll rises to 84, mining firm's output to be hit

Jan 30, 2019 - 6:12 PM

No survivors have been found in the disaster site since Saturday, only bodies

Friends and relatives of Edmayra Samara, 28, one of the victims of the recent dam collapse, carry her coffin during the funeral at the municipal cemetery in the city of Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, on January 29, 2019. - Five engineers, including two working for a German company, were arrested in Brazil Tuesday as part of a probe into a deadly dam collapse last week that left at least 65 dead and 300 missing, at a mine in the country's southeast, officials said. (Photo by Mauro Pimentel / AFP)

New alert as hundreds feared dead in Brazil dam disaster

Jan 27, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The alert warns of dangerously high water levels at a dam that is part of the Corrego do Feijao mining complex in southeastern Brazil

Hope fades for 300 missing in Brazil dam disaster

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:13 PM

(UPDATED) The local governor says 'odds are minimal' that they would be found alive

Aerial view showing firemen looking for people in heavy machinery (L and R) and a locomotive (C) after the collapse of a dam which belonged to Brazil's giant mining company Vale, near the town of Brumadinho in southeastern Brazil, on January 25, 2019. - A dam collapse in southeast Brazil unleashed a torrent of mud on a riverside town and surrounding farmland Friday, destroying houses, leaving 200 people missing and raising fears of a number of deaths, according to officials. (Photo by Douglas Magno / AFP)

China, Europe follow Brazil's Bolsonaro onto Davos stage

Jan 23, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Top billing on the World Economic Forum stage will go to Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, who is tasked with negotiating a truce in the US-China trade war

IN DAVOS. A participant to the to the World Economic Forum annual meeting is seen in silhouette at the Congress Centre on January 21, 2019 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

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