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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Sep 04, 2018 - 12:56 PM

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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

24 newsrooms in Brazil to fact-check WhatsApp ahead of elections

Aug 07, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The fact-checking collaboration called Comprova will have access to the newly launched WhatsApp Business API which provides them better communication with their readers

Brazil closes, then reopens border to Venezuelan migrants

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:57 AM

(UPDATED) 'It is not justified to take the easy path to 'close the doors' because of difficulties in hosting refugees,' Supreme Court justice Rosa Weber says in her ruling

MASS MIGRATION. File picture taken on February 27, 2018 at the Brazil-Venezuela border in Pacaraima, Roraima, Brazil.  A Brazilian federal court has ordered on August 5, 2018 a block on Venezuelans crossing the border from their economically imploding country. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Record 207 environmental activists killed in 2017

Jul 24, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The Global Witness reports that Brazil was the most dangerous country for land activists in 2017 with 57 killed, while the Philippines accounted for 48

Liverpool signs Alisson in world-record deal

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:38 AM

Brazilian Alisson Becker becomes the world's most expensive goalkeeper after signing a deal worth 72.5 million euros

EXCITED. Goalkeeper Alisson Becker says it's a 'dream come true' to join Liverpool. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Fugitive cosmetic surgeon arrested over patient death

Jul 20, 2018 - 9:29 AM

Brazil police arrest Denis Furtado, called Dr Bumbum for specializing in butt-enhancement, following the death of a patient in a botched operation

BUMBUM. Denis Furtado, a cosmetic surgeon known in Brazil as Dr Bumbum, was arrested Thursday following the death of a patient. Bumbum is slang in Brazil for backside. Photo from the Instagram of Denis Furtado

Celebrity cosmetic surgeon in Brazil vanishes after patient dies

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:15 AM

The Brazilian celebrity butt-enhancement surgeon called Dr. Bumbum is now wanted by police

DR BUMBUM. The Brazilian Plastic Surgery Society (SBPC) denounces Denis Furtado, shown in the file photo here, saying 'the growing invasion of non-specialists in the specialty has provoked more and more fatalities like this one.' Photo from IG

Fighting 'fake news' with the law

Jul 13, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Some countries are using legislation to fight the spread of 'fake news,' as critics warn of dangers to free speech and the media. Here's a look at the situation in a number of countries.

Brazil prosecutors probe judge who ordered release of Lula

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Attorney General Raquel Dodge says there is evidence that when appeals judge Rogerio Favreto acted professionally, he did so 'motivated by personal feelings and interests'

Lula remains in jail as Brazil judge voids shock release order

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Judge Pedro Gebran Neto overturns a shock order to free Lula, which dropped hours earlier from Judge Rogerio Favreto at an appeals court in the southern city of Porto Alegre

IMPRISONMENT. In this file photo, Ex-Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives at the Federal Police headquarters where he is due to serve his 12-year prison sentence, in Curitiba, Parana State, Brazil, on April 7, 2018. File photo by Heuler Andrey/AFP

Tactical masterstroke key as Belgium stuns 'bitter' Brazil

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Coach Roberto Martinez says the Belgian players 'deserve to be heroes' back home

SHOCKER. Belgium's Vincent Kompany (left) consoles Brazil superstar Neymar. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

World Cup 2018: The elite 8

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The big guns are all primed up for global football's quarterfinal battles

FAVORED. England stands among the favorites to reach the World Cup semifinals. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Stylish Neymar steers Brazil past Mexico

Jul 03, 2018 - 2:02 AM

The Brazilians blank the Mexicans in a 'difficult match' to reach the World Cup quarterfinals

WHOOP IT UP.Neymar (top) celebrates with Brazil's midfielder Paulinho after scoring the opening goal. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

World Cup 2018: The last 16

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Check out how the 16 teams rank ahead of the World Cup's knockout stages

STRONG START. Belgium (in red) downs England, 1-0, in their final group game to join Croatia and Uruguay as the only teams to win all 3 games in the group stage. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

World Cup wide open after dramatic group stage

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:11 AM

Croatia stays impressive, Brazil finds its footing, while France and Argentina labor through

CONSISTENCY. Croatian star Luka Modric (right) looks to lead the way again in the last 16 after Croatia’s impressive run in the group stage. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Germany: The latest victim of the champion's curse

Jun 28, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Coach Joachim Loew says the Germans deserve to crash out of the World Cup

SHOCK EXIT. Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos (right) and the defending champions get booted out by the unfancied South Koreans. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Brazil, Neymar find mojo to cruise to last 16

Jun 28, 2018 - 9:45 AM

The Brazilians top Group E to advance against Mexico in the knockout phase

RENEWED CONFIDENCE. Brazil says it can cope with the World Cup favorite tag. Photo by Kirill Kudryavstev/AFP

With Neymar tears, might emotional frailty prove Brazil's undoing?

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:03 PM

Not everyone back home has been sympathetic towards Neymar for his tears and his perceived play-acting in the Costa Rica game

CRYBABIES? Brazil's forward Neymar's tears during the Costa Rica match brought about criticism that the team is a bunch of "crybabies"  Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Neymar 'entitled to feel upset', says Brazil teammate

Jun 25, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Fagner says the entirety of the Brazil squad has the superstar's back as the team aims to secure a place in the last 16 of the World Cup

STILL HUMAN. Neymar is human, too, says Brazil teammate Fagner. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Brazil's top court cancels ruling on Lula release

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:39 PM

The lower court that sentenced Lula argues that the Supreme Court should only handle cases related to possible constitutional violations, a standard which Lula's request did not meet

FORMER PRESIDENT. Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 15, 2016. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Neymar hits back at World Cup critics

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:37 AM

The Brazilian football superstar breaks down in tears after a win, then gets criticized for showing 'fragility'

EMOTIONAL. Costa Rica's Bryan Oviedo talks to Brazil's Neymar as he cries after scoring a last-gasp goal during their Group E match. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Brazil nears World Cup knockouts after Costa Rica late show

Jun 22, 2018 - 10:23 PM

Neymar gets all emotional after securing the victory for Brazil

STIRRING TRIUMPH. Brazil superstar Neymar lets it all out after the match. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

LOOK: Iceland midfielder heats up social media, Neymar gets hair do-over

Jun 20, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Rurik Gislason now boasts more Instagram followers than the population of Iceland

COOL VIBE. Iceland's midfielder Rurik Gislason gains viral fame after Iceland's World Cup debut. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Brazil suffers first-night nerves in Swiss stalemate

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:11 AM

The Brazilians’ bid for a 6th World Cup gets off to a slow start as the favorites settle for a draw against the Swiss

CHALLENGE. Neymar (center) falls as a gritty Switzerland side keeps pace with powerhouse Brazil. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Neymar puts injury woe behind, kicks off World Cup assault

Jun 16, 2018 - 12:54 PM

The Brazilian superstar appears to have fully recovered from a foot fracture

Neymar, Brazil arrive in Russia as clock ticks down to World Cup start

Jun 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

A 3-0 demolition of Austria marks Neymar's first start for Brazil in more than 3 months

HIGHLIGHTS: PH dominates Brazil in FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018 opening game

Jun 09, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Watch how Gilas Pilipinas started its FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018 campaign

STUNNER. Roger Pogoy's back-to-back outside shots got the crowd cheering as he gave Philippines an edge over Brazil. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

PH stuns 6th-ranked Brazil in 3x3 World Cup opener

Jun 09, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 team gets its bid off to a promising start

LEADER. Stanley Pringle seals the game with back-to-back layups. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

Manchester United to sign Brazil midfielder Fred

Jun 05, 2018 - 11:52 PM

United is hopeful that its first signing of the summer will be a significant step to beating Premier League champ Man City

AGREEMENT. Brazil's midfielder Fred is slated to join Man United days after the International friendly football match between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield in Liverpool on June 3, 2018. File Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Brazil's Neymar to return from injury against Croatia

Jun 03, 2018 - 11:03 AM

The PSG striker races to be fit for his national team's World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17

READY. Brazil's star striker Neymar shares a light moment with midfielder Philippe Coutinho during a training session ahead of their international friendly football match against Croatia. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Brazil, 9 days into grinding strike, still a transport hell

May 29, 2018 - 1:52 PM

The truck strike has been crippling fuel, food, and other freight across the continent-sized industrial and agricultural powerhouse

STRIKE. In thils file photo, members of the Brazilian Military Police and Sao Paulo's traffic police, stand beside a truck with its windscreen reading 'military intervention,' during an operation to clear blocked 'Rodoanel Mrio Covas' road, in the city of Sao Bernardo do Campo, some 25 kilometers from Sao Paulo, Brazil on the sixth day of a truckers' strike protesting rising fuel costs, on May, 26, 2018. File photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Brazil cuts fuel prices after strike leaves food, fuel scarce

May 28, 2018 - 11:42 AM

The price cut, equal to 0.46 reais a liter, is to be locked in place for 60 days, Brazil's president says in televised remarks

BRAZIL'S TEMER. This handout picture shows President Michel Temer at a meeting to discuss the measures to be taken regarding the nationwide truck drivers' strike, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on May 2, 2018. Photo by Alan Santos/Brazil Presidency//AFP

For tens of thousands in Sao Paulo, squatting is only way out

May 20, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Squatters occupy some 200 buildings in Sao Paulo, a metropolis that is also home to Brazil's billionaires

A resident is seen at the Prestes Maia building which is occupied by squatters in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 14, 2018. Occupied since 2010, the abandoned building with 21 floors houses the largest occupation in Latin America, where 478 families now live. / AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA