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Telling COVID's story: At UN, leaders spin virus storylines

The subject: coronavirus. The status: urgent. The solutions: as diverse as the nations they lead. With the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly reduced to recorded speeches because of the pandemic, leaders are using this week as an opportunity to...

 

Ex-President Temer arrested in Brazil on corruption charges

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Michel Temer was arrested Thursday on corruption charges, a dramatic development in a sprawling graft probe that has roiled Latin America's largest nation and shows no sign of slowing. Judge Marcelo...

 

Brazil police: school attackers imitating Columbine massacre

SUZANO, Brazil (AP) — Two young men who stormed their former school in southern Brazil armed with a gun, crossbows and axes, killing seven people, were trying to emulate the 1999 Columbine attack in Colorado and had been planning the assault for...

 

In Brazil backlands, termites built millions of dirt mounds

PALMEIRAS, Brazil (AP) — Roy Funch, an American botanist who has lived and worked in Brazil's hardscrabble northeast for decades, long looked at huge cone-shaped mounds of mud in the distance and wondered. What built them? How many were there? How...

 

Foreign firms invest in Brazil oil despite fuel price strike

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Multinational oil companies bought significant stakes in three Brazilian pre-salt oil fields auctioned Thursday, a show of confidence in the future of the energy sector despite a recent strike by truckers over rising fuel pric...

 

Brazil firemen lament failing to save man as building fell

SAO PAULO (AP) — They just needed 30 seconds more, a firefighter sergeant said. He had thrown a rope with an improvised harness to a man hanging from a burning building in Sao Paulo's old downtown, and the man managed to secure his leg and...

 

Prosecutor: minors at risk of forced labor at Brazil church

FRANCO DA ROCHA, Brazil (AP) — Minors remain at risk and are being forced to work against their will by a Brazilian church with ties to the U.S.-based Word of Faith Fellowship, a senior labor prosecutor said Wednesday after the initial hearing in...

 

Brazil's da Silva in police custody after tense showdown

SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, Brazil (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was taken into police custody Saturday after a tense showdown with his own supporters, the capstone of an intense three days that underscored raw emotions...

 

Arrest warrant issued for former Brazilian president 'Lula'

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian judge issued an arrest warrant on Thursday for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, dealing a major blow to the once wildly popular leader who was trying to mount a political comeback ahead of October's...

 

Pope meets with abuse survivors, weeps with them in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis met on Tuesday with survivors of priests who sexually abused them, wept with them and apologized for the "irreparable damage" they suffered, his spokesman said. The pontiff also acknowledged the "pain" of...

 

Brazil, France allege Rio Olympics vote-buying scheme

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian and French authorities said Tuesday they uncovered an international corruption scheme aimed at buying votes in awarding the 2016 Olympics. It is the latest allegation to sully the legacy of the Rio Games, the first O...

 

In major blow to Brazil, US suspends meat product imports

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a major blow to Brazil, the United States on Thursday announced the immediate suspension of all imports of beef products from Latin America's largest nation because of safety concerns. The decision by U.S. Agriculture...

 

Brazil meat scandal deepens as China, EU, Chile bar imports

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A scandal over alleged bribery by meatpackers to allow the sale of expired meat in Brazil deepened Monday as the European Union, China and Chile decided to halt some meat imports from Latin America's largest nation. The...

 

Brazil struggles to curb prison violence that has killed 125

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities are scrambling to stop a wave of prison violence that has killed at least 125 inmates in two weeks, many with their heads cut off or their hearts and intestines ripped out. Three massacres and many smalle...

 

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