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Brazilian police seek arrest of Paraguay ex-President Cartes

Nov. 19, 2019 4:30 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police are seeking the arrest of former President Horacio Cartes of Paraguay as part of an investigation into money laundering. On Tuesday, Brazilian authorities alleged Cartes provided $500,000 to a criminal organization at the request of Dario Messer, a Brazilian associate...

Brazil police: officer fired stray bullet that killed girl

Nov. 19, 2019 1:12 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities have identified a police officer as responsible for a stray bullet that killed an eight-year-old girl in Rio de Janeiro state this year. Police on Tuesday presented the results of an investigation into the killing of Ágatha Sales Félix, who was shot in...

Sao Paulo bids to keep Interlagos on F1’s 2021 calendar

Nov. 17, 2019 6:01 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Sao Paulo authorities made their case to Formula One owners on Sunday to keep the traditional Interlagos track on the calendar for another 10 years after its contract expires in 2020, and even had three-time champion Jackie Stewart join their pitch. State Governor Joao Doria said in a news...

Hamilton unveils new Senna tribute helmet at Brazilian GP

Nov. 15, 2019 12:37 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has unveiled another helmet in tribute to his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Hamilton started Friday’s practice sessions wearing a helmet designed with a Brazilian flag on the top, Senna’s yellow and green on the...

Brazil’s major cities lock horns for F1 race after 2020

Nov. 14, 2019 1:09 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Once a year, racing fans across South America flock to the region’s only Formula One Grand Prix in the Brazilian metropolis of Sao Paulo. But the drizzly hometown of legendary driver Ayrton Senna risks losing that opportunity to shine. This week’s Brazilian GP at Interlagos...

Hamilton hopes new 2021 rules bring F1’s best era in years

Nov. 13, 2019 3:22 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton believes new rules in place for the 2021 season onward could give the racing series its best era for a long time. The 34-year-old Mercedes driver, who spoke on Wednesday ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, hopes the rule changes...

Brazil's oil tender yields $17 billion, falls short of hopes

Nov. 6, 2019 1:49 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil awarded two of the four blocks on offer in its priciest oil auction since 2010 on Wednesday, securing about $17 billion dollars but falling short of government expectations. The highly anticipated tender had captured the attention of some of the world's biggest oil firms,...

Censorship or caution? Culture war burns in Brazil

Nov. 4, 2019 3:47 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The clowns were already on stage, faces painted white, costumes carefully adjusted. It was to be the troupe's second show of "Abrazo," a play for children about a fictional dictatorship in which hugging is outlawed. The actors breathed deeply, waiting for the public to take its seats....

Brazil reckons with new oil spill mystery: When will it end?

Nov. 4, 2019 3:36 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities said on Monday that they have no way of knowing how much more oil will wash ashore the country's northeastern coast, despite President Jair Bolsonaro's ominous warning during a Sunday night TV interview that "the worst is yet to come." In the interview, Bolsonaro...

Brazil authorities zero in on ship suspected of oil spill

Nov. 1, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After oil mysteriously washed ashore on some 2,100 kilometers (1,300 miles) of Brazil's coastline for two months, authorities on Friday identified a suspect: a Greek-flagged ship belonging to Delta Tankers Ltd. The Delta-owned NM Bouboulina vessel was navigating through Brazilian...