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In this Feb. 10, 2020, photo, provided by Andréa de Sousa, her daughter Vitoria Gabrielle looks up while leaning against a wall, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The girl with a constant smile celebrated her first birthday in February, but after recovering from viral meningitis, Vitoria Gabrielle suffered gastrointestinal problems that sent her from her mother's barely furnished hilltop home back to the hospital several times for treatment. It was during an April hospital stay that de Sousa suspects her daughter was infected with the coronavirus that was just starting to circulate in Rio and Brazil. Vitoria Gabrielle died in June. (Courtesy of Andréa de Sousa via AP)

Lives Lost: Brazilian toddler was saying her first words

Jul. 2, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Vitoria Gabrielle crawled all the time and was starting to walk this year with a little help, hanging on to her 4-year-old brother's arm while exploring her mother's small apartment on a cobblestone street in Rio de Janeiro's working-class Piety neighborhood. The girl with a constant...

Pandemic probe: Brazilian governor targeted in police raid

Jun. 30, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The governor of Brazil’s Amazonas state was targeted by a police raid on Tuesday over allegations of corruption related to COVID-19 spending. Federal police ordered the preventive detention of eight people and raided more than a dozen addresses of people linked to Gov. Wilson...

Commuters wearing protective face masks to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus line up to board a bus at a bus terminal in Beijing, Monday, June 22, 2020. A Beijing government spokesperson said the city has contained the momentum of a recent coronavirus outbreak that has infected a few hundreds of people, after the number of daily new cases fell to single digits. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China reports 22 newly confirmed cases of virus

Jun. 22, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

BEIJING — China has reported 22 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 13 in Beijing, a day after a city government spokesperson said containment measures had slowed the momentum of an outbreak in the capital that has infected more than 200 people. Another nine cases were brought by Chinese...

Leicester's manager Brendan Rodgers talks to the team during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Leicester CITY at the Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, England, Saturday, June 20, 2020. (Michael Regan/Pool via AP)

The Latest: NFLPA advises halt to private workouts together

Jun. 20, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The medical director of the NFL players’ union has recommended that all players stop private workouts together. Dr. Thom Mayer told members of the NFLPA in a message Saturday that the risk of being stricken by the new...

Fabricio Queiroz, second left, is escorted by police after arriving from Sao Paulo at the Japarecagua airport, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 18, 2020. Brazilian authorities on Thursday arrested Queiroz sought as part of an investigation into allegedly suspicious movements of money he made while a driver for Flavio Bolsonaro, a Brazilian senator and son of President Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Arrest of ex-aide to Bolsonaro’s son another hit for leader

Jun. 18, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities on Thursday arrested a man sought as part of an investigation into allegedly suspicious movements of money while working for the son of President Jair Bolsonaro, marking another indirect blow to the embattled leader. Fabrício Queiroz, a former driver for...

FILE - In this May 26, 2020 file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask with a logo of the Federal Police, leaves his official residence of Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro won the presidency in 2018 with a campaign that emphasized law and order, and said police should be able to kill criminals with almost no legal constraints in order to curb homicides. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, FIle)

Close ally of Brazil's Bolsonaro leaves education ministry

Jun. 18, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian Education Minister Abraham Weintraub, a close ally of President Jair Bolsonaro, gave up his Cabinet post Thursday, saying in a video that he is leaving to become one of the directors at the World Bank. The move came a day after Brazil’s top court decided to keep...

FILE- In this May 15, 2020 file photo, residents look at bodies of people who died amid an armed confrontation, after the bodies were brought from inside the Alemao slum complex to one of the slum's entrances in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than 600 people were killed by police in the state of Rio de Janeiro in the first months of this year. That's about double the number of people killed by police over the same period in the entire U.S., which has 20 times Rio's population. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

A teen’s killing stirs Black Lives Matter protests in Brazil

Jun. 18, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Rafaela Matos saw police helicopters over her favela and heard gunshots, she fell to her knees and asked God to protect her son, João Pedro. Then she called the boy to make sure he was OK. “Be calm,” João Pedro wrote back, explaining that he was at his...

People line up to get their temperatures checked before entering a store in a downtown shopping district of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Retail shops reopened on Wednesday in Brazil's biggest city after a two-month coronavirus pandemic shutdown that aimed to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

2 Brazil governors under fire in probes of COVID spending

Jun. 10, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

RÍO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two Brazilian governors came under more fire Wednesday over allegations of corruption related to COVID-19 spending, with one having his home raided and another set to face an impeachment process. Federal police raided the government palace of Para state in the Amazon region as...

Cemetery workers in protective clothing maneuver the coffin of 57-year-old Paulo Jose da Silva, who died from the new coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, June 5, 2020. According to Monique dos Santos, her stepfather mocked the existence of the virus, didn't use a mask, didn't take care of himself, and wanted to shake hands with everybody.

Concealing virus is latest Bolsonaro effort shore up base

Jun. 8, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As the coronavirus claims tens of thousands of lives in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro is focused on ensuring his political survival and mobilizing his far-right supporters to do so. With less than one-third of Brazilians approving Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic, and...

A protester yells at police during the Black Lives Matter protest rally in London, Sunday, June 7, 2020, in response to the recent killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, USA, that has led to protests in many countries and across the US. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Anti-racism protesters rally around world, topple statue

Jun. 7, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of people took to the streets of European cities Sunday to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, with protesters in the English port of Bristol venting their anger at the country's colonial history by toppling a statue of a 17th-century slave trader. Demonstrators...