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Brazil's Bolsonaro and the right outperform, defying polls

Oct. 03, 2022 02:24 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Jair Bolsonaro considerably outperformed expectations in Brazil's presidential election, proving that the far-right wave he rode to the presidency remains a force and providing the world with yet another example of polls missing the mark. The most-trusted...

Bolsonaro, Lula headed to runoff after tight Brazil election

Oct. 02, 2022 22:55 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s top two presidential candidates will face each other in a runoff vote after neither got enough support to win outright Sunday in an election to decide if the country returns a leftist to the helm of the world’s fourth-largest democracy or keeps the far-right...

Hardship for Brazil's poor may cost Bolsonaro election

Sep. 30, 2022 13:29 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s presidential election will be decided by tens of millions of poor people, and they look set to eject incumbent Jair Bolsonaro from office — either in Sunday's first round or in a runoff. The far-right leader is reminding them of his pandemic welfare...

Brazil election: A clash of titans as Bolsonaro faces Lula

Sep. 29, 2022 09:41 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's presidential election Sunday is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. Both are political titans, and eight of 10 Brazilians will...

Bolsonaro campaign to evangelicals: Brazil's soul at stake

Sep. 27, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Off a byway outside Salvador, past an evangelical church and down a short path, Thiago Viana was preparing a celebration. Two new members of his temple would soon emerge from months of seclusion, marking initiation into his Afro Brazilian faith, Candomble. ...

Bolsonaro turns Brazil's bicentennial into campaign rally

Sep. 08, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro transformed the nation’s bicentennial Wednesday into a multi-city campaign event, but didn't use his appearances to undermine the upcoming election as his opponents had feared. Bolsonaro, who trails former President Luiz...

Brazil vote: Executives under scrutiny after coup chatter

Aug. 23, 2022 19:51 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Weeks ahead of Brazil’s presidential election, police carried out search warrants Tuesday targeting several business leaders who allegedly participated in a private chat group that included comments favoring a possible coup and military involvement in politics. ...

American tourist dies in Rio after being hit by stray bullet

Aug. 12, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An American tourist died in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, three days after he was shot during a confrontation between local drug dealers and vigilantes. The U.S Consulate in Rio and hospital Samaritano Botafogo confirmed Trey Barber's death in separate statements....

Brazil police recover art masterpieces stolen in elderly con

Aug. 10, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday were seeking the arrest of six people accused of involvement in stealing 16 artworks together valued at more than 700 million reais ($139 million), some of which were recovered. Police said in a statement that the group...

Brazilian humorist, talk show host Jô Soares dies at 84

Aug. 05, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Jô Soares, one of Brazil’s most notable humorists and television stars, died early Friday morning in Sao Paulo. He was 84. Soares had been hospitalized since July 28 for pneumonia, according to the Sirio Libanes hospital in Sao Paulo. It didn’t provide...