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At least 9 killed and 6 injured in police raids in Rio de Janeiro favelas

Feb. 27, 2024 18:33 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A police raid Tuesday morning in several Rio de Janeiro’s sprawling, low-income neighborhoods left at least nine dead and six injured, police said in a statement. The raids targeted areas controlled by the Red Command drug trafficking group and took place in...

8 people die in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state as heavy rains cause landslides and floods

Feb. 22, 2024 19:43 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — At least eight people died in Rio de Janeiro state due to landslides and floods caused by heavy rains Thursday, Brazilian authorities said. A 6-year-old was listed as missing in the countryside city of Mendes. Four of the dead, including an 8-month-old, were...

Olympic equestrian champ cleared of violence in domestic dispute case

Feb. 22, 2024 14:33 PM EST

Former Olympic equestrian champion Kevin Staut was cleared by a French court on Thursday of assaulting his former partner, his lawyer told the Associated Press. Staut and Norwegian horse rider Marie Valdar Longem had accused each other of violence following an argument in a Bordeaux...

Brazil calls for reform of United Nations as it starts its G20 presidency

Feb. 21, 2024 21:51 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s foreign minister called for reforms of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions Wednesday while criticizing their inability to prevent global conflicts, as his country kicked off its presidency of the Group of 20 nations. Mauro Vieira...

Brazil's health agents scour junkyards and roofs for mosquitos to fight dengue epidemic

Feb. 16, 2024 03:42 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The small team of state public health workers slalomed between auto parts strewn across a Rio de Janeiro junkyard, looking for standing water where mosquitoes might have laid their eggs. They were part of nationwide efforts to curtail a surge in Brazil of the...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Feb. 16, 2024 00:12 AM EST

Feb. 9 – 15, 2024 Carnival officially kicked off in Rio de Janeiro as drummers, stilt walkers, trumpet players and costumed dogs reveled in the free morning street parties known as blocos. Performers danced and cheered their way through the iconic Sambadrome in the evening parades...

AP PHOTOS: A Carnival day in Brazil, from a morning street party to an evening samba parade

Feb. 13, 2024 08:14 AM EST

A typical Carnival day in Brazil starts around 7 a.m., when the first blocos — as the free street parties are known — start their loud and colorful musical journey down the city’s streets. Drummers, stilt walkers, trumpet players and other performers, all dressed up and lacquered in glitter,...

AP PHOTOS: New Orleans, Rio, Cologne — Carnival joy peaks around the world as Lent approaches

Feb. 12, 2024 19:18 PM EST

Parades, music, dancing in the streets — joyous Carnival celebrations marking the final days of revelry before Lent are peaking in New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro and other locales in the Americas and Europe. Each city has its unique Carnival customs but the similarities are...

Rio's Carnival parade makes urgent plea to stop illegal mining in Indigenous lands

Feb. 12, 2024 15:35 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Carnival dancers have taken the biggest stage in Rio de Janeiro to pay tribute to Brazil's largest Indigenous group and pressure President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to deliver on promises to eradicate illegal mining. Carnival has long been a platform for...

Brazil’s aluminum can street party brings joy, and a green message, to revelers

Feb. 11, 2024 19:37 PM EST

MADRE DE DEUS, Brazil (AP) — They couldn't see it, but they could hear it. Carnival revelers Sunday in northeastern Brazil 's Madre de Deus heard the aluminum can street party before spotting it: More than 30 paraders decked out in cumbersome outfits made from hundreds of beer and...