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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...

Unprecedented Tokyo Olympic demand drives Paralympic sales

Oct. 25, 2019 1:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Unprecedented demand for Tokyo Olympic tickets is driving interest in the Paralympics, although Tokyo may struggle to surpass London's 2012 record. Tokyo organizers said last week they have sold 600,000 Paralympic tickets in the first of several lotteries, and are touting records set for the...

Brazil Congress passes landmark overhaul of pension system

Oct. 22, 2019 10:45 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Senate gave final congressional approval Tuesday to an overhaul of Brazil's pension system, capping years of stalled efforts to sway public opinion and rein in unsustainable government spending on retirement. The Senate voted 60-19 to adopt changes for civil servants and private-sector...

Crude oil reaches tourist beach in the 'Brazilian Caribbean'

Oct. 17, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Crude oil contaminating the northeastern coast of Brazil has reached the town of Maragogi, one of the region's main tourist beaches, its mayor said on Thursday. Images on local television showed dozens of people in Maragogi, known for its natural pools of crystalline water, shoveling...

7-story building collapses in Brazil; 1 dead, others trapped

Oct. 15, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A seven-story building collapsed Tuesday in an upscale part of the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, killing one person and leaving others trapped with some communicating with family members by cellphone from under debris, officials said. Fire department commander Cleyton Bezerra said 10...

David Biller named by AP as its news director for Brazil

Oct. 9, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — David Biller, who has reported on topics ranging from the rise of populism under Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to an isolated indigenous tribe suffering the effects of Venezuela's collapse, has been named by The Associated Press as its news director for Brazil. The announcement was...

AP Explains: 'Car Wash' probe faces new challenges

Oct. 1, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's top court is expected to make a ruling this week that could lead to the annulment of dozens of cases brought by the sprawling Operation Car Wash that has snared top politicians and businesspeople across Latin America. The probe, once heralded as a model of anti-corruption...