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Brazil to send troops to town bordering Venezuela

Aug. 19, 2018 4:19 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian government plans to send troops to the border town of Pacaraima after residents there attacked Venezuelan migrants. Government-run news agency Agencia Brasil said Sunday that the Public Security Ministry plans to send at least 60 soldiers of the elite National Force to...

Brazilians attack Venezuelan immigrants in border town

Aug. 18, 2018 10:46 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Residents of the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima attacked Venezuelan immigrants on Saturday after a local storeowner was robbed, stabbed and beaten in an assault blamed on four migrants, authorities said. Pacaraima, in the northern jungle state of Roraima, is a major border...

Military intervention in Rio to end in December

Aug. 18, 2018 7:00 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's public security minister says the military will no longer be in charge of security forces in Rio de Janeiro state as of December. Public Security Minister Raul Jungmann said in an interview with the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper Saturday that he proposed extending the military...

Could Brazil's da Silva really run? It's not likely

Aug. 17, 2018 2:17 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — While jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has long insisted he can run for Brazil's presidency again despite his conviction, legal experts say the path to doing that is extremely narrow and unlikely to happen. And his Workers' Party risks missing the deadline to register an...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Aug. 17, 2018 12:09 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week. Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez denied new corruption allegations aimed at her, while she refused to answer an investigative judge's...

Brazilian prosecutors charge 'Dr. Bumbum' with murder

Aug. 16, 2018 5:32 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian prosecutors have filed a murder charge against celebrity plastic surgeon Denis Cesar Barros Furtado over the death of a patient who was given injections to enlarge her buttocks. Furtado was widely known in Brazil "Dr. Bumbum" — Brazilian slang for backside. He was...

Brazil's Temer backs other party's presidential candidate

Aug. 16, 2018 2:06 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer is endorsing another party's candidate as well as his own in October's presidential election. Temer said in an interview published Thursday by the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper that he sees former Sao Paulo Gov. Geraldo Alckmin of the right-leaning...

In defiant act, Brazil party registers Lula for president

Aug. 15, 2018 8:17 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The Workers' Party registered jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as its candidate for president Wednesday, attempting to muscle him into the race to lead Latin America's largest nation and forcing a showdown with Brazilian electoral authorities. More than 10,000 of da...

Mattis heard gunfire outside his hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Aug. 14, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he heard gunfire early Tuesday during his stay in Rio de Janeiro. There was no indication that the gunshots, which Mattis said he could hear from his hotel room near the city's Copacabana beach, were linked to his visit or that he was in any...

More than 1,200 infected with measles in Brazil; 6 dead

Aug. 14, 2018 6:00 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Health Ministry says more than 1,200 people have been infected in a growing measles outbreak linked to cases imported from neighboring Venezuela. The ministry said Tuesday that six people have died. The cases are concentrated in two states on Brazil's border with Venezuela. Health...