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Empty stores, shuttered gas posts in Brazil truckers' strike

May. 26, 2018 4:46 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A truckers' strike in Brazil left a patchwork of empty gas stations and barren supermarket shelves Saturday as drivers appeared unmoved by the government's threats to use force or fine people who didn't comply. Police forces conducted operations to clear blocked roads and military...

Neymar appears in good shape after Brazil training week

May. 26, 2018 1:06 PM EDT

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Neymar finished his first full week of training with Brazil on Saturday in apparent good shape ahead of the upcoming World Cup after foot surgery. The striker continued his recovery, dribbling and passing at high speed in Brazil's last training session on home soil before the...

Father, son plead guilty to fraud involving secretive sect

May. 25, 2018 10:50 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A father and son who belong to a secretive evangelical church in North Carolina pleaded guilty Friday to federal criminal charges in an unemployment benefits scheme that former congregants have said was part of a plan to keep money flowing into the church. As part of an ongoing...

Disgruntled fans break into Brazil pre-World Cup training

May. 25, 2018 8:37 PM EDT

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Disgruntled fans broke into a Brazil training session for the World Cup on Friday and some booed the national team over a lack of contact with local supporters. A few dozen even mocked chanted "It was 7-1! It was 7-1!" in a reference to the team's humiliation against Germany four...

Brazil president says striking truckers could be removed

May. 25, 2018 7:34 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A nationwide strike by thousands of truckers brought much of Latin America's largest nation to a halt on Friday, prompting Brazilian President Michel Temer to authorize the military to use force in removing drivers and their parked vehicles from highways and other roads. Truckers...

2 members of secretive sect plead guilty to fraud charges

May. 25, 2018 3:52 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A father and son who belong to a secretive evangelical church in North Carolina pleaded guilty Friday to federal criminal charges in an unemployment benefits scheme that former congregants have said was part of a plan to keep money flowing into the church. As part of an ongoing...

Brazilian couple found guilty in Texas kidnapping case

May. 25, 2018 12:36 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal jury in Houston has found a Brazilian couple guilty of kidnapping for helping their daughter flee Texas for Brazil with her young son. But the jury acquitted Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes on Friday of related conspiracy charges. Authorities say the couple helped their daughter,...

Correction: Vatican-Priest Shortage story

May. 25, 2018 10:28 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a story May 21 about the shortage of Catholic priests, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the number of Catholics rose from 1.27 million to 1.29 million between 2014 and 2015. The number of Catholics rose in that period from 1.27 billion to 1.29 billion, according to...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

May. 25, 2018 12:03 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. At morgues and churches, tearful Cubans mourned loved ones after the country's worst air disaster in three decades, the crash of a Boeing 737 in a field...

Brazil says deal reached to suspend damaging trucker strike

May. 24, 2018 10:30 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's government said late Thursday that a deal had been reached with truckers to suspend a four-day-old strike that caused fuel shortages, cut into food deliveries, backed up exports and threatened airline flights. Eliseu Padilha, chief of staff for President Michel Temer, told...