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Bolsonaro loosens gun laws in Brazil, world murder capital

Jan. 15, 2019 4:27 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a decree making it easier for many Brazilians to own firearms, the first of many expected changes by the nascent administration to overhaul gun laws in the nation that leads the world in total homicides. Bolsonaro signed the decree in a...

Sister of slain Brazilian councilwoman calls for justice

Jan. 14, 2019 3:02 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The sister of slain Brazilian councilwoman Marielle Franco on Monday expressed concern about the conservative new governor's commitment to solving the case. Ten months to the day since the slaying of Franco and her driver, sister Anielle Franco said Gov. Wilson Witzel's recent actions...

1 dead in Brazil police helicopter crash, cause unknown

Jan. 14, 2019 1:55 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian police officer died and three others were hospitalized Monday after their helicopter crashed in Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay. Police officials said that Sgt. Felipe Marques de Queiroz, 37, had not survived the accident, but that the three other crew members were out of...

Italian fugitive brought home to serve life term for murder

Jan. 14, 2019 10:32 AM EST

ROME (AP) — A left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago arrived in Rome on Monday to begin serving life in prison, after his time as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia. An Italian military aircraft carrying Cesare Battisti landed at Rome's...

Italian fugitive captured 3 decades after murder conviction

Jan. 13, 2019 6:55 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder in his home country nearly three decades ago was arrested in Bolivia, authorities said Sunday, setting the stage for a climactic end to one of Italy's longest-running efforts to bring a fugitive to justice. Hours later, Cesare Battisti...

The Latest: Bolivia cops say Battisti now in Italy's custody

Jan. 13, 2019 5:25 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The latest on Italian fugitive militant Cesare Battisti, who has been detained in Bolivia (all times local): 11:20p.m. A police colonel in Bolivia says a left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder in his home country nearly three decades ago has been handed over to Italian officials...

Probe of IOC's Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics

Jan. 12, 2019 5:03 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A month ago, Tsunekazu Takeda was warmly applauded by 1,400 Olympic dignitaries as he spoke alongside International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo. A month later, the powerful IOC member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee is fighting a corruption investigation,...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Jan. 11, 2019 12:02 AM EST

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. More Central American migrants filtered from Mexico into the United States as U.S authorities continued to harden and repair sections of walls...

The Latest: Brazil party chief blasted for Maduro visit

Jan. 10, 2019 2:34 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the second-term inauguration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The leader of Brazil's Workers' Party is under fire by some fellow leftists for attending the second-term inauguration of socialist Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro....

Brazil's new far-right president blasts UN migration pact

Jan. 9, 2019 4:51 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's new president blasted the United Nations' migration pact on Wednesday indicating that Latin America's largest nation will adopt a hard line on immigration. President Jair Bolsonaro, who has promised to pull out of the U.N. deal, said on Twitter that he wants to ensure immigrants...