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Problematic or perilous: Brazil's environmental choice

Aug. 07, 2022 10:39 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — One president of Brazil built a giant dam that wrought tremendous damage in the Amazon rainforest. He slashed the size of a protected area to accommodate land grabbers. He steered billions of dollars toward the land-hungry cattle industry. That president...

3 new arrests linked to slaying of Amazon expert, journalist

Aug. 06, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

BRASILIA, BRAZIL (AP) — Federal Police arrested three more suspects Saturday in a case arising from the slaying of a journalist and an Indigenous expert in the remote western reaches of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest in June. A police statement alleges the three were involved in the...

Man who destroyed vast forest wins demise of park

Aug. 06, 2022 08:12 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a move that shocked environmentalists, the government of Brazil’s third-largest state has given up a legal fight over protecting a state park in one of the Amazon's most biodiverse areas. The upshot of that decision is that a man responsible for the deforestation of...

Brazilian humorist, talk show host Jô Soares dies at 84

Aug. 05, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Jô Soares, one of Brazil’s most notable humorists and television stars, died early Friday morning in Sao Paulo. He was 84. Soares had been hospitalized since July 28 for pneumonia, according to the Sirio Libanes hospital in Sao Paulo. It didn’t provide...

Brazilian candidate drops from race to back Lula's bid

Aug. 04, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is campaigning to return to the job he held between 2003-2010, on Thursday received an endorsement from moderate André Janones who had been expected to run himself. Da Silva, who is commonly known as...

Brazil moves toward paving road key to deforestation

Jul. 29, 2022 16:41 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a decision that critics have labeled as dangerous, Brazil’s government granted a preliminary environmental permit for paving a dirt highway that cuts through one of the Amazon rainforest’s most preserved areas. The road known as BR-319, runs about 900...

Brazil towel sales emerge to mock mistrust of polls

Jul. 27, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As keen supporters of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro claim polls signaling he will lose his reelection bid can't be trusted, an unlikely proxy has emerged: towel sales. Cashing in on skepticism of pollsters ahead of October elections, some street vendors...

Bolsonaro kicks off presidential bid at party convention

Jul. 24, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made official his bid to run for reelection in October, giving him three months to close a double-digit gap to secure victory. The Liberal Party's formal approval of Bolsonaro's candidacy took place at its convention Sunday...

Brazil prosecutors charge suspects in murder of Amazon pair

Jul. 22, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Public prosecutors have charged three individuals with the June murder of British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira in the remote western reaches of Brazil's Amazon rainforest, according to a statement. All are local riverine...

Deadly raid in Rio favela sparks police violence complaints

Jul. 22, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A raid of Rio de Janeiro’s largest complex of favelas that left at least 18 people dead has sparked renewed complaints of excessive police violence and ignited debate over how to handle crime ahead of state and presidential elections. Rio authorities said...