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Israel says Brazil's president unwelcome until he apologizes for comparing Gaza war to Holocaust

Feb. 19, 2024 13:45 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s foreign minister said Monday that Brazil’s president would not be welcome in Israel until he apologizes for comments he made comparing Israel’s war in Gaza to the Holocaust, accusing him of a “very serious antisemitic attack.” On Sunday,...

Over 300 detained in Russia as country mourns the death of Alexei Navalny, Putin's fiercest foe

Feb. 18, 2024 15:44 PM EST

Over 300 people were detained in Russia while paying tribute to opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died at a remote Arctic penal colony, a prominent rights group reported Sunday. The sudden death of Navalny, 47, was a crushing blow to many Russians, who had pinned their hopes for...

Israel's Netanyahu slams Brazilian president's comparison of Gaza war to the Holocaust

Feb. 18, 2024 15:44 PM EST

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (AP) — Israel on Sunday condemned Brazil's president for comparing the war in Gaza to the Holocaust, accusing him of being antisemitic and trivializing the Nazi genocide of European Jews during World War II. The outcry further strained relations between the...

Brazilian police charge ex-President Bolsonaro's youngest son with alleged fraud

Feb. 15, 2024 20:53 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police said Thursday they have charged the youngest son of former President Jair Bolsonaro with alleged fraud, adding to the legal pressure on the family of the far-right leader who is himself facing several investigations. Police in Brazil's Federal...

Rio's Carnival parade makes urgent plea to stop illegal mining in Indigenous lands

Feb. 12, 2024 15:35 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Carnival dancers have taken the biggest stage in Rio de Janeiro to pay tribute to Brazil's largest Indigenous group and pressure President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to deliver on promises to eradicate illegal mining. Carnival has long been a platform for...

How a run-down Ford launched a music revolution that swept Brazil’s Carnival

Feb. 10, 2024 19:19 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Sound begins blasting ear drums and rattling bones even before the speakers — hauled by big rigs creeping their way through Brazil’s thronging Carnival crowds — draw near. The behemoth sound trucks known as electric trios are a Brazilian innovation that...

Never mind the mess, Carnival kicks off in Rio de Janeiro with coronation of King Momo

Feb. 09, 2024 19:57 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — To thunderous applause, Rio de Janeiro's mayor coronated King Momo on Friday, marking the beginning of the symbolic Carnival monarch's five-day reign over the revelry. “I officially declare Carnival 2024 open!” King Momo said after Mayor Eduardo Paes...

Brazil, facing calls for reparations, wrangles with its painful legacy of slavery

Jan. 30, 2024 01:32 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The executive manager for institutional relations at a Brazilian state bank took the microphone before roughly 150 people at a forum on slavery's legacy in his country, which kidnapped more Africans for forced labor than any other nation. “Today’s Bank of...

Police investigate the son of former Brazilian President Bolsonaro for alleged spying on opponents

Jan. 29, 2024 16:35 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's federal police on Monday searched the home and office of Carlos Bolsonaro, the son of former President Jair Bolsonaro and a Rio de Janeiro city councilman, two days after the Supreme Court granted the warrants. Police said in a statement that they...

Brazil's police investigate Bolsonaro's intelligence boss over alleged political spying

Jan. 25, 2024 19:59 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s federal police are investigating the country's former intelligence chief as part of a wider probe into alleged spying on political opponents under former President Jair Bolsonaro, court records showed Thursday. The former intelligence chief,...