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Brazil manifestos seek to rein in Bolsonaro before election

Aug. 11, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilians poured into the University of Sao Paulo's law school to hear a manifesto denouncing the brutal military dictatorship and calling for a prompt return of the rule of law. That was 1977. Almost 45 years later to the day, thousands are expected to rally...

In reversal, Brazil court reopens case of rainforest park

Aug. 09, 2022 23:49 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After declaring the decision final, a state court backpedaled Monday and reopened a lawsuit that invalidates a protected area in Brazil’s Amazon. The judicial reversal is a setback for a cattle rancher dubbed the rainforest’s worst perpetrator. The Mato...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Da Silva confirmed as Brazil party's presidential candidate

Jul. 21, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who governed Brazil in 2003-2010, was confirmed Thursday as the presidential candidate for the leftist Workers' Party ahead of October's election. The vote of party delegates at a hotel in Sao Paulo was widely expected and merely...

Brazilian candidate polling 3rd launches presidential run

Jul. 20, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Leftist Brazilian politician Ciro Gomes made his presidential candidacy official at an event in capital of Brasilia on Wednesday, less than three months before the election. Gomes' chances of winning the election appear slim, with just 8% of respondents...