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Brazil's flooded south sees first deaths from disease, as experts warn of coming surge in fatalities

May. 22, 2024 21:50 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The first two deaths from waterborne bacterial disease were reported in southern Brazil, where floodwaters were slowly receding, and health authorities warned additional fatalities were likely. Rio Grande do Sul state's health secretariat confirmed the death of a...

Brazil's Cavalhadas festival celebrates victory of Iberian Christian knights over the Moors

May. 19, 2024 17:03 PM EDT

PIRENOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — People in the heartland Brazilian city of Pirenopolis took to the streets on Sunday in a procession of the traditional Cavalhadas festival. The tradition began in the 1800s with a Portuguese priest who wanted to celebrate the Holy Spirit — one of the...

Paul McCartney song starts Paralympics on 100-day countdown to opening ceremony in Paris

May. 19, 2024 10:45 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — With an assist from Paul McCartney the Paralympic Games starts its 100-day race on Monday to the opening ceremony in Paris in August. The former Beatle has let “We All Stand Together” — the signature tune from an award-winning animated film he wrote and produced...

Young women in Rio favela hope to overcome poverty and violence to play in Women's World Cup in 2027

May. 18, 2024 10:19 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A 20-minute drive separates the historic Maracana Stadium from the Complexo do Alemao, the biggest complex of favelas in Rio de Janeiro and one of the most impoverished and violent. One of its residents, 15-year-old soccer player Kaylane Alves dos Santos,...

In Brazil’s flooded south, a secret mission to recover thousands of guns from an airport

May. 17, 2024 17:24 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — A group of volunteers working to save people from the floods in southern Brazil claim they were misled into participating in an operation to remove several thousand firearms from the airport of Rio Grande do Sul state's capital Porto Alegre. Nicolas Vedovatto, a...

Brazil picked by FIFA to get soccer's 2027 Women's World Cup, a first for South America

May. 17, 2024 03:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Brazil will host the 2027 Women’s World Cup after a vote of FIFA’s full membership chose the South American bid over a joint proposal from Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. The FIFA Congress on Friday voted 119-78 for Brazil in the reduced field of two candidates...

UN reports improved prospects for the world economy and forecasts 2.7% growth in 2024

May. 16, 2024 19:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations reported improved prospects for the world economy since its January forecast on Thursday, pointing to a better outlook in the United States and several large emerging economies including Brazil, India and Russia. According to its mid-2024...

Anitta defends her Afro-Brazilian faith after new music video costs her some followers

May. 15, 2024 23:08 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s biggest pop star, Anitta, has released a music video depicting rituals of the Afro-Brazilian faith Candomble, sparking controversy in a country where religious intolerance is all too common. Her track — pointedly named “Accept” — has been...

A second scourge is battering Brazil's flooded south: Disinformation

May. 15, 2024 21:14 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — While flooding that has devastated Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul state has yet to subside, another scourge has spread across the region: disinformation on social media that has hampered desperate efforts to get aid to hundreds of thousands in need. Among fake...

CEO of Brazil’s oil and gas giant Petrobras steps down following dustup over dividends

May. 15, 2024 15:33 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The head of Brazil’s state-controlled oil and gas giant Petrobras has stepped down, the company said Wednesday, following months of tensions with the federal government. Petrobras opted not to pay extraordinary dividends to its shareholders earlier this...