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At least 75 flee from Paraguay prison; many from Brazil gang

Jan. 19, 2020 3:24 PM EST

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — At least 75 inmates, many of them members of a notorious Brazilian gang, escaped from a Paraguayan prison in a border town on Sunday, according to authorities who said they immediately fired the prison's director. Officials said they discovered a tunnel and found cells filled with...

Floods kill at least 6 in southern Brazil

Jan. 19, 2020 2:37 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — At least six people have died and at least one more was missing Sunday following torrential rains in southern Brazil, authorities said. Meteorologists said nearly 250 millimeters (10 inches) of rain devastated parts of Espiritu Santo state starting Friday, though the rains had tapered...

Olympic site used for 2016 Rio games shut over safety issues

Jan. 18, 2020 3:34 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro has been closed over concerns about the safety of the complex used for the 2016 games in Brazil. City authorities closed the park on Friday after a judge ruled that safety licenses were not in order. The city had appealed the judge's decision,...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2019 file photo, Roberto Alvim, director of theater, dance and opera at the Brazil's National Arts Foundation, poses for pictures in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazil’s government has drawn criticism after launching a project that aims to revamp the country’s arts scene, with a focus on nationalism and religion, with Alvim being the driving force behind the initiative. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil fires top culture official over Nazi-linked comments

Jan. 17, 2020 9:17 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Outrage rained on Brazil's government from across the political spectrum after the culture secretary used language similar to that of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels in launching an arts initiative focused on nationalism and religion, forcing President Jair Bolsonaro to fire him...

In this Monday Jan. 13, 2020 photo, Asian elephant Mara sticks her trunk through the bars of her enclosure at the former city zoo now known as Ecopark in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mara will leave her enclosure and be moved to a special sanctuary in Brazil, but before her trip to the neighboring country expected to take place in March, the 55-year-old is undergoing a training process to prepare her for confinement during the 2,500 kilometers road trip, that will last two or three days. (AP Photo/Daniel Jayo)

Mara the elephant to leave Argentina for Brazil sanctuary

Jan. 17, 2020 12:09 AM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Mara listens to her trainer say “up, down, blow,” obediently raising her trunk so a saline solution can be introduced, then lowering it and expelling the liquid into a bag for analysis. She gets a piece of fruit as a reward. The Asian elephant is being prepared...

UN: Global economic growth in 2019 was lowest of the decade

Jan. 16, 2020 7:37 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global economy recorded its lowest growth of the decade in 2019, falling to 2.3% as a result of protracted trade disputes and a slowdown in domestic investment, the United Nations said Thursday. The U.N.'s annual report, the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020, forecast a...

Laura Maria de Almeida shows her home's water storage container, full of cloudy, smelly water, on her roof in the Complexo de Alemao slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan.16, 2020. De Almeida said cloudy water isn't unusual in her community, but police are investigating workers at a state utility after smelly tap water flowed into dozens of neighborhoods of the Brazilian city. (AP Photo/Ricardo Borges)

Rio police investigate utility, workers for malodorous water

Jan. 16, 2020 4:37 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro police are investigating workers at a state utility after foul-smelling tap water began flowing into dozens of neighborhoods in the Brazilian city, raising health concerns and sparking a run on bottled water. Investigator Júlio Filho said police will question...

Brazil inaugurates rebuilt Antarctic research base

Jan. 15, 2020 9:16 PM EST

Brazilian officials inaugurated the country's new Antarctica scientific base on King George Island Wednesday, nearly eight years after a deadly fire destroyed most of the previous compound. Speaking under a light snow at the Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station, Vice President Hamilton Mourão praised the...

Workers move bottled water to be sold at a supermarket in the Copacabana neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. There’s a creeping sense of alarm in Rio de Janeiro after more than a week of foul tasting and smelling tap water in dozens of neighborhoods, and residents are hoarding bottled water. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Smelly Rio de Janeiro water supply has residents on edge

Jan. 15, 2020 6:21 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There’s a creeping sense of alarm in Rio de Janeiro after more than a week of foul tasting and smelling tap water in dozens of neighborhoods. Rumors are flying, and residents are hoarding bottled water. People in the metropolitan area have taken to social media to show glasses...

US backs Brazil's bid for membership in Paris-based OECD

Jan. 15, 2020 4:54 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The U.S. government is backing Brazil's bid to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, providing a foreign policy boost for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. “The United States wants Brazil to become the next country to begin the accession process" to the...