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Little talk of rainforest protection in the Brazilian Amazon

Aug. 17, 2022 08:05 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In the Brazilian Amazon these days, it's nearly impossible to run for office talking up the environment. More common is a scene like this: A candidate for Congress parades a helicopter — the symbol of illegal gold mining — painted with the Brazilian flag,...

Brazil's presidential campaign kicks off amid violence fears

Aug. 16, 2022 23:35 PM EDT

JUIZ DE FORA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's presidential election campaign officially began Tuesday with former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva leading all polls against incumbent Jair Bolsonaro amid growing concern of political violence and threats to democracy. Da Silva, whose...

Strike four: Facebook misses election misinfo in Brazil ads

Aug. 15, 2022 00:10 AM EDT

Facebook failed to detect blatant election-related misinformation in ads ahead of Brazil’s 2022 election, a new report from Global Witness has found, continuing a pattern of not catching material that violates its policies the group describes as “alarming.” The advertisements...

American tourist dies in Rio after being hit by stray bullet

Aug. 12, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An American tourist died in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, three days after he was shot during a confrontation between local drug dealers and vigilantes. The U.S Consulate in Rio and hospital Samaritano Botafogo confirmed Trey Barber's death in separate statements....

Brazilians rally for democracy, seek to rein in Bolsonaro

Aug. 11, 2022 21:30 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Thousands of Brazilians flocked to a law school Thursday in defense of the nation’s democratic institutions, an event that carried echoes of a gathering nearly 45 years ago when citizens joined together at the same site to denounce a brutal military dictatorship. ...

Brazil police recover art masterpieces stolen in elderly con

Aug. 10, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday were seeking the arrest of six people accused of involvement in stealing 16 artworks together valued at more than 700 million reais ($139 million), some of which were recovered. Police said in a statement that the group...

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...

Monkeys under attack in Brazil amid rising monkeypox fears

Aug. 09, 2022 19:58 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The World Health Organization expressed sorrow on Tuesday for the killing of monkeys in Brazil amid fears of monkeypox contagion. Brazilian news website G1 reported on Sunday that 10 monkeys had been poisoned in less than a week in the city of Sao Jose do Rio...

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...