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9 bodies found adrift in a boat off Brazil were likely migrants from Mauritania and Mali, police say

Apr. 16, 2024 16:48 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Brazilian police investigating the grim discovery of a boat with several decomposing bodies say they were likely African migrants from Mali and Mauritania. Fishermen off Brazil's northern coastal state of Pará found the boat adrift Saturday in the Atlantic...

What to know about Elon Musk's 'free speech' feud with a Brazilian judge

Apr. 11, 2024 18:14 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Headline-grabbing billionaire Elon Musk is clashing with a Supreme Court justice in Brazil over free speech, far-right accounts and misinformation on X, the social media platform Musk bought when it was Twitter. Since his takeover, Musk has upended many of...

Brazil again postpones visa requirements for US, Canada and Australia, this time until 2025

Apr. 10, 2024 10:59 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s government has postponed until April 2025 tourist visa exemptions for citizens of the U.S., Australia, and Canada that had been scheduled to end on Wednesday. The decision, issued by Brazilian presidency and the Ministry of Foreign Relations late...

Brazil Supreme Court strikes down military intervention thesis in symbolic vote for democracy

Apr. 08, 2024 09:35 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s Supreme Court unanimously voted Monday that the armed forces have no constitutional power to intervene in disputes between government branches, a largely symbolic decision aimed at bolstering democracy after years of increasing threat of military intervention. ...

Brazil's Krenak Indigenous group gets literary esteem and an apology for dictatorship-era crimes

Apr. 05, 2024 22:49 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It was a historic week for Brazil’s Krenak people, getting both literary esteem and an apology for dictatorship-era crimes — both firsts for the Indigenous people of the country. On Tuesday, the indigenous group received a formal apology for human rights...

France's Macron embraces Brazil's Lula — and the memes poking fun at their 'wedding'

Mar. 28, 2024 23:17 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — If social media is to be believed, French President Emmanuel Macron's trip to Brazil that ended Thursday left him swooning. Pictures showed him and his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, ambling through the Amazon and posing beneath the soaring...

France's Macron tells Brazilian execs that prospective Mercosur-EU deal is 'terrible' and outdated

Mar. 27, 2024 19:38 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron told Brazilian executives on Wednesday that a proposed deal between the European Union and the South American trade bloc Mercosur is bad for both parties. Speaking at a forum in Sao Paulo, Macron said the Mercosur-EU deal is...

The presidents of France and Brazil meet and announce a $1.1 billion investment plan for the Amazon

Mar. 26, 2024 23:19 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian and the French presidents on Tuesday announced a plan to invest 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in the Amazon, including parts of the rainforest in neighboring French Guiana. The two countries' governments said in a joint statement the money will be...

Brazilian police arrest suspected masterminds behind the killing of councilwoman-turned-icon

Mar. 24, 2024 17:51 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s federal police arrested two men Sunday for allegedly ordering the killing of a popular Rio de Janeiro councilwoman in 2018, a long-awaited step after years of society clamoring for justice. The assassination of Marielle Franco, a 38-year-old city...

The ‘Taylor Swift effect’ aims to provide water during Brazil's life-threatening heat waves

Mar. 23, 2024 00:04 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian climatologist Núbia Beray Armond for years had been sounding the alarm about Rio de Janeiro's need for an extreme heat plan including water distribution. Interest was tepid until a disastrous Taylor Swift concert — and now her phone won't stop ringing. ...