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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, center right, wearing a protective face mask, talks with staff outside his official residence Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Last week, Bolsonaro announced that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, making him one of the more than 1.6 million Brazilians with confirmed infections. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil's Bolsonaro gets new positive coronavirus test result

Jul. 15, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday he has tested positive for the new coronavirus for a second time, following his July 7 announcement that he had COVID-19. “I did the test yesterday, and at night the result came back that I am still positive for coronavirus,"...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, logs are stacked at a lumber mill surrounded by recently charred and deforested fields near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. Dozens of Brazilian corporations are calling for a crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, expressing their concerns in a letter Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to the vice president, who heads the government's council on that region. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil sacks official after soaring June deforestation data

Jul. 13, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s government on Monday fired an official at the national space agency Inpe whose department is responsible for satellite monitoring of the Amazon rainforest, just three days after the release of June deforestation data reflected a continued increase in degradation. Lubia...

FILE - In this May 18, 2020, file photo, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wears a mask due to the coronavirus pandemic as he talks with supporters upon departure from his official residence, Alvorada palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. The logo on the mask reads

As virus spreads, Bolsonaro ties with military under strain

Jul. 13, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — After 35 years of civilian-led democracy, President Jair Bolsonaro has created the most militarized Brazilian government since the fall of the country’s dictatorship. Packing his Cabinet with retired and active-duty generals and giving more than 3,000 government jobs to soldiers,...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, center, talks on his phone while standing outside his official residence Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, July 10, 2020. Bolsonaro, 65, announced that he is infected with the new coronavirus on Tuesday and is using it to publicly extol hydroxychloroquine, the unproven malaria drug that he’s been promoting as a treatment for COVID-19, and now takes himself. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Video calls, separate bedrooms: Bolsonaro’s first COVID week

Jul. 11, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — After months in which Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro downplayed COVID-19 by flouting social distancing recommendations and mostly shunning masks, both coronavirus precautions became part of his cloistered life this week at the official residence in capital Brasilia. Bolsonaro,...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, second right, ascends a flight of steps inside the official residence Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, July 10, 2020. Bolsonaro, 65, announced that he is infected with the new coronavirus on Tuesday and is using it to publicly extol hydroxychloroquine, the unproven malaria drug that he’s been promoting as a treatment for COVID-19, and now takes himself. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil's Bolsonaro picks pastor as latest education minister

Jul. 10, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Friday his second pick to head the education ministry in 11 days, naming a college professor and church pastor to the post. Milton Ribeiro, a former deputy dean of Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo who preaches at a Presbyterian church in...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

Jul. 9, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled the sweeping...

Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez, wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, waves during a procession Corpus Christi, in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, June 11, 2020. Anez has announced on Thursday, July 9, 2020, that she has tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivian president has COVID-19 as virus hits region's elite

Jul. 9, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s interim president and Venezuela’s No. 2 leader announced Thursday that they have been infected with the new coronavirus, just days after Brazil’s leader tested positive as the pandemic hits hard at some of Latin America’s political elite. Three...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro stands with his arms crossed outside the official presidential residence, Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Bolsonaro said Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Bolsonaro now 'poster boy' for dubious COVID-19 treatment

Jul. 9, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After months of touting an unproven anti-malaria drug as a treatment for the new coronavirus, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is turning himself into a test case live before millions of people as he swallows hydroxychloroquine pills on social media and encourages others to do the...

FILE - In this May 25, 2020, file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, stands among supporters as he leaves his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro said Tuesday, July 7, he tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus's severity while deaths mounted rapidly inside the country. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Bolsonaro becomes 'poster boy' for unproven virus treatment

Jul. 8, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After months of touting an unproven anti-malaria drug as a treatment for the new coronavirus, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is turning himself into a test case live before millions of people as he swallows hydroxychloroquine pills on social media and encourages others to do the...

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2019, file photo, Roger Stone leaves federal court in Washington. Facebook on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, said it has removed dozens of accounts linked to the hate group Proud Boys, to President Donald Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone and to employees of Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, among others. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Facebook takes down accounts tied to Roger Stone

Jul. 8, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook on Wednesday said it has removed dozens of accounts linked to the hate group Proud Boys, to President Donald Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone and to employees of Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, among others. A network tied to both Stone and the Proud Boys...