Latest Brazil government News

AP Explains: Brazil's environmental changes under Bolsonaro

Aug. 19, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pressure is rising around the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro to comply with Brazil's pledge to fight global warming, as the international community gathers in the northern state of Bahia for a week-long UN workshop on climate change. Bolsonaro, a far-right climate skeptic,...

Bolsonaro fires back after Norway, Germany suspend funding

Aug. 15, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro took aim at Germany and Norway after they cut donations for Brazilian forestry projects in criticism of his policies, with the far-right leader saying they should focus on their own environmental problems. "Isn't Norway the one that kills whales up there in...

Argentine vote leader questions deal with European Union

Aug. 13, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's newly established leading presidential contender is throwing doubt on a newly signed regional trade pact with Europe and also feuding with one of his country's partners in the deal, the far-right president of neighboring Brazil. Alberto Fernández thumped...

Brazil motion could block president's son as ambassador

Aug. 12, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Brazil filed a motion Monday that could block President Jair Bolsonaro's son, Eduardo, from becoming ambassador to Washington. The public prosecutor's office in the capital of Brasilia asked a regional federal court to issue a ruling that says ambassadors must...

Brazil top court prevents investigation into US journalist

Aug. 9, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's top court says officials cannot investigate U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald for his work or for protecting confidential sources — a ruling praised Friday by press rights groups. The Committee to Protect Journalists said the ruling by Justice Gilmar Mendes "reinforces...

Brazil's high court blocks transfer of Da Silva to prison

Aug. 7, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva moved from a lockup in the south of the country to a penitentiary for common criminals in Sao Paulo state, but Brazil's top court quickly blocked the transfer. The 10-1 ruling by the Supreme Court came after...

Latest deforestation data in Brazil show significant surge

Aug. 6, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — New data from the Brazilian space institute published Tuesday point to a surge in deforestation in the Amazon in the last quarter, fueling fears that President Jair Bolsonaro's pro-agrobusiness policies will accelerate deforestation. Figures of the National Institute for Space...

Brazil gang leader who tried to escape as daughter dies

Aug. 6, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian gang leader who tried to escape prison dressed as his daughter has been found dead in his cell. Rio de Janeiro prisons authorities said Tuesday that Clauvino da Silva apparently hanged himself with a sheet. An investigation has been opened. Da Silva was caught over the...

Brazil gang leader dresses up as daughter in jail escape bid

Aug. 4, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian gang leader tried to escape from prison by dressing up as his daughter when she visited him behind bars and walking out the penitentiary's main door in her place, authorities said Sunday. But prison officials said the nervousness displayed by Clauvino da Silva, also known...

Head of Brazil deforestation monitor out amid Bolsonaro ire

Aug. 2, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The head of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research left his position Friday amid criticism by President Jair Bolsonaro about the agency's reports on deforestation in the Amazon. After meeting with the country's minister of science and technology, Ricardo Galvao said his...