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Brazilian police kill man who held bus passengers hostage

Aug. 20, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brandishing a fake gun, a man on Tuesday took dozens of hostages on a bus in Brazil and threatened to set the vehicle on fire with gasoline before police shot him dead in a four-hour standoff on Latin America's longest bridge. All the hostages were freed unharmed on a 13-kilometer...

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,...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Aug. 16, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Indigenous women protested in Brazil's capital against the policies of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, whose administration has clashed with...

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...

Rural women seek rights and visibility in Brazil march

Aug. 14, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of rural working women from Brazil and other countries protested Wednesday in the Brazilian capital to demand better conditions in the field, also voicing their disapproval of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. Women workers and labor leaders gathered in Brasilia, carrying...

Rio police find 8 bodies in clandestine grave

Aug. 14, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities have found eight bodies, some dismembered, in what appears to be a clandestine graveyard in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. Rio state prosecutors said Wednesday they believe the corpses were victims of paramilitary groups that operate in the area about 30...

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...

German aid official says he doesn't plan to quit Amazon Fund

Aug. 12, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top aid official says he has no plans to stop financing projects intended to protect the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, despite another German government ministry's decision to put other funds on hold. Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said Saturday she was freezing about 35 million...

Student dies from stray bullet on way to school in Brazil

Aug. 9, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An 18-year-old student was killed Friday in Rio de Janeiro, hit by a stray bullet on his way to school, the latest victim of the city's violence. The stray bullet reportedly came from a shooting in the nearby Morro do Borel slum, in the north of the city. The bullet hit Gabriel...