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Brazil launches job program amid mass unemployment

Nov. 11, 2019 7:43 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro launched a jobs program Monday largely based on tax reductions as Brazil struggles to put more than 12 million people back to work. The pension and labor secretary said the administration aims to create 1.8 million jobs for people ages 18-29 and almost 1...

Freed ex-president tells crowd Brazil's left can win in 2022

Nov. 9, 2019 6:46 PM EST

SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, Brazil (AP) — Freed from his cell, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva told thousands of jubilant supporters Saturday that the left can take back Brazil's presidency in the 2022 election. Dressed in a black blazer and T-shirt, da Silva spoke from a stage outside the union...

Ex-leader's release buoys Brazil's left, angers the right

Nov. 9, 2019 12:04 AM EST

CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) — Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's release from jail has fired up Brazil's weakened leftist opposition, though it's likely to anger conservatives who considered his incarceration proof the country was finally serious about ending corruption. Hundreds of red-shirted...

Da Silva's release brings new energy to Brazil's opposition

Nov. 8, 2019 8:06 PM EST

CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva walked out of prison on Friday, injecting new energy into a weakened opposition. His exit drew cheers from supporters who had gathered to celebrate the release of the man who rose from poverty to lead the country through an...

The Latest: Venezuela's Maduro celebrates Da Silva's release

Nov. 8, 2019 4:51 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Latest on Brazilian former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is celebrating former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's release from jail as a step toward rebuilding unity in South America....

AP Explains: Brazil judge orders ex-leader Da Silva freed

Nov. 8, 2019 4:21 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has left a Curitiba prison, less than a day after the Supreme Court ruled that a person can be imprisoned only after all the appeals have been exhausted. The court ruling also stands to free other inmates who are appealing...

Brazil's former President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva walks out of prison, freed by a judge's order

Nov. 8, 2019 3:45 PM EST
CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's former President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva walks out of prison, freed by a judge's order.

Brazilian judge orders release of former President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva from prison

Nov. 8, 2019 2:27 PM EST
CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian judge orders release of former President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva from prison.

Brazil's ex-president could be freed after top court ruling

Nov. 8, 2019 12:14 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Supreme Court delivered a ruling that could release almost 5,000 inmates still appealing their convictions, including former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and other powerful figures jailed in a sprawling corruption investigation. The court decided in a 6-5 vote late...

Brazil top court's ruling could free ex-President Da Silva

Nov. 7, 2019 10:32 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Supreme Court delivered a narrow decision Thursday night that could release almost 5,000 inmates still appealing their convictions, including jailed former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The court decided in a 6-5 vote that a person can be imprisoned only after all...