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Demonstrators use a crowd control barrier to smash into the entrance of a Carrefour supermarket during a protest against the murder of Black man Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas at a different Carrefour supermarket the night before, on Brazil's National Black Consciousness Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Freitas died after being beaten by supermarket security guards in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, sparking outrage as videos of the incident circulated on social media.  (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Death on eve of Brazil's Black Consciousness Day sparks fury

Nov. 20, 2020 8:32 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Black man died after being beaten by supermarket security guards in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre on the eve of Friday's Black Consciousness Day observations, sparking outrage after videos of the incident circulated on social media. A short clip showed one guard restraining...

People wait in line to vote in municipal elections at a polling station at the Rocinha slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov.15, 2020. Voters across Latin America's biggest country are electing mayors and municipal council members. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Brazil has surge of virus cases, downplayed by politicians

Nov. 20, 2020 2:28 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Cases of COVID-19 are rising again in the country with the world’s second-highest confirmed death toll, prompting Brazilian experts to express concern and politicians to downplay its severity in the midst of an election season. Data from Johns Hopkins University show new cases...

People wait in line to vote in municipal elections at a polling station at the Rocinha slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov.15, 2020. Voters across Latin America's biggest country are electing mayors and municipal council members. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Brazil voters ignore Bolsonaro's city election endorsements

Nov. 16, 2020 12:31 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has suffered a setback as most of the dozens of candidates he backed for municipal elections failed to secure victories or spots in runoffs. In more than 5,500 cities, Brazilians voted for mayors and city councilors on Sunday. The wave of political...

Surrounded by federal police officers, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, center, leaves a polling station after voting in municipal elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020.  (AP Photo/Ricardo Borges)

Brazilians vote in local elections, with eye on 2022 race

Nov. 15, 2020 12:41 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilians voted for mayors and councilors nationwide on Sunday in an election that could be an early indicator of President Jair Bolsonaro’s prospects if he runs for re-election in 2022. About 148 million people were eligible to vote in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and thousands...

Wagner Luiz Abreu Machado, a priest from the Afro-Brazilian faith Umbanda who goes by Waguinho Macumba, takes a selfie with residents as he campaigns for a seat on the Sao Goncalo City Council with the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) in Sao Goncalo, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. “No city councilor is committed to our causes,” Machado said, referring to the followers of African-influenced faiths. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

AP PHOTOS: Afro-Brazilian religious leaders run for office

Nov. 12, 2020 3:12 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Wagner Machado, a priest from the Afro-Brazilian faith Umbanda, was focused on final details for a religious ceremony in a public square. Wooden drums stood ready, a vase of roses was atop a white tablecloth and the scent of incense was wafting through the air. Then a passerby...

Dr. Wille Baracho takes the temperature of a woman suspected of having COVID-19 as he attends residents inside the Unidos de Padre Miguel samba school in the Vila Vintem slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 24, 2020. Led by this doctor who watched COVID-19 wreak havoc in a hospital ward, the samba school marshaled its considerable energy to fight the pandemic in one of Rio’s most populous slums, by sewing medical gowns and masks for public hospitals, distributing food kits to the needy, doing coronavirus screenings.   (AP Photo/Lucas Dumphreys)

How a Brazil samba school shimmied from Carnival to COVID-19

Nov. 10, 2020 10:16 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The sultry heat of the Southern Hemisphere’s summer will soon be rolling into Rio de Janeiro. In a normal year, the air would whisper into Dr. Wille Baracho's ear: Carnival is coming. In a normal year, Baracho's organization — the Unidos de Padre Miguel samba school...

Bolsonaro critic, indicted in Brazil, says case is slander

Nov. 7, 2020 5:42 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian digital influencer Felipe Neto has been indicted by Rio de Janeiro’s state police for alleged corruption of minors, prompting concern the critic of President Jair Bolsonaro may be the target of retribution for political reasons. Police charged Neto on Nov. 5...

PSG's team medics attend to Neymar, after he was injured, during the Champions League group H soccer match between Basaksehir and Paris Saint Germain in Istanbul, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Paris Saint Germain won the match 2-0.(Ozan Kose/Pool via AP)

Neymar to travel for World Cup qualifying despite injury

Nov. 6, 2020 10:16 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Neymar will come to South America for World Cup qualifying matches despite a groin injury he picked up in a Champions League match for Paris Saint-Germain. Brazil coach Tite called Flamengo striker Pedro for the matches against Venezuela and Uruguay on Nov. 13 and 17, without removing...

FILE - This Nov. 21, 2019 file photo shows Sen. Flavio Bolsonaro, left, with his father Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the launch of his father's new political party Alliance for Brazil in Brasilia, Brazil. Public prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro state have indicted Sen. Flávio Bolsonaro for allegedly commanding a criminal organization and laundering money when he was a state lawmaker between 2007 and 2018, according to a statement the public prosecutors’ office posted to its website on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil President's senator son charged with crimes

Nov. 4, 2020 9:47 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Prosecutors in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state have charged a son of President Jair Bolsonaro with commanding a criminal organization and laundering money when he was a state lawmaker between 2007 and 2018. The charges were leveled against Sen. Flávio Bolsonaro and 16 others...

In this photo released on Nov. 2, 2020 by Globo, Globo TV presenter Ana Maria Braga smiles next to the parrot puppet Louro Jose, played by Tom Veiga, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An outpouring of emotion in Brazil has followed news that the puppeteer behind Louro José, a two-foot-tall parrot that’s a fixture on the country’s most popular morning show, had passed away. (Globo via AP)

In Brazil, a parrot puppeteer’s death stirs the nation

Nov. 2, 2020 3:51 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a time of so much loss, it is rare for an individual death to stir a country. And it is extraordinary for national grief to be triggered by the passing of a puppet. But so it was in Brazil on Monday, as an outpouring of emotion followed news that the puppeteer behind Louro...