Latest Rio de Janeiro News

Severe Brazil drought reignites debate over daylight saving

Sep. 24, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dyane Rodrigues used to enjoy strolling along Rio de Janeiro's iconic Ipanema beach after a hot summer's day. Daylight saving time meant her workday went by faster, and ended early enough for her to take in the golden sunset, the 28-year-old said from her fruit stand,...

US officials defend expulsion of Haitians from Texas town

Sep. 20, 2021 23:25 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — More than 6,000 Haitians and other migrants have been removed from an encampment at a Texas border town, U.S. officials said Monday as they defended a strong response that included immediately expelling migrants to their impoverished Caribbean country and faced...

AP PHOTOS: Haitian migrants flock to small Texas border city

Sep. 20, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

Thousands of Haitian migrants flocked to a small Texas border city, presenting the Biden administration with a challenge as it tries to manage large numbers of asylum-seekers. U.S. authorities have moved to expel many of the more 12,000 migrants who were camped around a...

Favela centennial shows Brazil communities' endurance

Sep. 19, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Dozens of children lined up at a community center in Sao Paulo for a slice of creamy, blue cake. None was celebrating a birthday; their poor neighborhood, the favela of Paraisopolis, was commemorating 100 years of existence. “People started coming (to...

Haitians on Texas border undeterred by US plan to expel them

Sep. 18, 2021 23:57 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Haitian migrants seeking to escape poverty, hunger and a feeling of hopelessness in their home country said they will not be deterred by U.S. plans to speedily send them back, as thousands of people remained encamped on the Texas border Saturday after crossing from...

Official: US to expel Haitians from border, fly to Haiti

Sep. 18, 2021 05:04 AM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration plans the widescale expulsion of Haitian migrants from a small Texas border city by putting them on flights to Haiti starting Sunday, an official said Friday, representing a swift and dramatic response to thousands who suddenly crossed the...

UN rule may be hurdle for Brazil vaccine skeptic Bolsonaro

Sep. 16, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s reluctance to get a COVID-19 vaccine is a rarity in his country — and may complicate his plans to attend the U.N.’s General Assembly next week. The assembly’s leader, Abdulla Shahid, announced Wednesday...

Rio favela kids get free movie after pandemic hardships

Sep. 14, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As the sun went down on the Vila Cruzeiro favela on Monday, bathing this working class neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro with warm evening light, kids lined up to catch a free movie screening. Some had never stepped foot in a cinema because tickets...

At Brazil rallies, Bolsonaro deepens rift with Supreme Court

Sep. 07, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Tens of thousands of supporters of embattled right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro heeded his call and turned out at rallies Tuesday as he stepped up his attacks on Brazil's Supreme Court and threatened to plunge the country into a constitutional crisis. ...

Brazil starts booster shots while many still await a 2nd jab

Sep. 04, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Some cities in Brazil are providing booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine, even though most people have yet to receive their second jabs, in a sign of the concern in the country over the highly contagious delta variant. Rio de Janeiro, currently...