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Jair Bolsonaro is under investigation in Brazil for allegedly harassing a whale off Sao Paulo

Feb. 27, 2024 15:14 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is under investigation for having allegedly “harassed” a humpback whale while riding a personal watercraft off Sao Paulo's coast last year. Bolsonaro appeared at the federal police in Sao Paulo on Tuesday to meet...

Supporters of Brazil's Bolsonaro stage huge demonstration to defend him amid investigations

Feb. 25, 2024 20:28 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro staged a huge rally jamming a main avenue in Brazil's biggest city Sunday to defend him against legal challenges that could put him in jail. The far-right leader said in a speech that he seeks "pacification to erase...

8 people die in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state as heavy rains cause landslides and floods

Feb. 22, 2024 19:43 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — At least eight people died in Rio de Janeiro state due to landslides and floods caused by heavy rains Thursday, Brazilian authorities said. A 6-year-old was listed as missing in the countryside city of Mendes. Four of the dead, including an 8-month-old, were...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro stays silent in meeting with police as part of coup investigation

Feb. 22, 2024 15:12 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and some of his former top aides met Thursday with police as part of an investigation into allegations they plotted a coup to remove Bolsonaro's successor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Bolsonaro arrived at Federal...

Brazil calls for reform of United Nations as it starts its G20 presidency

Feb. 21, 2024 21:51 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s foreign minister called for reforms of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions Wednesday while criticizing their inability to prevent global conflicts, as his country kicked off its presidency of the Group of 20 nations. Mauro Vieira...

Israel says Brazil's president unwelcome until he apologizes for comparing Gaza war to Holocaust

Feb. 19, 2024 17:00 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s foreign minister said Monday that Brazil’s president would not be welcome in Israel until he apologizes for comments he made comparing Israel’s war in Gaza to the Holocaust, accusing him of a “very serious antisemitic attack.” On Sunday,...

Over 300 detained in Russia as country mourns the death of Alexei Navalny, Putin's fiercest foe

Feb. 18, 2024 15:44 PM EST

Over 300 people were detained in Russia while paying tribute to opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died at a remote Arctic penal colony, a prominent rights group reported Sunday. The sudden death of Navalny, 47, was a crushing blow to many Russians, who had pinned their hopes for...

Israel's Netanyahu slams Brazilian president's comparison of Gaza war to the Holocaust

Feb. 18, 2024 15:44 PM EST

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (AP) — Israel on Sunday condemned Brazil's president for comparing the war in Gaza to the Holocaust, accusing him of being antisemitic and trivializing the Nazi genocide of European Jews during World War II. The outcry further strained relations between the...

Brazilian police charge ex-President Bolsonaro's youngest son with alleged fraud

Feb. 15, 2024 20:53 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police said Thursday they have charged the youngest son of former President Jair Bolsonaro with alleged fraud, adding to the legal pressure on the family of the far-right leader who is himself facing several investigations. Police in Brazil's Federal...

Rio's Carnival parade makes urgent plea to stop illegal mining in Indigenous lands

Feb. 12, 2024 15:35 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Carnival dancers have taken the biggest stage in Rio de Janeiro to pay tribute to Brazil's largest Indigenous group and pressure President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to deliver on promises to eradicate illegal mining. Carnival has long been a platform for...