Latest Jair Bolsonaro News

Expected 'bombshell' testimony fizzles at Brazil virus probe

May. 12, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian senators expecting explosive testimony from a former government official on President Jair Bolsonaro’s pandemic response expressed anger Wednesday at what they called his evasive responses and, in some cases, lies. Bolsonaro's former...

Sao Paulo authorities plead with China to release vaccines

May. 12, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Authorities in Brazil's most populous state on Wednesday said they have mobilized to try to convince the Chinese government to authorize the export of raw material to make millions of COVID-19 vaccines needed amid a sudden shortage. The South American...

Brazil to vaccinate athletes, coaches for Tokyo Olympics

May. 11, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's government is set to start delivering COVID-19 vaccines to athletes, coaches, referees and accredited media headed for the Olympics and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga told a news conference Tuesday that Brazil will...

Deadly police shootout prompts claims of abuse in Brazil

May. 07, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A bloody, hour-long gunbattle in a Rio de Janeiro slum echoed into Friday, with authorities saying the police killed two dozen criminals while residents and activists claimed human rights abuses and a Supreme Court justice hinted at an investigation. ...

Brazil's Amazon deforestation surged in April after pledges

May. 07, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Preliminary data released Friday signaled deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon in April was the highest for that month in at least five years, a report that comes two weeks after Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said his government would dedicate more energy and...

Brazilian comedian's COVID-19 death unites nation in grief

May. 05, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Paulo Gustavo, a popular comedian whose character Dona Herminia dealt with everyday family and LGBTQ issues in some of Brazil's biggest-box office movies and television shows, died of COVID-19, sparking an outpouring of grief across a country polarized by the pandemic....

India's virus surge damages Modi's image of competence

May. 05, 2021 00:38 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s hospitals were packed with coronavirus patients, relatives of the sick scrambled to find supplies of oxygen, and crematoriums were running near full capacity to handle the dead. Yet despite those clear signs of an overwhelming health crisis,...

Ex-minister: Bolsonaro eyed decree on chloroquine for COVID

May. 04, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said Tuesday that President Jair Bolsonaro had considered issuing a decree officially expanding the use of the anti-malarial drug chloroquine for COVID-19 patients in Brazil, though studies found it ineffective. ...

May Day protesters demand more job protections amid pandemic

May. 01, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Workers and union leaders dusted off bullhorns and flags that had stayed furled during coronavirus lockdowns for slimmed down but still boisterous — and at times violent — May Day marches on Saturday, demanding more labor protections amid a pandemic that has turned...

Brazil backs away from the virus brink as deaths top 400,000

Apr. 30, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For most of this month, intensive care units across Brazil were at or near capacity amid a crush of COVID-19 patients, and sedatives needed to intubate patients dwindled. The nation’s biggest cemetery had so many corpses to bury that gravediggers worked hours past...