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Nora Roberts sues Brazilian author, cites 'multi-plagiarism'

Apr. 24, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling novelist Nora Roberts is suing a Brazilian writer for copyright infringement, alleging that Cristiane Serruya has committed "multi-plagiarism" on a "rare and scandalous" level. In papers filed Wednesday morning in Rio de Janeiro, where Serruya lives, Roberts called Serruya's...

Indigenous Brazilians gather to protest outside Congress

Apr. 24, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — More than 1,000 indigenous Brazilians gathered outside Congress on Wednesday for an annual three-day campout to protest what they see as rollbacks of indigenous rights under President Jair Bolsonaro. Tents dotted the congressional building's lawn, where indigenous leaders sang,...

Brazilian court reduces sentence of ex-president da Silva

Apr. 23, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's second-highest court reduced the sentence of incarcerated former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Tuesday, opening the possibility he could be moved to house arrest later this year. The Superior Court of Justice vote was in response to a request by da Silva's lawyers...

Avianca Brasil gives up 18 planes, cancels 1,045 flights

Apr. 22, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Avianca Brasil canceled more than 1,045 domestic flights this week because it has to return 18 aircraft to leasing agencies. Brazil's National Aviation Agency said the planes needed to be returned Monday to avoid affecting Holy Week holiday passengers. Customers can either get refunds...

Passion Play in Brazil shantytown a voice against injustice

Apr. 20, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The back streets of Brazil's biggest shantytown became the stage for an Easter Passion Play that mirrored the realities faced by its residents. For the 27th year in a row, people in the favela of Rocinha packed the streets Friday to watch the "Via Sacra," a theatric recreation of the...

Panel to review approval of Boeing 737 Max flight controls

Apr. 19, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max's flight control system was approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities have confirmed participation in a technical review promised...

Brazil leader wants to ease laws on carrying guns

Apr. 19, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says his administration will soon introduce legislation to make it easier to carry guns in public and to expand protections for people who kill in defense of their lives or property. The plans announced during the president's Thursday evening...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Apr. 19, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. A former president of Peru, Alan Garcia, killed himself as he was about to be arrested in a corruption case tied to the Brazilian construction...

Brazil judge reverses order censoring news sites

Apr. 19, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A judge on Brazil's top court has cancelled a ruling that forced two news sites to remove reports that a corruption investigation had included a reference to the court's president. Thursday's ruling by Judge Alexandre de Moraes overturns his own order issued Monday, which had been...

Minister at secretive N Carolina church sentenced for fraud

Apr. 18, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A minister at a secretive church in North Carolina has been sentenced to 34 months in prison and ordered to pay $466,960 in restitution for his role in an unemployment fraud scheme involving businesses owned by members of the congregation. Kent Covington, a minister at the Word of...