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A passenger wearing a mask as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 arrives to the Sao Paulo International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

With first case, Latin America prepares for COVID-19 virus

Feb. 26, 2020 5:28 PM EST

With Brazil reporting the first case of the COVID-19 virus, neighboring countries and other nations around Latin America were attempting to block the possible arrival of the virus. A glance at efforts across the region: — Peru was maintaining a team of specialists working around-the-clock shifts at Jorge...

Airport employees wear masks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 as they work at the Sao Paulo International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America

Feb. 26, 2020 1:04 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's government confirmed on Wednesday that a 61-year-old Brazilian man who traveled to Italy this month has Latin America's first confirmed case of the new coronavirus spreading worldwide. “We will now see how this virus behaves in a tropical country in the middle of...

Performers from the Sao Clemente samba school parade on a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Brazilian politicians avoid Carnival as they become targets

Feb. 25, 2020 5:06 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — At Rio’s annual Carnival celebration Monday night, comedian and composer Marcelo Adnet stood atop a float for the Sao Clemente samba school dressed in a sequin suit imitating Brazil’s far-right president. He mimicked Jair Bolsonaro’s signature finger-gun gesture...

Brazil: Violent crime up in state hit by police strike

Feb. 24, 2020 4:57 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Violent crime has been rising in Brazil's northeastern state of Ceara amid a police strike in its seventh day, federal Justice Minister Sergio Moro said Monday. Security officials said the state had recorded 147 homicides in the past five days, a fivefold increase from the same...

Performers from the Grande Rio samba school parade during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Rio Carnival schools make plea for end of religious abuse

Feb. 24, 2020 12:41 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As the Grande Rio Samba school rolled its Carnival float onto Rio de Janeiro's parade grounds, people aboard unfurled a massive fan-shaped banner reading “RESPECT MY AXÉ” to the roaring crowd. Axé is the vital cosmic force in the Afro-Brazilian religion...

Third-seeded Garin beats Coric to reach Rio Open final

Feb. 23, 2020 11:45 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Third-seeded Christian Garin of Chile reached the final of the Rio Open after beating Croatia's Borna Coric 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday. Their match was interrupted shortly after midnight due to heavy rains, when Garin had already won the first set and the score level at 4-4 in the second....

Transgender godmother Camila Prins, representing the Colorado do Bras samba school, performs at Carnival in the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Prins entered the parade grounds, in a costume of feathers that displayed her sinuous body, fulfilling a dream nearly three decades old. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazilian transgender dancer shatters Carnival parade taboo

Feb. 23, 2020 12:02 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — When dancer Camila Prins entered Sao Paulo's Carnival parade grounds, a costume of feathers clinging to her sinuous body, she fulfilled a dream of feminine beauty nearly three decades old. Prins says she first realized she wanted to be a woman at a Carnival party at age 11, when, like the...

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In Brazil, fear of spreading police protests during Carnival

Feb. 22, 2020 5:34 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A violent police strike in northeastern Brazil has shed light on dissatisfaction among cops elsewhere in the country, with some forces threatening to protest as rowdy Carnival celebrations start. The strike by military police demanding higher salaries in the state of Ceara, and which...

Thiem loses in Rio Open quarterfinals

Feb. 22, 2020 2:45 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria was eliminated by qualifier Gianluca Mager of Italy in their rain-affected, two-day Rio Open quarterfinal on Saturday. Mager led 7-6 (4), 2-1 when rain forced the match to be suspended on Friday. He won the second set 7-5 on Saturday to reach the...

Thiem trails Mager in rain-delayed Rio Open quarterfinal

Feb. 21, 2020 11:16 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria trailed Italy's Gianluca Mager 7-6 (4), 2-1 on Friday when rain forced the suspension of their Rio Open quarterfinal until Saturday. Thiem will overtake Roger Federer for the No. 3 spot in the world if he beats Mager. Mager or Thiem will face the...