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Argentine president sinks himself over boat quote

Jun. 10, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's President Alberto Fernández might want to get on a boat and hide. The left-leaning Argentine leader has been ridiculed across Latin America and beyond for trying to emphasize his country's European roots during a meeting this...

Trump-appointed ambassador to Brazil resigns after 14 months

Jun. 10, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The U.S. ambassador known for friendly ties with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tendered his resignation after just over a year in the position and is leaving the diplomatic service, he said in a statement on Thursday. Ambassador Todd...

Brazil’s Amazon deforestation reaches record level for May

Jun. 04, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Preliminary government data released on Friday has raised concern that the coming dry season will see even more deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon than last year's surge of cutting. The area deforested in May, determined based on satellite images,...

Brazil's economy grows more than expected in first quarter

Jun. 01, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's economy grew more than expected in the first quarter of 2021, continuing its rebound from pandemic recession as many declined to hunker down amid COVID-19's brutal second wave. Latin America's largest economy grew 1.2% from the fourth...

Sinovac vaccine restores a Brazilian city to near normal

Jun. 01, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

SERRANA, Brazil (AP) — Just one COVID-19 patient is in critical condition at the Dr. Geraldo Cesar Reis clinic in Serrana, a city of almost 46,000 in Sao Paulo state's countryside. The 63-year-old woman rejected the vaccine that was offered to every adult resident of Serrana as part of a...

Brazil to host Copa America after Argentina is stripped

May. 31, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil will host Copa America for the second consecutive time after Colombia and Argentina were stripped of hosting rights for the tournament, prompting local health experts to criticize the decision to hold the troubled event in one of the countries hardest hit by the...

New clashes as wildcat miners attack Indigenous in Brazil

May. 27, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Hundreds of wildcat miners attacked police who were trying to halt illegal mining in the Brazilian Amazon region and then raided an Indigenous village, setting houses on fire, federal prosecutors in the northern state of Para reported. The clashes...

Withdrawal of pandemic welfare fuels poverty in Brazil

May. 25, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The pandemic shantytown sprang up virtually overnight when people began using scavenged wooden boards to build shacks on a plot of empty land in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city. Geovani de Souza and his pregnant wife were among the 200 families who...

Former banker Guillermo Lasso becomes president in Ecuador

May. 24, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Former banker Guillermo Lasso was sworn in as president of Ecuador on Monday, saying he will escalate efforts to vaccinate people to protect them from COVID-19 and work to revive an economy hit hard by the pandemic. So far, Ecuador has vaccinated...

Ex-minister says Brazil leader didn't interfere on pandemic

May. 19, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A former health minister denied receiving any direct orders from President Jair Bolsonaro during his 10 months in the post, providing the first day of his Senate testimony Wednesday that analysts saw as an attempt to shield Brazil’s leader from any blame over the...