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Hired 'hackers' try, and fail, to invade Brazil vote system

May. 14, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — More than 20 would-be hackers gathered in the Brazilian electoral authority’s headquarters in the capital this week. Their mission: infiltrate the nation’s voting system ahead of a hotly anticipated race in October. Their 3-day battery of attempted...

Brazilian groups want direct access to U.S. forest funding

May. 10, 2022 09:35 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian environmental and Indigenous organizations, together with some companies, are urging the United States to come through with promised funding for forest protection and deal directly with people who live in the forest, have protected it and, they say, “are directly...

Brazil's Lula courts centrists at unofficial campaign launch

May. 07, 2022 14:52 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — At the effective launch of his campaign on Saturday, Brazil’s former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva aimed to lure centrists into his coalition to strengthen his bid to unseat incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro. “We want to unite democrats of all origins...

Amazon tribes turn the tables on intruders with social media

May. 07, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It was dusk on April 14 when Francisco Kuruaya heard a boat approaching along the river near his village in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. He assumed it was the regular delivery boat bringing gasoline for generators and outboard motors to remote settlements like his. Instead,...

Brazil's Bolsonaro says he will seek audit of voting system

May. 05, 2022 20:22 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday that his political party will seek to audit the electronic voting system before the upcoming election amid concerns he is actively sowing distrust in its eventual results. “As allowed by electoral law, we will...

DiCaprio, Ruffalo urge Brazilians to vote, irking Bolsonaro

May. 04, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo joined other celebrities making a final push for voters in Brazil to register before the Wednesday deadline, prompting dismissive responses from President Jair Bolsonaro. In recent days, A-listers in Brazil...

UN: Brazil's Lula was illegally barred from 2018 race

Apr. 28, 2022 15:04 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — A U.N. human rights panel of experts handed a moral victory to former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Thursday, finding he was illegally barred from running for the country's top job in 2018 due to judicial bias. The 15-2 decision by the Human...

EXPLAINER: Brazil's Bolsonaro, top court on collision course

Apr. 27, 2022 20:34 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is once again at odds with the country's Supreme Court, pardoning a congressman who had just been convicted by high court justices for urging violence against one of them. Justices may review the pardon, and the case threatens to...

Russia's standing in G-20 not threatened by Ukraine invasion

Apr. 23, 2022 08:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Russia invaded Ukraine, in 2014, outraged world leaders booted Russia out of the Group of Eight industrialized nations, which quickly rebranded itself the Group of Seven. Eight years later, the G-7 is still holding at seven — a collection of...

Brazil's Bolsonaro pardons lawmaker convicted at top court

Apr. 22, 2022 10:34 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued a pardon Thursday night for a recently convicted ally, setting off backlash from adversaries claiming the president is overstepping his constitutional bounds and once again undermining the Supreme Court. Brazil’s Supreme...