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Brazil authorities probe Amazon ties to capital attacks

Feb. 01, 2023 10:13 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — On the edge of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, the Rovaris family is a symbol of a pioneering success story. The family arrived in the state of Mato Grosso in the 1970s as part of a wave of agricultural expansion promoted by the country’s then-military...

Germany pledges $222 million for Brazil environment, Amazon

Jan. 30, 2023 11:24 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — German development minister Svenja Schulze announced Monday that her government will make 204 million euros ($222 million) available for environmental policies in Brazil. Of this total, $38 million is a donation to the Amazon Fund, Schulze told reporters in capital...

Brazil police raid Bolsonaro nephew's home in uprising probe

Jan. 27, 2023 17:46 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s federal police searched the home of a nephew of former President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday in connection with the Jan. 8 storming of government buildings in the capital by far-right protesters. Police said Leonardo Rodrigues de Jesus, known by...

Brazil's army chief fired in aftermath of capital uprising

Jan. 21, 2023 18:46 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva fired Brazil’s army chief Saturday just days after the leftist leader openly said that some military members allowed the Jan. 8 uprising in the capital by far-right protesters. The official website of the Brazilian armed...

Brazil charges dozens in pro-Bolsonaro riots; more expected

Jan. 17, 2023 13:28 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The office of Brazil’s prosecutor-general has presented its first charges against some of the thousands of people who authorities say stormed government buildings in an effort to overturn former President Jair Bolsonaro's loss in the October election. The...

Brazil 'mega-protest' fizzles amid authorities' concern

Jan. 11, 2023 20:25 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Skittish Brazilian authorities on Wednesday spared no effort to boost security in the face of a social media flyer promoting a “mega-protest to retake power” in two dozen cities. Whether because of preventative measures adopted or not, the supposed uprising was a dud. ...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jan. 11, 2023 15:00 PM EST

Sun Sentinel. January 7, 2023. Editorial: ‘Friends’ make DeSantis a big-money powerhouse “Friends of Ron DeSantis” is a symbol of the distortion done to democracy by cynical Supreme Court decisions that allow money to outshout free speech, and by politicians...

EXPLAINER: Roots of the Brazilian capital's chaotic uprising

Jan. 09, 2023 22:17 PM EST

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Thousands of Brazilians who support former president Jair Bolsonaro invaded the Supreme Court, presidential palace and Congress on Jan. 8 in an episode that closely resembled the U.S. Capitol insurrection in 2021. The groups were able to break through police barricades...

Authorities probe who was behind uprising in Brazil capital

Jan. 09, 2023 17:25 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities said Monday that they were looking into who may have been behind the shocking uprising that sent protesters storming into the nation’s halls of power in a riot that had striking similarities to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. ...

Brazil's Lula sworn in, vows accountability and rebuilding

Jan. 02, 2023 01:07 AM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was sworn in as president on Sunday, and in his first address expressed optimism about plans to rebuild while pledging that members of outgoing Jair Bolsonaro’s administration will be held to account. Lula is assuming...