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Brazil deploys national guard after senator shot in strike

Feb. 19, 2020 9:57 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian senator was shot Wednesday as he tried to intervene in a strike by military police demanding higher salaries in the northeastern state of Ceara, prompting authorities to deploy federal forces. Sen. Cid Gomes, a former governor of the state, received a shot in the chest...

Father sues airline over boy's sexual assault during layover

Feb. 19, 2020 1:45 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A man in Florida is suing one of Latin America's largest airlines, saying his 6-year-old son was sexually assaulted by an airline employee while traveling as an unaccompanied minor from Brazil to the U.S. The father filed the negligence lawsuit Monday against LATAM Airlines in federal...

Oil workers march during a protest against layoffs at state oil company Petrobras in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Brazilian oil workers and oil giant Petrobras were locked in a power struggle Tuesday over the company's privatization plans, with the union saying thousands of employees are on an indefinite strike. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Brazil oil workers clash with Petrobras in 18-day strike

Feb. 18, 2020 6:34 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian oil workers and oil giant Petrobras are locked in a power struggle over plans to shift focus away from non-core assets, with a federation of unions saying on Tuesday that thousands of employees are on strike indefinitely. Roughly one thousand people gathered outside the...

A dog dressed for carnival participates in the

It's a day for dogs as Brazil ramps up for Carnival

Feb. 16, 2020 12:45 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil is ramping up toward the world's most famous Carnival celebrations and already the dogs have had their day. Dozens of costumed dogs joined their owners in a traditional pre-Carnival parade Sunday along Avenida Atlantica bordering Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach. “At...

FILE - In this undated file photo, a lonely penguin appears in Antarctica during the southern hemisphere's summer season. The temperature in northern Antarctica hit nearly 65 degrees (18.3 degrees Celsius), a likely heat record on the continent best known for snow, ice, and penguins. The reading was taken Thursday, Feb. 5, 2020 at an Argentine research base and still needs to be verified by the World Meteorological Organization. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Jana, File)

UN: Antarctic high temp records will take months to verify

Feb. 16, 2020 12:09 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify, the U.N. weather agency said Sunday. A spokesman for the World Meteorological Organization said the measurements made by researchers from Argentina and Brazil earlier this month have to undergo a formal...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks, accompanied by televangelist R.R. Soares, at an International Grace of God Church event, at Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Tens of thousands of people gathered to celebrated the 40th anniversary of the evangelical church. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Bolsonaro stresses Christian morals amid Rio's pre-Carnival

Feb. 15, 2020 7:02 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro addressed tens of thousands of evangelicals on a Rio de Janeiro beach Saturday, telling them Brazil's government is working to restore morality in Latin America’s largest nation, just as pre-Carnival festivities get under way. Brazil “is changing...

FILE - In this July 31, 2019 file photo, a police officer aims his weapon during an operation in the Mare complex slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

Brazil homicides fall to lowest level in at least 12 years

Feb. 14, 2020 6:13 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro celebrated Friday after a crime index showed homicides fell to their lowest level in more than a decade during the first year of his term. Brazil had 41,635 killings in 2019, down 19% from the prior year and the least number of homicides since 2007,...

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2019 file photo, residents gather outside the Catholic church of Novo Cruzador, Brazil, after attending a prayer led by missionary Antelmo Pereira on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. Roman Catholic priests, on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, along with deacons and bishops across the Amazon voiced surprise, resignation and reluctant acceptance of Pope Francis' refusal to allow married men to be ordained priests, lamenting that their faithful will continue to be deprived of Mass and subject to competing evangelical churches that have made impressive inroads in the region.  (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Amazon's Catholics mull church future after pope's letter

Feb. 14, 2020 12:04 AM EST

Roman Catholic priests, deacons and bishops across the Amazon voiced surprise, resignation and reluctant acceptance of Pope Francis' refusal to allow married men to be ordained priests, lamenting that their faithful will continue to be deprived of Mass and subject to competing evangelical churches that have made...

FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva celebrates after scoring a goal during a friendly soccer match in Guararema, Brazil.  Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and received a papal blessing, with the encounter being posted on his social media accounts, Thursday Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine, FILE)

Ex-Brazilian leader da Silva meets the pope, gets blessing

Feb. 13, 2020 2:56 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met Thursday with Pope Francis at the Vatican, received a papal blessing and said the two discussed prospects for a “more just and fraternal world." Da Silva posted photos of the encounter on his Twitter and Facebook accounts...

This undated photo released by Pora News shows the news website's employee, Brazilian journalist Leo Veras, at an unknown location in Brazil. Veras was gunned down in his home on Paraguay's border as he ate dinner with his wife, father-in-law and young child, prosecutors said Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Pora News via AP)

Brazilian journalist slain on lawless Paraguay border

Feb. 13, 2020 11:23 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian journalist was gunned down in his home on Paraguay's border as he ate dinner with his wife, father-in-law and young child, prosecutors said Thursday. Léo Veras lived in the Paraguayan town of Pedro Juan Caballero and ran a local news website. He had recently been...