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Indigenous and family mourn expert killed in the Amazon

Jun. 24, 2022 15:49 PM EDT

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — Members of Brazilian Indigenous groups, friends and family members gathered Friday to mourn Bruno Pereira, an expert on Indigenous peoples who was killed with a British journalist during a trip to the heart of the Amazon rainforest. His was cremated following the ceremony. ...

Brazil: Raped girl, 11, gets abortion after initial refusal

Jun. 23, 2022 21:41 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian prosecutors said Thursday that a raped 11-year-old girl had received a legal abortion after a judge blocked her for weeks from ending her pregnancy. Federal prosecutors in the state of Santa Catarina said in a statement that Polydoro Ernani de São...

Brazil judge releases former Bolsonaro minister from jail

Jun. 23, 2022 20:26 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian federal judge on Thursday released a former education minister of President Jair Bolsonaro a day after he was arrested by federal police in a graft investigation. Judge Ney Bello said Milton Ribeiro and four other suspects should be freed because they...

Brazilian judge probed for blocking abortion for raped child

Jun. 22, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's judicial watchdog agency says it is investigating a judge who stopped an 11-year-old rape victim from getting an abortion — a procedure that advocates insist is allowed in the South American nation for rape cases at any stage of a pregnancy. Santa...

Former education minister in Brazil is jailed in graft probe

Jun. 22, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A former Brazilian education minister of President Jair Bolsonaro was arrested Wednesday in connection with a federal police corruption investigation, further hurting the far-right leader’s bid for reelection. Milton Ribeiro left the post in March after...

Lula platform has green focus, nods to middle in Brazil race

Jun. 21, 2022 19:20 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva laid out his campaign platform Tuesday, including a pledge for zero deforestation initiatives and appeals to moderates as seeks to unseat Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil's election in October. The 76-year-old leftist, who...

Brazil's Petrobras CEO resigns amid pressure over gas prices

Jun. 20, 2022 12:55 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The chief executive of Brazil's state-run oil giant Petrobras resigned on Monday amid political pressure from top lawmakers and President Jair Bolsonaro. José Mauro Coelho held the job for less than two months. A filing of the oil giant to Brazil’s security...

After writer's murder in the Amazon, can his vision survive?

Jun. 19, 2022 12:36 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — British journalist Dom Phillips’ quest to unlock the secrets of how to preserve Brazil’s Amazon was cut short this month when he was killed along with a colleague in the heart of the forest he so cherished. Some of his discoveries may yet see the light of day. ...

Brazil Indigenous expert was 'bigger target' in recent years

Jun. 18, 2022 14:00 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Before disappearing in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, Bruno Pereira was laying the groundwork for a mammoth undertaking: a 350-kilometer (217-mile) trail marking the southwestern border of the Javari Valley Indigenous territory, an area the size of Portugal. The...

Brazil police: Remains found those of British journalist

Jun. 17, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Federal police said Friday that human remains found in Brazil’s remote Amazon have been identified as belonging to British journalist Dom Phillips, who went missing almost two weeks ago along with a Brazilian Indigenous expert in a case that drew world attention. ...