Latest Brazil News

Memory of slain councilwoman honored in Rio de Janeiro

Oct. 14, 2018 8:38 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in Brazil's second largest city Sunday to honor the memory of a councilwoman and human rights activist who was shot to death seven months ago. Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, were killed in Rio de Janeiro on March 14 while returning...

Amid violence, Brazil presidential candidates call for calm

Oct. 11, 2018 9:37 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The two presidential candidates who will square off in Brazil's runoff this month are calling for an end to politically motivated violence— an issue emerging as a central theme of the elections. Numerous cases of violence were reported in the week before the first round of...

Brazil's Bolsonaro denies ties to strategist Steve Bannon

Oct. 11, 2018 7:09 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday his campaign has no ties to former White House strategist Steve Bannon, contradicting claims by one of Bolsonaro's sons. Bolsonaro, who won the first round of Brazil's presidential election Sunday and is the front-runner in...

Brazil foreign minister seeks to allay election fears

Oct. 11, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Brazil's foreign minister says whoever wins his country's presidential election won't be able to throw out human rights safeguards. Aloysio Nunes insisted Thursday that Brazil has "well-established parameters" on an independent judiciary, a free press and foreign policy, whoever comes to...

Leading Brazilian candidate to skip 1st TV debate for runoff

Oct. 10, 2018 9:39 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The front-runner in Brazil's presidential runoff announced Wednesday that he will skip the first TV debate before the Oct. 28 election as he recovers from being stabbed. Doctors for far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro said he was not fit enough to participate in Thursday's debate. He has...

Brazil: Mexico dragging feet on Odebrecht corruption scandal

Oct. 10, 2018 8:50 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Across Latin America, prosecutors have been pressing charges in recent years against politicians accused of corruption in the scandal involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, which admitted to paying $800 million in bribes in the region. Not in Mexico. Evidence that could...

Brazil suspects Equatorial Guinea money-laundering scheme

Oct. 10, 2018 3:02 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian officials say $16 million in undeclared cash and luxury watches seized from the delegation of Equatorial Guinea's vice president may have been part of an effort to launder money embezzled from the African country's government. Police at an airport in Sao Paulo last month seized...

Brazilians split about Roger Waters criticism of candidate

Oct. 10, 2018 2:55 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Rock star Roger Waters is causing a stir in Brazil after calling the leading candidate in October's presidential election a neo-fascist. A big screen behind the stage at Waters' concert in Sao Paulo on Tuesday night showed the words "Resist neo-fascism." And then it displayed a list of...

Brazil candidate accused of spreading fake news stories

Oct. 9, 2018 8:33 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Charges of fake news are heating up the presidential race ahead of Brazil's Oct. 28 runoff, with the center-left candidate on Tuesday accusing his rival's campaign of defaming him with false stories on social media and messaging apps. A fact-checking group said that Fernando Haddad has...

Walsh Jennings pairs with Brooke Sweat for 2020 Tokyo try

Oct. 9, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, already the most decorated beach volleyball player in history, will pair with defensive star Brooke Sweat in an attempt to make it to the Summer Games for a sixth time. The decision kicks off a two-year qualification process that would send Walsh Jennings to...