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Bolsonaros face questions in Brazil over corruption probe

Jan. 18, 2019 4:52 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Allies and supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are questioning his commitment to fighting corruption as questions mount about irregular payments in his inner circle just weeks into his presidency. Bolsonaro's son, Flavio Bolsonaro, has come under fire over suspicious...

Brazil's Bolsonaro makes stumbling start as president

Jan. 17, 2019 4:56 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — A few days after being inaugurated, new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced a tax increase, only to have his chief-of-staff say hours later that the boss "had been wrong." The former army captain also said he would be open to putting a U.S. base in his country, but military...

Gisele Bundchen fires back in feud with Brazilian Minister

Jan. 17, 2019 4:50 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian supermodel turned environmental activist Gisele Bundchen is pushing back against the agricultural minister in her homeland, along the way wading into a growing debate about the future of the Amazon. The brouhaha began Monday when Minister Tereza Cristina Dias accused...

Gisele Bundchen fires back in feud with Brazilian minister

Jan. 17, 2019 3:24 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian supermodel-turned-environmental activist Gisele Bundchen is responding to criticism from a Cabinet minister. Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias accused Bundchen of tainting the country's image abroad. Speaking in a radio interview Monday, the minister called the super...

Less beef, more beans. Experts say world needs a new diet

Jan. 16, 2019 10:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A hamburger a week, but no more — that's about as much red meat people should eat to do what's best for their health and the planet, according to a report seeking to overhaul the world's diet. Eggs should be limited to fewer than about four a week, the report says. Dairy foods should...

Bolsonaro loosens gun laws in Brazil, world murder capital

Jan. 15, 2019 4:27 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a decree making it easier for many Brazilians to own firearms, the first of many expected changes by the nascent administration to overhaul gun laws in the nation that leads the world in total homicides. Bolsonaro signed the decree in a...

Sister of slain Brazilian councilwoman calls for justice

Jan. 14, 2019 3:02 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The sister of slain Brazilian councilwoman Marielle Franco on Monday expressed concern about the conservative new governor's commitment to solving the case. Ten months to the day since the slaying of Franco and her driver, sister Anielle Franco said Gov. Wilson Witzel's recent actions...

1 dead in Brazil police helicopter crash, cause unknown

Jan. 14, 2019 1:55 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian police officer died and three others were hospitalized Monday after their helicopter crashed in Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay. Police officials said that Sgt. Felipe Marques de Queiroz, 37, had not survived the accident, but that the three other crew members were out of...

Italian fugitive brought home to serve life term for murder

Jan. 14, 2019 10:32 AM EST

ROME (AP) — A left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder three decades ago arrived in Rome on Monday to begin serving life in prison, after his time as a celebrity fugitive came to an abrupt end with his arrest in Bolivia. An Italian military aircraft carrying Cesare Battisti landed at Rome's...

Italian fugitive captured 3 decades after murder conviction

Jan. 13, 2019 6:55 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder in his home country nearly three decades ago was arrested in Bolivia, authorities said Sunday, setting the stage for a climactic end to one of Italy's longest-running efforts to bring a fugitive to justice. Hours later, Cesare Battisti...