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Brazilian court reduces sentence of ex-president da Silva

Apr. 23, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's second-highest court reduced the sentence of incarcerated former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Tuesday, opening the possibility he could be moved to house arrest later this year. The Superior Court of Justice vote was in response to a request by da Silva's lawyers...

Avianca Brasil gives up 18 planes, cancels 1,045 flights

Apr. 22, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Avianca Brasil canceled more than 1,045 domestic flights this week because it has to return 18 aircraft to leasing agencies. Brazil's National Aviation Agency said the planes needed to be returned Monday to avoid affecting Holy Week holiday passengers. Customers can either get refunds...

Passion Play in Brazil shantytown a voice against injustice

Apr. 20, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The back streets of Brazil's biggest shantytown became the stage for an Easter Passion Play that mirrored the realities faced by its residents. For the 27th year in a row, people in the favela of Rocinha packed the streets Friday to watch the "Via Sacra," a theatric recreation of the...

Panel to review approval of Boeing 737 Max flight controls

Apr. 19, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max's flight control system was approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities have confirmed participation in a technical review promised...

Brazil leader wants to ease laws on carrying guns

Apr. 19, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says his administration will soon introduce legislation to make it easier to carry guns in public and to expand protections for people who kill in defense of their lives or property. The plans announced during the president's Thursday evening...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Apr. 19, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. A former president of Peru, Alan Garcia, killed himself as he was about to be arrested in a corruption case tied to the Brazilian construction...

Brazil judge reverses order censoring news sites

Apr. 19, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A judge on Brazil's top court has cancelled a ruling that forced two news sites to remove reports that a corruption investigation had included a reference to the court's president. Thursday's ruling by Judge Alexandre de Moraes overturns his own order issued Monday, which had been...

Minister at secretive N Carolina church sentenced for fraud

Apr. 18, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A minister at a secretive church in North Carolina has been sentenced to 34 months in prison and ordered to pay $466,960 in restitution for his role in an unemployment fraud scheme involving businesses owned by members of the congregation. Kent Covington, a minister at the Word of...

Brazil farmer arrested again in American missionary's murder

Apr. 18, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police in Brazil have again arrested a farmer convicted of ordering the 2005 assassination of American missionary Dorothy Stang. Regivaldo Pereira Galvão was detained this week after Brazil's supreme court overruled a May 2018 injunction that had blocked him from serving his...

Ticket sales: The least understood side of the Olympics

Apr. 18, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It's Olympic ticket sales time again, perhaps the least understood side of the games. "Time flies," said Kosuke Kitajima, a four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist from Japan. "It's as if the Rio de Janeiro Olympics were just yesterday." The now-retired Kitajima helped Tokyo Olympic...