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Editor-in-chief of Brazil's most read newspaper dies at 61

Aug. 21, 2018 3:43 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Otavio Frias Filho, who as editor-in-chief helped turn a mid-sized, conservative paper into Brazil's most read daily, has died. He was 61. Daily Folha de S. Paulo said Frias Filho died at 3:20 a.m. Tuesday in a Sao Paulo hospital. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. Frias...

Brazil's real below $0.25 amid uncertainty ahead of election

Aug. 21, 2018 3:23 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's currency is falling against the U.S. dollar, continuing a slide fueled by uncertainty ahead of presidential elections. The real fell below $0.25 on Tuesday. It has lost about 20 percent of its value against the American currency in the past year. The last time it was so weak...

A look at the leading candidates for Brazil's presidency

Aug. 21, 2018 2:11 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — With poll-leading former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in jail and likely to be barred from running, Brazil's presidential election is wide open. A look at the five contenders with the best chances, according to polls: JAIR BOLSONARO The former army captain and seven-term congressman...

Abstentions in Brazil election could hurt governability

Aug. 21, 2018 1:58 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Attorney Carlos Gomes is a political junkie who plunged into campaigning for national and local candidates as a teenager. Two years ago, he even moved to Sao Paulo to work for a law firm that represents several candidates for office. However, he says he won't be able to bring himself to...

Shootouts leave 13 dead, including 2 soldiers, in Rio

Aug. 20, 2018 8:30 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — At least 11 suspects and two soldiers died during shootouts with military personnel and police in greater Rio de Janeiro on Monday as violence erupted in several areas of the city that hosted the Summer Olympics two years ago. The direct confrontations between soldiers and armed...

Brazil rules out closing border to Venezuelan immigrants

Aug. 20, 2018 6:57 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil won't close its border with Venezuela despite tensions that led to attacks on migrants who had fled to the border town of Pacaraima in the northern state of Roraima, an official said Monday. Institutional Security Minister Gen. Sergio Etchegoyen told a news conference that closing...

Correction: Brazil-Venezuelan Immigrants story

Aug. 20, 2018 6:10 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — In a story Aug. 19 about Venezuelan migrants in a Brazilian border town, The Associated Press reported erroneously that officers sent to the Brazil-Venezuela border are troops. They are members of a military-style police unit, but not part of the military. A corrected version of the story...

Brazilians attack Venezuelan immigrants in border town

Aug. 18, 2018 10:46 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Residents of the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima attacked Venezuelan immigrants on Saturday after a local storeowner was robbed, stabbed and beaten in an assault blamed on four migrants, authorities said. Pacaraima, in the northern jungle state of Roraima, is a major border...

Military intervention in Rio to end in December

Aug. 18, 2018 7:00 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's public security minister says the military will no longer be in charge of security forces in Rio de Janeiro state as of December. Public Security Minister Raul Jungmann said in an interview with the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper Saturday that he proposed extending the military...

Could Brazil's da Silva really run? It's not likely

Aug. 17, 2018 2:17 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — While jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has long insisted he can run for Brazil's presidency again despite his conviction, legal experts say the path to doing that is extremely narrow and unlikely to happen. And his Workers' Party risks missing the deadline to register an...