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Brazil's Odebrecht files for bankruptcy protection

Jun. 17, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht filed for bankruptcy protection Monday to restructure $13 billion in debt, worn down after spending five years at the center of one of the world's largest corruption investigations. Odebrecht said in a statement that it and its subsidiaries would...

Brazil law group wants justice minister, prosecutors removed

Jun. 10, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian Bar Association on Monday called for the suspension of the justice minister after a series of reports alleging that as a crusading anti-corruption judge he coordinated with prosecutors in the case that led to the conviction and jailing of former President Luiz Inacio...

Backers of embattled Bolsonaro take to streets in Brazil

May. 26, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands gathered in cities across Brazil on Sunday to show support for President Jair Bolsonaro, who faces an uncooperative Congress, street protests, a family corruption scandal and falling approval ratings five months into his term. The stumbling start for the far-right leader who...

Brazil sues tobacco companies to recover public health costs

May. 23, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tobacco giant Philip Morris said Thursday that Brazil's courts have consistently ruled that tobacco companies are not liable for smoking-related health damages after the country's attorney general filed a lawsuit seeking to recover costs to the public health system in treating such...

Brazil's Natura announces purchase of Avon Products

May. 22, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian cosmetics maker Natura announced Wednesday that it is buying Avon Products in an all-stock deal that it valued at $3.7 billion, in move that would create the world's fourth-largest group of beauty products. Shareholders of both companies would have to approve the deal....

Amnesty International criticizes Brazil's far-right leader

May. 21, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amnesty International published an open letter Tuesday criticizing the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro, saying they will lead to more homicides and deny some Brazilians their human rights. The group said Bolsonaro's "anti-human rights" rhetoric throughout his career is now "being...

Brazil cancels another UN climate change event

May. 14, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After backing out of hosting the 2019 U.N. climate summit, Brazil has now canceled a United Nations climate change event that was to be held in August in the city of Salvador. The decision that came to light Tuesday was the latest blow to climate change consensus by the new government...

Students in Brazil protest school budget cuts

May. 6, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Students from federal high schools in Brazil protested sharp budget cuts ordered by President Jair Bolsonaro's administration — the latest clash in a highly divisive battle over Brazilian education. Hundreds of high schoolers were joined by university students, teachers and...

Indigenous Brazilians gather to protest outside Congress

Apr. 24, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — More than 1,000 indigenous Brazilians gathered outside Congress on Wednesday for an annual three-day campout to protest what they see as rollbacks of indigenous rights under President Jair Bolsonaro. Tents dotted the congressional building's lawn, where indigenous leaders sang,...