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Brazil police: school attackers imitating Columbine massacre

Mar. 14, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

SUZANO, Brazil (AP) — Two young men who stormed their former school in southern Brazil armed with a gun, crossbows and axes, killing seven people, were trying to emulate the 1999 Columbine attack in Colorado and had been planning the assault for months, police said Thursday. Friends and former classmates...

Brazil remembers slain politician 1 year after her death

Mar. 14, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tearful friends, family and admirers gathered Thursday to pay homage to a city councilwoman who was gunned down one year ago in a brazen slaying that sparked outrage across Brazil. Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Gomes, were killed in central Rio de Janeiro on the evening of...

School rampage in Brazil leaves 8 dead, many wounded

Mar. 13, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

SUZANO, Brazil (AP) — Two masked men armed with a gun, knives, axes and crossbows descended on a school in southern Brazil on Wednesday, killing five students and two adults before one killed the other and then himself, authorities said. The men, identified as former students at the school in a suburb of...

2 ex-cops arrested in killing of black Brazilian politician

Mar. 12, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Authorities arrested two former police officers Tuesday in the killing of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver, a brazen assassination that shocked Brazilians and sparked protests in several countries. The arrests in Rio came two days before the anniversary of...

Brazil's Bolsonaro under fire for misleading tweet on media

Mar. 11, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The tumultuous relationship between President Jair Bolsonaro and the media heated up Monday, after the far-right leader criticized a journalist who has written damaging pieces about the first family for one of Brazil's largest newspapers. Bolsonaro sent a misleading tweet Sunday night...

Brazil's Lula leaves prison for grandson's funeral

Mar. 2, 2019 3:22 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva left prison Saturday to attend his 7-year-old grandson's funeral, taking advantage of his temporary release to reiterate his innocence before political leaders and relatives who had gathered to mourn. Da Silva, who is serving a...

Jailed former Rio governor admits he received bribes

Feb. 26, 2019 6:18 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Rio de Janeiro state Gov. Sergio Carbal, who long proclaimed his innocence of corruption charges that put him in prison, has admitted for the first time that he accepted millions of dollars in bribes while he was in power in 2007-2014. Cabral is considered one of the most...

Brazil ministry to schools: recite Bolsonaro slogan

Feb. 26, 2019 5:12 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Ministry of Education touched off an uproar Tuesday by instructing school administrators to read a declaration to students ending with a campaign slogan used by President Jair Bolsonaro during last year's campaign. Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain who was elected in...

1 month after Brazil dam collapse, stricter rules passed

Feb. 25, 2019 3:36 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Monday banned the type of dam that collapsed a month ago and caused the death of at least 179 people. The bill was signed by Gov. Romeu Zema even as recovery teams kept looking for 131 people still missing from the Jan. 25 collapse in the city of...

Deadly Brazil dam collapse was disaster waiting to happen

Feb. 2, 2019 4:00 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Lax regulations, chronic short staffing and a law that muffled the voices of environmentalists on mining licenses made the devastating collapse of a dam in southeastern Brazil all but destined to happen, experts and legislators say. The failure of the dam holding back iron ore mining waste...