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A family member of a patient hospitalized with COVID-19 waits in line in hopes of refilling empty oxygen tanks, outside the Nitron da Amazonia company, in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)

Amazon city scrambles to provide oxygen to COVID-19 patients

Jan. 15, 2021 9:35 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Doctors in the Amazon rainforest’s biggest city are having to choose which COVID-19 patients can breathe amid dwindling oxygen stocks and an effort to airlift some of the infected to other states. Some hope for Manaus, an isolated city of 2.2 million people, landed in a Brazilian...

FILE - in this July 24, 2020 file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, who is infected with COVID-19, wears a protective face mask as he talks with supporters during a Brazilian flag retreat ceremony outside his official residence the Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. The South American nation proud of its role as a regional leader in science, technology and medicine, finds itself falling behind its neighbors in the global race for immunization against a pandemic that has already killed nearly 200,000 of its people. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Bolsonaro's tough 2021 balance between ideology, pragmatism

Jan. 2, 2021 12:01 AM EST

BRASILIA (AP) — Brazil’s pugnacious president, Jair Bolsonaro, survived 2020 in surprisingly good shape personally and politically, with buoyant popularity ratings despite his own bout of COVID-19 and a broader pandemic that has killed nearly 200,000 of his countrymen. But the new year — and...

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Brazil scrambles to approve virus vaccine as pressure mounts

Jan. 1, 2021 12:02 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil, a nation proud of its role as a regional leader in science, technology and medicine, finds itself falling behind its neighbors in the global race for immunization against a pandemic that has already killed nearly 200,000 of its people. Latin America’s largest nation,...

Leonardo de Carvalho Leal, right, and Mayara Stelle, who administer the Twitter account Sleeping Giants Brazil, use their computers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Sleeping Giants is a platform for activism whose stated mission is to attack the financing of hate speech and dissemination of fake news. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Swift backlash for Brazil students targeting misinformation

Dec. 13, 2020 11:02 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Before dawn on Dec. 1, Leonardo de Carvalho Leal prepared to leave his family behind in the Brazilian city of Ponta Grossa, in Parana state. His mother overwhelmed him with goodbyes and gifted him a bracelet she said had brought her luck. He fiddled with it on his wrist the entire...

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Rapper Casanova surrenders in federal racketeering case

Dec. 3, 2020 7:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The rapper Casanova remained in federal custody Thursday after surrendering to law enforcement in a gang-related federal racketeering case, authorities said. The New York City rapper, whose legal name is Caswell Senior, was charged in an indictment unsealed this week against 18 members of...

Brazil’s economy grew 7.7% in Q3, but slower than expected

Dec. 3, 2020 11:50 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s economy grew 7.7% in the third quarter of the year from the previous three months, the national statistics institute reported on Thursday — the strongest quarterly result in a quarter century but less than expected following heavy stimulus spending. It is the...

Mangakahia returns, No. 23 Syracuse women top Stony Brook

Nov. 29, 2020 5:17 PM EST

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — Tiana Mangakahia's return from a battle with breast cancer was impressive as she had 16 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists to lead No. 23 Syracuse past Stony Brook 50-39 on Sunday. She grabbed the rebound when Stony Brook misfired on its first possession, drove...

Peru's new interim President Francisco Sagasti waves to the crowd after he was designated by Congress to lead the nation, in Lima, Peru, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. Congress chose Sagasti to become the nation's third president in the span of a week after Congress ousted Martin Vizcarra and the following protests forced his successor Manuel Merino to resign. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Peru's Congress selects centrist lawmaker to be new leader

Nov. 16, 2020 9:19 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s political crisis appeared on the verge of resolution Monday as Congress cleared the way for an elder statesman and consensus candidate to become the country’s third president in a week. People waved the nation's red-and-white flag and blared horns outside the gates of...