Latest Brasilia News

Bolsonaro picks Army chief to ease tensions with military

Apr. 01, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

The appointment of the Brazilian army’s former chief health officer as the new army commander is an effort by President Jair Bolsonaro to heal a rift created by his firing of the defense minister and the subsequent removal of the top generals of all three military branches, analysts said...

Bolsonaro under fire as Brazil hits 300,000 virus deaths

Mar. 25, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Mere miles from Brazil’s presidential palace, the bodies of COVID-19 victims were laid on floors of hospitals whose morgues were overflowing. Lawmakers fielded calls from panicked constituents across the country, where thousands awaited intensive care beds, and...

Critics of Brazil's president being targeted by security law

Mar. 20, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Police in Brazil are starting to employ a dictatorship-era national security law against critics of President Jair Bolsonaro, while lawyers and activists rally to provide them with legal help and accuse the government of trying to silence dissent. On...

Brazil security law being turned on president's critics

Mar. 19, 2021 22:08 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Protesters against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro defied police in the capital Friday, a day after the latest round of arrests of the leader's critics under a dictatorship-era national security law. Four demonstrators were detained Thursday after...

Brazil wonders about whereabouts of vaccine mascot

Mar. 14, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rumors and conspiracy theories swirled this past week regarding the whereabouts of Zé Gotinha, the mascot for Brazil's national vaccination program. The clamor surrounding the costumed Zé Gotinha began Wednesday, after former President Luiz...

'Lula' convictions dismissed; could run again in Brazil

Mar. 09, 2021 00:02 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — A top judge has thrown out both corruption convictions of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, opening the way for a possible battle against conservative incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in next year’s elections. Supreme Court Justice Luiz...

Brazil justice annuls Lula's sentences, enabling 2022 run

Mar. 08, 2021 19:44 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Supreme Court justice on Monday annulled all convictions against former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a ruling that potentially would allow him to run again for the presidency next year. The decision also laid bare the country’s...

Brazil's anti-corruption 'Car Wash' task force ends in gloom

Feb. 03, 2021 17:53 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — A prominent task force of Brazilian prosecutors was officially disbanded Wednesday, marking the symbolic end of an investigative unit initially praised for tackling impunity among the nation’s political and business elite but lately under fire for allegations of bias in...

Bolsonaro allies win in Congress and slow impeachment drive

Feb. 02, 2021 08:09 AM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro helped elect two allies to the top jobs in both houses of Brazil's Congress, a success that is expected to help him blunt a campaign by protesters who have been calling for the conservative leader to be impeached. Deputy...

Bolsonaro win in Congress seen hindering impeachment drive

Feb. 01, 2021 21:33 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Lawmakers supported by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro were elected to head both houses of Congress on Monday, in a major victory for the conservative leader's effort to fend off a potential impeachment effort. In the most crucial decision,...