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Brazil: 41 COVID-19 cases connected to Copa America event

Jun. 14, 2021 22:02 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's health ministry has documented 41 cases of COVID-19 related to the Copa America, including 31 players or staffers and 10 workers who were hired for the event. The ministry said in a statement that all workers who tested positive were in...

Brazil OKs national guard to Indigenous area after attacks

Jun. 14, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's government on Monday authorized the dispatch of national guard troops to its largest Indigenous territory in the Amazon following attacks by illegal miners on the Yanomami people. The Justice Ministry authorized the deployment, which was...

The Latest: Lebanon marks daily record of vaccinations

Jun. 13, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

BEIRUT — Lebanon has vaccinated a daily record of people against COVID-19, raising the total number of shots administered around the country against the virus to more than 1 million. The Health Ministry said nearly 23,000 people were vaccinated on Sunday alone in...

Bolsonaro fined for flouting mask order at motorcycle rally

Jun. 12, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro led thousands of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday — and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask in violation of local pandemic restrictions. The conservative president waved...

The Latest: Brazil president fined for not wearing mask

Jun. 12, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro led a throng of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask. Sao Paulo’s state government press office said a fine — equivalent to about $110...

Brazil, UAE, Albania, Ghana and Gabon win UN council seats

Jun. 11, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations elected five countries to join the powerful U.N. Security Council on Friday with no suspense because all were unopposed -- Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Albania, Ghana and Gabon. Winning a seat on the 15-member Security...

Trump-appointed ambassador to Brazil resigns after 14 months

Jun. 10, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The U.S. ambassador known for friendly ties with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tendered his resignation after just over a year in the position and is leaving the diplomatic service, he said in a statement on Thursday. Ambassador Todd...

Brazil’s Amazon deforestation reaches record level for May

Jun. 04, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Preliminary government data released on Friday has raised concern that the coming dry season will see even more deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon than last year's surge of cutting. The area deforested in May, determined based on satellite images,...

Brazil's economy grows more than expected in first quarter

Jun. 01, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's economy grew more than expected in the first quarter of 2021, continuing its rebound from pandemic recession as many declined to hunker down amid COVID-19's brutal second wave. Latin America's largest economy grew 1.2% from the fourth...

Sinovac vaccine restores a Brazilian city to near normal

Jun. 01, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

SERRANA, Brazil (AP) — Just one COVID-19 patient is in critical condition at the Dr. Geraldo Cesar Reis clinic in Serrana, a city of almost 46,000 in Sao Paulo state's countryside. The 63-year-old woman rejected the vaccine that was offered to every adult resident of Serrana as part of a...