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Brazil top court orders probe of Bolsonaro's pandemic steps

Apr. 08, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice ordered the Senate on Thursday to investigate the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis and the full court ruled that churches can be barred from reopening during the pandemic, threatening to further strain tensions between...

The Latest: 11 new COVID-19 cases in China's lone outbreak

Apr. 07, 2021 22:33 PM EDT

BEIJING — Chinese officials say 11 more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in a southwestern city bordering Myanmar that is the scene of China’s current sole active outbreak. Cases in the Yunnan province city of Ruili have topped 100, including those not...

Brazil's Bolsonaro ignores calls for lockdown to slow virus

Apr. 07, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday there would be “no national lockdown,” ignoring growing calls from health experts a day after the nation saw its highest number of COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours since the pandemic began. ...

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...

Brazil's government celebrates military coup anniversary

Mar. 31, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Key members of Brazil's government on Wednesday celebrated the anniversary of the country's 1964 military coup, which launched a 21-year dictatorship that saw hundreds of people killed and thousands tortured. President Jair Bolsonaro, a former army...

Brazil military chiefs quit as Bolsonaro seeks their support

Mar. 30, 2021 22:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The leaders of all three branches of Brazil’s armed forces jointly resigned Tuesday following President Jair Bolsonaro's replacement of the defense minister, causing widespread apprehension of a military shakeup to serve the president's political interests. ...

Bolsonaro forced into Cabinet shuffle, changes top diplomat

Mar. 29, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro reshuffled his Cabinet on Monday amid intense pressure to change his foreign relations minister whose tenure has been characterized by an anti-globalism bent that made him a lightning rod for critics. In addition...

The Latest: Navajo Nation extends "safer at home" order

Mar. 27, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation has extended and loosened a health order intended to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Under the latest “safer at home” order issued Friday, the daily curfew hours are 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. MDT and businesses can remain open...

As daily deaths near 4,000, worst may lie ahead for Brazil

Mar. 27, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil currently accounts for one-quarter of the entire world’s daily COVID-19 deaths, far more than any other single nation, and health experts are warning that the nation is on the verge of even greater calamity. The nation’s seven-day...

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...