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Countries worldwide hit new records for virus cases, deaths

Apr. 09, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

Ambulances filled with breathless patients lined up in Brazil as nations around the world set new records Thursday for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections. The disease surged even in some countries that have kept the virus in check. In the United States,...

'Grim reaper' Berlin artist protests Brazil's virus stance

Apr. 07, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Brazilian activist dressed as the grim reaper is taking to the streets of Berlin every night in a one-man protest against what he calls the “deadly health policies” pursued by his homeland's president in the pandemic. Multimedia artist Rafael...

AP PHOTOS: Brazil pastor brings prayers to COVID-19 patients

Apr. 01, 2021 00:48 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Rev. Celio Ricardo has spent nearly two decades helping drug addicts get off crack cocaine. Now he’s trying to bring spiritual support to victims of another scourge afflicting Rio de Janeiro: COVID-19. “The church can’t sit idly by or...

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...

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...

Many Brazilians disregard the pleas to stay at home

Mar. 28, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Authorities in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro begged the population to stay home, but thousands of Brazilians are traveling to coastal cities and ignoring recommendations on the first weekend of a 10-day holiday period decreed to contain the increase in COVID-19...

In Brazil, moms are bearing the brunt of pandemic's blow

Mar. 28, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Sao Paulo city officials put out a call last month for 4,500 public school cleaning jobs, targeting Brazilian mothers affected by the raging pandemic, they were unprepared for the ensuing tsunami. More than 90,000 women applied in just two days. ...

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...

Brazil economists call for tougher measures as cases ramp up

Mar. 22, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Hundreds of Brazilian economists, including former finance ministers and central bank presidents, urged the Brazilian government in an open letter published on Monday to speed up vaccination and adopt tougher restrictions to stop the rampant spread of COVID-19. ...

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...