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Fishermen spot boat with 20 corpses floating off the coast of northeastern Brazil, reports say

Apr. 13, 2024 18:43 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A small boat full of decomposing corpses was spotted by fishermen off Brazil’s northeastern coast on Saturday, according to local news reports. Brazil’s Attorney General’s office said in a statement that it has dispatched a forensics team to the area...

What to know about Elon Musk's 'free speech' feud with a Brazilian judge

Apr. 11, 2024 18:14 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Headline-grabbing billionaire Elon Musk is clashing with a Supreme Court justice in Brazil over free speech, far-right accounts and misinformation on X, the social media platform Musk bought when it was Twitter. Since his takeover, Musk has upended many of...

Study finds voters skeptical about fairness of elections. Many favor a strong, undemocratic leader

Apr. 11, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Voters in 19 countries, including in three of the world’s largest democracies, are widely skeptical about whether their political elections are free and fair, and many favor a strong, undemocratic leader, according to a study released Thursday. The...

Brazil's Yanomami leader asks the Pope to support President Lula in reversing damage to the Amazon

Apr. 10, 2024 21:28 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met Wednesday with a leader of Brazil’s Yanomami people, who asked for papal backing for President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ’s efforts to reverse decades of exploitation of the Amazon and better protect its Indigenous peoples. Davi Kopenawa, a...

Brazil again postpones visa requirements for US, Canada and Australia, this time until 2025

Apr. 10, 2024 10:59 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s government has postponed until April 2025 tourist visa exemptions for citizens of the U.S., Australia, and Canada that had been scheduled to end on Wednesday. The decision, issued by Brazilian presidency and the Ministry of Foreign Relations late...

Brazil Supreme Court justice orders investigation of Elon Musk over fake news and obstruction

Apr. 08, 2024 15:18 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A crusading Brazilian Supreme Court justice has included Elon Musk as a target in an ongoing investigation over the dissemination of fake news, and has opened a separate investigation into the U.S. business executive for alleged obstruction. In his decision,...

Brazil Supreme Court strikes down military intervention thesis in symbolic vote for democracy

Apr. 08, 2024 09:35 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s Supreme Court unanimously voted Monday that the armed forces have no constitutional power to intervene in disputes between government branches, a largely symbolic decision aimed at bolstering democracy after years of increasing threat of military intervention. ...

Lindsey Horan's penalty kick gives US a 2-1 win over Japan in SheBelieves Cup

Apr. 06, 2024 18:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Lindsey Horan converted a penalty kick in the 77th minute and the United States came from behind to defeat Japan 2-1 to open the SheBelieves Cup before a record crowd on Saturday. Jaedyn Shaw also scored for the United States in the match played before 50,644 fans at...

Brazil's Krenak Indigenous group gets literary esteem and an apology for dictatorship-era crimes

Apr. 05, 2024 22:49 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It was a historic week for Brazil’s Krenak people, getting both literary esteem and an apology for dictatorship-era crimes — both firsts for the Indigenous people of the country. On Tuesday, the indigenous group received a formal apology for human rights...

Mercury exposure widespread among Yanomami tribe in Amazon, report finds

Apr. 04, 2024 20:34 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Many Yanomami, the Amazon's largest Indigenous tribe in relative isolation, have been contaminated with mercury coming from widespread illegal gold mining, according to a report released on Thursday by Brazil’s top public health institute. The research was...