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Brazil’s Lula seeks to bolster support for global alliance against hunger

Jul. 24, 2024 14:00 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva unveiled a global alliance against hunger and poverty in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, an initiative he described as one of Brazil’s top priorities for its current presidency of the Group of 20 nations. “Hunger...

Brazil's Lula urges Venezuela's Maduro to respect vote results, is 'frightened' by talk of bloodbath

Jul. 22, 2024 17:17 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said Monday his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolás Maduro should respect the results of the elections scheduled for Sunday, and said he was “frightened” by Maduro's reference to a possible post-election bloodbath. ...

Brazilian police launch mega-operation in Rio de Janeiro favelas to fight organized crime

Jul. 15, 2024 22:58 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities launched a mega-operation in Rio de Janeiro that sent a force of nearly 2,000 military and civil officers into 10 low income neighborhoods Monday seeking to regain control of areas dominated by organized crime. The officers deployed in...

Brazil’s intelligence agency under Bolsonaro spied on judiciary and lawmakers, police say

Jul. 11, 2024 18:29 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An investigation by federal police has led to allegations that Brazil’s intelligence agency spied on members of the judiciary, lawmakers and journalists during the administration of former President Jair Bolsonaro, court records showed Thursday. Among those...

Wind power expansion meets grassroots resistance in Brazil's Northeast

Jul. 11, 2024 10:25 AM EDT

QUEIMADA NOVA, Brazil (AP) — Cousins Nilson José dos Santos and Geremias da Cruz dos Anjos grew up together in neighboring rural communities in Brazil's impoverished Northeast. The ruggedness of the land here and recurring drought make it unsuitable for the commercial farming that has...

With Argentina's president skipping Mercosur, the future of the trade alliance looks doubtful

Jul. 07, 2024 20:58 PM EDT

ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay (AP) — The most notable thing about the Mercosur trade bloc's meetings on Sunday in Paraguay was an absence — that of Argentine President Javier Milei. With the Argentine populist skipping the summit to star at a right-wing rally in Brazil, South America's...

Argentine President Milei heads to CPAC in Brazil, snubbing Lula and escalating a political feud

Jul. 07, 2024 19:39 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Given the choice between a far-right convention to bash his enemies and a presidential summit to discuss regional trade policy, Argentine President Javier Milei preferred the stadium packed with cheering fans. The libertarian leader on Sunday strode...

Brazil's Bolsonaro indicted for alleged money laundering for undeclared diamonds from Saudi Arabia

Jul. 05, 2024 19:33 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The indictment of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for money laundering and criminal association in connection with undeclared diamonds from Saudi Arabia marked the far-right leader’s second formal accusation, with more potentially in store. The...

Brazilian police indict ex-President Bolsonaro in undeclared diamonds case, sources say

Jul. 05, 2024 13:49 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Federal Police have indicted former President Jair Bolsonaro for money laundering and criminal association in connection with undeclared diamonds the far-right leader received from Saudi Arabia during his time in office, according to a source with knowledge of the...

How tensions in Bolivia fueled an attempt to oust President Arce from power

Jun. 26, 2024 19:53 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Armored vehicles rammed into the doors of Bolivia’s government palace on Wednesday as President Luis Arce said his country faced an apparent attempted coup. In a sense, the uprising was the culmination of tensions that have been brewing in Bolivia for...