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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 30, 1996 file photo, Brazil's Oscar Schmidt (14) drives past Scottie Pipen (8) of the United States during the quarterfinals of basketball competition at the Centennial Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. For little Kobe Bryant growing up in Italy the player that amazed him as a child was skinny and half-bald Brazilian guard Oscar Schmidt.  (AP Photo/Hans Deryk, File)

Kobe's boyhood hero Oscar Schmidt celebrates 'annoying kid'

Jan. 29, 2020 3:43 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — For little Kobe Bryant growing up in Italy, the player that amazed him as a child was a skinny and half bald Brazilian guard that often beat his father's teams with long distance shots. Oscar Schmidt, one of basketball's all-time leading scorers with almost 50,000 points, played with...

Furniture en other belongings are left on a street after heavy flooding caused by rains in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Over 30,000 people have been displaced by heavy rains in southeast Brazil that also killed more than 50 people. (AP Photo/Gustavo Andrade)

Brazil downpour displaces 30,000, bracing for more rain

Jan. 27, 2020 6:23 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Over 30,000 people have been displaced by heavy rains in southeast Brazil that also killed 54 people and left 18 missing. The storms in recent days caused floods and landslides, submerging entire neighborhoods and sending homes tumbling down hillsides in the states of Minas Gerais,...

In this Jan. 6, 2020 photo, activist Ale Roque smiles as she sees a tree bearing fruit at her home in Rio's first favela, Morro da Providencia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Roque's project forms part of a recent wave of green projects in Rio, a city known for its jungle, but much of which is actually large expanses of concrete and brick with ever-hotter temperatures during the summer months. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Rio residents try to bring green to a concrete jungle

Jan. 27, 2020 11:56 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Alê Roque wanders the untamed orchard in Rio de Janeiro, pushing aside leaves to point out what she helped plant last year. “This is cacao, developing well ... Look at this lime tree, it's full ... Lots and lots of tomato ... That one’s acai ...,” she says....

Authorities battle Atlantic storm to intercept cocaine yacht

Jan. 27, 2020 6:42 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — An international drug operation involving authorities from six countries captured a yacht carrying almost 2 metric tons of cocaine in the middle of an Atlantic storm. Portugal’s navy and air force took part in the seizure, with a street value of more than 70 million euros...

Locals work to clean up mud and debris around houses destroyed by a landslide after heavy rains in Vila Ideal neighborhood, Ibirite municipality, Minas Gerias state, Brazil, Saturday, Jan.25, 2020. Heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in southeast Brazil, killing at least 30 people, authorities said Saturday. (AP Photo/Alexandre Mota-Futura Press)

Heavy rains in Brazil cause flooding, landslides; 30 killed

Jan. 25, 2020 7:02 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two days of heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in southeast Brazil that have killed at least 30 people, authorities said Saturday. Civil Defense officials said 17 people are listed as missing and 2,600 were evacuated from their houses in Minas Gerais state, which has been...

A relative of a victim cries during a tribute to those who died in the dam disaster last year in Brumadinho city, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Saturday, Jan.25, 2020. The wave of mud and debris that on Jan. 25, 2019 buried the equivalent of 300 soccer pitches and killed 270 people, continues to barrel over residents' minds, the local economy and the environment, one year later. (AP Photo/Gustavo Andrade)

One year on, Brazilian city haunted by deadly dam collapse

Jan. 25, 2020 11:40 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Like she has so many other nights, Ana María Gomes is awakened by the cries of her husband and tries to calm him as he shouts for help from his mine coworkers. She convinces him the dam collapse that devastated their city of Brumadinho and killed at least 270 people happened a...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to journalists after meeting with military commanders at the Defense Ministry in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Bolsonaro spoke about maintaining commercial ties with Iran this morning, said he would speak to his foreign minister about talks with Iran, and reiterated that Brazil opposes terrorism. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil indigenous groups accuse Bolsonaro of racist comment

Jan. 24, 2020 4:30 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Indigenous leaders in Brazil have criticized President Jair Bolsonaro for making what they describe as racist remarks. Bolsonaro said on social media Thursday that Brazil's indigenous people were becoming human beings "the same as us,” the latest in a series of remarks that his...

Police detain a protester in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Student and labor groups called for new protests as they hope to reignite demonstrations against President Ivan Duque that brought thousands to the streets late last year with a wide range of grievances with his conservative government. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Jan. 24, 2020 12:00 AM EST

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. In Colombia, student and labor groups called for new protests as they hoped to reignite demonstrations against President Ivan Duque that brought...

FILE - In this  July 24, 2019, file photo, Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals are unveiled during a One Year to Go Olympic ceremony event in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics open exactly six months from Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 and the United States and China are picked to finish 1-2 in the overall medal count and the gold-medal count. That's the easy part in a forecast done by Gracenote Sports about which countries will win the most Olympic medals. Gracenote supplies analysis for leagues around the world and has a solid track record forecasting recent Olympics. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Six months to go: A look at the Tokyo Olympic medal count

Jan. 23, 2020 11:02 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics open in exactly six months, and the United States and China are picked to finish 1-2 in the overall medal count and the gold-medal count. That's the easy part in a forecast done by Gracenote Sports about which countries will win the most Olympic medals. Gracenote supplies...

Brazilian pianist Joao Carlos Martins plays the piano wearing bionic gloves at his home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Martins, 79, was for decades Brazil's most acclaimed pianist, but an accident an a degenerative disease forced him to stop playing with both hands since 1998. That changed a few months ago when a new friend came to him with a pair bionic gloves that suit him perfectly. He can now play again with nine out of ten fingers. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

'Magic' gloves let acclaimed Brazilian pianist play again

Jan. 23, 2020 9:56 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — A few days before Christmas, renowned pianist João Carlos Martins summoned his friends to a Sao Paulo bar so he could show off the best gift he'd received in years: a new pair of bionic gloves that are letting the 79-year-old play with both hands for the first time in more than two...