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FILE - In this July 10, 2019 file photo, U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald checks his news website at his home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazilian prosecutors accused Greenwald on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, of involvement in hacking the phones of Brazilian officials involved in a corruption investigation, though Brazil's high court had blocked investigations of the journalist or his Brazil-based news outlet in relation to the case. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

Brazilian prosecutors accuse Glenn Greenwald in hacking case

Jan. 21, 2020 7:24 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Prosecutors accused U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald on Tuesday of involvement in hacking the phones of Brazilian officials involved in a corruption investigation, though Brazil's high court had blocked investigations of the journalist or his Brazil-based news outlet in relation to the...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2019 file photo, Roberto Alvim, director of theater, dance and opera at the Brazil's National Arts Foundation, poses for pictures in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazil’s government has drawn criticism after launching a project that aims to revamp the country’s arts scene, with a focus on nationalism and religion, with Alvim being the driving force behind the initiative. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil fires top culture official over Nazi-linked comments

Jan. 17, 2020 9:17 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Outrage rained on Brazil's government from across the political spectrum after the culture secretary used language similar to that of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels in launching an arts initiative focused on nationalism and religion, forcing President Jair Bolsonaro to fire him...

Workers move bottled water to be sold at a supermarket in the Copacabana neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. There’s a creeping sense of alarm in Rio de Janeiro after more than a week of foul tasting and smelling tap water in dozens of neighborhoods, and residents are hoarding bottled water. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Smelly Rio de Janeiro water supply has residents on edge

Jan. 15, 2020 6:21 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There’s a creeping sense of alarm in Rio de Janeiro after more than a week of foul tasting and smelling tap water in dozens of neighborhoods. Rumors are flying, and residents are hoarding bottled water. People in the metropolitan area have taken to social media to show glasses...

US backs Brazil's bid for membership in Paris-based OECD

Jan. 15, 2020 4:54 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The U.S. government is backing Brazil's bid to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, providing a foreign policy boost for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. “The United States wants Brazil to become the next country to begin the accession process" to the...

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2016 file photo, Brazil's impeached President Dilma Rousseff receives flowers and gifts from supporters as she leaves the presidential residence, Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. The Academy Award nomination for a Brazilian documentary about the impeachment of then-President Dilma Rousseff has once again laid bare the polarization of Latin America's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil documentary gets Oscar nomination, exposes division

Jan. 13, 2020 6:20 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Academy Award nomination for a Brazilian documentary about the impeachment of then-President Dilma Rousseff has laid bare the polarization of Latin America's largest democracy. In “The Edge of Democracy," 36-year-old filmmaker Petra Costa uses her personal story to argue that...

Brazil's Supreme Court allows gay Jesus film on Netflix

Jan. 9, 2020 6:00 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The president of Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday issued an order that allows streaming service Netflix to continue exhibiting a satirical film depicting Jesus as a gay man and reaffirmed Brazilians' right to free speech. "It is not to be assumed that a humorous satire has the...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro exits his car for a 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, saying he would speak to his foreign minister about talks with Iran and reiterated that Brazil opposes terrorism. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil says Iran summoned its chargé d'affaires after note

Jan. 7, 2020 2:38 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Iran's foreign ministry summoned Brazil's chargé d'affaires in Tehran following an official Brazilian statement that some experts interpreted as backing the U.S. killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. The conversation with Brazil's representative in Iran took place on Jan....

FILE - In this April 17, 2019 file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro puts his hand over his heart as Army Commander Edson Leal Pujol salutes during the playing of the national anthem during a ceremony under the pouring rain to mark Army Day in Brasilia, Brazil. Heading into his second year as president, Bolsonaro has held firm to his combative culture-warrior policies while feuding with critics at home and abroad. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil's Bolsonaro keeps to far right, faces tough 2nd year

Dec. 31, 2019 8:30 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Heading into his second year as Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro has held firm to his combative culture-warrior policies while feuding with critics at home and abroad — an approach that has thrilled supporters but eroded his efforts to win allies and lift the world's 9th-largest...

Brazil's Bolsonaro grants police officers Christmas pardon

Dec. 24, 2019 3:12 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has granted a Christmas pardon to police officers convicted of involuntary crimes, according to an item in the country's official gazette published Tuesday. The pardon applies to police who acted in self-defense or out of necessity, for example if...

FILE  - In this Dec. 13, 2019 file photo, with a band aid on his ear where a mole was removed, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends a military ceremony in honor of Sailor Day, in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro left a hospital on Tuesday morning, Dec. 24 after a fall in the presidential residence. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil's Bolsonaro comes out of hospital after short stay

Dec. 24, 2019 9:43 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro left a hospital on Tuesday morning after a fall in the presidential residence. Bolsonaro spent a night in observation in the armed forces’ hospital in the capital city of Brasilia and was discharged around 7:30 a.m. local time. The...