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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...

Tax the super-rich, says a new report commissioned by Brazil for its G20 presidency

Jun. 25, 2024 16:19 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A global tax on the super-rich is proposed in a new report that Brazil commissioned for its current presidency of the leading 20 rich and developing nations. Individuals with more than $1 billion in total assets would be required to pay the equivalent of 2% of...

New Petrobras chief is sworn in as market worries Brazil's government will have heavier hand

Jun. 20, 2024 02:14 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The head of Brazil’s state-run oil giant Petrobras, Magda Chambriard, was sworn in Wednesday amid market concerns of increased government intervention in the company. President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — who nominated Chambriard — attended the ceremony...