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Brazil sees 2 confirmed omicron cases, Latin America's 1st

Nov. 30, 2021 17:41 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Health officials in Brazil have reported the country's first confirmed cases of the omicron variant in two travelers arriving from South Africa, the first such cases in Latin America. The Sao Paulo state health secretariat said a 41-year-old man and a...

Brazil president joins centrist party with election ahead

Nov. 30, 2021 11:45 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro officially joined the centrist Liberal Party on Tuesday, a key political deal in his quest for reelection in 2022. After two years without a political party, Bolsonaro decided to join one of the parties in the...

Police burn miners' boats in Brazil's Amazon, upping tension

Nov. 29, 2021 20:16 PM EST

BORBA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian police said Monday they burned 131 boats used by gold miners in the heart of the Amazon, raising tensions in an isolated region rife with poverty and crime. Smoke has been wafting over the Madeira river since Saturday, with many locals...

Big flotilla of illegal gold miners splits up in Brazil

Nov. 26, 2021 18:35 PM EST

ON THE RIO MADEIRA, Brazil (AP) — Hundreds of barges of illegal miners dredging for gold were navigating along the Madeira River in the Brazilian Amazon on Friday, and researchers said they posed a threat of pollution — including toxic mercury — for the broader environment. ...

Pandemic dents turnout at Brazil university entrance exams

Nov. 21, 2021 14:33 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Turnout for Brazil’s standardized university admission exam on Sunday appeared to be the lowest in 15 years, in large part reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s education, according to experts. Just over 3 million...

In uncertain times, Chileans vote with ballots and wallets

Nov. 19, 2021 20:47 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Miguel Torres is the archetype of what might be called the Chilean dream. A college dropout, he nonetheless rose above his working class roots thanks to decades of economic stability and Asian Tiger-like growth to build a successful career as the...

Sources: Brazil withheld deforestation data 'til COP26's end

Nov. 19, 2021 19:13 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and Environment Minister Joaquim Leite both knew the Amazon region's annual deforestation rate had surged before the U.N. climate talks in Glasgow, but kept results quiet to avoid hampering negotiations, according to three Cabinet...

Brazil's Amazon deforestation surges to worst in 15 years

Nov. 18, 2021 22:23 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The area deforested in Brazil's Amazon reached a 15-year high after a 22% jump from the prior year, according to official data published Thursday. The National Institute for Space Research’s Prodes monitoring system showed the Brazilian Amazon...

Brazil swaps acclaimed welfare program for untested stand-in

Nov. 17, 2021 18:13 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's government rolled out a new welfare program Wednesday, temporarily ensuring much needed financial help for millions of families while also worrying experts because funding and other details have yet to be determined. The cash-transfer...

Dubai Air Show opens to industry on the mend amid COVID-19

Nov. 14, 2021 11:32 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's biennial Air Show opened Sunday to a world still reeling from the pandemic and an aviation industry hard-hit by the coronavirus, but on the mend. Boeing and Airbus have traditionally been the stars of the aviation trade show,...