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Nurse Monica Calazans, 54, and the Governor of Sao Paulo Joao Doria celebrate after she got her shot of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd, at the Hospital das Clinicas in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Carla Carniel)

Brazil’s health agency approves the use of two vaccines

Jan. 17, 2021 4:41 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s health regulator on Sunday approved the urgent use of coronavirus vaccines made by Sinovac and AstraZeneca, enabling Latin America’s largest nation to begin an immunization program that’s been subject to delay and political disputes. Brazil currently has...

FILE - In this April 14, 2009 file photo, Argentina's golfer Angel Cabrera arrives to his hometown Villa Allende in Argentina. Two federal police officers in Brazil said that Cabrera has been arrested on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, for extradition to his homeland to face charges for several crimes allegedly committed from 2016 to last year.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Golfer Cabrera arrested in Rio for extradition to homeland

Jan. 14, 2021 10:52 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's federal police arrested Argentine golfer Ángel Cabrera on Thursday for extradition to his homeland to face charges for several crimes allegedly committed from 2016 to last year, two officers said. Cabrera, who won both Masters and U.S. Open championships, was on Interpol's...

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Brazil's pandemic deaths top 200,000 amid a return to fun

Jan. 8, 2021 10:34 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The night before New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro, thousands of revelers clad in their bathing suits crowded onto the iconic Ipanema beach to have some seaside drinks. It was one of many open-air parties occurring along Brazil’s vast coastline since the summer heat set in,...

Relatives attend the burial of 71-year-old Jose Abelardo Bezerra, who died from COVID-19 related complications, at the Inhauma cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Brazil enjoys fun in the sun as COVID-19 deaths top 200,000

Jan. 7, 2021 10:24 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The night before New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro, thousands of revelers clad in their bathing suits crowded onto the iconic Ipanema beach to have some seaside drinks. It was one of many open-air parties occurring along Brazil’s vast coastline since the summer heat set in,...

Sara stands at the Guarulhos airport near Sao Paulo, Brazil, a nation where abortion is illegal, waiting for her connecting flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she is traveling to undergo the procedure, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Brazilian women without means have started seeking abortions elsewhere in Latin America to dodge risks and legal obstacles in the region's most populous country. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazilian women head to Argentina to avoid abortion ban

Jan. 7, 2021 9:39 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With her 21st birthday fast approaching, Sara left the home she shares with her mother for her first trip on a plane. She didn’t tell her family the real reason she’d taken out a loan for 5,000 Brazilian reais ($1,000). Two days later and several hundred miles away, a...

Fireworks and drones illuminate the night sky over London as they form a light display as London's normal New Year's Eve fireworks display was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic Thursday Dec. 31, 2020. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

New Year's revelries muted by virus as curtain draws on 2020

Jan. 1, 2021 12:01 AM EST

This New Year’s Eve is being celebrated like no other in most of the world, with many bidding farewell to a year they’d prefer to forget. From the South Pacific to New York City, pandemic restrictions on open air gatherings saw people turning to made-for-TV fireworks displays or packing it in early...

PSG's Neymar warms up before the League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Lyon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Neymar representatives deny links to big Brazil party

Dec. 30, 2020 3:59 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Representatives for soccer superstar Neymar are trying to distance him from claims he has flouted pandemic warnings with a huge, multiday New Year's bash at or near his home in Brazil while on break from his French club team. Day Crespo, the main spokesperson for Neymar, said in an message...

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 file photo a man wearing a face mask to curb the spread of coronavirus walks past closed a pub in London. Instead of Christmas joy, a sense of dread and isolation is looming. Dozens of countries have limited flights from Britain, and daily new infections are running at record highs. Hospitals across the U.K., which has Europe's second-highest virus-related death toll at nearly 70,000, are heading towards capacity at a time of year when other illnesses abound. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Global virus rules for Christmas: Tough, mild or none at all

Dec. 23, 2020 2:51 AM EST

In Peru, you can’t drive your car on Christmas. In Lebanon, you can go to a nightclub, but you can’t dance. In South Africa, roadblocks instead of beach parties will mark this year’s festive season. How many people can you share a Christmas meal with? France recommends no more than six, in...

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella is escorted to a medical exam after his arrest, at the city police headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Rio de Janeiro state police arrested the outgoing mayor on Tuesday in connection with an alleged kickbacks scheme. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Rio de Janeiro police arrest outgoing Mayor Marcelo Crivella

Dec. 22, 2020 11:58 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro state police arrested outgoing Mayor Marcelo Crivella on Tuesday in connection with an alleged kickbacks scheme, yet another show of political turmoil in Brazil’s postcard city. Seized materials, phone data, financial intelligence reports and testimony from...

Cemetery workers in protective clothing inter three victims of the new coronavirus at the Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. President Jair Bolsonaro condemned any coronavirus quarantine, saying shutdowns would wreck the economy and punish the poor. He scoffed at the “little flu,” then trumpeted the fatalistic claim that nothing could stop 70% of Brazilians from falling ill. And he refused to take responsibility, when many did. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

A pandemic atlas: Brazil's leader scoffs, and toll rises

Dec. 16, 2020 4:01 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The story of COVID-19 in Brazil is the story of a president who insists the pandemic is no big deal. Jair Bolsonaro condemned the idea of coronavirus quarantine, saying shutdowns would wreck the economy and punish the poor. He scoffed at the “little flu,” then trumpeted...