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People enjoy the Ipanema beach amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept.6, 2020. Brazilians are packing the beaches and bars this weekend, taking advantage of a long holiday to indulge in normal life even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Quarantine-weary Brazilians head to beaches despite warnings

Sep. 6, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Suellen de Souza could no longer endure the confinement. After six months of precautions, the Brazilian nursing technician decided that Sunday would be her first day at the beach since the pandemic began. “This week it was very hot ... the truth is I really wanted to...

A child, wearing a protective face mask, watches a performance from inside a car, at the Hopi Hari horror theme amusement park, in the Vinhedo suburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19, the park created a drive-thru tour that allow the public to enjoy the experience by car. (AP Photo/Carla Carniel)

During pandemic, Brazilian horror park reopens as drive-thru

Sep. 5, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — A large Ferris wheel with red lights illuminates a gloomy path at a horror theme amusement park in Brazil. A line of cars carrying spectators moves slowly as actors dressed up as werewolves and witches approach the vehicles with outstretched arms. Another apocalyptic scene appears on the...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wearing a mask attends a ceremony about the extension of emergency aid to help the poor population affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil leader rapped for stirring doubt on COVID-19 vaccine

Sep. 4, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Critics of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are again speaking out against the leader’s stance on the coronavirus pandemic, this time rejecting his view that vaccination for the virus shouldn’t be mandatory. Bolsonaro’s first such comments came Monday, when he told...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2019, file photo, Brazilian soldier puts out fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil. In 2019, the forest around the town of Novo Progresso erupted into flames — the first major blazes in the Brazilian Amazon’s dry season and spurred global outrage against the government’s inability or unwillingness to protect the rainforest. President Jair Bolsonaro pledged to control burning in the forest in 2020, but smoke is again thick in the area. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

Amazon continues to burn in 2020 despite promises to save it

Aug. 19, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil (AP) — A year ago this month, the forest around the town of Novo Progresso erupted into flames — the first major blazes in the Brazilian Amazon's dry season that ultimately saw more than 100,000 fires and spurred global outrage against the government’s inability or...

Workers from Brazil's state-run environment agency IBAMA check an area consumed by fire near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Experts say the blazes are pushing the world's largest rainforest toward a tipping point, after which it will cease to generate enough rainfall to sustain itself. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Amazon continues to burn in 2020 despite promises to save it

Aug. 18, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil (AP) — A year ago this month, the forest around the town of Novo Progresso erupted into flames — the first major blazes in the Brazilian Amazon's dry season that ultimately saw more than 100,000 fires and spurred global outrage against the government’s inability or...

This satellite image taken on Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020 shows the port of Beirut and the surrounding area in Lebanon following a massive explosion on Tuesday. Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people, wounding thousands and leaving entire city blocks blanketed with glass and rubble. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

The Latest: Australia pledges $1.4M for Beirut relief effort

Aug. 5, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 6 a.m. Thursday The Australian government has pledged an initial 2 million Australian dollars ($1.4 million) to the relief effort in Lebanon following the deadly blast that ripped across the capital Beirut. Prime Minister Scott...

In this December, 2018 photo released by the Stemberger family, Victor and his wife Han Stemberger, are shown at their home in Centreville, Va. Victor Stemberger sits in a Spanish jail, one year after flying into the country with 2.4 kilograms (more than 5 pounds) of cocaine expertly sewn into bubble jackets in a bag. His family says he knew nothing about the drugs. Though Spanish authorities are dubious, the U.S. Justice Department has advised Spain that it believes Stemberger was duped into acting as a drug mule for a West Africa criminal network, and has asked the country for evidence it's gathered, according to correspondence obtained by The Associated Press. (Victor Matthew Stemberger via AP)

Spain: American gets 7 years in prison for drug smuggling

Jul. 30, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Thursday found a 77-year-old American man guilty of drug smuggling and sentenced him to seven years in prison, rejecting his defense that he was duped. Victor Stemberger had told the Madrid provincial court he didn’t know cocaine was hidden in the jackets he carried...

Brazilian team loses 18 players amid pandemic, still wins

Jul. 30, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Tiny Brazilian soccer team Mirassol lost 18 players during the new coronavirus pandemic. And eight of those were starters. But on Wednesday night it still managed to shock local fans by beating Dani Alves' Sao Paulo FC 3-2 to advance to the semifinals of the traditional Sao Paulo state...