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Heavy rains in Brazil cause flooding, landslides; 11 killed

Jan. 25, 2020 9:29 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in southeast Brazil, killing at least 11 people, authorities said Saturday. Two people died on Saturday in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais state, civil defense officials said. A total of 11 have died in the state since Friday,...

Brazilian pianist Joao Carlos Martins plays the piano wearing bionic gloves at his home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Martins, 79, was for decades Brazil's most acclaimed pianist, but an accident an a degenerative disease forced him to stop playing with both hands since 1998. That changed a few months ago when a new friend came to him with a pair bionic gloves that suit him perfectly. He can now play again with nine out of ten fingers. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

'Magic' gloves let acclaimed Brazilian pianist play again

Jan. 23, 2020 9:56 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — A few days before Christmas, renowned pianist João Carlos Martins summoned his friends to a Sao Paulo bar so he could show off the best gift he'd received in years: a new pair of bionic gloves that are letting the 79-year-old play with both hands for the first time in more than two...

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...

Brazilian goalkeeper accused of domestic violence in Florida

Dec. 18, 2019 2:00 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Brazilian soccer player was arrested Wednesday on charges of domestic violence while vacationing in Florida, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Sao Paulo FC goalkeeper Jean Fernandes, 24, was charged with battery after sheriff's deputies were called to an Orlando hotel...

Brazil police search Maersk offices in corruption probe

Dec. 18, 2019 11:19 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police on Wednesday raided Brazilian offices of Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk as part of a probe into corruption at state-run oil company Petrobras. Maersk and its subsidiaries signed 69 shipping contracts with Petrobras worth 968 million reais ($309 million) between 2002...

Brazil police bust 'macabre' dog-fighting ring in Sao Paulo

Dec. 16, 2019 5:56 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dozens of people were arrested in Brazil's biggest city for alleged ties to an international dog-fighting ring, after a raid on a dog fight that included a “macabre ritual” of serving barbecued dog meat to spectators, authorities said Monday. Nineteen pit bulls were...

Residents of the Paraisopolis slum take part in a demonstration asking for peace, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Police officers pursuing fleeing suspects clashed with people at a street party in the Sao Paulo slum on Sunday, setting off a stampede in which nine people died. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

Brazilian slum residents protest after 9 die in police raid

Dec. 4, 2019 8:06 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Hundreds of people in Sao Paulo’s Paraisopolis slums took to the streets Wednesday to protest against local police three days after nine young people died in a stampede during a police operation at a funk music party. Police have said they were pursuing suspects that had fired at...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro flashes a thumbs up as he greets supporters after attending a Changing of the Guard at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil’s Bolsonaro under fire after Trump slaps tariffs

Dec. 2, 2019 4:27 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s U.S.-focused foreign policy efforts suffered a severe setback on Monday when his American counterpart Donald Trump pledged to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum on the South American nation. Trump initially leveled the threat by Twitter while...

9 die in stampede as Brazilian police clash with party crowd

Dec. 1, 2019 4:27 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police officers pursuing fleeing suspects clashed with people at a street party in a Sao Paulo slum, setting off a stampede in which nine people died, Brazilian officials said Sunday. The state’s security agency said police were carrying out an operation when they were attacked...