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Vice president: Brazil ending Amazon deployment of soldiers

Oct. 15, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's Vice President Hamilton Mourão said on Friday that a deployment of soldiers to the Amazon rainforest will end, just weeks before the global climate conference where the administration aims to show commitment to curbing illegal deforestation. ...

In Brazil, Catholic pilgrims defy COVID to celebrate saint

Oct. 12, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

APARECIDA, Brazil (AP) — Tens of thousands of worshippers braved the pandemic to make a pilgrimage to the vast Aparecida basilica in the interior of Sao Paulo state, some traveling on foot for days to reach Tuesday's celebration of the nation’s patron saint, Our Lady of Aparecida. ...

Climate activists call for investigation of Bolsonaro

Oct. 12, 2021 03:33 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A group of climate lawyers called Tuesday for the International Criminal Court to launch an investigation into Brazil's president for possible crimes against humanity over his administration's Amazon policies. The AllRise group filed a...

Brazil's unvaccinated president angry at missed soccer game

Oct. 10, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's president claimed Sunday that COVID-19 protocols at soccer matches had prevented him from attending a game. Jair Bolsonaro said he had wanted to go to a Brazilian championship match in the city of Santos, but did not because he is not...

Doctors claim Brazil hospitals gave dodgy COVID-19 care

Oct. 10, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Irene Castilho, 71, didn’t even have a day to grieve after her husband died of COVID-19. She was sick, too, coughing and struggling to breathe; he was barely gone when she started using his oxygen mask. The same day, on March 22, she was admitted to a hospital in...

Doctors claim Brazil hospitals gave dodgy COVID-19 care

Oct. 10, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Irene Castilho didn’t even have a day to grieve after her husband died of COVID-19. She was sick, too, coughing and struggling to breathe; he was barely gone when she started using his oxygen mask. The same day, on March 22, she was admitted to a hospital in Sao...

Brazil tops 600,000 virus deaths amid doubts about delta

Oct. 08, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Bars in Brazil’s biggest metropolis, Sao Paulo, are full again for Friday happy hours and lawmakers in the capital have nearly done away with video sessions via Zoom. Rio de Janeiro’s beaches are packed and calls for strict social distancing seem but a memory. ...

Health Ministry: Brazil's confirmed COVID-19 deaths have surpassed 600,000; the world's second-highest toll

Oct. 08, 2021 17:46 PM EDT
SAO PAULO (AP) — Health Ministry: Brazil's confirmed COVID-19 deaths have surpassed 600,000; the world's second-highest toll.

Brazil's inflation hits double digits, punishing the poor

Oct. 08, 2021 08:50 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It’s something Brazilians have rarely seen in a quarter century, and the last time they did, in 2016, it helped set up a president’s downfall: Double-digit inflation. Soaring prices for gas, meat, electricity and more have...

Thousands in Brazil protest Bolsonaro, seek his impeachment

Oct. 02, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With Brazil’s presidential election one year away, tens of thousands of demonstrators marched Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and dozens of other cities around the country to protest President Jair Bolsonaro and call for his impeachment over his government’s...