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Brazil holds historic election with Lula against Bolsonaro

Oct. 02, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilians were voting on Sunday in a highly polarized election that could determine if the country returns a leftist to the helm of the world’s fourth-largest democracy or keeps the far-right incumbent in office for another four years. The race pits...

In Brazilian Amazon, a 1,000-mile voyage so people can vote

Oct. 02, 2022 08:34 AM EDT

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — In most democracies, citizens go to the polls. But in Brazil’s sparsely populated Amazon region, the polls often go to the voters. Most people in the vast rainforest live in urban areas, but thousands reside in tiny villages several days from the nearest...

Fortunes reverse for ex-judge and Brazil president he jailed

Oct. 01, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) — When federal judge Sergio Moro resigned to enter politics, many in Brazil believed the anti-corruption crusader who jailed a popular former president could someday occupy the nation’s most powerful office. But on the eve of Brazil’s general election...

Worst Brazil forest fires in a decade, yet election silence

Oct. 01, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — September has come and gone, marking another painful milestone for the world's largest rainforest. It's the worst month for fire in the Amazon in over a decade. Satellite sensors detected over 42,000 fires in 30 days according to Brazil’s national space...

Hardship for Brazil's poor may cost Bolsonaro election

Sep. 30, 2022 13:29 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s presidential election will be decided by tens of millions of poor people, and they look set to eject incumbent Jair Bolsonaro from office — either in Sunday's first round or in a runoff. The far-right leader is reminding them of his pandemic welfare...

Brazil’s do-or-die debate on eve of presidential election

Sep. 30, 2022 11:45 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil held its final presidential debate before Sunday's elections with tens of millions watching, and what it lacked in substance it made up for in fireworks. Far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro needed a strong performance Thursday night to ensure a runoff...

Brazil election: A clash of titans as Bolsonaro faces Lula

Sep. 29, 2022 09:41 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's presidential election Sunday is being contested by 11 candidates but only two stand a chance of reaching a runoff: former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. Both are political titans, and eight of 10 Brazilians will...

In sacred Brazil dunes, critics see evangelical encroachment

Sep. 29, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — The vast blanket of white sand overlooking Salvador is a place to escape rumbling traffic, pinging phones and crying children. A space to find solitude and, increasingly, God. Evangelicals have been converging on the massive Abaete dune system for some 25...

Brazil's Bolsonaro enlists Neymar on campaign stop

Sep. 28, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro enlisted the help of soccer star Neymar on a campaign stop Wednesday, just four days before the country's general elections. Bolsonaro visited a non-profit youth institute set up by Neymar in the city of Praia Grande and took a...

Bolsonaro campaign to evangelicals: Brazil's soul at stake

Sep. 27, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Off a byway outside Salvador, past an evangelical church and down a short path, Thiago Viana was preparing a celebration. Two new members of his temple would soon emerge from months of seclusion, marking initiation into his Afro Brazilian faith, Candomble. ...