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EXPLAINER: Brazil senators urge COVID charges for Bolsonaro

Oct. 27, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian Senate committee is recommending that President Jair Bolsonaro face a series of criminal indictments for actions and omissions related to the world’s second highest COVID-19 death toll. The 7-to-4 vote Tuesday by the 11-member committee...

Brazil senators recommend Bolsonaro face charges over COVID

Oct. 26, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A Brazilian Senate committee recommended on Tuesday that President Jair Bolsonaro face a series of criminal indictments for actions and omissions related to the world’s second highest COVID-19 death toll. The 7-to-4 vote was the culmination of...

Brazilian Senate panel recommends President Bolsonaro face criminal charges for allegedly bungling pandemic response

Oct. 26, 2021 19:32 PM EDT
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian Senate panel recommends President Bolsonaro face criminal charges for allegedly bungling pandemic response.

Hostage families to Biden: 'Bring our fellow Americans home'

Oct. 25, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of more than two dozen American hostages and wrongful detainees held overseas told President Joe Biden in a letter on Monday that they questioned his administration's commitment to bringing their loved ones home. In the letter, obtained by...

VP: Brazil to seek zero deforestation by 2028, up from 2030

Oct. 25, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's government will accelerate its timeline by two to three years to completely eliminate illegal deforestation, Vice President Hamilton Mourão told foreign press reporters on Monday. Mourão said the Brazilian delegation to the upcoming...

Facebook yanks Bolsonaro video claiming vaccines cause AIDS

Oct. 25, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Facebook and Instagram have removed from their platforms a live broadcast that Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro delivered in which he said people in the U.K. who have received two coronavirus vaccine doses are developing AIDS faster than expected. ...

US judge: Pablo Escobar's cocaine hippos legally 'people'

Oct. 25, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

The offspring of hippos once owned by Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar can be recognized as people or “interested persons” with legal rights in the U.S. following a federal court order. The case involves a lawsuit against the Colombian government over whether to...

More migrants report sex abuse crossing Panama's Darien Gap

Oct. 24, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

LAJAS BLANCAS, Panama (AP) — A growing number of women migrants crossing the forbidding jungle of the Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama on their route north are reporting sexual assaults, grabbing the attention of Panamanian lawmakers. On Saturday, a 25-year-old...

Colombia's most wanted drug lord captured in jungle raid

Oct. 23, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian security forces have captured the country’s most wanted drug trafficker, a rural warlord who stayed on the run for more than a decade by corrupting state officials and aligning himself with combatants on the left and right. President...

Colombian authorities announce capture of Dairo Antonio Úsuga, one of country’s most wanted drug traffickers.

Oct. 23, 2021 19:34 PM EDT
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities announce capture of Dairo Antonio Úsuga, one of country’s most wanted drug traffickers.