Virus disrupting Rio's Carnival for first time in a century

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Rio de Janeiro throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted, but gloom remains — the annual Carnival parade of flamboyant samba s...

Brazil’s economy contracted record 9.7% in second quarter

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s economy contracted a record 9.7% in the second quarter from the previous three-month period amid the coronavirus pandemic, the national statistics institute reported Tue...

Brazil near 100,000 deaths from Covid-19

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil was leaping toward a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 — on Saturday, and five months after the first reported case, the country had not shown signs of crushin...

Bolsonaro imposes 4-month ban on fires to preserve Amazon

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday banned setting agricultural and forest fires as the country enters the dry season at a moment when the government faces pressure fro...

As virus spreads, Bolsonaro ties with military under strain

SAO PAULO (AP) — After 35 years of civilian-led democracy, President Jair Bolsonaro has created the most militarized Brazilian government since the fall of the country’s dictatorship. ...

Brazil corporations urge action on illegal logging in Amazon

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dozens of Brazilian corporations are calling for a crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, expressing their concerns in a letter Tuesday to the vice president, who...

New Brazil minister resigns amid scrutiny of his credentials

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s latest education minister reportedly offered his resignation Tuesday just days after his appointment, creating a new headache for the embattl...

Pandemic probe: Brazilian governor targeted in police raid

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The governor of Brazil’s Amazonas state was targeted by a police raid on Tuesday over allegations of corruption related to COVID-19 spending. Federal police ord...

Brazil declares crop emergency as locust plague nears border

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's agriculture ministry on Thursday declared a crop emergency in two southern states amid the possibility a cloud of locusts could enter the country from Argentina. ...

Brazilian cartoonists defend colleague threatened by probe

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian political cartoonists on Tuesday deployed their pens in defense of a colleague who faces a call by President Jair Bolsonaro’s government for a criminal investigation ov...

Brazil police search Bolsonaro allies in fake news probe

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Federal Police on Wednesday executed more than two dozen searches and seizure warrants in six states as part of an investigation into a network that allegedly spread def...

Brazil leader names allies to head police, justice ministry

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s president named men considered close allies to head the Justice Ministry and Federal Police on Tuesday just hours after the Supreme Court authorized an investigation int...

Bolsonaro backers defy health warnings to stage rallies

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of Brazilians ignored warnings to avoid mass gatherings and staged demonstrations in favor of President Jair Bolsonaro and against his antagonists in Congress and the S...

Cruise liner isolated in Brazil with 2 possible virus cases

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A cruise ship has been docked in isolation in northeastern Brazil after two passengers were found to have symptoms resembling that of the new coronavirus, local authorities said....

Brazil: coronavirus worry emerges with new suspected cases

SAO PAULO (AP) — Signs of anxiety appeared Thursday among Brazilians after Latin America's first case of the new coronavirus was confirmed in Sao Paulo, and the number of suspected cases skyrocketed, ...