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UN: Brazil's Lula was illegally barred from 2018 race

SAO PAULO (AP) — A U.N. human rights panel of experts handed a moral victory to former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Thursday, finding he was illegally barred from running for the c...

Rio's Carnival parade returns after long pandemic hiatus

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Colorful floats and flamboyant dancers are delighting tens of thousands jammed into Rio de Janeiro's iconic Sambadrome, putting on a delayed Carnival celebration after the pandem...

Rio's dazzling Carnival parade resumes after pandemic hiatus

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro’s top samba schools began putting on their delayed Carnival parades late Friday, the first after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19-pandemic. ...

Brazil's Bolsonaro pardons lawmaker convicted at top court

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued a pardon Thursday night for a recently convicted ally, setting off backlash from adversaries claiming the president is overstepping his const...

Brazil's Lula takes aim at Bolsonaro's decrees on Indigenous

SAO PAULO (AP) — Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the front-runner so far heading to October’s presidential election, said Tuesday that he would revoke decisions by incumbent Jair Bolsonaro...

Brazil's Lula taps former rival as his pick for running mate

SAO PAULO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said on Friday that he has chosen a past rival to be his running mate in October's election. The pick appears to be aimed at impro...

Judge who led Brazil's 'Car Wash' probe ends presidency bid

SAO PAULO (AP) — Sergio Moro, who spearheaded Brazil’s sprawling "Car Wash" corruption probe that implicated dozens of business leaders and politicians, said Thursday he no longer intends to run for p...

Brazil's Bolsonaro shakes up administration, eying election

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made two major personnel changes Monday, seeking to cap off a series of developments perceived as damaging to his administration before October's pr...

Brazil judge bans messaging app Telegram for ignoring ruling

SAO PAULO (AP) — A justice of Brazil's Supreme Court on Friday ordered the shutdown of messaging app Telegram nationwide, arguing it has not cooperated with authorities. The move is a blow to Presiden...

Putin hosts leader of Brazil for talks amid Ukraine crisis

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hosted his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro for talks in Moscow and hailed ties between the two countries, which he described as consist...

US Treasury targets Brazil's top drug gang with sanctions

SAO PAULO (AP) — The U.S. Treasury on Wednesday imposed sanctions on people and businesses connected to drug trafficking gangs, including the biggest criminal organization in Brazil, known as the PCC....

Rio favela seeks to improve kids' lives through golf

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Saturday is not a school day, so kids in Rio de Janeiro’s City of God favela fill the dirt roads playing soccer or pretending to be cops and robbers around dangerous alleys. ...

Pelé in hospital due to colon tumor, to be released in days

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian soccer great Pelé was hospitalized in Sao Paulo to continue his colon tumor treatment. Hospital Albert Einstein said in a statement on Wednesday that 81-ye...

Brazil's senate OKs evangelical Bolsonaro ally to top court

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's senate approved an evangelical former justice minister nominated by President Jair Bolsonaro to fill a vacant position on the supreme court, in what is seen as a nod t...

Brazil sees 2 confirmed omicron cases, Latin America's 1st

SAO PAULO (AP) — Health officials in Brazil have reported the country's first confirmed cases of the omicron variant in two travelers arriving from South Africa, the first such cases in Latin America....