RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tens of thousands joined in demonstrations across Brazil on Wednesday to protest big cuts in federal funding for public education, the first nationwide rallies organized...
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — When students at Ceilandia state school No. 7 in Brazil's capital came back from their break in February, they were met by two dozen uniformed police officers in a place...
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Thousands of indigenous Brazilians danced, sang and performed traditional rituals using maracas and smoke pipes during a march Friday to protest the pro-business agenda of...
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Over 150 indigenous leaders met with lawmakers to discuss land rights and the role of their communities in the protection of the environment Thursday amid protests against...
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's lower house is receiving indigenous leaders to discuss land rights and the Chamber of Deputies' role in the protection of the environment.
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss prosecutors say they have returned some 365 million francs ($365 million) to Brazil so far in funds seized during investigations related to Brazilian construction company...
This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week.
Indigenous groups in Brazil protest health care changes
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Indigenous groups across Brazil protested Wednesday against a proposal to transfer indigenous health services from the federal government to municipalities, saying it would...
Venezuela’s Juan Guaido says he will return to Caracas
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Juan Guaido, recognized by many countries as Venezuela's president, said Thursday he would return to Caracas this weekend despite "threats."
Organized crime boss in Brazil transferred to federal prison
SAO PAULO (AP) — The leader of Brazil's biggest and most powerful organized crime group has been transferred to a high-security federal penitentiary from a Sao Paulo state prison, authorities said Thursday.
The press office of the Sao Paulo state justice department said Marcos Willians Camacho and 21 other leaders of the First Capital Command gang were transferred Wednesday to federal prisons in the capital of Brasilia and two other states in northern Brazil.
Brazil officials investigate kickback scheme
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian prosecutors say they're investigating a kickback scheme involving bank directors who allegedly accepted bribes in exchange for investments in businesses that include the now-defunct Trump-branded hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
Prosecutors on Tuesday said the scheme worked out of the Banco de Brasilia, which is controlled by the government of Brazil's federal district.
Argentina and Brazil presidents criticize Maduro
SAO PAULO (AP) — The conservative leaders of Argentina and Brazil threw more support Wednesday to opponents of Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
Argentina's President Mauricio Macri became the first head of state to visit Brasilia since the Jan. 1 inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro and the crisis in Venezuela was on their minds.
Brazil’s Bolsonaro assumes presidency, promises big changes
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil's president Tuesday, taking the reins of Latin America's largest and most populous nation with promises to overhaul myriad aspects of daily life and put an end to business-as-usual governing.
The Latest: Brazil’s Bolsonaro and Trump exchange tweets
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The latest on the inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil's new president (all times local):
New Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and U.S. President Donald Trump are expressing mutual admiration on Twitter.
Minutes after Bolsonaro took the oath of office and gave his first speech as president Tuesday, Trump tweeted that Bolsonaro had made a "great inauguration speech." Trump also said: "The U.S.A is with you!"
Pompeo discusses Venezuela tensions on South American trip
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has discussed tensions over Venezuela while on a South America trip.
State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters that Pompeo met Tuesday with Peru's foreign minister, Nestor Bardales. The U.S. says Pompeo thanked Peru for taking in hundreds of thousands of migrants from Venezuela, where 2.3 million people have fled their nation's hyperinflation and food and medical shortages over the past three years.
Brazil’s leftist parties to boycott Bolsonaro’s inauguration
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's largest left-leaning opposition parties said Friday they will boycott the inauguration of far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Jan. 1.
The Workers' Party, which governed between 2003 and 2016, and the Socialism and Liberty Party said their lawmakers and executives will not attend the ceremony in the capital city of Brasilia.
Israeli PM to stay for Brazil inauguration after all
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Despite earlier reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to attend the inauguration of Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.
The Brazilian newspaper O Globo had reported Wednesday that Netanyahu decided to shorten his weeklong visit to just two days after his coalition announced the dissolution of the Knesset and moved up elections to April 9.
Brazil president: Not worried about looming corruption cases
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — President Michel Temer said Thursday he was not worried about corruption charges that could lead to his being jailed after leaving office Jan. 1.
In a meeting with foreign correspondents in the presidential residence in Brasilia, Temer said the cases were without merit, even if he said they nixed chances his administration could achieve major reforms, such as to the pension system.
Brazil to play Cameroon in last friendly of 2018 in London
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil will play its last friendly of the year against Cameroon in London on Nov. 20, its soccer confederation said on Thursday.
The last time the teams met was during the group stage of the 2014 World Cup when Brazil won 4-1 in Brasilia with a Neymar double.
On Nov. 16, Brazil will face Uruguay in London. Coach Tite will announce his squad for the two friendlies on Friday.
Thousands rally against leading, far-right Brazil candidate
SAO PAULO (AP) — Thousands of people took to the streets in Brazil Saturday to protest the candidacy of presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro, shouting "Not him!" which has become the rallying cry against the far-right former army captain.
In Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and 24 other cities, large crowds filled avenues and squares a week before the Oct. 28 second-round vote polls suggest Bolsonaro is likely to win.
The Latest: Ex-Sao Paulo governor accepts defeat
SAO PAULO (AP) — The Latest on Brazilian elections (all times local):
Gerald Alckmin, the former governor of the state of Sao Paulo who came in fourth on Sunday, told well-wishers that he respected the outcome of Sunday's presidential election.
Alckmin who got just 4.77 percent of the vote said his Brazilian Social Democracy Party will meet Tuesday in the capital city of Brasilia to begin "elaborating a second- round strategy.
Brazilian soccer players push-start ambulance.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian soccer players have had to push-start an ambulance to get an injured comrade on his way to the hospital.
The incident occurred Saturday during a top-division match in Brasilia between two rivals from Rio de Janeiro, Flamengo and Vasco de Gama.
An ambulance was called into the pitch when Vasco da Gama's Bruno Silva was knocked out in a clash for the ball.
In defiant act, Brazil party registers Lula for president
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The Workers' Party registered jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as its candidate for president Wednesday, attempting to muscle him into the race to lead Latin America's largest nation and forcing a showdown with Brazilian electoral authorities.
March in support of Brazil’s former president begins
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Supporters of Brazil's jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have gathered in three rural areas near the nation's capital to begin their "Free Lula March" to Brasilia.
Organized by the Landless Workers Movement, at least 2,000 people are expected to complete the 60-kilometer (100 kilometer) march on Aug. 15 when parties must register their candidates to the Oct. 7 presidential election.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian cabinet ministers on Monday called on truckers to end a crippling eight-day strike that has led to major shortages and disruptions in Latin America's largest nation, saying the government had gone as far as it could to meet their demands.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's government said late Thursday that a deal had been reached with truckers to suspend a four-day-old strike that caused fuel shortages, cut into food deliveries, backed up exports and threatened airline flights.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — As many as 2,000 of Brazil's indigenous people marched Thursday through the capital to protest what they say is an unprecedented governmental assault on their rights and lands.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Hundreds of indigenous Brazilians set up camp in the nation's capital Monday at the start of a week of speeches, protests and celebrations as they lobby the government to protect their rights.
Many indigenous groups say President Michel Temer's government hasn't done enough to protect their lands from encroachment by business interests.
Military police in the capital of Brasilia said around 1,000 people gathered Monday. Organizers said they expected that to grow to around 3,000.
Brazil’s first black justice considers presidential run
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's first black Supreme Court justice said Thursday he is considering a run for president, which could be a significant turn since the widely known retired justice appeals to both supporters and detractors of the current front-runner, jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Many people had floated former justice Joaquim Barbosa's name as a contender for October's election, but he had never publicly spoken about it before.
Nebraska’s approach to managing water resources resonates with environmental stewards around the world, whether they come from areas of plenty or want.
That’s the assessment of Scott Snell, a Hastings resident and city councilman who is public relations manager for the York-based Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District.
“The thing they want is not the heavy-handedness of the federal government,” Snell said. “They want local governance, local control, locally elected boards of directors.”
SAO PAULO (AP) — Police say they have arrested two Brazilian Army officers on active duty and two former soldiers suspected of being involved in arms trafficking.
The arrests were made on Friday in Brasilia, the nation's capital.
An officer in the Air Force reserve was also taken into custody.
Falling overpass smashes cars in Brazil, but no injuries
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Part of an overpass collapsed in Brazil's capital Tuesday, destroying cars, smashing part of a restaurant and snarling traffic.
Brasilia Gov. Rodrigo Rollemberg said no one was hurt when the 30-meter (100-foot) span fell.
A member of rescue team told journalists that at least two cars were destroyed.
Judge rejects Brazil’s Lula da Silva request to avoid prison
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A high court judge on Tuesday rejected a request by lawyers for former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to block his arrest for a graft conviction that was upheld last week.
Brazil coach rejects trip to capital to avoid politicians
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil coach Tite pledged not to take the national team to the capital Brasilia to pose with politicians in this election year due to widespread accusations of corruption against several of them.
"I won't go at all. Neither before the World Cup nor afterward. Neither winning nor losing (the title)," Tite, whose real name is Adenor Bacchi, answered TV Record in an interview aired on Saturday.
Uber drivers protest regulation of ride-sharing in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) — Drivers from Uber snarled traffic in several Brazilian cities on Monday with "go-slow" parades to protest a bill aimed at regulating ride-sharing apps that critics say would make the services unviable.
Brazil’s Temer survives corruption charges vote in Congress
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — President Michel Temer survived a key vote Wednesday night on whether he should be tried on corruption charges, mustering support in Brazil's lower house of Congress despite abysmal approval ratings and widespread rejection among his countrymen.
To avoid being suspended and put on trial for charges of obstruction of justice and leading a criminal organization, the president needed the support of at least one third of the 513 deputies in the Chamber of Deputies.
Brazil police search home of executive who turned himself in
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police searched the homes of former and current executives of the world's largest meatpacker whose plea bargain testimony has implicated the president in corruption, a firm that represents the men said Monday.
The Latest: Ousted Venezuela prosecutor knocks president
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on Venezuela's political confrontation (all times local):
Venezuela's recently ousted chief prosecutor is telling colleagues from the region that President Nicolas Maduro has participated in acts of corruption and says she'll give them proof.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — People across Latin America's largest nation collectively shrugged Thursday as they came to terms with President Michel Temer's latest victory in his struggle to remain in office despite a bribery charge against him and abysmal poll ratings.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's embattled president survived a key congressional vote that could have suspended him over a bribery charge, mustering enough support Wednesday night to stay in office and avoid being tried by the country's highest court.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The latest on Brazil's congressional vote on whether to suspend and try President Michel Temer (all times local):
Brazilian President Michel Temer has survived a congressional vote that could have suspended him over a bribery charge.
At least 172 of the 513 members of the lower Chamber of Deputies had voted by late Wednesday against putting Temer on trial for allegedly orchestrating a scheme to line his own pockets with millions of dollars in illicit payments.
SAO PAULO (AP) — One of the favorites for Brazil's presidential election next year has been hospitalized due to abdominal pains.
A statement issued Monday by the office of environmentalist Marina Silva said there was no diagnosis yet. But it said her condition had improved since she was hospitalized in the capital of Brasilia on Saturday.
Silva ran for president in 2010 and 2014, finishing third both times with about 20 percent of the vote.
SAO PAULO (AP) — More than 100 Brazilian diplomats spoke out Thursday against the administration of President Michel Temer, whose already low popularity has slid amid corruption allegations that have spurred growing calls for him to resign.
In an open letter titled "Diplomacy and Democracy," the diplomats criticize the recent use of force to contain protests and say Brazil's leaders should choose dialogue over "authoritarian temptations."
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's president on Thursday canceled an order that sent soldiers into the streets of the capital, following criticism that the move was excessive and merely an effort to maintain power amid increasing calls for his resignation.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's president ordered soldiers to restore order in the country's capital Wednesday after some government ministries were evacuated during clashes between police and protesters who are seeking the leader's ouster.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched to Congress to protest economic reforms that President Michel Temer is pushing through and to demand he step down amid a corruption scandal.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Embattled President Michel Temer's attempt to win back confidence and stay in power was undermined Tuesday as one aide was arrested in a fraud scheme, another aide turned over to police a bag full of cash and shouts of "down with Temer" led a Senate commission to suspend work on a package of the president's labor reforms.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fighting to save his job amid a mushrooming corruption scandal, Brazilian President Michel Temer told the nation Saturday that an incriminating audio recording of him had been doctored.
"That clandestine recording was manipulated and doctored with (bad) intentions," Temer said at a news conference in capital of Brasilia.