RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Michel Temer was released from jail on Monday, less than a week after he was arrested in the sprawling Car Wash corruption probe that has ensnared...
Brazilian ex-president remains silent under questioning
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Michel Temer remained silent when questioned by investigators Friday, a day after he was arrested as part of the country's sprawling Car Wash...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Michel Temer was arrested Thursday on corruption charges, a dramatic development in a sprawling graft probe that has roiled Latin America's largest...
Brazil general: mission accomplished by military in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's military intervention into Rio de Janeiro's public security has been an unmitigated success authorities said Thursday during a ceremony marking the completion of the operation, which officially ends Dec.31.
Gen. Walter Souza Braga Netto made the statements after receiving a commendation from Rio's State Assembly for his work leading the intervention.
Brazilian president orders extradition of Cesare Battisti
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's outgoing President Michel Temer signed a decree Friday ordering the extradition of an Italian communist militant convicted of murder in his home country.
The decree was signed one day after Supreme Federal Tribunal Justice Luiz Fux ordered the arrest of Cesare Battisti and said that the president would have the final word over his extradition to Italy.
The presidential press office confirmed the extradition decree but provided no additional detail.
Brazil president announces intervention in Roraima state
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer has announced a federal intervention in a northern state which has received an influx of Venezuelan refugees and been wracked by a security crisis.
Temer did not say what the "negotiated" intervention in Roraima state would entail.
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 president approves raise for Supreme Court justices
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Supreme Court justices in Brazil are getting a big pay raise that will trigger an increase in public spending.
The bill approved Monday by President Michel Temer comes as the lame-duck administration argues for significant belt-tightening measures to help Brazil recover from a recession.
Brazil’s Temer charged with corruption, money laundering
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's federal police filed new charges against President Michel Temer on Tuesday, recommending he be put on trial for corruption, money laundering and criminal association for allegedly taking bribes to favor port management companies.
The investigation report was filed to the country's top court and obtained by The Associated Press.
A glance at economic proposals of Brazil’s top candidates
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilians will go to the polls Sunday at a time when the economy is only slowly recovering from a prolonged recession and more than 13 million people remain out of work.
Here is a look at the main economic issues at stake:
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Brazil’s federal police seek charges against President Temer
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's federal police filed a report Wednesday seeking to have corruption charges brought against unpopular President Michel Temer, which could lead to his suspension from office.
The report said an investigation had obtained evidence that Temer pocketed about $300,000 in bribes from construction giant Odebrecht, which is at the heart of a regional corruption scandal.
Temer has survived two previous attempts to charge him. He has already denied any wrongdoing in the case.
Firefighters try to save relics as fire engulfs Rio museum
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A huge fire engulfed Brazil's 200-year-old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, lighting up the night sky with towering flames as firefighters and museum workers raced to save historical relics from the blaze.
The esteemed museum, which houses artifacts from Egypt, Greco-Roman art and some of the first fossils found in Brazil, was closed to the public at the time of the fire, which broke out at 7:30 p.m. Sunday local time, it said in a statement.
General: Rise in Rio police killings not sign of failed plan
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's public security secretary said Friday that a rise in killings during police operations was a sign that authorities were more aggressively confronting crime, and not of a worsening situation.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, Gen. Richard Nunes pushed back against critics who argue that a military intervention is leading to more violence in the city that two years ago hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Brazil president: closing Venezuela border ‘unthinkable’
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer said Thursday that it would be "unthinkable" to close his country's border to Venezuelans fleeing political and economic turmoil.
Brazil suggests limiting Venezuelan entries, then backs off
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer said Wednesday that authorities were considering significantly reducing the number of Venezuelans entering Brazil each day but backtracked hours later — a sign of how fraught the issue has become as thousands flee political and economic turmoil in the neighboring country.
Brazil to deploy military in state flooded with Venezuelans
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer announced Tuesday that he'll deploy the military to restore order in a state at the heart of the Venezuelan migrant crisis, as new data showed a surge in killings that meant the state now has the highest homicide rate in the country.
Brazil’s jailed ex-leader appears in 1st campaign ad
SAO PAULO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is in jail, but he features in his party's first ad ahead of October's presidential election and a new poll released Wednesday indicates he's still leading the race — even if electoral courts are likely to bar him from running within weeks.
Brazil’s Temer backs other party’s presidential candidate
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer is endorsing another party's candidate as well as his own in October's presidential election.
Temer said in an interview published Thursday by the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper that he sees former Sao Paulo Gov. Geraldo Alckmin of the right-leaning Brazilian Social Democracy Party as a candidate who would carry on with his work.
Big Brazil party makes 1st presidential bid in 24 years
SAO PAULO (AP) — The party of outgoing and unpopular Brazilian President Michel Temer picked its own presidential candidate Thursday for the first time in 24 years.
The Brazilian Democratic Movement announced that 72-year-old former Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles would be its candidate for the October election.
The large, centrist party has a history of not having its own presidential candidate so that it can easily form coalitions with other parties, playing kingmaker.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pledged on Friday to block or undo privatizations if he is returned to the office he held from 2003 to 2010.
Da Silva will likely be barred from running for the presidency again by Brazil's electoral court, but his statements are seen as the program of his left-leaning Workers' Party ahead of October's elections.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping urged fellow leaders of the BRICS emerging economies to "reject protectionism outright" on Thursday during their annual summit in which the United States is being criticized for escalating tariffs on foreign goods.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer named a former judge to lead the Labor Ministry on Tuesday, following the suspension and resignation of the previous minister amid a fraud investigation.
Caio Luiz de Almeida Vieira de Mello was previously the vice president of a labor court.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's labor minister was suspended Thursday by a Supreme Court justice as part of an investigation into fraud.
Helton Yomura cannot enter the Labor Ministry's offices or have contact with its staff, said Joana Dantas, a ministry press officer.
Boeing and Embraer attempt a joint venture
Boeing and Brazilian jet maker Embraer have agreed to form a joint venture that would push the U.S. aerospace giant into the market for smaller passenger planes.
The new company is being valued at $4.75 billion. Boeing Co. said Thursday that it will own 80 percent while Embraer SA takes the remaining 20 percent.
The venture will be controlled by Boeing — managers in Brazil will report to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg.
SAO PAULO (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence thanked Brazil on Tuesday for welcoming Venezuelans fleeing their country's collapse, while warning Central Americans running from violence in their homelands not to attempt to enter the United States illegally.
Pence announced that the United States will provide nearly $10 million more to support Venezuelan migrants, including $1.2 million that will go to Brazil, but he urged Central Americans to "build your lives in your homeland."
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two 14-year-olds were killed by stray bullets in Rio de Janeiro as violence and police efforts to contain it increase in the Brazilian city.
Nearly two years after it hosted the Summer Olympics, Rio is experiencing a wave of violence as drug traffickers fight for control of territory. President Michel Temer put the military in charge of security in the state earlier this year.
Pence to visit Brazil, Ecuador and Guatemala
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday he will visit Brazil, Ecuador and Guatemala during the last week of June.
He will start the tour June 26 in Brasilia, where he will meet Brazilian president Michel Temer.
The following day Pence will be in Manaus, capital of the Brazilian northern state that borders Venezuela.
The vice president has said he intends to bring attention during his trip to the deepening humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A military intervention in Rio de Janeiro state includes seeking private donations for cash-strapped police forces, ordering officers to put away their smartphones while patrolling and encouraging businesses to invest because security is improving, the general in charge of the mission said Wednesday.
Gen. Walter Souza Braga Netto, head of the military takeover of security in the state, made the comments in a speech during a forum on the intervention.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer has named a general to the position of defense minister, the first time a military officer has held the post since it was created in 1999.
Reserve Gen. Joaquim Silva e Luna has been serving as the interim defense minister since February, when the incumbent was tapped to lead the newly created Ministry of Public Security. Silva e Luna's permanent nomination to the position was published Wednesday in the government's official gazette.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A shootout next to Rio de Janeiro's iconic Sugarloaf mountain has brought one of the city's most touristy areas to a halt.
Witnesses said armed men and police exchanged gun fire Friday on Praia Vermelha, or Red Beach, which is in front of Sugarloaf. One police officer was injured.
The cable car that takes tourists up the mountain to some of Rio's most famous views was stopped.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The president of Brazilian state oil company Petrobras resigned Friday, the latest fallout from a crippling truckers' strike over fuel prices that has widespread implications for the future of Latin America's largest economy.
The dayslong strike led to shortages of supplies ranging from food to medicine, shuttered thousands of public schools and grounded numerous airline flights.
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.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer announced a handful of measures late Sunday aimed at getting truckers to end a crippling strike that has had a wide impact in Latin America's largest nation.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A nationwide strike by thousands of truckers brought much of Latin America's largest nation to a halt on Friday, prompting Brazilian President Michel Temer to authorize the military to use force in removing drivers and their parked vehicles from highways and other roads.
Truckers angry over rising diesel prices began the strike on Monday and continued it Friday despite an announced deal between the government and transportation unions late Thursday.
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.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Acknowledging the unlikelihood of his re-election, Brazil's deeply unpopular president on Tuesday said he wasn't running and endorsed his former finance minister for the top office less than five months before voters in Latin America's largest nation pick a new leader.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's currency is falling again against the dollar amid uncertainty over this year's elections in Latin America's largest economy.
Brazil's real was trading around $0.27 on Tuesday — its lowest price in more than two years. The Brazilian currency has fallen about 10 percent against the dollar this year.
The slide is partially due to the strength of the dollar, which has been gaining against several currencies. But the fall also stems from concerns about Brazil.
Brazilian president calls probe into him ‘persecution’
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer blasted a corruption investigation against him as "criminal persecution" on Friday, urging a crackdown on leaks to the media after a news report suggested he used his wife and young son to hide illicit gains.
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.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Justices on Brazil's Supreme Court decided Tuesday that a powerful senator who narrowly lost in the last presidential election will stand trial on corruption and obstruction of justice charges.
The ruling against Sen. Aecio Neves was a major step for Brazil's corruption investigations and will be cheered by many on the left who feel conservative politicians have too often been given a pass.
Brazilian governor wants to close border with Venezuela
SAO PAULO (AP) — A governor in northern Brazil wants to close her state's border with Venezuela due to a heavy influx of migrants from the crisis-wracked country.
Roraima Gov. Suely Campos asked Brazil's top court on Friday to let her take that step. There is no deadline for a decision by the court.
Campos said in her request that the health system in her poor state has been overwhelmed by the arrival of Venezuelans in recent months. She also said that crime has spiked.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been arrested and will become the first current or former president in Brazil's modern history to be incarcerated. However, he is not the first to be accused of criminal activity. Other leaders in Latin America's largest nation have been accused of wrongdoing but managed to avoid being put behind bars. Here is a look at some of the most notable cases.
Protesters in Brazil commemorate shooting of 13-year-old
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Protesters took to Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of 13-year-old Maria Eduarda Alves da Conceicao.
Alves da Conceicao was hit by stray bullets from a military police officer's rifle while drinking water from a fountain on her school's patio during gym class.
The gathering, organized by NGO Rio da Paz, was in protest of all the children killed in shootouts, particularly those who live in Rio's many favelas.
CURITIBA, Brazil (AP) — Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva defended his record and called protests against him the work of fascists Wednesday, a day after an attack on his campaign caravan underlined Brazil's deep divisions ahead of heated elections.
His left-leaning Workers' Party said gunshots hit two buses in the caravan Tuesday. No one was hurt and da Silva was not on either bus. Police are investigating.
Brazil’s president says he will not run in elections
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's president says he will not run in October presidential elections and maintains that a military intervention he recently ordered was not aimed at improving his low approval ratings.
President Michel Temer was asked in a Friday interview with a Sao Paulo radio station if he would run for president if the intervention succeeds.
He replied: "I am not and will not be a candidate for any elective office."