Two months before the opening of the Copa America in Brazil, a fungus infection has afflicted the field at a stadium that will host three prominent matches.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian soccer great Pele has successfully undergone surgery for the removal of a kidney stone in a Sao Paulo hospital.
The Albert Einstein Hospital said on its website...
Brazil Petrobras shares drop after price hike canceled
SAO PAULO (AP) — Stock prices of Brazil's state oil company have dropped after its decision to reverse an announced 5.7% increase in diesel prices.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Fans of Brazilian soccer team Palmeiras pelted their own team's bus with rocks before a Copa Libertadores match against Colombian club Junior Barranquilla.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Pele arrived back in Brazil on Tuesday after five days in a Paris hospital and was taken to another hospital in his home country for further exams.
Pele leaves French hospital to return to Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) — Pele left a Paris hospital on Monday after being treated for a urinary infection. The 78-year-old Pele, who has been frequently hospitalized in the last few years for kidney and...
MADRID (AP) — The long distances traveled by teams and fans during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are not part of the legacy carrying over to this year's Copa America.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police say they killed 11 people who were part of a gang of at least 25 people that raided two banks and tried to blow up their automatic teller machines on the...
Keanu Reeves visits Brazil for new TV series
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Keanu Reeves is in Sao Paulo to negotiate the shooting of a new TV series in Brazil's largest city.
Reeves met Wednesday with Gov. Joao Doria, whose office said "The...
Former gymnastics coach in Brazil banned by court
SAO PAULO (AP) — A former gymnastics coach with Brazil's national men's team has been banned by a court after being accused of sexual abuse.
Fernando de Carvalho Lopes, who was also fined in...
Brazil’s military start commemorations of 1964 coup
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Over the objections of human rights groups but with the support of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, some military bases began commemorations of the March 31, 1964 coup...
Brazilian police arrest 106 people for child pornography
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's justice ministry says more than 100 people have been arrested in an offensive against internet child pornography in Latin America's biggest country.
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...
SAO PAULO (AP) — Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche said Tuesday it will stop producing medicines at its Rio de Janeiro unit in Brazil, a new blow to a country whose economy appears to be in its...
Sampaoli gives pay back to Santos until players are paid
SAO PAULO (AP) — Santos coach Jorge Sampaoli has given his pay back to the Brazilian club until his players get paid.
The Argentine says the club should pay every worker on the same...
Third suspect in Brazil school shooting is arrested
SAO PAULO (AP) — Authorities arrested a teenager Tuesday for allegedly being involved in planning a school shooting in which eight people and two attackers died.
Brazil school reopens after deadly shooting
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Teachers and some students returned to a Brazilian school in Sao Paulo Monday, less than a week after two armed men raided it, killing seven people and injuring nine...
Brazil shooting suspect allowed to return home
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian authorities on Friday arrested a suspect linked to a school shooting that left seven people dead, but later allowed him to return home.
SUZANO, Brazil (AP) — Two young men who stormed their former school in southern Brazil armed with a gun, crossbows and axes, killing seven people, were trying to emulate the 1999 Columbine attack...
Real Madrid signs young Brazilian defender Eder Militao
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid has signed young Brazilian defender Eder Militao from Portuguese club Porto.
Madrid says the 21-year-old player signed a contract until June 2025 and will join the...
School rampage in Brazil leaves 8 dead, many wounded
SUZANO, Brazil (AP) — Two masked men armed with a gun, knives, axes and crossbows descended on a school in southern Brazil on Wednesday, killing five students and two adults before one killed the...
Rainstorms kill at least 12 in greater Sao Paulo area
SAO PAULO (AP) — Heavy rains deluged Brazil's biggest city, causing flooding and other damage that resulted in the deaths of at least 12 people, authorities said Monday. Six people were reported...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has aroused outrage by sharing a video on Twitter that shows one man urinating on the head of another man during a Carnival...
Brazil’s Lula leaves prison for grandson’s funeral
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva left prison Saturday to attend his 7-year-old grandson's funeral, taking advantage of his temporary release to reiterate...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The party of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will ask a judge to release him from prison to attend the funeral of his 7-year-old grandson.
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.
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Brazil president leaves hospital after surgery
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's president has been released from a hospital after 17 days of treatment related to a stabbing he suffered during the campaign.
Government spokesperson Otavio Rego Barros said Wednesday the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo had given the green light for the president to leave his hospital room. Television images showed him walking to his plane without trouble, accompanied by his wife.
Brazilian TV anchor dies in helicopter crash
SAO PAULO (AP) — An award-winning Brazilian television news anchor died Monday when a helicopter carrying him crashed on one of Sao Paulo's main highways.
TV Band says Ricardo Boechat was returning from a university in the city of Campinas when the helicopter crashed onto a truck. Police confirmed the pilot also died.
Brazil president shows symptoms ‘compatible’ with pneumonia
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's president remains in the semi-intensive unit of a hospital in Sao Paulo with signs of a possible pneumonia infection.
The Albert Einstein hospital said in a statement Thursday it had carried out tests on President Jair Bolsonaro after an isolated episode of fever Wednesday night.
"He underwent a tomography of the chest and abdomen that showed a good evolution of the intestinal frame and images compatible with pneumonia," the hospital's statement read.
Brazil’s Lula rejects offer to attend wake of older brother
SAO PAULO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has decided not to go to the wake of his deceased older brother after he received permission to temporarily leave prison but not attend his relative's burial.
Da Silva is serving a 12-year prison term in the southern city of Curitiba for money laundering and corruption.
His request to attend the burial had been rejected Tuesday night by Judge Carolina Lebbos.
Brazil president to remove colostomy bag
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has arrived in Sao Paulo to remove the colostomy bag he has been using he was stabbed during a campaign rally in September.
The president's office said Bolsonaro arrived Sunday at the Albert Einstein hospital and will undergo surrey Monday morning.
Bolsonaro was stabbed Sept.6. He suffered intestinal damage and serious internal bleeding before undergoing surgery.
Host Brazil gets easy path in Copa America draw
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Copa America host Brazil was drawn in a relatively easy group for this year's tournament, where it will face Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru.
The draw was made on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, and gave Argentina the toughest path of the top-seeded teams as it was placed in a group with Colombia, Paraguay and guest nation Qatar.
In the third group, Uruguay will start its campaign against Ecuador, then play against guest Japan before finishing against defending champion Chile.
Ex-Argentina coach Sampaoli makes winning start with Santos
SANTOS, Brazil (AP) — Seven months ago, coach Jorge Sampaoli was endlessly running up and down the touchline giving instructions to Lionel Messi and his Argentina World Cup teammates.
On Saturday, the 58-year-old marked his first official match in charge of Brazilian club Santos with a 1-0 victory. It was also his first game since Argentina's defeat by France in the last 16 of the World Cup.
Copa America will use FIFA rankings to sort pots in draw
SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA rankings will be used to sort the pots for the Copa America draw this month.
CONMEBOL also said on Friday that guest sides Japan and Qatar will not be allowed in the same group.
Host Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay are the top teams in each group for the draw on Jan. 24 in Rio de Janeiro.
Pot two includes Peru, Colombia, and defending champions Chile.
The third pot has Japan, Paraguay, and Venezuela.
The fourth counts Ecuador, Bolivia, and 2022 World Cup host Qatar.
Brazil’s Bolsonaro makes stumbling start as president
SAO PAULO (AP) — A few days after being inaugurated, new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced a tax increase, only to have his chief-of-staff say hours later that the boss "had been wrong."
The former army captain also said he would be open to putting a U.S. base in his country, but military leaders quickly squashed the idea.
And the day after the nascent administration announced plans to abolish a land-reform program, officials said it would actually remain intact.
America de Cali fans want the devil back in their crest
SAO PAULO (AP) — America de Cali has a new crest, and the Colombian soccer team's fans aren't happy about it.
The traditional pitchfork-carrying devil that first appeared in 1940 is gone, to be replaced by a simple letter A along with the name of the club and the year it was founded.
Brazil’s new far-right president blasts UN migration pact
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's new president blasted the United Nations' migration pact on Wednesday indicating that Latin America's largest nation will adopt a hard line on immigration.
President Jair Bolsonaro, who has promised to pull out of the U.N. deal, said on Twitter that he wants to ensure immigrants coming to Brazil not only abide by the laws, but also sing the national anthem and respect the country's culture.
Iconic Japanese newspaper in Brazil closes after 72 years
SAO PAULO (AP) — The Sao Paulo Shimbun newspaper has printed its final edition, ending a 72-year run as a vital reference point and voice for Brazil's Japanese community - the largest in the world outside of Japan.
The Japanese-language newspaper, whose final edition rolled off the presses Jan. 1, was a victim of declining sales, an aging readership and the internet. Its owner, Helena Mizumoto, said an online version may be launched in the future.
Brazil’s Bolsonaro targets minorities on 1st day in office
SAO PAULO (AP) — Newly installed President Jair Bolsonaro targeted Brazil's indigenous groups, descendants of slaves and the LGBT community with executive orders in the first hours of his administration, moving quickly after a campaign in which the far-right leader said he would radically overhaul many aspects of life in Latin America's largest nation.
Brazil military academy offers glimpse of next government
RESENDE, Brazil (AP) — A phrase written on the outer wall of Brazil's most prestigious military academy gives a glimpse at the values held by the incoming government of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, an ex-army captain whose administration will be rife with generals.
"In order to lead, learn to obey," reads the slogan greeting aspiring military officers arriving at the Agulha Negras Military Academy that educated Bolsonaro and a good chunk of his Cabinet. He takes office on New Year's Day.
Police raid home of Brazil cabinet minister in graft probe
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian Federal Police raided the home of Science and Technology Minister Gilberto Kassab Wednesday following accusations that he received millions in bribes from the JBS food company between 2010 and 2016.
Prosecutors said they suspect that the minister may have received as much as $13.8 million in exchange for defending the interests of JBS during his tenures as mayor of Sao Paulo and as a congressman.
Brazil police say faith healer has turned himself in
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A celebrity faith healer accused of sexually abusing more than 300 women turned himself in Sunday to authorities in Brazil's central state of Goias, after spending almost a day as a fugitive, police said.
Joao Teixeira de Faria, who is known as Joao de Deus, had been given until 3 p.m. Saturday to comply with an arrest warrant, but he did not surrender by the deadline and was deemed a fugitive from justice, officials had said.
Brazil’s gay couples exchange vows in collective ceremony
SAO PAULO (AP) — About forty gay couples got married in downtown Sao Paulo on Saturday, tying the knot partly out of fear that the new administration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro could restrict same sex marriage.
Although his campaign did not express views against gay marriage, Bolsonaro's record of homophobic comments has caused alarm.
In an interview with Playboy magazine in December 2011, he said that he "would be incapable of loving a homosexual son."
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.
Memorial for cathedral victims, death toll rises to 5
SAO PAULO (AP) — Close to 1,000 people attended a memorial service Wednesday for the people gunned down inside a cathedral in southeastern Brazil, and authorities said the toll of dead had risen to five.
Investigators said they were still trying to determine what led 49-year-old Euler Fernando Grandolpho to attack worshippers after Tuesday's midday service at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas.
Gunman kills 4, then himself, after Mass at Brazil cathedral
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A man opened fire in a cathedral in southern Brazil after Mass on Tuesday, killing four people and wounding four more before taking a bullet in the ribs in a firefight with police and then shooting himself in the head, authorities said.
The shooting happened right after the midday service had ended at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, a city about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Sao Paulo.
Pro-business lawyer to head Brazil’s environment ministry
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has tapped a lawyer who heads a pro-business organization to be the next environment minister.
Bolsonaro said in a tweet Sunday that Ricardo de Aquino Salles would be appointed to the position.
Salles served as the environment secretary of Sao Paulo state under the leadership of former Gov. Geraldo Alckmin.
Salles told the O Estado de S. Paulo news portal that he will "defend the environment and respect all of Brazil's productive sectors."
Spaniard convicted for 5 killings arrested in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) — A Spanish man convicted for the 1977 killing of five leftist lawyers in a Madrid trade union office has been taken into custody in Brazil's biggest city, police said Friday.
The head of the Federal Police in Sao Paulo, Disney Rosseti, said at a press conference that Carlos Garcia Julia was arrested Thursday as he was walking down a street in a middle-class neighborhood.