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Rights commission 'concerned' by Brazilian police violence

Rio De Janeiro - The president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights criticized Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro's policies toward tackling violent crime Monday, following a weeklong visit to the South American giant.

Rio de Janeiro landslide kills 14

Rio De Janeiro - At least 14 people have died in Brazil after a landslide struck their homes in the southeastern city of Niteroi in Rio de Janeiro state, officials said Sunday.

Brazil meatpacking magnate arrested in corruption probe

S - Meat industry tycoon Joesley Batista was arrested by Brazilian police on Friday alongside two former agriculture ministers as part of the wide-ranging "Operation Car Wash" investigation into corruption.

Bolsonaro says he cannot save Brazil alone

Bras - Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday that he alone cannot rescue the country from economic hardship and spiraling violent crime, as he met with outgoing head of state Michel Temer and the country's Supreme Court chief.

Bolsonaro's Israel embassy move: high-risk mix of religion, politics

Rio De Janeiro - In announcing his intention to move Brazil's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, President-elect Jair Bolsonaro may please his evangelical Christian support base, but would break with a half century of diplomacy.

Brazil's Bolsonaro hesitates over proposed Jerusalem embassy move

Bras - Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro suggested Tuesday he was prepared to make a swift U-turn over controversial plans to move the country's Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Palestinian envoy hopeful of Bolsonaro embassy U-turn

Bras - The Palestinian envoy to Brazil said Monday he hoped president-elect Jair Bolsonaro's pledge to relocate Brasilia's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was simply campaign talk and would lobby the new government against the move.

Busy first week for Brazil's Bolsonaro

Rio De Janeiro - It was a busy first week for Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who showed his determination to roll out his conservative agenda on crime, corruption and the economy -- and sparked more than one controversy.

Brazil's Bolsonaro to meet outgoing president Wednesday

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro will meet his outgoing predecessor, Michel Temer, on Wednesday in Brasilia, his future chief of staff said."He leaves for Brasilia on Tuesday.

Brazil's Bolsonaro accused of attacking the media

S - Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has wasted no time showing his hostility to the independent news media, raising fears for the press under his administration, watchdog groups say.

Brazil suspects obstruction in probe of activist Franco's killing

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian authorities are investigating a suspected conspiracy by state employees, militia members and organized crime to obstruct the investigation into the killing of black rights activist Marielle Franco, the government said Thursday.

Brazil will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem: Bolsonaro

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil will move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday, making the Latin American giant the largest country after the United States to make the controversial switch.

Brazil's Bolsonaro flip-flops on merging farm, environment ministries

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro flip-flopped Thursday on whether he would follow through on his plan to merge the agriculture and environment ministries, which activists warned could be disastrous for the environment.

Brazil's Judge Moro: anti-corruption crusader or opportunist?

Rio De Janeiro - A fearless crusader against endemic corruption, or an ambition-driven puritan waging war on the left? Judge Sergio Moro, who will be Brazil's next justice minister under far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, has been portrayed as both.

Taking cue from Trump, Brazil's Bolsonaro to move Israel embassy

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro confirmed Thursday the country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, making the Latin American country the largest after the United States to make the controversial switch.

Crusading judge Moro to be Brazil justice minister

Rio De Janeiro - The judge who has upended Brazilian politics with a sweeping corruption investigation, Sergio Moro, accepted an offer Thursday from far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro to be his justice minister.

Brazilian left reels as country lurches right

Rio De Janeiro - Still stinging from the victory of far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's once-mighty Workers' Party now faces some tricky tasks: regaining people's trust, reclaiming its leadership of the left and dealing with its jailed leader.

Brazil high court against police action in public universities

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court Wednesday ruled that military police should not intervene on public university campuses, after they launched campus operations against students who oppose far-right president elect Jair Bolsonaro.

Brazil central bank keeps interest rate on hold at 6.5%

Bras - Brazil's central bank kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday at 6.5 percent, in its first meeting since far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro was elected with a pledge to slash government spending.

Brazil environment ministry condemns Bolsonaro plan

Bras - Brazil's environment ministry said Wednesday that far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's plan to merge it with the agriculture ministry is "reckless" and will undermine not only environmental protection but economic growth.
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