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Pandemic policy discord deepens Brazil's Covid chaos

Bras - Marcia Matos was getting her two-year-old ready for preschool when news arrived of the latest twist in the political and legal battles that have plunged Brazil's Covid-19 response into chaos: In-person school was canceled again.

'Big Brother' still huge in Brazil, 21 seasons on

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian TV is perhaps best known for its "telenovelas," but another kind of show has been captivating the country and holding a mirror up to its changing face for 21 seasons: reality franchise "Big Brother Brazil.

Brazil's late and rocky start on vaccinations fuels public ire

Bras - Brazil's newly launched vaccination campaign against Covid-19 has gotten off to a late and rocky start -- as the country is hammered by a second wave of the disease, it is already close to running out of vaccine, syringes and other vital equipment, acc...

In Brazil's Manaus, young people step up as Covid bites

Manaus - Haylena Barbosa, a 22-year-old Brazilian, has put her old life on hold to help ease the pain and logistical challenges wrought by a devastating second wave of Covid-19 in her home city of Manaus in the Amazon.

Brazil police charge six in black man's killing that sparked protests

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police recommended Friday that prosecutors charge six people over the killing of a black man beaten by security guards at a supermarket, a case that shocked the country and triggered protests.

Banker Joseph Safra, Brazil's richest man, dies

Rio De Janeiro - Lebanese-Brazilian banking magnate Joseph Safra, the wealthiest man in Brazil, died Thursday at age 82 of natural causes, his bank said.Safra, who had an estimated fortune of $23.

Saving the Amazon's orphan monkeys

Arenal - Far from the rifle cracks that occasionally rip through the rainforest as local tribesmen hunt mature primates for their meat and soft pelts, a sanctuary in a corner of the Colombian Amazon is offering new life to the orphaned monkeys left behind.

Sao Paulo's first black trans councilwoman defies barriers

S - As she steps into the staid chamber of Sao Paulo's city council, the first black trans woman elected to the municipal legislature is well aware of the dangers before her.

Black gymnast says career derailed by racism in Brazil

S - Brazilian gymnast Angelo Assumpcao still wonders how far he could have gone if not for the decision he says derailed his career: speaking out against the racism he was subjected to by his white teammates.Could he have made the Olympics? Won a medal?

Fires triple in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands in 2020

Rio De Janeiro - The number of forest fires in the Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetlands, has nearly tripled in 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to satellite data released Thursday.

Post-COVID care unit helps hard-hit patients in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Her voice temporarily silenced by a nearly three-month battle with COVID-19, Elenice da Silva "talks" by mouthing her words in a Brazilian care unit created to help hard-hit patients recover their health and their lives.

Bolsonaro says he feels 'very well', praises hydroxycholoroquine

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has tested positive for COVID-19, said on Facebook Thursday that he was "very well" and again advocated the use of the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine.

Bolsonaro, unmasked: Brazil's outspoken, far-right leader

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's far-right president Jair Bolsonaro is known for his brash style, which in part carried him to power more than a year ago. Removing his face mask after announcing he had coronavirus was perfectly on brand.

Fifagate: appeals denied for two key former LatAm officials

New York - A US court on Monday dismissed appeals by two former leaders of Latin American football who were convicted over their roles at the heart of the "Fifagate" corruption scandal.

Brazil's Bolsonaro enlists army in battle with Congress, courts

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is facing a rampant coronavirus outbreak, investigations targeting him and his inner circle and calls for his impeachment, leading him to turn more than ever to a favorite ally: the military.

Graves dug on Copacabana Beach to symbolize Brazil's coronavirus dead

Rio De Janeiro - Volunteers dug 100 graves on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro Thursday as a symbolic reminder of the thousands of Brazilians who have died from COVID-19, and also to denounce what they called the "incompetence" of public authorities handling the pand...

Bolsonaro bets big on 'right-wing' drug against virus

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro neatly sums up how thoroughly politics has hijacked the debate over using malaria drugs against the new coronavirus: "Right-wingers take chloroquine.

In Brazil, coronavirus hits blacks harder than whites

Rio De Janeiro - The coronavirus pandemic has a color in Brazil, the epicenter of the outbreak in Latin America: black Brazilians are exposed to greater risk than whites and are dying at a higher rate.

Facebook and Instagram remove Bolsonaro video questioning virus quarantine

Bras - Facebook and Instagram removed videos of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on Monday, saying they spread misinformation about the coronavirus, a day after Twitter did the same.

To 11 million Brazilians, the Earth is flat

S - Sitting by a model of the Earth shaped like a pancake, Brazilian restaurant-owner Ricardo lets out an exaggerated laugh: "'Hahaha!' That's how people react when you tell them the Earth is flat," he says.

Brazil carnival queens: reigning over wild parties is hard work

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's carnival celebrations are among the wildest parties in the world, but someone has to reign over them -- and being "queen" can be a year-round job.

Bolsonaro pushes political incorrectness to the limit

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro regularly offends opponents with political incorrectness and far-right diatribes, but he is taking heavier fire than usual for suggesting a respected journalist tried to get dirt on him with offers of sex.

Brazil region swept by floods and record rains faces muddy desolation

Sabar - Elaine Almeida looked at her aunt's ruined house in Sabara, a town in a southeastern region of Brazil where at least 45 people have died in floods that followed record rainfall."The water rose more than two meters, she lost everything," Almeida said.

Amazon tribes meet to counter Bolsonaro environmental threats

Lucas - Dozens of Amazon indigenous leaders have gathered in the heart of the threatened rainforest to form an alliance against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policy and his threats to throw their homelands open to mining concerns.

Amazon tribes meet to counter Bolsonaro environmental threats

Lucas - Several dozen indigenous leaders and representatives of Amazon communities have gathered in the heart of the threatened rainforest to form an alliance against Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policy and his threats to throw their homelan...

Brazilian sculptor Francisco Brennand dies age 92

S - Francisco Brennand, a Brazilian sculptor best known for his monumental work in ceramics, died Thursday in his native Recife at age 92, hospital officials said.His death was attributed to respiratory problems.

Brazil's Bolsonaro examined for skin cancer

S - Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday he had been examined for skin cancer, in the latest health scare for the 64-year-old.The president was seriously injured in a knife attack while campaigning for election last year.

Brazil in 'civil war,' says head of Congress' pro-gun faction

Bras - Brazil is caught in a "civil war" of crime and violence, the head of Congress' pro-gun faction says, warning that ordinary Brazilians need to be armed and ready to fight back.

Brazil probes whether 'ghost ship' carrying Venezuelan oil involved in spill

Rio De Janeiro - A huge oil spill off Brazil's northeastern coast may have involved a "ghost ship" carrying Venezuelan oil in breach of US sanctions, an expert close to the probe into the disaster said Tuesday.

Mystery oil spills blot more than 130 Brazilian beaches

Rio De Janeiro - The source of large blots of oil staining more than 130 beaches in northeastern Brazil remained a mystery Tuesday despite President Jair Bolsonaro's assertions they came from outside the country and were possibly the work of criminals.
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