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Brazil’s 16-year-old baseball wonder Eric Pardinho turns heads

A prospect with a 94 mph fastball gets a lot of attention, no matter where he is pitching – even when that prospect is a diminutive 16-year-old from a country …


Brazil leader defiant in face of possible charges

President Michel Temer is expressing defiance in the face of possible corruption charges, the lowest approval rating for a Brazilian leader in a generation and calls for his resignation.


Brazil federal police accuse president of getting bribes

Brazil’s federal police said Tuesday that investigators have found evidence President Michel Temer received bribes to help businesses, raising a new threat that the embattled leader could be suspended from …


Brazil’s president denies spying on judge investigating him

President Michel Temer is fighting new allegations that his administration turned Brazil’s spy services on a supreme court justice investigating him for corruption, the latest in a series of accusations …


Alleged Italian mobster-drug kingpin detained in Brazil

A fugitive ‘ndrangheta Italian crime clan boss, accused of international drug trafficking, was taken into custody at a Brazil airport, authorities said Saturday.


With court victory, hand of Brazil’s president strengthened

Fighting to save his job, Brazilian President Michel Temer got a huge boost from the decision by the country’s top electoral court to reject allegations of illegal campaign finance and …


Brazil’s rollback of environmental rules a blow to Paris climate pact

Brazil is considering measures that would roll back environmental protections and make it difficult to meet its Paris climate accord targets – a signal it is stepping back from its …


Former adviser to Brazilian president is arrested in corruption scandal

A former Brazilian congressman and adviser to President Michel Temer was arrested Saturday in a new threat to the embattled president, who’s under investigation and facing possible impeachment in a …


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 3:42 p.m.

Brazil president revokes order deploying troops in capital

Brazil’s president on Thursday canceled an order to deploy the military to the streets of the capital after criticism that the move was excessive and merely an effort to hold …


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 9:24 p.m.

Troops guard Brazil federal buildings amid political unrest

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.


Special aide to Brazil’s Temer arrested in corruption probe

A special aide to embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a fraud scheme and another aide gave police a bag filled with cash that …


Rio Olympic planning assailed for ‘white elephant’ venues

RIO DE JANEIRO – A federal prosecutor looking into last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics says that many of the venues “are white elephants” that were built with “no planning.” …


UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

Brazil’s leader mounts defense to save his presidency

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.


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

Brazil’s top prosecutor accuses Temer of obstructing justice

The administration of embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer on Friday began questioning both the legality and content of a recording that purportedly caught Temer endorsing hush money for an ex-lawmaker.


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 7:38 p.m.

Brazil’s Temer: ‘I won’t resign’ amid corruption allegations

Brazilian President Michel Temer on Thursday rejected calls for his resignation, saying he will fight allegations that he endorsed the paying of hush money to a former lawmaker jailed for …


Two possible paths for Brazil’s most beloved ex-leader: Prison or the presidency

A little over a year from now, Brazil’s most popular politician might be sleeping in one of two places: in comfort behind the gates of the presidential palace or in …


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 8:31 p.m.

Brazil declares end to Zika emergency after fall in cases

Brazil declared an end to its public health emergency for the Zika virus on Thursday, 18 months after a surge in cases drew headlines around the world.


General transportation strike brings much of Brazil to halt

Public transport largely came to a halt across much of Brazil on Friday as protesters blocked roads and scuffled with police in a general strike to protest proposed changes to …


U.N. sends 3.5 million emergency yellow fever vaccines to Brazil

The World Health Organization said it and partners have shipped 3.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine to Brazil to help the country stamp out its worst outbreak in years.


Brazil reassures foreign countries after meat scandal

Brazil’s president met Sunday with dozens of ambassadors from countries that import Brazilian meat, seeking to minimize damage from a corruption probe that alleges meatpackers bribed inspectors to keep rotten …


Small Brazil city on edge after man dies from yellow fever

This small city in the state of Rio de Janeiro is on high alert after authorities confirmed the death of one man by yellow fever and said they were investigating …


Down but not out, Brazil’s Lula mulls an unlikely return

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva remains such a towering figure in Brazilian politics that even his absence casts a shadow. When President Michel Temer last week inaugurated a long-awaited irrigation …


Brazil confirms more yellow fever cases; over 100 infected

Authorities in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state say three more people have died from yellow fever, adding to an outbreak that has seen more than 100 cases.


Brazil orders 11.5 million yellow fever vaccines

Brazil’s Ministry of Health has ordered 11.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccines to reinforce its stockpiles amid the largest outbreak of the disease the country has seen since 2000.


Standoff at Brazil prison where 26 killed over weekend

Inmates armed with knives and cell phones are holding their ground at a prison in northeast Brazil where 26 were killed.


Supreme Court justice in Brazil dies in plane crash

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki, one of the most respected judges in the country who had been overseeing a large part of major corruption investigation, has died in a …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 5:43 p.m.

Bones of Mengele, ‘Angel of Death,’ teaching tool in Brazil

For more than 30 years, the bones of Josef Mengele, a German doctor who conducted horrific experiments on thousands of Jews at Auschwitz, lay unclaimed inside a blue plastic bag …


Inmates involved in Brazil prison massacre to be transferred

Brazilian authorities said Tuesday that the inmates responsible for the killings of 56 rivals at a prison in the Amazon will be transferred to high security federal institutions in addition …


At least 56 inmates killed in prison riot in northern Brazil

An attack by members of one crime gang on rival inmates touched off a riot at a prison in the northern state of Amazonas, leaving at least 56 dead, including …


Colombia probe finds jetliner ran out of fuel before crash

Colombian aviation authorities say a preliminary investigation has found that the plane that crashed with a Brazilian soccer team aboard had run out of fuel.