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Brazil Warned About Gangs Rising in Amazon

Former police official says organized crime could control the region

(Newser) - The Brazilian Amazon is in danger of becoming a lawless region plagued by fighting among armed groups and controlled by organized crime, a former senior federal police chief has warned his country. Alexandre Saraiva, who served in the Amazon for a decade, said drug-trafficking groups are on the advance, seizing...

Santos Admits to Using Stolen Checks
Santos Admits to
Using Stolen Checks

Santos Admits to Using Stolen Checks

Congressman signs confession over 2008 theft in Brazil, will pay fine to avoid prosecution

(Newser) - George Santos has admitted to forging stolen checks in Brazil more than a decade ago and will pay nearly $5,000 to settle the criminal case that has followed him ever since. A day after pleading not guilty to numerous financial crimes in the US, the embattled congressman appeared for...

Brazil Diverges From US on School Violence

Government follows 'the successes and the mistakes of other countries'

(Newser) - About two weeks after a man killed four children in a Brazilian day care center, authorities already have rounded up some 300 adults and minors nationwide accused of spreading hate speech or stoking school violence. Little has been revealed about the unprecedented crackdown, which risks judicial overreach, but it underlines...

Man Jumped Daycare's Wall, Killed 4 Kids With Hatchet

Victims are said to be between the ages of 5 and 7

(Newser) - A 25-year-old man armed with a hatchet jumped a wall, gained access to a daycare center in Brazil around 9am Wednesday, and murdered four children, police say. The victims are said to include three boys and a girl between the ages of five and seven, reports the BBC . The AP...

Brazilians Love Yankees Caps, but It's Not Like They're Fans

The look is sophisticated and cool, say buyers, some of whom have heard of baseball

(Newser) - An art director in Rio de Janeiro shopping for a baseball cap tried to relate Brazil's attitude toward baseball, a sport many people there say they don't understand. "We can't even understand how a sport like this is so successful," João Ricardo Santos said,...

This Nation Spends the Most Time Online

South Africans spend average 578 minutes per day on the internet, per Atlas VPN

(Newser) - It can be hard to accurately estimate how much time we spend online, though Atlas VPN notes that for many of us, it's a "significant portion of our day." Using data on internet usage trends among internet users 16 to 64 years old, the VPN service found...

Bolsonaro's Return Draws Modest Crowd
Supporters Welcome
Bolsonaro Back

Supporters Welcome Bolsonaro Back

Official in new administration calls former president's return to Brazil a 'flop'

(Newser) - Former President Jair Bolsonaro returned Thursday to Brazil after a three-month stint in Florida following his election loss, and the right-wing populist told supporters he doesn't think leftists will be in power in Brazil for long. Bolsonaro, who is the subject of several investigations that could stymie any attempts...

Bolsonaro May Be Vacating His Florida Digs Soon

Ex-president of Brazil says he'll return there later this month to help lead political opposition

(Newser) - Like American counterpart former President Trump , Brazil's latest ex-president appeared at CPAC over the weekend, speaking to the crowd gathered at the National Harbor convention center in Oxon Hill, Maryland. And, like Trump, Jair Bolsonaro continued to deny he had any culpability in inciting the riot in his nation'...

Brazilian Police: Teenager Took Explosives to School

Suspect was wearing a Nazi armband, officials say

(Newser) - Police in Brazil arrested a teenager accused of trying to attack a school with explosives while wearing a Nazi armband Monday in a small city outside Sao Paulo. No one was injured in the incident in Monte Mor, a municipality of 56,000 residents about 75 miles northwest of Sao...

Brazil Cops: We've Got Our Guy in Murders of Activist, Journo

Rubens Villar Coelho is in custody, but local activists suspect others in Amazon killings

(Newser) - Three men were already in custody for murdering Indigenous activist Bruno Pereira and UK journalist Dom Phillips last June in Brazil's Amazon rainforest. Now, per the New York Times , cops say they have the mastermind behind the killings: fishing trafficker Ruben Dario da Silva Villar, or Rubens Villar Coelho,...

Lula Airlifts Starving Tribespeople, Points Finger at Bolsonaro

Hundreds of Yanomami children have reportedly died as a result of illegal mining

(Newser) - Brazil's president has accused his predecessor Jair Bolsonaro of committing genocide against the remote Amazon tribe of Yanomami, whose territory has been infiltrated by illegal miners . President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who said he was "shocked" while visiting tribespeople in Brazil's northern state of Roraima...

Lula Fires Army Chief in Response to Uprising

President had said some in military assisted the insurgents

(Newser) - President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva fired Brazil's army chief on Saturday, days after the leftist leader openly said that some military members allowed the Jan. 8 uprising in the capital by far-right protesters. The official website of the Brazilian armed forces said Gen. Julio Cesar de Arruda had...

Charges Against Pro-Bolsonaro Rioters Include Staging a Coup

39 charged in storming of government buildings

(Newser) - The office of Brazil’s prosecutor-general has presented its first charges against some of the thousands of people who authorities say stormed government buildings in an effort to overturn former President Jair Bolsonaro's loss in the October election. The prosecutors in the recently formed group to combat anti-democratic acts...

Records Show Bolsonaro Charged Up a Storm on Corporate Card

Newly released credit card bills for Brazil's ex-leader show he really seems to love ice cream

(Newser) - While Jair Bolsonaro is living his new best life in the Sunshine State, news has emerged that shows he appears to have lived his old best life on the Brazilian government's dime. His official credit card expenditures while he was president of the South American nation were released Friday,...

Brazil Judge Orders Arrest of Top Security Officials

Fired security chief is currently in Florida

(Newser) - A judge on Brazil's Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of at least two top security officials in connection with what authorities are calling an attempted coup. Justice Alexandre de Moraes ordered the arrest of Anderson Torres, Brasilia's former security chief, reports Reuters . Torres was fired Sunday after...

Bolsonaro's Odd Florida Exile: KFC, Selfies, Lots of Fans

Former Brazil leader is staying in a vacation home in Orlando suburb near Disney World

(Newser) - It's a strange juxtaposition in regard to Brazil: In the capital, police have restored order after arresting more than 1,000 rioting supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro. In Florida, meanwhile, Bolsonaro himself is leading an unusual new life of "fast-food runs and selfies," as the Washington ...

Brazilians Demand 'No Amnesty'
Brazilians Demand 'No Amnesty'

Brazilians Demand 'No Amnesty'

As Bolsonaro leaves a Florida hospital

(Newser) - Former Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has been released from a Florida hospital as calls increased for him to be expelled from the US. Meanwhile, in Brazil, demonstrators demanded "no amnesty" for the Bolsonaro supporters who stormed the capital on Sunday. Bolsonaro, who left Brazil two days before Luiz Inacio...

Bolsonaro's Wife Says He's Hospitalized in Florida

Former president left Brazil before successor took office

(Newser) - A day after his supporters attacked government buildings in Brazil, the wife of Jair Bolsonaro said the former president is in a hospital in Florida. Michelle Bolsonaro posted Monday on Instagram that her husband was under observation after suffering abdominal pain, the BBC reports. Jair Bolsonaro was admitted Monday to...

For Brazil, the Riots Came on Jan. 8
Amid Brazil Riot, Bannon
Cheers 'Freedom Fighters'
the rundown

Amid Brazil Riot, Bannon Cheers 'Freedom Fighters'

Hundreds arrested after supporters of losing President Bolsonaro storm the capital

(Newser) - Authorities in Brazil have reclaimed control of the nation's seat of power after supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro rioted in the capital Brasilia on Sunday. Estimates of the number of arrested range between 200 and 400 in news coverage:
  • The scene: Thousands stormed the nation's Congress, its

Bolsonaro Supporters Storm Capital, Demanding Coup
Bolsonaro Backers Storm
Government Buildings

Bolsonaro Backers Storm Government Buildings

Mob wanting Lula's removal also breaks into Supreme Court, presidential palace

(Newser) - Supporters of defeated former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed Brazil's Congress on Sunday, demanding that the military restore the far-right politician to power. Hundreds of people breached security barriers and broke into the building, Deutsche Welle reports, as police tried to keep them out with tear gas. Brazilian media displayed...

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