Prosecutors: Brazil’s Silva ‘commander’ of graft scheme
Latin America & the Caribbean

Prosecutors: Brazil’s Silva ‘commander’ of graft scheme

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian investigators on Wednesday charged former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with money laundering and corruption, calling him the “maximum commander” of the mammoth graft scandal roiling Latin America’s largest nation. While the charges against Silva were expected — police recommended them last month — the characterization of his … Continue reading

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Brazil’s President Rousseff ousted from office by Senate
Latin America & the Caribbean / National / Politics

Brazil’s President Rousseff ousted from office by Senate

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s Senate on Wednesday voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the culmination of a yearlong fight that paralyzed Latin America’s largest nation and exposed deep rifts among its people on everything from race relations to social spending. While Rousseff’s ouster was widely expected, the decision was a key chapter … Continue reading

Swimmer Ryan Lochte to attend Comic Con in Richmond
Celebrities / Featured / Games / Health / Local / Virginia

Swimmer Ryan Lochte to attend Comic Con in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Swimmer Ryan Lochte is expected to appear at a comic convention in Richmond. Organizers for the Wizard World Comic Con say the 12-time Olympic medal winner will greet fans, sign autographs and pose for selfies with fans at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on Sept. 10. Lochte’s visit comes as he … Continue reading

Shouts, charges of ‘stupidity,’ at Brazil president’s trial
Latin America & the Caribbean

Shouts, charges of ‘stupidity,’ at Brazil president’s trial

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A trial against Brazil’s president turned into a yelling match and was temporarily suspended on Friday after the head of Senate declared “stupidity is endless” and sharply criticized a colleague who had questioned the body’s moral authority. The second day of the trial against President Dilma Rousseff got off to … Continue reading

Vuitton show draws fashion world to crisis-hit Brazil
Fashion / Health / International News

Vuitton show draws fashion world to crisis-hit Brazil

NITEROI, Brazil (AP) — The elite of the fashion world flocked to Brazil, defying an outbreak of the Zika virus, an economic meltdown and the deep political crisis afflicting the country to attend a runway show Saturday by revered French label Louis Vuitton. Around 500 guests, including A-listers Jaden Smith and Catherine Deneuve and fashion royalty flown in from … Continue reading

Brazil interim gov’t under fire in wake of leaked recording
Business / Latin America & the Caribbean

Brazil interim gov’t under fire in wake of leaked recording

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s interim government came under fire Monday as a secret recording emerged of the new planning minister discussing a purported pact to push for President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment to stall a huge corruption probe that has engulfed much of the nation’s political class. Even some allies of acting President Michel … Continue reading

UN: Zika more worrying but Rio Olympics shouldn’t be moved
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UN: Zika more worrying but Rio Olympics shouldn’t be moved

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization’s chief says the agency is increasingly concerned about the Zika virus, even though it does not recommend canceling or postponing the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in hard-hit Brazil. “The more we learn about Zika, the more worried we get about it,” Dr. Margaret Chan said in a … Continue reading

Brazil’s lower house begins presidential impeachment debate
Latin America & the Caribbean

Brazil’s lower house begins presidential impeachment debate

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The lower chamber of Brazil’s Congress on Friday began a raucous debate on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, a question that underscores the deep polarization in Latin America’s largest country and most-powerful economy. If lawmakers approved the measure in a vote slated for Sunday, it gets sent to the Senate, … Continue reading

US officials: The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is
Health / U.S. News

US officials: The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is

WASHINGTON (AP) — The more researchers learn about the Zika virus, the scarier it appears, federal health officials say, as they urge more money for mosquito control and development of vaccines and treatments. Scientists increasingly believe the Zika virus sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean causes devastating defects in fetal brains if women become … Continue reading