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Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and  of military college students during a downpour as they attend a ceremony to mark Army Day, in Brasilia on Wednesday. Photograph: Sergio Lima/AFP/Getty Images

When Jair Bolsonaro was running to be president of Brazil last year he proudly boasted that he knew nothing about economics. But he managed to swing (...)

Supporters of former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attend a vigil outside the federal police offices in Curitiba, Brazil on August 31st, 2018. Photograph: Rodolfo Buhrer

It is day 354 of the Free Lula Vigil and about 50 activists are gathered in front of federal police headquarters in the city of Curitiba, where Brazil(...)

People cross from Cucuta in Colombia back to San Antonio del Tachira in Venezuela after buying goods to resell, through an improvised bridge on  an illegal trail on the border between the two countries.  Photograph: Juan Pablo Bayona/AFP/Getty Images

Among the various diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Venezuela, there is one very notable absence – that of an autonomous regional effort to (...)

Juan Guaidó and his wife Fabiana Rosales arrive at the EU delegation office in Brasília on Thursday. Photograph: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg

When Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó arrived on Thursday in Brazil for talks with president Jair Bolsonaro, he came as a visiting head of st(...)

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro:  at a time when he is supposed to be enjoying his political honeymoon, his authority is already visibly diminished. Photograph: Adriano Machado/Reuters

Any new administration grappling with the reality of governing a country as large and complex as Brazil deserves some settling-in time. Newly appoint(...)

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro:  the former army captain is learning that shooting from the hip can call down problems on his nascent administration. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Though he was sworn in on January 1st, the real business of governing Brazil starts on Friday for president Jair Bolsonaro with the opening of the new(...)

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s new president, and his wife Michelle: “We have a unique opportunity before us to reconstruct our country and rescue the hope of our compatriots.” Photograph: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg

Jair Bolsonaro has been sworn in as the 42nd president of Brazil, to the delight of passionate supporters, many of whom had travelled to its modernist(...)

A person holds flags as doctors of the ‘Mais Medicos’ (More Doctors) programme prepare to depart Brazil at the Brasilia International Airport. Photograph: Alves Joedson/EPA

The first of thousands of Cuban doctors left Brazil on Thursday after criticism by Brazil’s far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro prompted Cuba’s g(...)

Jair Bolsonaro, presidential candidate of the Social Liberal Party, after casting his vote in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Pilar Olivares/Reuters

A conservative wave crashed over Brazil’s political establishment in Sunday’s election, sweeping away many of its traditional pillars and leaving the (...)

Jair Bolsonaro, presidential candidate with the Social Liberal Party, gestures next to an electronic voting booth before voting in general elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, October 7th Photograph: Silvia Izquierdo/AP

Early exit polls in Brazil yesterday boosted hopes among supporters of right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro that he could outperform recen(...)

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