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Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro:  he says  the new variant is far less lethal and ‘could signal the end of the pandemic’.  Photograph:  by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro says Omicron is “welcome” in Brazil despite the Covid-19 variant causing a surge in cases that is putting the count(...)

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro was urgently hospitalised. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP via Getty

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro was hospitalised on Monday with an intestinal blockage and may need to undergo surgery in the latest complication f(...)

Chief Juarez Saw of the Munduruku tribe. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty

Illegal gold mining in the north Amazonian territory of Brazil’s indigenous Munduruku people has led to more than half of several hundred people teste(...)

A brochure for José Antonio Kast during a closing rally ahead of Chile’s presidential run-off elections, in Santiago. Photograph: Tamara Merino/Bloomberg

Whatever its outcome, Sunday’s election marks a watershed moment in Chile’s modern history. For the first time since the dictatorship of Augusto Pino(...)

Anderson DeSouza: ‘In school the kids would call me a faggot for being a dancer. I was afraid to show who I really was.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anderson De Souza was 14 the first time he went to a dance class. The young Brazilian instantly felt at ease, and he caught the eye of the teacher, wh(...)

Hard-right former congressman José Antonio Kast speaking in Santiago. Photograph: Tamara Merino/Bloomberg

Chile has become the latest South American country to see its politics become more polarised after voters on Sunday turned their backs on the traditio(...)

Pelé has said he feels better every day as he recovers from surgery. Photograph: Nelson  Almeida/Getty/AFP

Former Brazilian soccer player Pele said on Wednesday he was feeling better “every day”, almost two months after leaving hospital following the remova(...)

 President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil during independence day celebrations in Sao Paulo in September. With his poll numbers falling, President Bolsonaro is already questioning the legitimacy of next year’s election. Photograph: Victor Moriyama/New York Times

The conference hall was packed, with a crowd of more than 1,000 cheering attacks on the press, the liberals and the politically correct. There was Don(...)

Lewis Hamilton  waves to the crowd after finishing in fifth position during the sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace  in Sao Paulo. Photograph:  Peter Fox/Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton delivered a supreme recovery drive from last to fifth in Saturday’s sprint race at the Brazilian Grand Prix and declared his fading bid(...)

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele, in 2019.  Photograph:  Nelson Almeida/AFP via Getty Images

Brazilian soccer legend Pele is set to leave hospital after recovering from an operation to remove a tumour from his colon, his daughter Kely said on (...)

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