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World briefs

BRAZIL

Crowds protests cuts in school funding

RIO DE JANEIRO — Tens of thousands joined in demonstrations across Brazil on Wednesday to protest big cuts in federal funding for public education, the first nationwide rallies organized against far-right President Jair Bolsonaro since he took office Jan. 1.

Avenues and public squares in Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Recife were jammed as students and teachers marched against the decision to pare $1.85 billion from funds for the public education network, from elementary schools to universities.

VENEZUELA

Citing unrest, US suspends air traffic

CARACAS — The United States on Wednesday suspended all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the U.S. and Venezuela, saying the political unrest and tensions there pose a risk to flights.

The announcement by the Department of Homeland Security affected a dwindling number of flights between the two countries, since U.S. airlines no longer fly to Venezuela. The measure reflected the increasingly sour relationship between the Venezuelan government and the U.S., which is leading a campaign to oust President Nicol’s Maduro.

GUATEMALA

Court rejects candidacy of ex-prosecutor

GUATEMALA CITY — An official with Guatemala’s Constitutional Court said justices have rejected the presidential candidacy of former top prosecutor Thelma Aldana.