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Brazil judge halts parts of Bolsonaro's decrees to relax gun laws

Bras - A judge on Brazil's Supreme Federal Court on Monday suspended parts of four decrees issued by President Jair Bolsonaro relaxing the country's gun control laws.Bolsonaro issued the decrees on February 12, and they were to go into effect Tuesday.

Brazil evangelicals protest Covid curbs on church services

Bras - Several hundred demonstrators marched in Brazil Sunday to protest a ruling by the Supreme Court allowing authorities to bar in-person religious services under Covid-19 restrictions.

Brazil building new giant Christ statue, taller than Rio's

Encantado - A giant new statue of Christ being constructed in southern Brazil will rise even higher than the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil raises $620 mn in huge concession auction

S - Brazil wrapped up a massive auction Friday for concessions to operate 22 airports, a rail line and five ports with a total take of $620 million and planned investments of $1.75 billion in all.

Brazil eyes record grain harvest as China demand booms

Salto - Brazil is on track to harvest record amounts of soy, corn and other grains this year, fueled by newly booming demand for commodities, particularly from China.

Brazilian Senate to probe Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic

S - The Brazilian Senate will open an inquiry into the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as President Jair Bolsonaro continues to resist lockdown measures even with Covid-19 deaths at new records.

Op-Ed: COVID — New spike and ‘endemic’ status is a serious threat

Sydney - It’s not over yet, or anything like over. Statistics are showing returning spikes worldwide. Worse, the dangerous situation of COVID becoming “endemic” is now credible for the foreseeable future.

Brazilian pilot survives 38 days in Amazon after crash

Bras - Antonio Sena was flying a single-prop Cessna 210 over the Brazilian Amazon when the engine suddenly stopped, leaving him minutes to find a spot in the jungle to crash-land.

Brazil's Bolsonaro under pressure ahead of climate summit

Rio De Janeiro - A coalition of environmental groups and agribusiness companies urged President Jair Bolsonaro's government Thursday to set "more ambitious" goals to curb Brazil's emissions and protect the Amazon rainforest at this month's US-organized climate summit.

Brazil's Bolsonaro snubs new lockdown calls

S - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro doubled down on his opposition to lockdown measures to contain Covid-19 Wednesday, as experts warned a large-scale stay-at-home was "absolutely necessary" to slow a deadly surge of the coronavirus.

Brazil prostitutes strike for first-line Covid shots

Belo Horizonte - Prostitutes in the city of Belo Horizonte in southeast Brazil have gone on strike for a week, demanding to be included in the group of front-line workers receiving priority coronavirus vaccines.

Brazil's daily Covid death toll surpasses 4,000

Bras - Brazil registered more than 4,000 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours for the first time Tuesday, the health ministry said, as the country reeled from a surge of infections that has made it the current epicenter of the pandemic.

Pandemic policy discord deepens Brazil's Covid chaos

Bras - Marcia Matos was getting her two-year-old ready for preschool when news arrived of the latest twist in the political and legal battles that have plunged Brazil's Covid-19 response into chaos: In-person school was canceled again.

Brazil's Bolsonaro names three new military chiefs

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday appointed new army, navy and air force chiefs one day after announcing their predecessors' departures, as the far-right leader weathers the biggest crisis of his administration.

Brazil closes out deadliest month of pandemic by far

Rio De Janeiro - Hard-hit Brazil closed out its deadliest month of the coronavirus pandemic by far on Wednesday, with 66,573 people killed by Covid-19 in March, more than double the previous record.

Brazil Covid deaths hit new monthly record as France tightens restrictions

Rio De Janeiro - The Covid-19 death toll spiraled out of control in Brazil in March, more than doubling the country's previous monthly record, officials said Wednesday, as French President Emmanuel Macron announced a limited nationwide lockdown.

In food-rich Brazil, people go hungry as pandemic rages

S - The lines of homeless and other needy people waiting for free meals in the streets of Brazil are growing longer as the Covid-19 pandemic rages out of control.

Brazil military chiefs exit in new turmoil for Bolsonaro

Bras - President Jair Bolsonaro will replace all three commanders of Brazil's armed forces, his government said Tuesday, the latest upheaval in Brasilia as the far-right leader braces against mounting criticism over an explosion of Covid-19 deaths.

'Big Brother' still huge in Brazil, 21 seasons on

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian TV is perhaps best known for its "telenovelas," but another kind of show has been captivating the country and holding a mirror up to its changing face for 21 seasons: reality franchise "Big Brother Brazil.

Brazil's Bolsonaro overhauls cabinet amid Covid surge

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro overhauled his government Monday, changing six cabinet members including the foreign, defense and justice ministers, as the far-right leader faced mounting pressure over a deadly surge of Covid-19.
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