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Volunteer in Oxford Covid vaccine test dies in Brazil: officials

Rio De Janeiro - A volunteer participating in clinical trials of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University has died in Brazil, officials announced Wednesday, though media reports said he had received a placebo, not the test vaccine.

Bolsonaro shoots down plan to buy Chinese vaccine

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday his government would not in fact purchase a Chinese-developed vaccine against Covid-19, a day after his health minister announced a deal to buy millions of doses.

Brazil embraces Chinese Covid vaccine after row

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's health minister said Tuesday the country would add the Chinese-made CoronaVac vaccine against Covid-19 to its national immunization program, despite a political and diplomatic row over whether to use it.

US seeks to sway Brazil on Chinese 5G with $1-bn deal

Bras - The United States promised Brazil $1 billion in financing toward US imports Tuesday, adding a carrot to its campaign to convince the country not to use China's Huawei to develop its 5G network.

Brazil's Santos and Robinho part ways amid pressure over rape conviction

S - Santos and veteran international striker Robinho said Friday they had agreed to part ways amid pressure brought to bear on the Brazilian soccer team over his conviction in Italy of having raped a young woman in 2013 when he played for Milan.

Brazilian senator caught hiding money 'between buttocks'

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian senator allied to far-right President Jair Bolsonaro was caught hiding money in his underwear during a police investigation into the diversion of public funds for fighting the coronavirus, local media reported on Thursday.

Op-Ed: Pandemic second wave worse — How’ll they screw this one up?

Sydney - In less than 12 months, the pandemic has basically crashed the global economy, and killed a million people. The second wave is now here, forming a rather grim pattern. The people who dropped the ball on the first wave are still in charge.

Amanaci, the Jaguar that symbolizes environmental destruction in Brazil wetlands

Corumba De Goias - Amanaci used to roam freely around Brazil's Pantanal region until an outbreak of fires in this paradise of biodiversity left the jaguar with scorched paws.

Op-Ed: Is COVID really out of control globally? Probably.

Sydney - The short answer to the question is that global infection rates keep going up exponentially. That’s despite the selective testing and reporting and the political spin on every number. If it is out of control, what happens next?

Bolsonaro says he 'ended' Car Wash graft probe

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday that he has ended the country's biggest-ever corruption probe, "Operation Car Wash," as there is "no more corruption in the government.

Brazil YouTuber Felipe Neto, thorn in Bolsonaro's side

Rio De Janeiro - Almost unwittingly, Felipe Neto has become a central figure in Brazil's raucous political discourse.

Pandemic lays bare inequalities in Brazil's schools

Rio De Janeiro - The 13-year-old boy selling mangos at the market in Rio de Janeiro was the same age as Vanessa Cavalieri's daughter, studying in the same grade at school.

Fires spike in Brazil's Amazon, scientists say

Rio De Janeiro - The number of forest fires in Brazil's Amazon increased sharply in September, figures released Thursday show, fueling growing criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies.

Fires spike in Brazil's Amazon, scientists say

Rio De Janeiro - The number of forest fires in Brazil's Amazon increased sharply in September, figures released Thursday show, fueling growing criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies.

Brazil's Bolsonaro hits back at Biden over rainforest

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lashed out Wednesday at US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden after he criticized the destruction of the Amazon rainforest in his first debate with Donald Trump.

Brazil jobless rate hits record 13.8%

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's unemployment rate hit a record 13.8 percent from May to July as Latin America's biggest economy suffered the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to official figures released Wednesday.

Brazil court blocks move to repeal mangrove protections

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian court blocked President Jair Bolsonaro's government Tuesday from repealing regulations protecting mangroves and other fragile coastal ecosystems, after an outcry from environmentalists.

Brazil revokes mangrove protections, triggering alarm

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's government on Monday revoked regulations protecting mangroves and other fragile coastal ecosystems, in a measure environmentalists condemned as a "crime" that would lead to their destruction.

Chief Raoni condemns Bolsonaro 'lie' on Amazon fires

Rio De Janeiro - Chief Raoni Metuktire, one of the most iconic defenders of the Amazon, condemned Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday for blaming wildfires devastating the rainforest on indigenous people.

Brazil's Bolsonaro released from hospital after surgery

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was released from hospital Saturday, the government said, a day after he underwent surgery to remove a bladder stone."The president...
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