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Latin America's biggest cemetery braces for impact

S - The biggest cemetery in Latin America, a seemingly endless stretch of graves on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, is adapting to the new funeral rites of our times: six-minute burials, no wakes, no hugs.And it is bracing for things to get a lot worse.

The young Brazilians fighting for the Amazon

Carauari - Maria dreams of being the next Greta Thunberg. Kelita is studying in the first-ever university program in the Amazon. Fabio is helping his family do its part to fight climate change through sustainable agriculture.

Anti-quarantine Bolsonaro isolates himself politically

Bras - A new meme on Brazilian social networks shows a dinosaur looking at the meteorite that is about to annihilate his kind and complaining, "God dammit, this is going to be bad for the economy!

Brazil court orders government to stop advising against virus isolation

S - A federal court in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday banned the government from disseminating propaganda against confinement measures aimed at controlling the coronavirus pandemic.

Brazil's Bolsonaro 'washing hands' of coronavirus: governor

S - The leader at the epicenter of Brazil's COVID-19 battle says President Jair Bolsonaro is "washing his hands" of the new coronavirus, and he doesn't mean that in the "Safe Hands Challenge" kind of way.

Bolsonaro says virus threat is 'overstated'

Miami - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday minimized the threat of the new coronavirus -- which has killed nearly 4,000 people in more than 60 countries and tanked global financial markets -- saying its destructive power has been "overstated.

Chaotic climate, chaotic cities fuel Brazil flood toll

Guaruja - Violent rain has killed scores of people and forced thousands from their homes this year in Brazil's most populous states, a disaster experts blame on climate upheaval but also rampant urbanization.

Brazil police kill suspect in Rio councilwoman's murder

Rio De Janeiro - A suspect in the 2018 assassination of an outspoken Afro-Brazilian member of Rio de Janeiro's city council was shot to death Sunday after he fired on police sent to arrest him, Brazilian authorities said.

Bolsonaro's Amazon 'dream' is indigenous 'nightmare'

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has unveiled a sweeping plan for the Amazon rainforest that would open indigenous lands to mining -- a "dream" for the far-right leader, but a "nightmare" for environmentalists and tribal leaders.

Brazil to extradite 'massacre' suspect to Spain: lawyer

Bras - A Spaniard linked to the far-right 1977 slayings of five people in Madrid will be extradited from Brazil this Thursday, his lawyer told AFP.

Death toll from torrential Brazil storms rises to 44: officials

Belo Horizonte - The death toll from days of intense storms and flooding in southeastern Brazil has risen to 44, authorities said Sunday.

One year on, Brazil town remembers 270 killed in dam breach

Brumadinho - Residents of Brumadinho in southeastern Brazil paid homage on Saturday to the 270 people killed one year ago when a nearby dam burst, spewing millions of tons of mining waste over homes and farmland in one of the country's worst industrial accidents.

Record southeastern Brazil rainstorms kill 30

Bras - At least 30 people have been killed in two days of intense storms in southeastern Brazil, the Minas Gerais state Civil Defense office said Saturday.

Soap opera actress reportedly in line to be Brazil's culture chief

Rio De Janeiro - A famous soap opera actress met Monday with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to talk about becoming culture secretary, replacing a man fired over a speech that appeared to quote Adolf Hitler's propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

Judge orders Rio 2016 Olympic Games venues shut on security grounds

Bras - A Brazilian court on Wednesday ordered that the 2016 Rio Olympic Games facilities be closed to the public over safety concerns.

Brazil President Bolsonaro says he has a hernia

Bras - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro says he is suffering from a hernia, apparently as a result of being stabbed in the stomach in 2018, local media reported on Friday.

Bolsonaro pardons Brazil security forces convicted of unintentional crimes

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's far right President Jair Bolsonaro has used his first Christmas pardon to excuse members of the police and military convicted of unintentional crimes during lethal operations.

Bolsonaro: a year of anti-establishment uproar in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has had a combative first year leading Brazil after vowing to "liberate" the country from the left and "globalization," while pushing his pro-gun and religion agenda.

Brazil's Bolsonaro ready to legalize mining on indigenous land

S - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday his government was preparing to legalize mining on indigenous land and defended plans to expand farming in the same areas.

Drainage issues caused Brazil mining dam tragedy, say experts

Bras - The collapse of a massive tailings dam in Brazil was caused by the accumulation of water and lack of drainage, although the facilities did not previously show signs of instability, according to a report commissioned by the dam's owner and published Thu...

Brazil's Bolsonaro urges Mercosur to push on with reforms

Bento Gon - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday urged South America's four-nation trade bloc Mercosur to push ahead with reforms "without accepting ideological setbacks," in a swipe at Argentina's incoming leftist government.

Changing Mercosur bloc meets in Brazil after US tariffs blow

Bento Gon - South America's four-nation trade bloc Mercosur began a tense meeting Wednesday reeling from US steel and aluminum tariffs and a spat between its two biggest members.

Changing Mercosur bloc meets in Brazil after US tariffs blow

Bras - South America's four-nation trade bloc Mercosur began a summit meeting Wednesday reeling from US steel and aluminum tariffs and a spat between its two biggest members.

Brazil approves sale of medical cannabis in pharmacies

S - Brazil's health watchdog on Tuesday approved the sale of cannabis-based products for medical use in pharmacies to people with a prescription.

Nine are trampled after police enter poor Sao Paulo neighborhood

S - At least nine people were trampled to death and two others were injured early Sunday in the chaotic aftermath of a police raid in a poor Sao Paulo neighborhood, authorities there said.

DiCaprio denies Bolsonaro accusation of link to Amazon fires

S - American actor Leonardo DiCaprio on Saturday denied a claim by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that he had helped fund groups allegedly linked to fires in the Amazon rain forest.

Revised data shows deforestation in Brazil Amazon at decade high

Bras - Brazil on Thursday released revised statistics showing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest surpassed 10,000 square kilometers (3,860 square miles) in the year to July 2019, the highest in more than a decade.

'I'm back': Brazil's Lula fills leftist leadership void

Rio De Janeiro - Out of jail and full of rage, Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has put his far-right nemesis President Jair Bolsonaro in the cross-hairs, as he takes up the mantle of leading the left.

Brazil lawmakers water down Bolsonaro's bill to ease gun controls

S - Lawmakers in Brazil have watered down pro-gun President Jair Bolsonaro's proposal that would have allowed ordinary people to carry weapons in public.

Brazil hopes to raise $26.5 billion in mega oil field auction

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil will auction drilling rights to deep-sea oil fields off its southeast coast Wednesday in a blockbuster sale it hopes will raise a whopping $26.5 billion and boost its crude sector.
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