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In Brazil, graveyard shift reveals staggering cost of pandemic

S - In almost three decades of working in Sao Paulo's largest cemetery, the oldest gravediggers can't remember performing more than 10 night burials.

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'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 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.

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.

Bolsonaro critics face 'intimidation campaign' in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - When the police knocked on Brazilian influencer Felipe Neto's door to tell him he was being investigated for threatening national security, he says his heart skipped a beat.

Lula's return reshuffles the deck in divided Brazil

S - The ruling that overturned ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's corruption convictions upended Brazilian politics and set up a potential election showdown between the tarnished left-wing icon and his nemesis, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

New Brazil protests seek Bolsonaro's removal over Covid response

Bras - Hundreds of people took part Sunday in fresh protests across Brazil against President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with many demanding his resignation or impeachment.

Rio scraps 2021 carnival over coronavirus woes

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro will not host its famous carnival this year due to a deadly revival of the coronavirus epidemic in Brazil, the city's mayor Eduardo Paes has announced.

Bolsonaro's son ordered to pay damages to journalist

Bras - A Brazilian court on Thursday ordered the lawmaker son of President Jair Bolsonaro to pay damages to a journalist after claiming she had "tried to seduce" a source to obtain compromising information about the far-right leader.

Brazil's Bolsonaro increasingly isolated as Trump leaves

Bras - When Jair Bolsonaro became Brazil's president in January 2019 he nurtured relationships with other like-minded, far-right governments, but as the political tide turns he now finds himself and his country increasingly isolated.

Bolsonaro's son changes Twitter profile picture to Trump

Bras - The lawmaker son of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has changed his Twitter profile picture to one of Donald Trump to protest the platform's decision to ban the US president.

Bolsonaro under fire over Brazil's troubled vaccine roll-out

Bras - Brazil prides itself on its world-leading immunization experts, medical institutions and vaccine research, but President Jair Bolsonaro's government has been accused of having a chaotic plan to inoculate against Covid-19.

Brazil drug agency questions 'transparency' of China vaccine

Bras - Brazil's health regulator on Monday accused China of not being transparent in efforts to win emergency approval for its Covid-19 vaccine CoronaVac, currently in the final phase of trials in the hard-hit country.

Inside the only Covid-free town in Brazil

Cedro Do Abaete - A looping message blares out from a loudspeaker on Flavio Rafael's bicycle as he rides through the deserted streets of Cedro do Abaete: "Our town is the only one in Brazil with no confirmed cases. It's up to you to keep the virus away.

Brazil police fire tear gas at protests over Black man's killing

Bras - Brazilian police used tear gas and rubber bullets Monday to disperse protesters marching against the death of a black man beaten to death by white guards at a Carrefour supermarket.

Brazil's routed left shows signs of life in local vote

S - The election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in 2018 looked to some like a death blow for the Brazilian left after the spectacular fall of its 13-year rule. But the heart monitor may have just emitted a blip in local elections.

Record fires ravage Brazil's Amazon and Pantanal regions

Bras - A record high number of fires scorched Brazil's Amazon and Pantanal wetlands last month, official data showed on Sunday, as deforestation and climate change wreaked havoc on some of the planet's most valuable ecosystems.

Socially distanced samba seeks to revive lost bliss in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Few things say Rio de Janeiro like a "roda de samba" legendary jam session where musicians sit in a circle gushing out Brazil's most beloved music and a tight crowd of beer-guzzling revelers surrounds them.

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.

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.

Brazil's Bolsonaro undergoes surgery for bladder stone

S - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro underwent an operation to remove a bladder stone Friday, the government said, the latest in a series of health issues for the far-right leader.

New bid but little hope to reform UN Security Council

New York - A flurry of world leaders have appealed again to the United Nations to reform the Security Council, reviving a bid launched 15 years ago.

Bolsonaro faces growing pressure to green Brazil economy

S - As the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and Pantanal wetlands bruise Brazil's international image, bankers, business executives and even agribusiness firms are calling for a greener economy, adding to pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro.

Environmental groups, big ag unite for Amazon in Brazil

Bras - An unprecedented coalition of 230 environmental groups and Brazilian agrobusiness companies have sent an open letter to President Jair Bolsonaro urging him to fight deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

As Brazil's wetlands burn, rain is 'only hope'

Matupa - Lieutenant Silva's face is grim as he watches his firefighters try -- and fail -- to control one of the thousands of wildfires ravaging Brazil's Pantanal, the world's biggest tropical wetlands."It needs to rain. We've got low moisture, intense heat.

Desperate race against fires in world's biggest tropical wetlands

S - The smell of burnt vegetation and the red glow of flames welcome visitors these days to the Pantanal, the world's biggest tropical wetlands -- a biodiverse paradise that is now partly reduced to ashes by record wildfires.

Brazil slum ballet school taps resilience to survive pandemic

S - Against a backdrop of jumbled shacks seemingly piled atop each other, the dancers run in place with studied movements, then collapse to the floor in steady succession.

Bolsonaro slams 'cancer' of environmental NGOs

Bras - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has slammed environmental NGOs as a 'cancer' and denounced what he said was an international conspiracy accusing him of being responsible for devastating Amazon wildfires."You know that NGOs don't have a voice with me....

Brazil's top graft-buster steps down

Bras - The prosecutor leading Brazil's biggest-ever corruption probe, "Operation Car Wash," said Tuesday he was stepping down for family reasons, after six years putting some of the biggest names in politics and business behind bars.
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