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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.

Brazil's Bolsonaro threatens to punch reporter in the mouth

S - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday threatened to punch a reporter repeatedly in the mouth after being asked about his wife's links to an alleged corruption scheme.

Iconic hotel Copacabana Palace reopens in Rio

Rio De Janeiro - The Copacabana Palace, an iconic luxury hotel on the Rio de Janeiro waterfront, reopened Thursday after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to close for the first time in its 97-year history.

Avianca airline magnates held in Brazil graft probe

S - Two of South America's wealthiest brothers, the Bolivian-born airline magnates German and Jose Efromovich, were arrested Wednesday in Brazil as part of the country's sweeping anti-corruption probe, "Operation Car Wash.

Brazil indigenous protesters defy court, resume roadblock

Terra Nova - Indigenous protesters in Brazil defied a court order Tuesday and resumed a roadblock of a key highway through the Amazon rainforest, demanding help against the new coronavirus and an end to illegal mining and deforestation.

Brazil indigenous protesters demand help against virus

Terra Nova - Brandishing bows and arrows, dozens of indigenous protesters blocked a main highway through the Brazilian Amazon Monday, demanding help against the new coronavirus and an end to illegal mining and deforestation.

Brazil firefighters race to contain wetland blazes

Pocon - A tractor cuts a firebreak through the vegetation of the Pantanal, the world's biggest tropical wetlands, as firefighters race to contain the blazes that have been devastating one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth.

Study finds dangerous mercury levels in Amazon fish

S - Nearly one-third of the fish in the Brazilian Amazon state of Amapa have such high levels of mercury caused by illegal mining that they are dangerous for human consumption, according to a new study.

Prosecutors accuse ex-PEMEX boss of taking $10.5m bribe

Mexico - Mexican prosecutors accused the former boss of state oil company PEMEX of accepting a bribe worth more than $10 million from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht at his trial in Mexico City on Wednesday.

Brazil's indigenous chief Raoni leaves hospital

Bras - Brazil's best-known indigenous leader, chief Raoni Metuktire, was released from hospital Saturday after a health scare and gave thanks for all the support he received during his convalescence.

Brazil's iconic chief Raoni to leave hospital Saturday

Bras - Brazil's best-known indigenous leader, chief Raoni Metuktire, is set to be released from hospital Saturday after a health scare, officials said.

Brazil's displaced indigenous struggle in concrete jungle far from home

Belo Horizonte - Forced to leave her home after last year's Brumadinho dam disaster that killed 270 people, indigenous woman Angoho Pataxo Ha-ha-hae is now fighting the coronavirus sweeping through her community in the concrete jungle of a favela far from her ancestral...

Bolsonaro fans applaud his maverick virus response

S - As the number of dead from coronavirus shot up in Brazil, the popularity of far right President Jair Bolsonaro has remained unchanged.For his supporters, the president has done nothing wrong despite more than 63,000 deaths and 1.5 million infections.

Bars, restaurants reopen in Brazil's hard-hit Rio

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's bars and restaurants reopened Thursday after more than three months of coronavirus lockdown, despite criticism by health specialists in Brazil, one of the world's worst-hit nations.

Brazil's Senate approves controversial bill against disinformation

Bras - Brazil's Senate has approved a controversial bill against disinformation opposed by President Jair Bolsonaro as well as social media platforms and freedom of speech advocates.

Brazil registers new jump in virus cases

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil registered 42,725 cases of the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said Wednesday, as experts warned the country was exiting lockdown too soon.

Brazilians hold rival rallies for and against president

S - Brazilians took to the streets in Sao Paulo and Brasilia for rival demonstrations on Sunday for and against President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been widely criticized over his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Brazil's Yanomamis say endangered by miners spreading coronavirus

S - Brazil's Yanomami indigenous people on Tuesday demanded the government of President Jair Bolsonaro expel illegal goldminers from its territory to protect their communities from the spread of the coronavirus.

Brazil's Bolsonaro rallies supporters as US sends unproven drug

Bras - President Jair Bolsonaro, who opposes coronavirus lockdown measures imposed by Brazilian cities and states, rallied with his supporters Sunday, as Washington said it had sent two million doses of a controversial unproven COVID-19 drug.

Latin America's slums facing losing battle against virus spread

Montevideo - As the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, Latin America's slum dwellers waited defenseless in its path. Now, with the region becoming the new epicenter of the crisis, the virus is unleashing destruction on its most vulnerable populations.
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