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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.

Brazil races to clean up oil-stained beaches before peak tourism season

Recife - Months after thick oil began turning idyllic beaches in Brazil into "black carpets," workers and volunteers wearing rubber gloves race against time to scrape off the remaining fragments ahead of the country's peak tourism season.

Ghost towns emerge from toxic mud of Brazil mining disaster

Mariana - Four years ago a dam holding back mining waste collapsed, triggering the worst environmental disaster in Brazil's history.

Bolsonaro cancels government subscription to Brazil's main newspaper

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's government canceled its subscriptions to one of the country's main newspapers in the latest episode of his openly hostile relationship with his country's major media outlets.

Picture of oil-stained Brazilian boy goes viral

Cabo De Santo Agostinho - A boy walks ashore in Brazil in filthy waist-high water with a look of exasperation and his body smeared in oil, a photographer takes a shot, and the image goes viral.

Amazon river dolphins threatened by mercury pollution

S - Amazon river dolphins are showing alarming levels of contamination mainly because of illegal panning for gold, conservationists say.

Thousands of Catholic faithful in Brazil celebrate first female saint

Salvador - Tens of thousands of Catholic faithful flocked to a football stadium in Brazil Sunday to celebrate the Vatican's canonization into sainthood of Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes, dubbed the "mother of the poor.

Rights group says Bolsonaro gives 'green light' to Amazon illegal loggers

S - Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro of giving a "green light" to illegal loggers to destroy the Amazon and failing to protect those defending the world's largest rain forest.

Knife used to stab Bolsonaro to become museum exhibit

Bras - The knife used to stab Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during his 2018 election campaign is to be put on display at a police museum due to its "historical value", a court ruled.

Bolsonaro feeding via nasal tube following surgery

S - Doctors treating Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday he was feeding via a nasogastric tube due to intestinal problems which prevented him from taking food normally following abdominal surgery.

Brazil president undergoes hernia surgery, a year after knife attack

S - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro underwent surgery on Sunday to repair an abdominal hernia, his fourth operation since being stabbed in the stomach a year ago at a campaign rally, his doctors said.

Brazil's Bolsonaro to undergo hernia surgery Sunday

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will undergo surgery for an incisional hernia in Sao Paulo on Sunday, his surgeon said.He arrived at Vila Nova Star Hospital Saturday night accompanied by his wife Michelle and his son Carlos.

Amazon's 'tallest tree' safe from fires, say scientists

S - Intrepid Brazilian and British scientists say they have located the Amazon's tallest tree in northern Brazil, untouched by a spate of wildfires that have raged in the rainforest for weeks.

Clash of cultures as Amazon cowboys close in on indigenous lands

Santa Cruz - As evening falls over their Amazon home, the hunter gatherers of the Uru-eu-wau-wau people extract bamboo arrows from the flank of a wild pig and begin roasting it.

Brazil president to skip Amazon summit on doctor's orders

S - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro will skip a regional summit on fires that have devastated swaths of the Amazon because doctors want him to get ready for surgery scheduled for next week, a spokesman said Monday.
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