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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.

Sao Paulo mayor: cancer survivor, COVID fighter

S - Isolated in his office at city hall, Sao Paulo Mayor Bruno Covas is waging a war on two fronts: the cancer survivor is also leading the fight against coronavirus at its epicenter in Latin America.

Brazil indigenous tribe fights coronavirus with plants

Manaus - Far from lab coat and face mask territory, a group of indigenous healers with feather and leaf headdresses is working its way up the Amazon river, looking for medicinal plants to treat the new coronavirus.

Great-grandmother's losses show virus' ravages in Brazil

Manaus - Maria Nunes Sinimbu thought of the coronavirus pandemic as a faraway crisis.Then COVID-19 killed five of her family members as the disease ravaged her hometown, Manaus, the biggest city in the Brazilian Amazon.

Amazon could be next virus hot zone: scientist

S - The next pandemic could come from the Amazon rainforest, warns Brazilian ecologist David Lapola, who says human encroachment on animals' habitats -- a likely culprit in the coronavirus outbreak -- is soaring there because of rampant deforestation.

Mara the ex-circus elephant retires to Brazil

Bras - Mara, an Indian elephant rescued from an Argentine circus, arrived at an animal sanctuary in Brazil Wednesday to start a new life at 50-something -- beginning with a celebratory frolic in the dirt.

A Brazilian gravedigger's daily odyssey

Manaus - Ulisses Xavier is used to seeing death up close. It comes with the territory when you're a gravedigger.

Brazil presidential spokesman tests positive for virus

S - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's spokesman has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the government said Wednesday, the latest case to hit close to the far-right leader, who rejects social distancing measures.

Muralist Kobra finds inspiration in confinement

Itu - Professionally speaking, coronavirus confinement is not exactly good for street artists. But famed Brazilian muralist Kobra says he found inspiration staying at home -- and is using it to help those hit by the pandemic.

Brazil's Bolsonaro embattled, but supporters loving it

Rio De Janeiro - Some say Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is having a bad stretch, after ditching his two most popular ministers and going far out on an anti-confinement limb in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.

Anguish in Brazil's ICU units overwhelmed by COVID-19

S - Frederic Lima arrived at the already overwhelmed Emilio Ribas hospital in Sao Paulo with coronavirus symptoms. Less than 12 hours later a doctor told the 32-year-old's aunt: "We did everything possible.

Brazilian city of Manaus fighting 'horror movie' pandemic conditions

Manaus - Bodies are piling up in refrigerated trucks outside overwhelmed hospitals. Doctors are in short supply. Bulldozers are digging mass graves at cemeteries. And the worst of the pandemic is yet to come.

Brazil's Bolsonaro defends sacking health minister amid pandemic

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday defended his decision to restart economic activity in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, after sacking his health minister over differences in how to tackle the disease.

99-year-old WWII vet beats coronavirus in Brazil

Bras - A 99-year-old World War II veteran in Brazil was released from hospital with military honors Tuesday after recovering from COVID-19.

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!
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