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Brazil's Bolsonaro hits back at Biden over rainforest

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lashed out Wednesday at US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden after he criticized the destruction of the Amazon rainforest in his first debate with Donald Trump.

Brazil jobless rate hits record 13.8%

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's unemployment rate hit a record 13.8 percent from May to July as Latin America's biggest economy suffered the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to official figures released Wednesday.

Brazil court blocks move to repeal mangrove protections

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian court blocked President Jair Bolsonaro's government Tuesday from repealing regulations protecting mangroves and other fragile coastal ecosystems, after an outcry from environmentalists.

Brazil revokes mangrove protections, triggering alarm

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's government on Monday revoked regulations protecting mangroves and other fragile coastal ecosystems, in a measure environmentalists condemned as a "crime" that would lead to their destruction.

Chief Raoni condemns Bolsonaro 'lie' on Amazon fires

Rio De Janeiro - Chief Raoni Metuktire, one of the most iconic defenders of the Amazon, condemned Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday for blaming wildfires devastating the rainforest on indigenous people.

Brazil's Bolsonaro released from hospital after surgery

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was released from hospital Saturday, the government said, a day after he underwent surgery to remove a bladder stone."The president...

What is the impact of Brazil's new privacy legislation? Special

The Brazilian General Data Protection Law or Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados (LGPD) is set to become effective on September 16, 2020. What does this mean for businesses trading with the South American economy?

Rio postpones world-famous carnival over Covid-19

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's world-famous carnival parades became the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic Thursday as officials announced they were indefinitely postponing the February 2021 edition, with Brazil still reeling from Covid-19.

Rio postpones world-famous carnival over Covid-19

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's world-famous carnival parades became the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic Thursday as officials announced they were indefinitely postponing the February 2021 edition, with Brazil still reeling from Covid-19.

Rio postpones world-famous carnival over Covid-19

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's world-famous carnival parades became the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic Thursday as officials announced they were indefinitely postponing the February 2021 edition, with Brazil still reeling from Covid-19.

VW pay-out to Brazil regime victims reopens debate on justice

Rio De Janeiro - Thirty-five years after the end of Brazil's military dictatorship, there has been little justice for the killing and torture committed by the regime -- but an unprecedented deal for carmaker Volkswagen to pay damages for collaborating with the secret p...

Amazon city of Manaus may have reached 'herd immunity': study

S - The Brazilian city of Manaus, which was devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, may have suffered so many infections that its population now benefits from "herd immunity," according to a preliminary study.

Brazil victim of 'brutal disinformation' on Amazon: Bolsonaro

New York - President Jair Bolsonaro downplayed the destruction of the Amazon rainforest in his address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, claiming Brazil was the target of a "brutal" and "shady" international campaign to discredit it.

Race to rescue animals as Brazilian wetlands burn

Matupa - Wildlife guide Eduarda Fernandes steers a speedboat up the Piquiri river in western Brazil, scanning the horizon for jaguars wounded in the wildfires ripping through the Pantanal, the world's biggest tropical wetlands.

Pompeo to highlight Venezuelan refugees at Brazil border

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he would highlight the plight of refugees from Nicolas Maduro's Venezuela on a regional trip that includes the country's border area with Brazil.

Brazil resumes zero-tariff ethanol imports from US

Rio De Janeiro - The United States and Brazil said Friday they had reached a deal for the South American country to temporarily resume tariff-free ethanol imports, a political win for President Donald Trump.

New worry over August deforestation in Brazilian Amazon

Rio De Janeiro - Last month was the second-worst August on record for deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, according to official figures released Friday, sparking new criticism of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies.

Why are Brazil's wetlands engulfed in flames?

Rio De Janeiro - The Pantanal, the world's biggest tropical wetlands, is burning at record-shattering pace this year as drought-fueled fires devastate its vegetation and celebrated wildlife in an environmental catastrophe.

Brazil wetland fires threaten jaguar reserve

Rio De Janeiro - Fires raging in the Pantanal, the biggest tropical wetlands on Earth, are threatening a nature reserve known as the home to the world's largest jaguar population, Brazilian authorities said Tuesday.

Indigenous Brazilians launch coronavirus tracing app

S - Indigenous and environmental organizations in Brazil launched an app on Friday aimed at alerting indigenous communities to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in their lands.

Brazil tops 4 million cases amid signs pandemic slowing

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil topped four million Covid-19 cases on Thursday as health ministry officials said infections were beginning to slow in the world's second worst-hit country.

Amazon railroad plan unites unlikely allies in opposition

Terra Nova - With his feather headdress and body paint, chief Beppronti Mekragnotire doesn't seem to have much in common with trucker Sergio Sorresino, but they share a cause: neither wants a railroad built across the Amazon rainforest.

Virus plunges Brazil into recession with record 9.7% drop

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's economy, the biggest in Latin America, contracted by a record 9.7 percent in the second quarter of 2020, plunging into recession as coronavirus lockdowns hit home, the official statistics agency said Tuesday.

Brazil's Bolsonaro to undergo surgery for kidney stone

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Monday he had been diagnosed with a kidney stone and would undergo surgery in September to remove it.

Brazil court removes Rio governor over corruption

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's High Court of Justice removed Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel from office Friday, as police raided his official residence in a probe into accusations he stole emergency funds to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Brazil court removes Rio governor over corruption

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's High Court of Justice removed Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel from office Friday, as police raided his official residence in a probe into accusations he stole emergency funds to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Amazon indigenous protesters end roadblock

Rio De Janeiro - Indigenous protesters who blocked a key highway through the Brazilian Amazon demanding help against deforestation and the coronavirus pandemic said Thursday they were suspending their protest after a judge ordered the government to respond.

Another disease plagues Brazil COVID fight: corruption

Rio De Janeiro - Ingrid dos Santos has no idea who's been receiving the paychecks from her job as a nurse at a COVID-19 field hospital in Rio de Janeiro, but she knows it isn't her.

Ronaldinho arrives back in Brazil after Paraguay detention

Rio De Janeiro - Former football star Ronaldinho arrived home in Brazil on a private jet on Tuesday, following more than five months in detention in Paraguay over a fake passport scandal.

Brazil's Bolsonaro renews attacks on media

S - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lashed out again at journalists Monday, a day after threatening to punch a reporter who questioned him about corruption accusations involving the first lady.
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A boat ride towards the biggest waterfall of the area  La Garganta del Diablo (97m high) on the Arge...
A boat ride towards the biggest waterfall of the area, La Garganta del Diablo (97m high) on the Argentinian side.
Graphic showing countries where GMO seeds have failed in maintaining pest resistance.
Graphic showing countries where GMO seeds have failed in maintaining pest resistance.
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The outside look of Hotel Unique  São Paulo  Brazil.
The outside look of Hotel Unique, São Paulo, Brazil.
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This man, painted with annatto seed dye, is in the community's garden, surrounded by banana plants. © Gleison Miranda/FUNAI/Survival. www.uncontactedtribes.org
Relaxing room with modern literature in the lobby of Hotel Unique  São Paulo  Brazil.
Relaxing room with modern literature in the lobby of Hotel Unique, São Paulo, Brazil.
An Awá man stands amidst the burnt remains of
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An Awá man stands amidst the burnt remains of his tribe's forest. ©Survival
The Awá of Tiracambu community  Brazil.
The Awá of Tiracambu community, Brazil.
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People living in Brazil s Favelas (slums) will not reap any benefits from having the 2014 World Cup ...
People living in Brazil's Favelas (slums) will not reap any benefits from having the 2014 World Cup Games played in their country.
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Brazil s David Luiz (left) battles for the ball with Germany s Tony Kroos during the World Cup semif...
Brazil's David Luiz (left) battles for the ball with Germany's Tony Kroos during the World Cup semifinal match in Belo Horizonte.
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One of many entry spots to the beach of Canoa Quebrada  Ceará  Brazil.
One of many entry spots to the beach of Canoa Quebrada, Ceará, Brazil.
Polished marble of Catedral de Fortaleza  Ceará  Brazil offers relief from hot weather and possibil...
Polished marble of Catedral de Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil offers relief from hot weather and possibility to see modern stained glass windows.
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Misty, majestic Iguazu Falls.
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Brazilian countryside, Sao Paulo state.
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The second annual Brazil Day Canada Festival in downtown Toronto.
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Yours truly during relaxing time while enjoying Canoa Quebrada.
Partial map of predicted spread of Zika virus.
Partial map of predicted spread of Zika virus.
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Rainy drive through rain forest in Paraná state  Brazil.
Rainy drive through rain forest in Paraná state, Brazil.
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Nearly all Guarani, such as this woman's community, have seen their land taken for ranching or sugar cane production.© F. Watson/Survival
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View of Amazon basin forest north of Manaus, Brazil.
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Karapiru, an Awá man who survived the massacre of his family by gunmen. © F Watson/Survival

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