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Brazilian directors come out fighting at Berlin film festival

Berlin - With nearly 20 films on the programme and a spot on the jury for acclaimed director Kleber Mendonca Filho, Brazilian cinema is having a moment at the Berlin film festival.

Sequins, skin and politics as Rio carnival opens

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro kicked off its annual carnival parades Sunday in a swirl of glitter, sequins and barely covered skin, an over-the-top spectacle that this year is packed with political commentary on Brazil's far-right government.

Culture war rages amid the glitter at Rio carnival

Rio De Janeiro - The sanctuary at her evangelical mega-church in Rio de Janeiro is where Eleonor Teresa Sousa comes to feel closer to God, and farther from the sin of a city gearing up for carnival.

Antarctica registers record temperature of over 20 C

S - Scientists in Antarctica have recorded a new record temperature of 20.75 degrees Celsius (69.35 Fahrenheit), breaking the barrier of 20 degrees for the first time on the continent, a researcher said Thursday.

Brazil's Bolsonaro names general as chief of staff

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro named an army general Thursday as his new chief of staff, a move seen as strengthening the military's power in the far-right leader's government.

Brazil's Bolsonaro lashes out at pope's Amazon text

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right climate-change skeptic, lashed out at Pope Francis Thursday after the pontiff pleaded for the protection of the Amazon rainforest, and attacked the environmental group Greenpeace as "rubbish.

Brazil's Vale reports big slump in 'challenging' year

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian mining giant Vale said Tuesday its iron-ore production plunged in 2019, calling it "the most challenging year of its history" after a dam collapse at one of its mines killed 270 people.

Scientists discover new virus with unrecognizable genes

Scientists have identified a virus whose genome seems to be almost entirely new to science, populated by unfamiliar genes that have never before been documented in viral research.

Brazilian film booming, but vulnerable under Bolsonaro

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian cinema is having a moment: an Oscar nod, prizes at Cannes, an invitation to the Berlinale.

Amazon deforestation for January hits record

Rio De Janeiro - Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil more than doubled in January compared with the previous year, according to official data published Friday.More than 280 square kilometers (110 square miles) were cleared, an increase of 108 percent.

Dirty tap water has Rio residents on edge

Rio De Janeiro - First the water was dirty, then it was full of detergent: Rio de Janeiro residents have had some disturbing stuff coming out of their taps, the latest environmental bungle for Brazil.

Brazil's Bolsonaro proposes bill opening indigenous land to mining

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday introduced a controversial bill that opens up indigenous lands, many of them in the Amazon, to mining, agricultural activities and hydraulic energy production.

Duvivier a satirical troublemaker in Bolsonaro's Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - It's not easy to play a gay Jesus in Brazil under right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro, as Gregorio Duvivier found out on Christmas Eve, when his comedy production studio in Rio was attacked by a mob with molotov cocktails.

Fight for survival: Photographer Claudia Andujar defends Brazil's Yanomami

S - Swiss-born photographer Claudia Andujar has spent five decades fighting to protect the rights of Brazil's Yanomami tribe. But the feisty octogenarian says her battle is not over.

Actress says she will be Brazil's culture chief

Bras - An actress known for decades of work in soap operas said Wednesday she has agreed to become Brazil's secretary for culture.Regina Duarte, 72, made the announcement to reporters as she left the presidential palace.

More torrential rain in Brazil raises death toll to 54

Belo Horizonte - Another torrential downpour left the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte paralyzed Wednesday, with ruined cars abandoned on streets cake with mud, as the death toll from days of violent weather reached 54.

Brazil businesses hope for simpler tax system in 2020

S - Alex Serodio struggles to find enough superlatives to describe Brazil's cumbersome tax system. "I think rocket science might be easier," quips the online beauty products retailer in Sao Paulo.

Women grab limelight at India's Republic Day pageantry

New Delhi - Huge crowds gathered for India's Republic Day parade Sunday, with women taking centre-stage at the annual pomp-filled spectacle of military might featuring army tanks, horses and camels.

Women grab limelight at India's Republic Day pageantry

New Delhi - Huge crowds gathered for India's Republic Day parade Sunday, with women taking centre-stage at the annual pomp-filled spectacle of military might featuring army tanks, horses and camels.

Brazil's Bolsonaro in maiden India visit

New Delhi - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrived for his first official visit to India on Friday aiming to boost ties between the two stuttering BRICS economies and with fellow right-wing leader Narendra Modi.

Police killings in Rio soar 18 percent in 2019: data

Rio De Janeiro - Police killings in Brazil's tourist hot-spot Rio de Janeiro state soared 18 percent to a record 1,810 last year, government data showed -- an average of five deaths per day.

Brazil's Bolsonaro says no more media interviews

S - A frequent and fiery critic of Brazil's media, President Jair Bolsonaro declared Wednesday he would no longer speak to journalists.

A year after Brazil dam breach, the mud has dried but not the tears

Brumadinho - Before saying a prayer for her older sister, Natalia de Oliveira lights a candle and places it next to rosary beads and a photo of her sibling killed in a massive dam collapse in Brazil.

Brazil's Bolsonaro creates 'Amazon Council' to protect forest

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday he will create an "Amazon Council" to coordinate the protection and sustainable development of the world's largest rainforest.

Vale ex-boss charged with homicide over Brazil dam collapse: official

Belo Horizonte - State prosecutors in Brazil on Tuesday charged the ex-boss of mining giant Vale and 15 others with intentional homicide in a massive dam collapse that killed 270 people last year.

Vale, auditor charged over deadly Brazil dam collapse: official

Belo Horizonte - State prosecutors in Brazil on Tuesday charged mining giant Vale, its German auditor and 16 individuals over a massive dam collapse that killed 270 people last year.

Brazil prosecutors charge Greenwald with cybercrimes

Bras - Prosecutors in Brazil charged US journalist Glenn Greenwald on Tuesday with cybercrimes after his investigative website published leaked messages that embarrassed top officials and threatened to undermine a massive corruption probe.

Nearly 80 'highly dangerous' inmates escape Paraguay prison

Asunci - Nearly 80 prisoners, many of them members of a Brazilian drug- and arms-trafficking gang and described as "highly dangerous," have escaped from a Paraguayan prison near the border, police said.

Flooding, landslides kill six in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Flooding and landslides triggered by torrential rains have claimed six lives in southeast Brazil, firefighters said Saturday.

Amazon indigenous leaders accuse Brazil of 'genocide' policy

Matupa - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's pledge to open up the Amazon to mining companies was tantamount to "genocide", indigenous leaders said Friday at a meeting to oppose the government's environmental policies.
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A man takes a picture of a crane that collapsed on the site of the Arena Sao Paulo stadium, known as "Itaquerao", which will host the opening soccer match of the 2014 World Cup, in Sao Paulo November 27, 2013
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Chart of Brazil's geography deforestation.
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Syrian President Basher Al-assad (right) with Brazil's Lula da Silva
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Agent Orange, believed to be used to clear the Amazon rain forest, seized by IBAMA last week.
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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
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Lower part of Pelourinho, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
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Amazon River. A UK couple have become stuck in a ravine and have telephoned for assistance via the UK.
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Forest on Awá land is being illegally cleared by settlers, Brazil.
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Brachycephalus verrucosus.
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Brachycephalus auroguttatus, showing a mottled coloration.
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La Garganta del Diablo as viewed from the top of a walking deck, National Parque de Iguazu, Argentina.
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María Lucimar Pereira from Feijó, state of Acre, Brazil, at the age 120 years could be the oldest human alive.
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The brown color in the photo shows the muddy discharge from the mouth of the Amazon River.
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