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Brazil reports first indigenous coronavirus case

Apr 02, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Indigenous peoples in the Amazon are particularly vulnerable to imported diseases

SILHOUETTES. Members of the Kayapo tribe perform a ceremonial after a speech by their indigenous leader Cacique Raoni Metuktire, in Piaracu village, near Sao Jose do Xingu, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, on January 17, 2020. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Amazon, Instacart workers protest over virus safety

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:05 PM

Employees and gig workers demand stricter health measures as housebound US relies more on deliveries

INSTACART. An employee prepares deliveries in undated file photo. Shutterstock photo

Amazon's Audible makes hundreds of children's audiobooks free

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:23 PM

The audiobooks will be free for as long as schools remain closed

YouTube, Amazon Prime downgrade to standard definition in EU

Mar 21, 2020 - 10:43 AM

The throttling follows a similar move from Netflix to alleviate EU networks

YOUTUBE. This illustration picture taken on July 24, 2019 in Paris shows the logo of the US Youtube logo application on the screen of a tablet. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Amazon boosts pay, recruitment as coronavirus triggers demand

Mar 17, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Amazon is addling 100,000 full or part-time jobs across the US, according to its Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations Dave Clark

Coronavirus triggers work-from-home trend in Seattle

Mar 06, 2020 - 4:03 PM

Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google recommend remote work for their employees as 10 of the 12 US fatalities have been in the northwest state

MICROSOFT. Pictured is one of the buildings in the technology giant's main campus in Redmond, Washington on May 12, 2017. File photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

Amazon, African forests turning from CO2 sink to source – study

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The rate of forest decline varies throughout the world, with the Amazon's absorption ability dropping far faster than the tropical forests of sub-Saharan Africa

AMAZON. View of the Amazon jungle. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Amazon worker in U.S. quarantined with novel coronavirus

Mar 04, 2020 - 1:46 PM

'We're supporting the affected employee who is in quarantine,' Amazon says

Amazon boss Bezos launches $10B fund to combat climate change

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:22 AM

The Bezos Earth Fund is meant to 'fund scientists, activists, NGOs – any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world' says the executive

JEFF BEZOS. In this file photo taken on October 22, 2019 Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos speaks after receiving the 2019 International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Excellence in Industry Award during the the 70th International Astronautical Congress Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Amazon wins suspension of $10 billion 'JEDI' contract to Microsoft

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:37 AM

A preliminary injunction requested by Amazon is issued by Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith, barring the Department of Defense from starting work on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program

Pope urges Amazon 'outrage' but stays silent on married priests

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:27 AM

In the Pope's highly anticipated text, there is no mention of priestly marriage, a controversial suggestion for increasing the number of priests in remote areas of the Amazon

AMAZON. In this file photo taken on October 06, 2019 representatives of one of the Amazon Rainforest's ethnic groups (Front) take part in Pope Francis' (L) mass at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Big Tech acquisitions over past decade to face fresh U.S. scrutiny

Feb 12, 2020 - 4:33 PM

The bombshell announcement by the US Federal Trade Commission opens the door to fresh scrutiny of deals made by Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google parent Alphabet since 2010

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) building is seen 19 September 2006 in Washington, DC. File photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP

Pope expected to stand firm on celibacy in text on Amazon synod

Feb 12, 2020 - 11:47 AM

The Pope is being pressured to open the priesthood to married men in the Amazon, as well as to give women a greater role to play

GREEN. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Amazon, Sony skipping mobile congress owing to virus

Feb 10, 2020 - 8:34 PM

The US and Japanese heavyweights join a list of companies, including LG and Ericsson, steering clear due to virus fears

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS. A visitor pulls his suitcase on the last day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 28, 2019. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro proposes bill opening indigenous land to mining

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:23 AM

The far-right president described the measure as a 'dream' while indigenous leaders have labeled it a 'genocide bill'

BURNT. Brazilian farmer Helio Lombardo Do Santos and a dog walk through a burnt area of the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil, on August 26, 2019. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Hundreds of Amazon employees criticize firm's climate stance

Jan 27, 2020 - 3:25 PM

More than 300 workers sign a Medium blog post by Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, which is pushing the company to go further in its climate change mitigation plan

AMAZON. A visitor checks in at the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Investigation points to Saudi prince role in Bezos phone hack

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:27 PM

A video sent to the Amazon CEO by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman delivered the malware, according to a report by technical experts hired by Bezos

BEZOS. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the former's 2016 visit to Riyadh. Photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

U.N. experts urge probe into alleged Saudi hacking of Bezos phone

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:44 AM

Riyadh rejects the allegations, its embassy in Washington branding them 'absurd'

JEFF BEZOS. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018 Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos provides the keynote address at the Air Force Association's Annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference in Oxen Hill, MD. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Amazon's Jeff Bezos promises $1 billion investment in India

Jan 15, 2020 - 8:44 PM

'We will use our global footprint to export $10 billion worth of 'Make in India' products across the world by 2025,' Jeff Bezos says, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign to boost national production

SLAMMING BEZOS. A banner with the picture of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is pictured during a demonstration demanding the closure of online shopping platforms Amazon and Flipkart, in New Delhi on January 15, 2020. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Amazon workforce surges for holiday spree

Dec 26, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Amazon says its workplace is now at 750,000, but it did not indicate how many of the seasonal workers would remain after the holiday season

AMAZON AT WORK. A visitor checks in at the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Statistic of the decade: The massive deforestation of the Amazon

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:58 AM

Right now, every minute, over 3 football fields of Amazon rainforest are being lost

LOST FOREST COVER. Aerial view of deforested area of the Amazon rainforest. PARALAXIS/

DiCaprio denies Bolsonaro accusation of link to Amazon fires

Dec 01, 2019 - 9:27 AM

While citing no evidence, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says Leonardo DiCaprio had earmarked part of a $500,000 donation 'for the people who were setting fires'

AMAZON RAINFOREST FIRES. View of a fire in the Amazon rainforest near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, on August 25, 2019.  Photo by Joao Laet/AFP

Report shows high injury rate at Amazon warehouses

Nov 26, 2019 - 11:33 PM

The report by Reveal, a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting, shows the rate of serious injuries at Amazon was more than double the national average for the warehousing industry

AMAZON INJURIES. A robot organizes containers at the 855,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City, on February 5, 2019. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Amazon says 'bias' in Pentagon awarding $10-B contract to Microsoft

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:27 PM

'It's critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a manner that is free from political influence,' a spokesperson for Amazon Web Services says

PENTAGON. This undated US Department of Defense (DoD) image shows an aerial view of the Pentagon in Washington, DC. File photo by US Department of Defense/Handout/AFP

Health websites in UK share data with advertisers – Financial Times

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The Financial Times says Google's advertising arm DoubleClick is by far the most common destination for the data, while a health website caught up in the process is the British Heart Foundation

'Trick or treat, I hate drugs!': Duterte Halloween masks for sale on Amazon

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:13 PM

The Philippine leader who ordered a bloody house-to-house crackdown on illegal drugs is now a Halloween mask

Pope Francis demands 'predators' stop plundering the Earth

Oct 27, 2019 - 7:21 PM

'The mistakes of the past were not enough to stop the plundering of other persons and the inflicting of wounds on our brothers and sisters and on our sister earth: we have seen it in the scarred face of the Amazon region,' Pope Francis says

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds an altar candle as he arrives to preside over the Easter Vigil on April 20, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Scientists fight to save unique Guiana coral reef

Oct 19, 2019 - 11:38 PM

Near the mouth of the Amazon river in the Atlantic Ocean, the Amazon Reef is one of the world's largest but its existence became known only in 2016

OBSERVING. French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) marine biologists search for whales onboard Esperanza, the environmentalist organization Greenpeace's boat, sailing on the Amazon reef off the French Guiana coast on September 3, 2019. Photo by Pierr Trihan/AFP

Trump joins Amazon's Twitch platform

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Trump opens his Twitch account on Thursday just before a campaign rally in Minneapolis which was then streamed live

Pope Francis blames Amazon fires on destructive 'interests'

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:32 PM

'The fire of God is warmth that attracts and gathers into unity. It is fed by sharing, not by profits,' says the Pope

ON AMAZON. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Greta's truth-telling and Bolsonaro's politics of denial

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:31 AM

Climate change, the Amazon, and Metro Manila congestion

Amazon sued over online sales of Cuban charcoal

Sep 27, 2019 - 12:19 PM

Amazon has allegedly violated a US law that prevents companies from profiting from property seized by Cuba's communist government after the 1959 revolution

AMAZON. US online retail giant Amazon is embroiled in a legal battle involving Cuban charcoal. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Amazon digital assistant Alexa gets into your head

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Amazon brings smart assistant Alexa to glasses, earbuds, and a ring in new hardware announcements

SMART GLASSES. Echo Frames eyeglass frames infused with voice-commanded digital assistant Alexa are pictured at at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle on September 25, 2019. Photo by Glenn CHAPMAN / AFP

Emmy winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge signs major Amazon deal

Sep 25, 2019 - 6:09 PM

'Fleabag' star and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge signs a multi-million deal with Amazon after dominating the comedy awards at the Emmys 2019

'Fallacy' to say Amazon is the heritage of humankind – Bolsonaro

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:30 PM

'It is a fallacy to say that the Amazon is the heritage of humankind, and a misconception confirmed by scientists to say that our Amazon forests are the lungs of the world,' says Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro

'FALLACY.' Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil,  speaks at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 24, 2019, in New York. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

As global leaders meet, the Amazon rainforest burns

Sep 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The rate of deforestation in the Amazon has nearly doubled since far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro came to power in January

AMAZON ON FIRE. View of a burnt area of forest in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, in the Amazon basin, on August 27, 2019. Photo by Joao Laet/AFP

Amazon bets big on India with mega-office

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Amazon's new Indian headquarters in Hyderabad is its biggest building worldwide

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 21, 2019 Indian police stand guard at the entrance of Amazon's newly inaugurated largest campus building in Hyderabad. - With 49 elevators moving a floor per second and zumba classes for its more than 15,000 employees, Amazon's new Indian headquarters, its biggest building globally, matches its ambitions in a vast but challenging market. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP)

H&M suspends Brazil leather purchases over Amazon fires

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:31 PM

The retail giant responds to the fires destroying the world's largest rainforest

NO BRAZIL LEATHER. Swedish fashion retail giant Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) says they are temporary freezing leather orders from Brazil following the Amazon fires. File photo by EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Bolsonaro accuses U.N. rights chief of meddling, praises Pinochet

Sep 05, 2019 - 9:47 AM

Brazil's president hits UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet for allegedly meddling in his country's internal affairs by 'attacking our courageous civil police and military'

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the launching ceremony of the Front Brazil Project, which aims at reducing the rates of violence in cities, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on August 29, 2019.  EVARISTO SA / AFP

France fines Amazon 4 million euros over marketplace clauses

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:51 PM

The fine involves abusive commercial clauses, and is over some terms of use deemed unfair for companies using its online marketplace to sell their goods

AMAZON. In this file photo taken on July 23, 2019, a picture shows the Amazon logo at the entrance of the Amazon logistics centre in Amiens, northern France. File poto by Denis Charlet/AFP

Brazil president Bolsonaro to skip Amazon summit on doctor's orders

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:18 AM

Bolsonaro is due to undergo surgery to correct an incisional hernia, his fourth operation since he was stabbed nearly a year ago during the presidential campaign

UNDER THE KNIFE. File photo of Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro. Photo by Marcelo Chello/

Brazil's Bolsonaro fuels spat with Europe as fires soar

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:51 AM

The latest official data show thousands of new fires are ignited across Brazil on Thursday – the first day of a ban on burning –with most of them in the Amazon basin

JAIR BOLSONARO. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (R) talks to advisors before the launching ceremony of the Front Brazil Project at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on August 29, 2019. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's burning ban takes effect as Amazon fires rage

Aug 29, 2019 - 4:17 PM

(UPDATED) The decree issued by President Jair Bolsonaro comes after escalating international pressure over the worst fires in the Amazon in years

BOLSONARO'S BAN. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the commemoration ceremony of the National Volunteer Day in Brasilia, on August 28, 2019. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Amazon fires a 'tipping point' – forestry group chief

Aug 28, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The situation in the Amazon is 'very urgent,' stresses Gerhard Dieterle, executive director of the International Tropical Timber Organization

AMAZON ON FIRE. View of a fire in the Amazon rainforest near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, on August 25, 2019. Photo by Joao Laet / AFP)

U.S. tech industry cool on Trump deal on France digital tax

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:47 AM

France's levy has been criticized in Washington for departing from precedent on taxing revenue instead of profits and for targeting a narrow group of companies

GAFA. This combination of pictures shows the logos of the GAFA, named after US multinational technology and Internet-related services company Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, displayed on a tablet in Paris, on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro open to G7 aid if Macron 'withdraws insults'

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:29 PM

'To talk or accept anything from France, with the best possible intentions, he has to withdraw these words, and from there we can talk,' says Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro

CONDITION. In this file photo taken on April 9, 2019 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the appointment ceremony of his new Education Minister Abraham Weintraub at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

G7 pledges millions to fight Amazon fires

Aug 27, 2019 - 7:57 AM

Nearly 80,000 forest fires have been detected in Brazil since the beginning of the year – just over half of them in the massive Amazon basin

FOREST FIRES. Brazilian farmer Helio Lombardo Do Santos and a dog walk through a burnt area of the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil, on August 26, 2019. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

More fires flare up in Amazon as Brazil warplanes fight blazes

Aug 26, 2019 - 10:56 PM

The worsening crisis has fueled a row between President Jair Bolsonaro and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who has been piling pressure on Bolsonaro to do more to protect the forest

United Kingdom pledges $12.3 million for fire-ravaged Amazon

Aug 26, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The money will made available immediately to help restore the habitat, including areas that have been hit by the fires, the British government says in a statement

AMAZON ON FIRE. View of a fire in the Amazon rainforest near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, on August 25, 2019 Photo by Joao Laet/AFP

G7 to help nations hit by Amazon fires – Macron

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:39 PM

'Our teams are making contact with all the Amazon countries so we can finalize some very concrete commitments involving technical resources and funding,' French President Emmanuel Macron says

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