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Mystery oil spills blot more than 130 Brazilian beaches

Oct 09, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Tamar, a group dedicated to the protection of sea turtles, says the oil spills were 'the worst environmental tragedy' it has encountered since its formation in 1980.

Handout picture released by the Sergipe State Environment Administration (Ademas) on September 27, 2019, showing a barrel of oil spilled on a beach in Barra dos Coqueiros municipality, Sergipe state, Brazil. The appearance of over 100 beaches spilled with oil is being investigated in Brazil. HO / ADEMAS / AFP

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

Filipinos have more in common with Brazilians than we realize

Oct 02, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Though Brazilians speak Portuguese, the Filipino language has just enough Spanish words for any Filipino to connect with them

'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

PH team wins top prize in Brazil folk dance competition

Sep 19, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Bayanihan bests dance groups from all over the world, making this their 13th international victory

At least 11 dead in Rio hospital blaze

Sep 14, 2019 - 1:14 PM

The city's forensic institute says most of the dead were aged 66 or over, many of whom were in the intensive care unit

BADIM HOSPITAL FIRE. Firefighters work on September 13, 2019, in the aftermath of a fire in the Badim private Hospital at the Tijuca neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/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

Brazil president will make video call to Amazon summit

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:03 PM

Jair Bolsonaro vows to defend his controversial Amazon policy at the UN General Assembly later this month, even if he has to do so 'in a wheelchair'

VIDEO CALL. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the commemoration ceremony of the National Volunteer Day, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on August 28, 2019.  Photo by Evaristo Sa/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/Shutterstock.com

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

U.S. ready to fight Amazon fires only in cooperation with Brazil

Aug 29, 2019 - 2:35 PM

'The US stands ready to assist Brazil in efforts to combat fires in the Amazon,' National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis tweets

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

Brazil slams G7 aid offer as Amazon fires rage

Aug 27, 2019 - 1:34 PM

(UPDATED) 'We appreciate (the offer), but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,' Onyx Lorenzoni, chief of staff to President Jair Bolsonaro, says

REJECTING AID. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attends a ceremony to commemorate the participation of Brazil in World War II in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 8, 2019. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Macron slams Bolsonaro after insults about wife

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's endorsement of vicious personal comments about French President Emmanuel Macron's wife posted online appear to force their relationship to a new low

HOSTS. French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte wait to welcome leaders at the Biarritz lighthouse, southwestern France, ahead of a working dinner on August 24, 2019 on the first day of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. File photo by Francois Mori/Pool/AFP

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

Photo from NOAA

Pope Francis fears for Amazon, planet's 'vital lung'

Aug 25, 2019 - 7:08 PM

He urges the world's 1.3 billion Catholics to pray for the fires to be extinguished as quickly as possible

POPE'S MESSAGE. Pope Francis speaks from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's square during the weekly Angelus prayer on August 25, 2019 at the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows

Aug 24, 2019 - 10:26 PM

(UPDATED) Official figures show 78,383 forest fires were recorded in Brazil so far in 2019, the highest number of any year since 2013

DEFORESTED LAND. Aerial picture showing a deforested piece of land in the Amazon rainforest near an area affected by fires, about 65 km from Porto Velho, in the state of Rondonia, in northern Brazil, on August 23, 2019. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Why is part of the Amazon burning?

Aug 24, 2019 - 2:18 PM

Amazon deforestation began in the 1970s, reaching its peak rate at the end of the 1990s and the start of the 2000s

Photo from NOAA

The Amazon is on fire: Here are 5 things you need to know

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The fires are emitting huge amounts of carbon, with smoke plumes visible thousands of kilometers away

AMAZON FIRE. Photo from NASA

Brazil's Bolsonaro authorizes army to help fight Amazon fires

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:53 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's decision comes as demonstrations are held around the world over the fires in the Amazon forest

WORD WAR. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro blasts his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron as having a 'colonialist mentality' for rallying G-7 countries to address wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest. File photo by Jacques Witt/Pool/AFP

Amazon fires: how celebrities are spreading misinformation

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Singers, actors, and world leaders share misleading photos of Amazon fires taken years ago on social media

Brazil's Bolsonaro blames Amazon fires on NGOs as Twitter erupts

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:27 AM

'No matter how successful we are, if our Earth dies, we all die,' says one Twitter post

Brazil's right-wing presidential candidate for the Social Liberal Party (PSL), Jair Bolsonaro votes during runoff elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 28, 2018. (Photo by RICARDO MORAES / POOL / AFP)

Brazil bus hijacker, armed with toy gun, shot dead by police

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:31 PM

(UPDATED) It is not clear if the hijacker made any demands or what his motivation was for taking the hostages. Police say none of the hostages were injured.

HIJACKED. A member of the police gives instructions to drivers near the area where a gunman holding a bus with 16 hostages was shot dead by police in Rio de Janeiro on August 22, 2019. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Neymar 'relieved' after rape case dismissed

Aug 10, 2019 - 12:57 PM

Football superstar Neymar says the 'scar will remain' even after the dismissal of his rape case

Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

Neymar rape case dismissed

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:30 PM

A Brazilian judge dismisses the rape case against football superstar Neymar

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on May 4, 2019, Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar looks on during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and OGC Nice at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. - PSG star striker Neymar has made an appeal against his suspension for three games in the Champions League next season, UEFA told AFP on May 10, 2019, confirming reports in the newspaper L'Equipe. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Brazil prosecutors ask judge to close Neymar rape case

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Football superstar Neymar may have just gotten a reprieve as prosecutors agree with Brazilian police on the lack of evidence to prove the rape allegations

Photo by Evaristo/AFP

Brazil inmate found dead after foiled escape disguised as daughter

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:02 PM

(UPDATED) Clauvino da Silva made headlines after he was caught trying to escape from a Rio de Janeiro jail wearing a silicon mask, long dark wig, glasses, white flip flops and clothes belonging to his 19-year-old daughter

DISGUISE. Handout picture released by Rio de Janeiro's State Secretariat of Prison Administration showing Brazilian inmate Clauvino da Silva wearing a wig and a mask after been captured while trying to escape the Gericino prison complex, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 03, 2019. AFP PHOTO/SEAP

Bolsonaro vows to fight 'illegal deforestation' in Brazil

Aug 04, 2019 - 8:53 PM

The announcement comes a day after the head of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research says he was being sacked after a row with President Jair Bolsonaro over deforestation

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attends a ceremony to commemorate the participation of Brazil in World War II in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 8, 2019. (Photo by MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP)

Brazil police end Neymar rape probe over lack of evidence

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The prosecutors will evaluate the police decision of closing Neymar's rape probe in 15 days

FREE. Neymar is free from investigations conducted by Brazilian police on his rape allegations. Photo from FIFA.com

At least 52 dead in Brazil prison riot

Jul 30, 2019 - 7:10 AM

Brazil prison officials say 16 of the dead were decapitated in the second major eruption of violence to rock the country's severely overpopulated and deadly prison system in as many months

Brazilian riot police prepare to invade the Puraquequara Prison facility at Bela Vista community, Puraquequara neighborhood at the city of Manaus, Amazonas state on May 27, 2019. At least 40 inmates were killed in four jails in northern Brazil on Monday, authorities said, in the latest wave of violence to rock the country's severely overpopulated and dangerous prison system. Sandro Pereira / AFP

No Neymar, no problem as Brazil begins new Copa reign

Jul 09, 2019 - 12:32 PM

Brazil shows it is not 'Neymar-dependent' with the 2019 Copa America crown

NOT DEPENDENT. Brazil wins the 2019 Copa America without Neymar. File photo by Evaristo SA/AFP

Thousands protest in Brazil in support of justice minister

Jul 01, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Justice Minister Sergio Moro faces resignation calls over leaked chats purportedly showing he worked with prosecutors in the so-called Car Wash probe to keep Lula, a popular leftist, out of the 2018 presidential race

SAO PAOLO RALLY. Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrate along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 30 2019, in support of Justice Minister Sergio Moro. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Gay Pride parade engulfs Sao Paulo despite unease over Brazil's conservative turn

Jun 24, 2019 - 9:36 AM

This year, many Sao Paulo LGBT pride parade participants say they are turning out because they feel their liberties are increasingly under threat

BRAZIL'S GAY PRIDE. Aerial view of the 23rd Gay Pride Parade, which theme is "50 years of Stonewall", in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 23, 2019. Photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Brazil's president says criminalizing homophobia could 'hurt' gays

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Speaking to reporters, Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro says employers would 'think twice' before hiring a gay person for fear they could be accused of homophobia

WIN FOR LGTB. The Supreme Court says crimes against gay and transgender people is similar to racism. AFP file photo

Neymar rape accuser gives police statement

Jun 08, 2019 - 3:42 PM

More than 60% of Brazilians believe Neymar is innocent of the sexual assault allegation that has gripped the football-mad country

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on May 4, 2019, Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar looks on during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and OGC Nice at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. - PSG star striker Neymar has made an appeal against his suspension for three games in the Champions League next season, UEFA told AFP on May 10, 2019, confirming reports in the newspaper L'Equipe. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

WATCH: Brazil coach Tite refuses to judge Neymar after rape accusation

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:48 PM

'The facts are not sufficiently clear. Only time will give us answers,' says Tite

'TEAM FIRST'. Brazil head coach Tite focuses on preparing the national team rather than Neymar's personal matters. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Clashes in 4 Brazil prisons leave 40 dead

May 28, 2019 - 10:05 AM

(UPDATED) The victims appear to have been killed by 'asphyxiation,' the Amazonas state government says in a statement, a day after 15 people were killed in one of the prisons

RIOT POLICE. Brazilian riot police prepare to invade the Puraquequara Prison facility at Bela Vista community, Puraquequara neighborhood at the city of Manaus, Amazonas state on May 27, 2019. Photo by Sandro Pereira/AFP

Clashes between prisoners in Brazil jail leave 15 dead

May 27, 2019 - 1:12 PM

The clashes occur during visiting hours at the prison facility, located some 28 kilometers (17 miles) from state capital Manaus

Children up for adoption paraded in Brazil shopping center

May 24, 2019 - 3:26 PM

'Adoption on the Catwalk' in the central-west state of Mato Grosso is designed to 'give visibility to children and adolescents who are eligible for adoption,' according to an official statement

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian bishop – Vatican

May 17, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The bishop is under investigation for alleged extortion of priests in his diocese, and the covering-up of sexual abuse cases, according to Brazilian media reports

Brazil court orders Bolsonaro to explain gun decree

May 11, 2019 - 10:42 PM

An opposition political party Sustainability Network challenges the constitutionality of Bolsonaro's decision that granted millions of Brazilians the right to carry loaded weapons in public

PRESIDENT. 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. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Bolsonaro's decree allows millions of Brazilians to carry guns

May 09, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Jair Bolsonaro defends the move as honoring the result of a 2005 referendum in which nearly 64% of Brazilians rejected a law that included, among other things, a total ban on the sale of arms

GUNS IN BRAZIL. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attends a ceremony to commemorate the participation of Brazil in World War II in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 8, 2019. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Brazil court reduces ex-president Lula's sentence

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:36 PM

In a unanimous decision, the 4 judges on the Superior Court of Justice panel hearing Lula's appeal agree to uphold his conviction, but cut the sentence to 8 years and 10 months

REDUCED SENTENCE. In this file photo taken on April 07, 2018, Brazilian ex-president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gestures after attending a Catholic Mass in memory of his late wife Marisa Leticia in metropolitan Sao Paulo, Brazil. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Party's over: Rio reels from deadly disasters

Apr 17, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The havoc caused by the unusually heavy downpour is amplified by rampant construction in neighborhoods controlled by heavily-armed gangs and militias

RIO BUILDING COLLAPSE. People watch as an injured person is carried onto a rescue helicopter after two buildings collapsed in Muzema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 12, 2019. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Pele back in Brazil after hospital stay in France

Apr 09, 2019 - 8:09 PM

'Once again, thank God, everything went well. I'm alive. Long live Brazil,' says Pele when he arrived

HOME, SWEET HOME. Pele safely arrives in Brazil after his hospitalization in Paris. File photo from Shutterstock

Brazil military shoots family driving to baby shower – report

Apr 09, 2019 - 11:40 AM

The soldiers patrolling the northern district of Guadalupe apparently mistook the white car as belonging to criminals

BRAZIL SOLDIERS. Brazilian soldiers participate in the graduation ceremony and commemorate the 1964 military coup, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 28, 2019. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP