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Brazil's Bolsonaro takes virus test after showing symptoms

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:35 AM

Bolsonaro says he is taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure

COUGHING. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro coughs as he speaks after joining his supporters who were taking part in a motorcade to protest against quarantine and social distancing measures to combat the new coronavirus outbreak in Brasilia on April 19, 2020. Photo by Sergio Lima/AFP

Brazil's Senate approves controversial bill against disinformation

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:58 AM

One of the bill's most controversial articles will require social media platforms to make supposedly confidential messages available to the judiciary for 3 months, including the identity of senders

Judge orders Brazil's Bolsonaro to wear mask

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:05 AM

A lawyer says the president should be held to account for his 'irresponsible behavior'

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. - Brazil's government on Friday drastically downgraded its growth projections for 2020 by 2.1 percent to practically zero (0.02 percent) due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Sergio LIMA / AFP)

Brazil accused of manipulating coronavirus toll

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:01 AM

(UPDATED) 'Manipulating statistics is a move used by totalitarian regimes,' Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Gilmar Mendes tweets

GRAVES. Aerial view of coffins being buried at an area where new graves have been dug at the Parque Taruma cemetery, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, on April 21, 2020. Photo by Michael Dantas/AFP

Brazilians hold rival rallies for and against president

Jun 08, 2020 - 11:06 AM

Demonstrators, many dressed in black and wearing face masks, hold banners saying: 'Terrorism is the government's policy of extermination'

COUGHING. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro coughs as he speaks after joining his supporters who were taking part in a motorcade to protest against quarantine and social distancing measures to combat the new coronavirus outbreak in Brasilia on April 19, 2020. Photo by Sergio Lima/AFP

Brazil threatens to quit WHO, Trump says U.S. beating pandemic

Jun 06, 2020 - 1:12 PM

Bolsonaro criticizes the World Health Organization for suspending clinical trials of the drug hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 – a decision it reversed this week – and threatens to follow in Trump's footsteps by quitting

BOLSONARO'S THREAT. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a face mask during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. File photo by  Sergio Lima/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro rallies supporters as U.S. sends unproven drug

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:12 AM

The crowd chants 'Myth! Myth! Myth!' – echoing the president's dismissal of the virus pandemic

ANGER. A supporter of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (R) argues with an anti-Bolsonaro football fan during a protest against the president, at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 31, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Bolsonaro rallies with supporters amid coronavirus surge, takes off mask

May 25, 2020 - 9:38 AM

At one point, Brazil's president even hoists a young boy onto his shoulders

MASK-LESS. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters upon arrival at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on May 24, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

What coronavirus? Brazil cabinet video triggers outcry

May 24, 2020 - 9:36 AM

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro presides over a cabinet meeting littered with obscenities and tirades, but they barely tackle the coronavirus pandemic

UNDER FIRE. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro (2nd from R) leaves a press conference in Brasilia, Brazil, on April 24, 2020. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP  UNDER FIRE. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro (2nd from R) leaves a press conference in Brasilia, Brazil, on April 24, 2020. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Bolsonaro bets big on 'right-wing' drug against coronavirus

May 21, 2020 - 9:58 AM

'Right-wingers take chloroquine,' says Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

SNIFF. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. Photo by Sergio Lima/AFP

Brazil's coronavirus death toll tops 15,000 – official figures

May 17, 2020 - 8:09 AM

(UPDATED) The sprawling South American country registers 816 deaths and 14,919 new cases in the past 24 hours

GRAVES. A funeral worker wearing protective clothing as a preventive measure against COVID-19 walks through Caju cemetary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 9, 2020. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

In Brazil, gyms and hair salons are 'essential' businesses

May 12, 2020 - 11:38 AM

Brazil's far-right president believes that quarantine measures are ruinous for the economy and has dismissed the novel coronavirus as nothing more than a 'weak case of the flu'

MASKED. People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus are seen in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 16, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Bolsonaro tells rally Brazil lockdown destroying jobs

May 04, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Jair Bolsonaro blames state governors for continuing a lockdown in a speech outside his presidential palace in Brasilia

JAIR BOLSONARO. In this file picture taken on April 24, 2020 Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro arrives for a press conference in Brasilia, on April 24, 2020. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

President's 'So what?' as 5,000 die sparks fury in Brazil

May 02, 2020 - 10:19 AM

There are more than 91,000 officially confirmed cases of coronavirus in Brazil

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a face mask during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. Brazil's government on Friday drastically downgraded its growth projections for 2020 by 2.1 percent to practically zero (0.02 percent) due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sergio LIMA / AFP

Bolsonaro says WHO encourages kids to be gay, masturbate

May 01, 2020 - 10:44 AM

Sometimes called the 'Tropical Trump,' Bolsonaro, like his US counterpart, is an avid social media user, firing up his core supporters on Facebook and Twitter

GRIMACE. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the launching ceremony of the Front Brazil Project on August 29, 2019.  Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil passes 5,000 deaths from coronavirus

Apr 29, 2020 - 12:46 PM

Brazil's health ministry says the death toll could be higher than Tuesday's official figure of 5,107, as the cause of 1,156 further deaths are under investigation

BOLSONARO. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro (2-R) leaves a press conference in Brasilia, Brazil, on April 24, 2020. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil judge orders probe into accusations against Bolsonaro

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:56 PM

In his decision, Judge Celso de Mello gives the federal police 60 days to question ex-justice and security minister Sergio Moro about his allegations against Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro

BOLSONARO. In this file picture taken on April 24, 2020 Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro arrives for a press conference in Brasilia. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro joins demo against stay-at-home orders

Apr 20, 2020 - 8:24 AM

Brazil, with a population of more than 200 million, has the most COVID-19 cases in Latin America – more than 38,000 as of Sunday, with more than 2,400 deaths

COUGHING. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro coughs as he speaks after joining his supporters who were taking part in a motorcade to protest against quarantine and social distancing measures to combat the new coronavirus outbreak in Brasilia on April 19, 2020. Photo by Sergio Lima/AFP

Anti-quarantine Bolsonaro isolates himself politically

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:12 AM

'We have to face this virus, but face it like a man, dammit, not a boy. We have to face it with reality. That's life. We're all going to die someday,' Bolsonaro says

UNPOPULAR. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during the launching ceremony of the Front Brazil Project in Brasilia, on August 29, 2019. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Facebook and Instagram remove Bolsonaro video questioning virus quarantine

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:21 AM

Brazil's president has repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus

BOLSONARO. In this file photo taken on March 20, 2020 Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia. Photo by Sergio Lima/AFP


Twitter removes 2 Bolsonaro tweets questioning virus quarantine

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:48 AM

Twitter says it had recently expanded its global rules on managing content that contradicted public health information from official sources and could put people at greater risk of transmitting the coronavirus

BOLSONARO. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. Photo by Sergio Lima/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro slams 'scorched-earth' virus quarantines

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:39 PM

Brazil's president calls the new coronavirus a 'little flu' that has provoked an 'overblown' reaction

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a face mask during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. Brazil's government on Friday drastically downgraded its growth projections for 2020 by 2.1 percent to practically zero (0.02 percent) due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sergio LIMA / AFP

FALSE: Photo of 'President of Italy' crying 'over coronavirus'

Mar 23, 2020 - 11:45 AM

The world leader in the photo is Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who cried during a speech in mid-December 2019 over a personal matter

Surprise end to Trump-Bolsonaro visit: a coronavirus cluster

Mar 15, 2020 - 9:02 AM

At least 6 people involved have now tested positive for the novel coronavirus

BOLSONARO AND TRUMP. File photos by Mandel Ngan and Don Emmert/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro tests negative for coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:54 PM

The test result comes after media reports earlier said that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus and was awaiting the results of a second test to confirm

NEGATIVE. 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

Brazilian who met Trump tests positive for COVID-19

Mar 13, 2020 - 12:16 AM

Donald Trump says he is unconcerned, and downplays his contact with 'the press aide,' apparently referring to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's communications chief Fabio Wajngarten

'MAKE BRAZIL GREAT AGAIN.' Fabio Wajngarten posts a photo of him with US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Instagram. Photo from Instagram.com/fabiowajngarten

Brazil recalls 'all' diplomats, officials in Venezuela

Mar 06, 2020 - 9:14 AM

It's the latest hardening of relations between Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and the government of radical leftist Maduro that he has branded a 'dictatorship'

JAIR. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a ceremony to pass the Economic Freedom Act at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. Photo by Evaristo Sa/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

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro to skip Davos meeting

Jan 09, 2020 - 12:27 PM

A Brazilian delegation will still be present, though details are still unclear

BOLSONARO. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the commemoration ceremony of the National Volunteer Day, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on August 28, 2019. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro hospitalized for domestic accident

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:21 PM

Reports state Jair Bolsonaro hit his head when he slipped in a bathroom at the Alvorado Palace

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)

Bolsonaro: It was wrong to say reporter had 'homosexual face'

Dec 22, 2019 - 9:18 AM

Pressed by a reporter on the investigation into his son, President Jair Bolsonaro says 'You have the face of a homosexual, but that doesn't mean I'm going to accuse you of being a homosexual'

PRESIDENT. 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

U.S. reimposes steel, aluminum tariffs on Brazil, Argentina

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Industry leaders in both countries cry foul

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

Bolsonaro asks Brazilians 'not to give ammunition' to Lula

Nov 09, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro says leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is 'momentarily free, but guilty'

LEFTIST ICON. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gestures as he leaves the Federal Police Headquarters, where he was serving a sentence for corruption and money laundering, in Curitiba, Parana State, Brazil, on November 8, 2019. AFP photo

Brazil's leftist icon Lula walks free from jail

Nov 09, 2019 - 9:04 AM

The former president vows to keep fighting for poor people and denounces the economic policies of President Jair Bolsonaro

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks to supporters after leaving the Federal Police Headquarters, where he was serving a sentence for corruption and money laundering, in Curitiba, Parana State, Brazil, on November 8, 2019. - A judge in Brazil on Friday authorized the release of ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, after a Supreme Court ruling paved the way for thousands of convicts to be freed. (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA / AFP)

Brazil's Bolsonaro says 'worst is yet to come' on oil spill

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Officials say it is not yet possible to quantify the environmental and economic damage from the oil slicks

CLEANING UP. A volunteer cleans oil from the sand on a beach near the resort of 'Porto of Busca Vida' in Lauro de Freitas, Bahia state, Brazil, on November 3, 2019. Photo by Antonello Veneri/AFP

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

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

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:31 AM

Climate change, the Amazon, and Metro Manila congestion

'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

Mick Jagger blasts Trump for bad manners, lies, environment

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:20 PM

The Rolling Stones singer says 'we are in a very difficult situation at the moment' but that he's thrilled young people 'feel so strongly that they want to protest'

DIFFICULT SITUATION. British singer Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones says he is worried 'where all this polarisation and rudeness and lying is going to lead us.' Photo by Sebastian Gollnow/AFP

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