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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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

President Bolsonaro: Brazil owes world nothing on environment

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:19 AM

'Brazil does not owe the world anything when it comes to environmental protection,' says Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro

'UNATTAINABLE.' Brazil earlier declined to host the UN Conference on Climate Change after finding the objectives impossible to attain. File photo by Ricardo Morales/AFP

Brazil's ex-president Michel Temer arrested in 'Car Wash' probe

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:47 PM

(UPDATED) The investigation into Temer has uncovered 'the existence of a criminal organization in full operation, involved in concrete acts of clear gravity,' the federal prosecutor's office says

ARRESTED. This handout picture shows former president Michel Temer during a meeting at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on May 2, 2018. File photo by Alan Santos/Brazil Presidency/AFP

Trump, right-wing Bolsonaro announce special relationship

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Washington has had strained relations with Brazil's long string of leftist governments but the rise of Jair Bolsonaro has opened a new door for the Trump administration

SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro in the Rose Garden at the White House on March 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump eyes right-wing U.S.-Brazilian alliance in meet with Bolsonaro

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:03 PM

(UPDATED) The White House gathering brings together two men who were surprise election winners, sweeping to power on a promise to end politics as usual in their giant countries

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

Trump to host Brazil's far-right president Bolsonaro

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro, who has been dubbed 'South America's Trump', has vowed to forge close ties with Washington

'TROPICAL TRUMP.' Jair Bolsonaro has been in line with Donald Trump in key international stands. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Brazil president sacks close aide amid political scandal

Feb 19, 2019 - 8:37 AM

Gustavo Bebianno, who held cabinet rank and was former leader of the ultraconservative PSL, is replaced by retired general Floriano Peixoto

GUSTAVO BEBIANNO. In this file picture taken on November 21, 2018, Gustavo Bebianno, who was appointed by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro as Minister of Government Secretariat, addresses the press at the transitional government's headquarters in Brasilia. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's president leaves hospital after 17-day 'power vacuum'

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:02 AM

Now that he is out of the hospital, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will have to prioritize reforming Brazil's unsustainable pension system – and reimposing his authority

This video grab taken from Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro's official Twitter account shows President Jair Bolsonaro speaking before undergoing a surgery to remove the colostomy bag that was placed after the attack he suffered in September, at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil on January 27, 2019. - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro was in hospital in Sao Paulo on Sunday for surgery to remove a colostomy bag put in after he was attacked by a man with a knife during his election campaign. His spokesman, General Otavio Santana do Rego Barros, said Saturday that Bolsonaro would be operated on January 28, after which he would be on strict bed rest for two days. (Photo by HO / Jair Bolsonaro's official Twitter account / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO - Jair Bolsonaro's Official Twitter Account" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Brazil's Bolsonaro improving after pneumonia, surgery

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:55 AM

The former army captain has been in semi-intensive care since January 28

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)

Death toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 134

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:17 AM

A fire services spokesman says it is possible that not all the bodies will be located and recovered

DAM COLLAPSE. A rescuer searches for victims of Friday's dam collapse near the town of Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, on January 28, 2019. Photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

China, Europe follow Brazil's Bolsonaro onto Davos stage

Jan 23, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Top billing on the World Economic Forum stage will go to Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, who is tasked with negotiating a truce in the US-China trade war

IN DAVOS. A participant to the to the World Economic Forum annual meeting is seen in silhouette at the Congress Centre on January 21, 2019 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Suspicious deposits made to account of Brazil president's son – report

Jan 19, 2019 - 5:15 PM

A report says several bank deposits have been made to Bolsonaro's son in 2017, totalling to 96,000 reais, or about $30,000 at the average exchange rate of that year

CORRUPT? Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro promises to end political graft, but now has suspicious deposits in his son's bank account when he was lawmaker. File photo by AFP

'Good will beat evil,' Bolsonaro says amid crime crackdown

Jan 06, 2019 - 11:00 PM

'The legislative, executive and judicial (powers) together must, by law, give guarantees that good will beat evil,' Brazil's new far-right president Jair Bolsonaro says

Brazilian deputy Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference he called to announce his intention to run for the Brazilian presidency in the October 2018 presidential election, at a hotel in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2017. A controversial politician and former army paratrooper, Bolsonaro called himself the "patriot" Brazil needs, adding he is the answer to Brazil's rampant corruption, crime and economic malaise. He won more votes than any other congressman from Rio de Janeiro state in the last general elections in 2014 and polls currently show him tied in second place for the presidency, behind leftist former two term president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. / AFP PHOTO / Apu Gomes

Far-right Bolsonaro puts stamp on Brazil in 1st week

Jan 06, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Many measures that President Jair Bolsonaro announced reflect his desire to break with decades of center-left politics and embrace a nationalist vision of the sort espoused by his ideological ally, US President Donald Trump

1ST WEEK. Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro votes during runoff elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 28, 2018. Photo by AFP

Brazil embassy move to Jerusalem a question of 'when' not 'if' – Netanyahu

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says President-elect Jair Bolsonaro assured him of the move

THE MOVE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Brazil will be moving its embassy from Israel to Jerusalem. Photo from Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

G20 opens under assault from Trump on collective action

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Shortly before the summit kicks off, Donald Trump's 'America First' charge will bear fruit with the signing in Buenos Aires of a successor to the North American free trade pact NAFTA

G20. View of the Obelisk as Corrientes Avenue remains without traffic due to security measures ahead of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires on Noviembre 29, 2018. Photo by Alberto Raggio/AFP

Bolsonaro says Brazilians 'don't know what dictatorship is'

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:36 PM

'The Brazilian people still do not know what dictatorship is, do not know what it is to suffer at the hands of these people,' says President-elect Jair Bolsonaro

BOLSONARO. Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro says Brazilians do not know what a dictatorship is. File photo by Ricardo Moraes/Pool/AFP

Taking cue from Trump, Brazil's Bolsonaro to move Israel embassy

Nov 02, 2018 - 7:53 AM

The move from Tel Aviv, which will defy Palestinians and most of the world, is the latest controversial announcement by Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro

BRAZIL. In this file photo, Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters after voting, during the second round of the presidential elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 28, 2018. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro gets to work on hardline agenda

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:22 AM

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro huddles with his inner circle at the home of a wealthy backer in Rio de Janeiro to start forming what advisor Gustavo Bebianno calls 'a combat vanguard' for the new administration

PRESIDENT-ELECT. In this file photo, Jair Bolsonaro votes during runoff elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 28, 2018. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Pool/AFP

Brazil enters new era with far-right president-elect

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Having channeled voters' anger with corruption, crime and economic malaise, the man dubbed the 'Tropical Trump' will now get down to work seeking to 'change Brazil's destiny'

NEW ERA. Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference. File photo by Apu Gomes/AFP

'Tropical Trump' Bolsonaro elected Brazil president

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:01 AM

Official results give the controversial president-elect 55.13% of the vote in the run-off election, to 44.87 for leftist opponent Fernando Haddad, with 99.99% of the ballots counted

BOLSONARO WINS. Jair Bolsonaro, far-right lawmaker and presidential candidate of the Social Liberal Party (PSL), and his wife Michelle kiss before casting their votes, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 28, 2018. Photo by Ricardo Moraes/AFP

Far-right candidate leads as Brazil heads to polls

Oct 27, 2018 - 1:47 PM

Facing far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro is leftist candidate Fernando Haddad, a former Sao Paulo mayor who is standing in for jailed ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

WHO WILL WIN? This combination of file pictures created on October 08, 2018 shows Brazilian presidential candidates Jair Bolsonaro (L) (PSL) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 18, 2018 and Fernando Haddad (PT) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 04, 2018. Photos by Miguel Schincariol and Daniel Ramalho/AFP

[OPINION] Letter to Brazilian friends on eve of Brazil's presidential polls

Oct 27, 2018 - 9:37 AM

Will Brazil's clone of the Philippines' Duterte come to power?

Social media in the spotlight in Brazil presidential race

Oct 24, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Facebook and its WhatsApp messenger service are in the spotlight for being used in disinformation trafficking

FAKE NEWS FIGHTING. Students of Unified Educational Centers (CEU) attend a lesson on 'Fake News: access, security and veracity of information', in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 21, 2018.  File photo Miguel Schincariol/AFP

WhatsApp dirty tricks campaign alleged in Brazil presidential race

Oct 19, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The row shines a light on an issue that has become pressing in democracies: the organized abuse of social media to sway public opinion in countries

Far-right Bolsonaro wins 1st round Brazil election

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:02 AM

Jair Bolsonaro and Fernando Haddad – the two top candidates from a field of 13 on Sunday – will have to duke it out on October 28

BRAZIL ELECTIONS. A supporter of Brazilian presidential candidate for the Workers' Party Fernando Haddad reacts during the general election vote count at a bar in Sao Salvador square in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 07, 2018. Photo by Daniel Ramalho/AFP