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Rift between Brazil's president and his party deepens in Congress

17 Oct 2019

BRASILIA A push by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to make his son the leader of his party in the lower house of Congress was rejected on Thursday, deepening a rift with party leaders that could further fragment the far-right firebrand's legislative base.

Brazil's Amazon chief Raoni calls on Bolsonaro to step down

25 Sep 2019

BRASILIA Indigenous chief Raoni Metuktire, proposed for the Nobel Peace Prize, said on Wednesday his people would not leave the Amazon and called on Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro to step down, a day after the head of state accused him of being a pawn of foreign interests.

Amazon fires scorch Bolsonaro's reputation abroad, but not in Brazil

30 Aug 2019

BRASILIA President Jair Bolsonaro has drawn sharp criticism on the international stage from European leaders and environmental groups for his handling of wildfires raging in the Amazon, but at home few Brazilians are angered by his reluctant response. | Video

Brazil Supreme Court judge says Lula deserves retrial

26 Aug 2019

BRASILIA A Brazilian Supreme Court justice believes jailed ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva deserves a retrial after leaked social media conversations appeared to show the judge hearing Brazil's largest-ever corruption case collaborated with prosecutors.

Amazon fires could burn Brazil's bid to join OECD rich nations club

23 Aug 2019

BRASILIA Uncontrolled fires sweeping through the Amazon rainforest could scuttle Brazil's chances of becoming a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), worried business leaders said on Friday.

As Amazon burns, Brazil's Bolsonaro tells rest of world not to interfere

23 Aug 2019

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO Amid growing international criticism over the wildfires raging through the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday admitted farmers could be illegally setting the rainforest ablaze but told foreign powers not to interfere. | Video

Igniting global outrage, Brazil's Bolsonaro baselessly blames NGOs for Amazon fires

21 Aug 2019

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday accused non-governmental organizations of burning down the Amazon rainforest to hurt his government, as a growing global outcry against the wildfires raged through social media. | Video

U.N. pleads for more help to relieve Venezuelan refugee crisis

18 Aug 2019

BRASILIA United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi appealed on Sunday for more humanitarian aid for Venezuelan refugees pouring into neighbouring countries where they are overwhelming social services and sparking local tensions.

Deforestation in Brazil, vote in Argentina endanger EU-Mercosur pact

17 Aug 2019

BRASILIA Brazil's backsliding on Amazon conservation under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and a likely Peronist return to power in Argentina could delay or even derail ratification of an EU-Mercosur trade agreement that took two decades to negotiate.

Brazilian anti-corruption crusader backs Bolsonaro 2022 re-election

12 Aug 2019

BRASILIA Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro, who oversaw Brazil's biggest corruption probe as a federal judge, said on Monday he has no interest in elected office and that President Jair Bolsonaro is his candidate for the 2022 election.

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