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FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on his plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, at the White House, Washington, U.S., April 14, 2021. Andrew Harnik-Pool via REUTERS

US asks Brazil for ‘immediate’ action on Amazon

The United States on Friday welcomed Brazil’s renewed promise to end illegal deforestation but urged immediate action to protect the Amazon, a major factor in global climate change.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Brazil detects first case of South African variant as coronavirus deaths soar

Brazil has recorded its first confirmed case of the highly contagious coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa, a fresh danger sign for a country already ravaged by the world’s highest daily death toll fueled by a widespread local variant.
Online publications linked to Russian intelligence agencies have been spreading false or misleading information about coronavirus vaccines, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an official at the US Department of State’s Global Engagement Center

Brazilian institute announces home-made coronavirus vaccine

Sao Paulo’s Butantan biomedical institute announced on Friday it is developing a “100 percent Brazilian” vaccine against Covid-19 and expects to start using it in July.
FILE PHOTO- Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Sao Bernardo do Campo near Sao Paulo, Brazil March 10, 2021. REUTERS-Amanda Perobelli

Brazil federal prosecutor appeals decision to annul Lula da Silva’s convictions

The office of Brazil’s prosecutor general on Friday appealed a Supreme Court judge’s ruling earlier this week that annulled the criminal convictions of former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Nurse Monica Calazans, 54, receives the Sinovac's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from nurse Jessica Pires de Camargo, 30, after Brazil health regulator Anvisa approved its emergency use at Hospital das Clinicas in Sao Paulo, Brazil January 17, 2021. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

Brazil authorizes emergency use of Sinovac, AstraZeneca vaccines

Brazilian health regulator Anvisa’s board on Sunday voted to approve emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech and Britain’s AstraZeneca and to begin immunizations as the pandemic enters a deadly second wave.
Brazilians voted Sunday in municipal elections that will test the strength of the country’s rightward shift under President Jair Bolsonaro, with the coronavirus pandemic looming large — and likely denting turnout.

Brazil votes in local polls marked by virus

Brazilians voted Sunday in municipal elections that will test the strength of the country’s rightward shift under President Jair Bolsonaro, with the coronavirus pandemic looming large — and likely denting turnout.
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Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro hopes Donald Trump wins

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday he hoped Donald Trump would come out ahead in the down-to-the-wire US election, lashing out at Democratic contender Joe Biden’s comments on protecting the Amazon rainforest.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s eldest son, Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, said Tuesday he has tested positive for the new coronavirus but was asymptomatic.

Brazilian president’s son contracts coronavirus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s eldest son, Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, said Tuesday he has tested positive for the new coronavirus but was asymptomatic.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday threatened to punch a reporter repeatedly in the mouth after being asked about his wife's links to an alleged corruption scheme.

Brazil’s president threatens to punch reporter in the mouth

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday threatened to punch a reporter repeatedly in the mouth after being asked about his wife's links to an alleged corruption scheme.
Facebook on Tuesday said the coronavirus pandemic has users flocking to its services while it undermines ad revenue on which the world’s biggest social network depends.

Facebook slams ‘extreme’ ruling blocking Brazilian president’s allies

Facebook condemned Saturday what it called an “extreme” ruling by a Brazilian Supreme Court judge ordering it to block the accounts of 12 high-profile allies of President Jair Bolsonaro, which it vowed to appeal.
President Jair Bolsonaro at the Planalto Palace in the capital. His presidency has been flailing for weeks as the virus has swept across Brazil.

Brazilian governors reject president’s reopening plan

The governors of nine of Brazil’s 26 states and of the federal district of the capital, Brasilia, have announced that they will not follow President Jair Bolsonaro’s instructions to reopen beauty salons, barber shops and sports academies, local media reported.
President Jair Bolsonaro at the Planalto Palace in the capital. His presidency has been flailing for weeks as the virus has swept across Brazil.

‘So what?’, Brazil’s president reacts as 5,000 die of coronavirus

“So what?” said Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday when a journalist asked him about the fact that more than 5,000 Brazilians had died of the coronavirus.
Brazil’s new health minister Nelson Teich on Wednesday proposed easing restrictions on movement currently in place to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Brazil to relax coronavirus restrictions

Brazil’s new health minister Nelson Teich on Wednesday proposed easing restrictions on movement currently in place to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In this March 18, 2019 file photo, Brazil's Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta, right, gives anti-bacterial gel to President Jair Bolsonaro as they give a press conference on the new coronavirus at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil.

Coronavirus: Health minister sacked over stay-at-home measure

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has sacked his health minister after clashing with him over how to fight the new coronavirus.
Roberto Alvim- ‘Brazilian art in the next decade will be heroic and national.’ Eraldo Peres-AP

Brazil minister quits over accusations of Nazi quotes

Brazil’s culture secretary Roberto Alvim resigned on Friday over a speech in which he appeared to quote Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels.
BRASILIA - President Jair Bolsonaro launched a jobs program Monday largely based on tax reductions as Brazil struggles to put more than 12 million people back to work.

Brazil launches job program amid mass unemployment

President Jair Bolsonaro launched a jobs program Monday largely based on tax reductions as Brazil struggles to put more than 12 million people back to work.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro delivers a speech during the appointment ceremony of the new heads of public banks, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia on January 7, 2019. – Brazil’s Finance Minister Paulo Guedes appointed the new presidents of the country’s public banks. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP)

President Bolsonaro denies links to Brazil politician’s murder

President Jair Bolsonaro angrily denied links to last year’s assassination of a prominent Brazilian politician on Wednesday, after reports that a suspect in the murder investigation visited his residence before the killing.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro delivers a speech during the appointment ceremony of the new heads of public banks, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia on January 7, 2019. – Brazil’s Finance Minister Paulo Guedes appointed the new presidents of the country’s public banks. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP)

Brazil police target leader of Jair Bolsonaro’s party in political scandal

Federal police in Brazil on Tuesday raided the home of the head of President Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right party as part of a probe into a campaign financing scandal.
Jair Bolsonaro. Andre Coelho-Bloomberg

Poll: Disapproval of Brazil’s president jumps amid Amazon crisis

Brazilians saying that President Jair Bolsonaro is doing a "bad or terrible" job rose to 38% from 33% previously, as the government's handling of surging fires in the Amazon rainforest divides the country.
Jair Bolsonaro. Andre Coelho-Bloomberg

Brazil slams G7 aid offer as Amazon fires rage

Brazil on Monday rejected aid from G7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, with a top official telling French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of “his home and his colonies.”
Leaders of the Group of Seven nations said Sunday they are preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage as tens of thousands of soldiers got ready to join the fight against blazes that have caused global alarm.

G7 leaders agree to help Brazil fight Amazon fires

Leaders of the Group of Seven nations said Sunday they are preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage as tens of thousands of soldiers got ready to join the fight against blazes that have caused global alarm.
Chile’s Gary Medel and Argentina’s Lionel Messi are both shown the red card by the referee Mario Díaz de Vivar. Ueslei Marcelino-Reuters

Brazil coach Tite tells Lionel Messi to show some respect after ‘corruption comments’

Brazil coach Tite told Lionel Messi to show some respect following claims from the Argentina captain that the Copa America had been “fixed” so the hosts would win.

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The third child of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, Pastor Dare Adeboye, is dead.

RCCG general overseer Enoch Adeboye loses son

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Pep Guardiola: Champions League clash‘ll be different ball game

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Rangers open talks with Jermain Defoe over future

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PDP: Robbery attempt in Aso Rock shows President Buhari can’t secure Nigeria

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Governor Wike: No separatist group can annex Rivers

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