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  • Brazil: same-sex couples rush to the altar ahead of Bolsonaro inauguration December 13, 2018
    Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right politician who will be the country’s next president, has called himself a ‘proud homophobe’On the night of the Brazilian election, Bianca Gama cried as it became clear that the country’s next president would be Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician whose career has been marked by homophobia.As the official result was announced, […]
    Anna Jean Kaiser in São Paulo
  • More than 200 women accuse famous Brazilian spiritual healer of sexual abuse December 12, 2018
    Prosecutors received flood of complaints against João Teixeira de Faria in country’s first major #MeToo scandalMore than 200 women have accused Brazil’s most famous medium and spiritual healer of sexual abuse in a case that is becoming the country’s first major post-#MeToo scandal.João Teixeira de Faria, 76, known as João de Deus, or John of […]
    Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
  • Nicolás Maduro accuses White House of direct role in assassination attempt December 12, 2018
    Venezuelan president also claimed ‘ultra-right locos’ within Brazil’s incoming government were plotting to invade his countryVenezuela’s embattled president, Nicolás Maduro, has accused the White House of playing a direct role in an attempt to assassinate him and claimed “ultra-right locos” within Brazil’s incoming government were plotting to invade his country. Related: Venezuela: is a US-backed […]
    Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent
  • Brazil: gunman kills four worshippers during mass at cathedral December 11, 2018
    Campinas gunman Euler Fernando Gandolfo, 49, also wounded four others before killing himselfA man opened fire in a cathedral in southern Brazil after mass on Tuesday, killing four and leaving four others injured before turning a gun on himself, authorities said.The incident happened at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, a city about 60 miles (100km) […]
    Staff and agencies in São Paulo
  • Brazilian booksellers face wave of closures that leave sector in crisis December 11, 2018
    Recession and rising prices have left the book trade fighting for its life, with one publisher appealing to readers for help by buying books at Christmas“These are dark days for the book in Brazil”, one of the country’s leading publishers has warned, after crises at the country’s two largest bookstore chains have left many worried […]
    Alison Flood
  • Climate change a 'secondary' issue, says Brazil's environment minister December 10, 2018
    Appointed by president-elect Bolsonaro, Ricardo Salles calls environmental fines ‘ideological’Brazil’s new environment minister believes that global warming is “secondary”, that many environmental fines are “ideological” and has been accused of altering plans for an environmentally protected area in order to favour businesses.Ricardo Salles, the former environment secretary for São Paulo state, was recommended for his […]
    Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
  • Bolsonaro to abolish human rights ministry in favour of family values December 10, 2018
    Rightwing president names evangelical pastor to head ministry lumping together women, family, rights and indigenous peopleBrazil’s far-right president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, will abolish the country’s human rights ministry and has named a conservative evangelical pastor to run a newly created ministry which will oversee women, family and human rights – and also the country’s 900,000 indigenous […]
    Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
  • Illegal mining in Amazon rainforest has become an 'epidemic' December 10, 2018
    Campaigners release map showing scale of pollution and damage to environment caused by small-scale minersAn epidemic of illegal artisanal mining across the Amazon rainforest has been revealed in an unprecedented new map, pinpointing 2,312 sites in 245 areas across six Amazon countries.Called garimpo in Brazil, artisanal mining for gold and other minerals in Amazon forests […]
    Dom Phillips in Rio de Janiero
  • Nissan tries to bar Carlos Ghosn from Rio property over corruption scandal December 9, 2018
    Firm fears Brazil-born former chairman may destroy evidence if granted accessNissan is seeking to block its former chairman Carlos Ghosn’s access to an apartment in Rio de Janeiro, citing a risk that he may remove or destroy evidence after being arrested for financial misconduct last month.Brazil-born Ghosn has been detained in Tokyo since his arrest […]
    Simon Goodley
  • Brazil: 14 killed in shootout during attempted bank robbery December 8, 2018
    Two children were among the dead after a firefight between police and criminal group in north-eastern BrazilAt least 14 people, including two children, were killed on Friday when a shootout broke out between police and bank robbers attempting to blow up ATMs, according to authorities in north-eastern Brazil.Six hostages, among them two children, died in […]
    Guardian staff and agencies in Rio de Janeiro

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