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- Bolsonaro's motorbike escapade provokes helmet backlash April 22, 2019Legal expert says any regular citizen would be punished for breaking transport lawsIt was the latest populist ruse from a president who wishes to portray himself as a man of the people: a late-night motorbike ride designed to show Jair Bolsonaro had two wheels firmly on the ground.But the Easter escapade – a video of […]Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent
- Amazon's trees get taste of air of the future April 19, 2019Experiment aims to learn how rainforest copes in levels of CO2 that could be normal by 2050 An ambitious experiment deep in the Amazon rainforest aims to find out how the ecosystem is likely to respond to rising levels of carbon dioxide.In 2000 a research team at the UK’s Hadley Centre forecast that a combination […]Daniel Grossman at the ZF2 research base in the Amazon; all photos by Dado Galdieri
- US museum of natural history will not host Bolsonaro gala event after outrage April 15, 2019After receiving criticism last week, museum says gala to honor Brazil’s far-right president would no longer go aheadPlans to honor Brazil’s far-right president with a black-tie gala at the American Museum of Natural History have been scrapped after a public outcry that saw New York’s mayor brand Jair Bolsonaro “a very dangerous human being”.Bill de […]Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent
- Lula, like all Brazilians, faced a fair trial | Letter April 14, 2019Fred Arruda, Brazil’s ambassador to the UK, says his country’s judiciary is fully independent and due process of law is faithfully observedThe letter (11 April) from a group of MPs and other political figures claiming that former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is a “political prisoner” is not only offensive to a democratic country […]Letters
- US natural history museum gala to honor Brazil's far-right president sparks outrage April 12, 2019Institution is ‘deeply concerned’ after being attacked for hosting event to honor Jair Bolsonaro who has rolled back environmental protectionsThe American Museum of Natural History has said it is “deeply concerned” after it was sharply criticized for hosting an event that will honour Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil who has backed aggressive cuts in […]Oliver Milman in New York
- Brazilian comedian gets jail sentence for video attacking leftwing politician April 11, 2019Danilo Gentili, a conservative known for his aggressive attacks on the left, was tried over a 2017 clip he shared on social mediaA row over free speech has erupted in Brazil after a foul-mouthed conservative comedian was given a six-month jail sentence for abusing a leftwing politician.Known for his aggressive attacks on the Brazilian left, […]Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
- Brazil’s Lula is a political prisoner. He must be freed now | Letter April 10, 2019Twenty-eight parliamentarians, trade unionists, journalists and campaigners condemn the ongoing detention of former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da SilvaWe condemn the continued persecution of former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was jailed a year ago. Lula was favourite to win Brazil’s 2018 presidential election until he was jailed and barred from […]Letters
- Brazil replaces far-right education minister with conspiracy theorist April 9, 2019President Jair Bolsonaro’s replacement for Ricardo Vélez has blamed communists for introducing crackWhen news broke that Brazil’s president had sacked his controversial far-right education minister, any hopes that Jair Bolsonaro might have moderated his views lasted about as long as it took Brazilians to research his replacement.The new minister, Abraham Weintraub, is an economist and […]Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
- Brazil: 10 soldiers arrested after firing more than 80 bullets into family's car April 8, 2019One man was killed and two others wounded after army patrol opened fire on family driving to a baby showerTen Brazilian soldiers have been arrested after firing more than 80 bullets into a car carrying a family, killing one man and wounding two other people.Evaldo dos Santos Rosa, 51, a musician and security guard, was […]Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
- Brazil: high-risk expedition to contact isolated tribe declared success April 5, 2019Thirty-person expedition, including Funai officials and a doctor, contacted and vaccinated 34 people from the Korubo tribeBrazil’s biggest and most ambitious expedition in decades to contact a voluntarily isolated indigenous tribe has been declared a success after venturing deep into remote and inaccessible Amazon jungle.The rare, high-risk expedition aimed to prevent potential conflict between tribal […]Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
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- Sri Lanka bombings: All the latest updates April 23, 2019Bombings carried out by two Muslim groups in retaliation for Christchurch mosque attacks, state defence minister says.
- Sri Lanka attacks 'retaliation for Christchurch': Minister April 23, 2019Initial probe reveals Easter Sunday blasts were in response to deadly New Zealand attacks, state defence minister says.
- New IRA admits to the killing of journalist in Northern Ireland April 23, 2019In a statement, the New IRA said Lyra McKee was 'tragically killed while standing beside enemy forces'.
- US will not reissue waivers for Iran oil imports April 23, 2019In an effort to increase economic pressure on Iran, US announces it is ending waivers for countries importing Iran oil.
- Kazakh ruling party nominates Tokayev for presidency April 23, 2019The party gives unanimous backing to Tokayev after veteran ex-leader Nursultan Nazarbayev declares support for him.
- India elections: Voting under way for the third phase April 23, 2019Almost 188 million people eligible to vote in 117 constituencies across 15 states and federally controlled territories.
- Pioneering malaria vaccine for children to be tested in Malawi April 23, 2019WHO hopes the vaccine, which in trials prevented about four in 10 cases, will cut the number of child deaths in Africa.
- Asian countries assess impact of US sanctions against Iran April 23, 2019US move to end waiver on sanctions against importers of Iranian oil could hurt regional economies, analysts say.
- Algeria: Five killed after building collapses in central Algiers April 23, 2019Residents say the building in the UNESCO-listed Casbah district should have been 'renovated or destroyed'.
- Disparate Sudanese groups protest, call for civilian rule April 23, 2019Other marginalised communities in Sudan join protest movement calling for transitional civilian government.