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  • Bolsonaro pressures Venezuelan leader with vow to 're-establish democracy' January 18, 2019
    Brazilian president said he will do ‘everything for democracy’ in a video message as his son called Nicolás Maduro a ‘cancer’Brazil’s rightwing president, Jair Bolsonaro, has piled further pressure on Venezuela’s embattled leader, Nicolás Maduro, vowing to do “everything for democracy to be re-established”. Related: Rightwing Venezuelan exiles hope Bolsonaro will help rid them of […]
    Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent
  • Gisele Bündchen hits back at minister's 'bad Brazilian' jibe January 17, 2019
    Model attacks rising Amazon deforestation and sets out her environmental credentialsThe Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen has rebutted an extraordinary attack by Brazil’s agriculture minister, who called her a “bad Brazilian” for her environmental activism and said she did not know “the facts”.Bündchen said the “bad Brazilians” were those responsible for Brazil’s worst deforestation figures in […]
    Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
  • Brazil environment chief accused of 'war on NGOs' as partnerships paused January 17, 2019
    Civil society groups condemn move by minister, appointed by far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, as illegal attack on environmentBrazil’s new environment minister, Ricardo Salles, has suspended all partnerships and agreements with non-governmental organizations for 90 days, in a move that was described as “a war against NGOs”.Announcing the move, Salles said the three-month suspension was to […]
    Anna Jean Kaiser in Rio de Janeiro
  • Brazil's Bolsonaro signs decree loosening gun ownership rules January 15, 2019
    President said the decree had been drafted ‘so that good citizens can have peace inside their homes’Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, has signed a decree making it easier for citizens to keep a firearm at home in a country with one of the world’s highest murder rates and a record 63,880 intentional violent deaths a […]
    Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
  • Rio artists stage show on street in protest against censorship January 15, 2019
    Far-right state government had shut down exhibition to stop performance about tortureArtists in Rio de Janeiro have staged a pop-up street show to protest against the closure by the new far-right state government of an exhibition because of a performance attacking dictatorship-era torture.Álvaro Figueiredo, the curator of Literatura Exposta (Literature Exposed), accused authorities of censorship […]
    Dom Phillips
  • 'Climate of panic': bombings in Brazil reveal growing power of gangs | Jo Griffin January 15, 2019
    Wave of attacks in Ceará state exposes how poverty, lack of policies for young people and creaking prison system add up to perfect stormAntonio Carlos da Silva was returning home to the Lagoa Redonda district of Fortaleza when two armed men drove past in a black car, ordering businesses to shut and residents to go […]
    Jo Griffin
  • Gisele Bündchen is a 'bad Brazilian', says Bolsonaro's agriculture minister January 14, 2019
    Tereza Cristina Dias said the model, who is a UN environment goodwill ambassador, should ‘not go around criticizing Brazil’Brazil’s new agriculture minister has described Gisele Bündchen as a “bad Brazilian” whose environmental activism has tainted the country’s image abroad, inviting the supermodel to instead become an “ambassador” for the agricultural sector.In an interview with a […]
    Anna Jean Kaiser in São Paulo
  • Cesare Battisti arrives in Rome after almost 40 years on run January 14, 2019
    Brazil’s new far-right president oversees speedy extradition of former leftwing guerrillaCesare Battisti, a former leftwing guerrilla fighter wanted by the Italian authorities over four murders in the late 1970s, has arrived in Rome after almost four decades on the run.His return follows a strengthening of ties between Brazil’s new far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, and Italy’s […]
    Angela Giuffrida in Rome
  • Cesare Battisti arrest highlights rightwing alliance of Italy and Brazil January 13, 2019
    Matteo Salvini celebrates likely extradition of leftwing militant by Jair BolsonaroCesare Battisti, a former leftwing guerrilla fighter wanted by the Italian authorities over four murders in the late 1970s, has been arrested in Bolivia and has been extradited to Italy.The prime minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, said a government aircraft was on its way to […]
    Angela Giuffrida in Rome
  • 'Raining spiders': airborne arachnids appear over south-east Brazil January 11, 2019
    Soaring temperatures bring tales of eight-legged invaders as huge numbers of communal species spin invisible webs in the skySummer in south-east Brazil has brought soaring temperatures and some disconcerting eight-legged visitors.Residents in a rural area of southern Minas Gerais state have reported skies “raining spiders”, a phenomenon which experts say is typical in the region […]
    Anna Jean Kaiser in São Paulo

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