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  • Millions across South America hit by massive power cut June 16, 2019
    Failure leaves people in Argentina and Uruguay without electricityTens of millions of people across South America were without electricity early on Sunday after a massive power failure left Argentina and Uruguay almost completely in the dark.The Argentine newspaper Clarín said the “gigantic” power collapse – which it called the worst in Argentina’s recent history – […]
    Tom Phillips, Latin America correspondent, and Uki Goñi in Montevideo
  • Bolsonaro stabber absolved for reasons of mental illness June 15, 2019
    Judge rules to convert Adélio Bispo de Oliveira’s detention to internment in state medical facilityA man who stabbed the then Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in the torso last year has been absolved after a judge ruled he was mentally ill.Adélio Bispo de Oliveira has been in police custody since 6 September 2018 when he […]
    Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro
  • Brazil: Bolsonaro fires key moderate who warned of dangers of 'extremism' June 13, 2019
    Government secretary Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz forced outNews comes as scandal swirls around justice minister MoroBrazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has sacked one of the most prominent moderates in his administration for reportedly failing to ideologically align himself with his commander-in-chief’s radical creed.Gen Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, Bolsonaro’s secretary of government, had repeatedly […]
    Tom Phillips in Mexico City and Anna Jean Kaiser in Rio de Janeiro
  • Jair Bolsonaro aides 'froth hate' for indigenous people, says sacked official June 12, 2019
    Former head of indigenous affairs agency says it is seen as ‘an obstacle to national development’Brazil’s far right president, Jair Bolsonaro, is being advised by aides who “froth hate for indigenous people,” the head of Brazil’s indigenous affairs agency has told colleagues after he was fired from his post.Franklimberg de Freitas addressed around 100 staff […]
    Anna Jean Kaiser in Rio de Janeiro
  • Hundreds of new pesticides approved in Brazil under Bolsonaro June 12, 2019
    Many of those permitted since far-right president took power are banned in EuropeBrazil has approved hundreds of new pesticide products since its far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, took power in January, and more than 1,000 since 2016, a study has found. Many of those approved are banned in Europe.Of 169 new pesticides sanctioned up to 21 […]
    Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
  • Bolsonaro tight-lipped as minister faces calls to resign over Lula scandal June 11, 2019
    Sérgio Moro had ‘totally inappropriate’ links with prosecutorsMoro jailed Bolsonaro’s top rival, Lula, before Brazil electionBrazil’s justice minister is facing growing calls to resign after a series of politically explosive leaks that some observers believe could have a profound effect on Brazilian politics and the administration of the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro.Sérgio Moro became an […]
    Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent
  • Forest twice size of UK destroyed in decade for big consumer brands – report June 11, 2019
    Greenpeace estimates 50m hectares cleared by 2020, warning companies must evolve to prevent ‘climate breakdown’An area twice the size of the UK has been destroyed for products such as palm oil and soy over the last decade, according to analysis by Greenpeace International.In 2010, members of the Consumer Goods Forum, including some of the world’s […]
    Karen McVeigh
  • Brazil reels at claims judge who jailed Lula collaborated with prosecutors June 10, 2019
    Leaked cellphone chats published by the Intercept suggest Sérgio Moro, now justice minister, steered case against ex-presidentBrazil has been rocked by allegations that a prominent judge repeatedly collaborated with prosecutors during high-profile corruption investigations – including the controversial case that imprisoned former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.According to the Intercept, Sérgio Moro gave prosecutors […]
    Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
  • The big picture: Miguel Rio Branco captures incongruous city life June 9, 2019
    Decay and renewal are encapsulated by fresh pastries on a banger’s bonnetThis picture is taken from a book called Maldicidade by the Brazilian photographer Miguel Rio Branco. The title translates literally from the Portuguese as “malice”, but it carries too the echoes of the words “city” and “cursed”. Rio Branco grew up the son of […]
    Tim Adams
  • Deforestation of Brazilian Amazon surges to record high June 4, 2019
    Environmentalists fear 2019 will be one of worst years for deforestation in recent memoryDeforestation of the Brazilian Amazon surged last month to the highest May level since the current monitoring method began, prompting concerns that president Jair Bolsonaro is giving a free pass to illegal logging, farming and mining.The world’s greatest rainforest – which is […]
    Jonathan Watts

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