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Brazil COVID-19 death toll hits 27,878, surpassing hard-hit Spain

Brazil on Friday reached 27,878 coronavirus deaths, official figures showed, surpassing the toll of hard-hit Spain and making it the country with the fifth-highest number of fatalities. The epicenter of the South American coronavirus outbreak, Brazil saw 1,124 deaths in 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said. It […]

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Bolsonaro urges Brazilians back to work, dismisses coronavirus ‘hysteria’

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA – As Brazil’s largest city went into lockdown, President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday took aim at the “hysteria” over the coronavirus and urged that life must continue and jobs be preserved. In an address to the nation, Bolsonaro urged mayors and state governors to roll back […]

Bolsonaro to send army to fight huge fires in the Amazon

PORT VELHO, Brazil — Under international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of Brazil’s Amazon, President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the huge blazes while thousands took to the streets to protest his environmental policies. Brazilian forces will deploy starting Saturday to […]

Brazil’s Bolsonaro blames Amazon fires on NGOs as Twitter erupts

Wildfires in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil have ignited a firestorm on social media, with President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday suggesting green groups started the blazes. Images of fires purportedly devouring sections of the world’s largest rainforest have gone viral on Twitter. #PrayforAmazonas is the top trending […]

Cuban doctors head home, leaving Brazilian towns with no care

BRASILIA – The first of thousands of Cuban doctors left Brazil on Thursday after criticism by Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro prompted Cuba’s government to sever a cooperation agreement, leaving millions of Brazilians without medical care. Bolsonaro said the Cuban doctors were being used as “slave labor” because […]

More violence feared as Brazil braces for far-right presidency

SAO PAULO- After a presidential campaign that has seen political violence overshadow policy debate, many Brazilians fear attacks will continue after the likely election on Sunday of tough-talking far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro’s supporters in recent weeks have threatened to harm Supreme Court justices and physically attacked journalists […]

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