• Amazon's trees get taste of air of the future

    Experiment 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 of reduced rainfall and higher temperatures caused by global warming could decimate the Amazon by the end of the century. But the following decade another Hadley Centre team concl
  • US museum of natural history will not host Bolsonaro gala event after outrage

    After 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 Blasio was among those to speak out after plans for the 14 May event emerged last week, claiming Bolsonaro’s &ldq
  • Lula, like all Brazilians, faced a fair trial | Letter

    Fred 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 and its institutions, but also completely ignorant of the facts of the case.In Brazil, the judiciary is fully independent and due p
  • US natural history museum gala to honor Brazil's far-right president sparks outrage

    Institution 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 environmental protections. Related: Bolsonaro backers wage war on the rainforestContinue reading...
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  • Brazilian comedian gets jail sentence for tweets about leftwing politician

    Danilo Gentili, a conservative known for his aggressive attacks on the left, was tried over a 2017 video 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 defaming a leftwing politician.Known for his aggressive attacks on the Brazilian left, Danilo Gentili, 39, was sentenced by a judge in São Paulo on Tuesday for his comments about Maria do Rosário, a congresswoman for the souther
  • Brazilian comedian gets jail sentence for video attacking leftwing politician

    Danilo 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, Danilo Gentili, 39, was sentenced by a judge in São Paulo on Tuesday for his comments about Maria do Rosário, a congresswoman for the southern
  • Brazil’s Lula is a political prisoner. He must be freed now | Letter

    Twenty-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 standing, in a move condemned by the UN human rights committee. The election was subsequently won by
  • Brazil replaces far-right education minister with conspiracy theorist

    President 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 university professor who spent most of his career in the financial sector and has voiced righ
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  • Brazil: 10 soldiers arrested after firing more than 80 bullets into family's car

    One 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 driving the family to a baby shower on Sunday afternoon, when an army patrol opened fire on them in the low-income neighbourhood of Guadalupe. Related: Brazil military's growing r
  • Brazil: high-risk expedition to contact isolated tribe declared success

    Thirty-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 groups in a vast and remote reserve near Brazil’s Peruvian border. Related: Lost tr
  • Brazilian police kill 11 alleged robbers in ATM heist shootout

    Gang tried to simultaneously blow up two bank machinesAssailants took hostages and fought running gun battlePolice in São Paulo state have shot and killed 11 assailants who were preparing to simultaneously blow up ATMs at two branches early on Thursday, authorities said.São Paulo state’s public security secretariat said in a statement that about 25 suspects were involved in the attempts to blow up the machines to get at the cash inside, a common type of crime in Brazil. Along
  • Brazilian police kill 10 alleged robbers in ATM heist shootout

    Gang tried to simultaneously blow up two bank machinesAssailants took hostages and fought running gun battlePolice in São Paulo state have shot and killed 10 assailants who were preparing to simultaneously blow up ATMs at two branches early on Thursday, authorities said.São Paulo state’s public security secretariat said in a statement that about 25 suspects were involved in the attempts to blow up the machines to get at the cash inside, a common type of crime in Brazil. Conti
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  • Brazil education minister accused of whitewashing 1964 coup and dictatorship

    Ricardo Vélez accused of ‘historical revisionism’ after saying school history books will be rewritten to give ‘a fuller version’Brazil’s education minister has been accused of “historical revisionism” after saying school history books will be rewritten to give a positive spin to the country’s 1964 coup and 21-year military dictatorship. Related: Brazil: tortured dissidents appalled by Bolsonaro's praise for dictatorship How did it began? Rel
  • Brazil: judge rules identical twins must both pay support for nine-year-old girl

    Twins will each pay 30% of Brazil’s monthly minimum salary after DNA test failed to identify which man was her fatherA Brazilian judge has ruled that two identical twins must both pay maintenance for a nine-year-old girl after a DNA test failed to identify which was her father.Each man will have to pay 30% of Brazil’s monthly minimum salary – around £59 – and share the mother’s medical, dental, clothing and school costs. Related: Bangladesh mother discovers tw
  • Brazil: tortured dissidents appalled by Bolsonaro's praise for dictatorship

    Thousands were brutalized and hundreds killed during Brazil’s 21-year military rule – a period lauded by the current presidentAfter they were arrested by military policemen in 1977 for leaving leftwing pamphlets outside a Brazilian factory near São Paulo, Márcia Paes and Celso Brambilla were tortured for 10 days straight.“Where are the weapons?” their captors repeatedly asked them, as they attempted to link them to leftist guerrilla groups who had taken up a
  • The shock of the nude: Brazil's stark new form of political protest

    In a defiant riposte to president Bolsonaro and intolerance, performers at São Paulo’s international theatre festival are reclaiming the rights to be seen and to be differentIf ever there were a city where disrupting traffic felt like a political act, it would be São Paulo. Its 15 million inhabitants routinely take an hour to drive across town and can waste a month per year just getting to and from work. So when the dancers of Cia. Les Commediens Tropicales step in front of t
  • US-China soy trade war could destroy 13 million hectares of rainforest

    Study suggests Brazil likely to rush to fill China’s sudden soy shortfall by boosting farmingThe Amazon rainforest could be the greatest casualty of the trade war between the United States and China, warns a new study showing how deforestation pressures have surged as a result of the geopolitical jolt in global soy markets.Up to 13m hectares of forest and savannah – an area the size of Greece – would have to be cleared if Brazil and other exporters were to fill the huge shortfa
  • Chapecoense plane crash survivor dies after suffering heart attack on pitch

    • Rafael Henzel fell ill after playing football with friends
    • Brazilian club says he was ‘a symbol of club’s reconstruction’A journalist who was one of the six survivors of the Chapecoense football team air crash has died after a heart attack. Related: Chapecoense tragedy one year on: victims’ loved ones tell their storyContinue reading...
  • Fury as Bolsonaro orders Brazil army to mark 55th anniversary of military coup

    Defence ministry told to hold ‘appropriate commemorations’Widespread death and torture under regime that lasted 21 yearsVictims of Brazil’s dictatorship have responded with fury after far-right president Jair Bolsonaro ordered the country’s armed forces to commemorate the anniversary of a 1964 coup which unleashed 21 years of military rule.Bolsonaro, a former army captain, has frequently praised the regime under which hundreds of people were killed or forcibly disappeared
  • Cesare Battisti admits murdering four people in Italy in 1970s

    Former guerrilla fighter had previously denied any responsibility for the deathsCesare Battisti, an Italian writer and former leftwing guerrilla fighter extradited to Rome from Bolivia in January, has confessed to murdering four people in the 1970s, after decades of denying involvement.Prosecutors said Battisti, who until now had always professed his innocence, admitted to killing two people and being the instigator in the murder of two others under questioning at the high-security Oristano pris
  • Brazilian villages evacuated after warnings of dam collapse

    Mining giant Vale raised level of risk at a dam in Barão de Cocais to highest alert meaning rupture is imminentThe Brazilian mining giant Vale said on Saturday that communities in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais had been ordered to evacuate after independent auditors found that one of its dams could collapse at any moment.On Friday, the company raised the level of risk at a mining waste dam in the city of Barão de Cocais to three, the highest grade. According to Brazil&rsquo
  • 'Fascist, violent, dangerous': protests planned as Bolsonaro arrives in Chile

    Leftist politicians refuse to attend lunch in honor of Brazil’s far-right leader after instruction for women to wear ‘short dress’
    At the end of his first state visit to Washington DC this week, Jair Bolsonaro hailed his meeting with Donald Trump as a “historic moment”, claiming he was returning home with a sensation of “mission accomplished”. Today, Brazil’s far-right leader begins his second official trip – to Chile, where he is poised to r
  • Brazil’s former president Michel Temer arrested in corruption investigation

    Temer arrested as part of Operation Car Wash, which led to the convictions of numerous members of Brazil’s political eliteBrazil’s former president Michel Temer – who played a key role in the 2016 impeachment of his rival Dilma Rousseff – has been arrested by federal police, according to local media.The G1 news portal reported that Temer was arrested in São Paulo on Thursday morning as part of Operation Car Wash, the country’s largest ever corruption investig
  • Fox News, nepotism and bigotry: Bolsonaro brings his Trump act to DC

    First visit to the US had all the drama of a soap opera – intrigue, betrayal, family, controversy – and left Brazilians dividedJair Bolsonaro’s first official visit to the US had all the drama of a Brazilian soap opera – intrigue, betrayal, family, controversy.But viewers back home in Brazil were left divided: a disastrous interview with Fox News prompted starkly contrasting verdicts, captured in the two trending hashtags: #BolsonaroShamesBrazil (#BolsonaroEnvergonhaOBras
  • Brazilian drug gang opens fire on convoy of trucks carrying nuclear fuel

    Latest incident raises concerns about Brazil’s nuclear security in a state struggling with violent crimeA convoy of trucks carrying nuclear fuel came under armed attack on a highway in Rio de Janeiro state on Tuesday as it drove past a community controlled by a drug gang. Gang members armed with rifles opened fire on the convoy, Rio’s O Globo newspaper said.Armed police escorting the convoy exchanged fire with armed gang members as the trucks carrying uranium continued to a nearby nu
  • Brazil: retired major charged over massacre during dictatorship

    Sebastião Curio is accused of killings, torture and hiding bodies of dozens of leftist guerrillas in the Amazon regionBrazilian prosecutors have charged a retired army major who allegedly led a massacre of dozens of leftist guerrillas during the country’s military dictatorship. Related: Bolsonaro's pledge to return Brazil to past alarms survivors of dictatorshipContinue reading...
  • Bolsonaro backs Trump's border wall ahead of White House meeting

    Brazil president endorses hardline US immigration policy, saying ‘Vast majority of … immigrants do not have good intentions’Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has endorsed Donald Trump’s immigration agenda on the eve of their first meeting at the White House, saying he supports a wall on the US-Mexico border and that most immigrants to the United States wish to do harm.Bolsonaro, a far-right congressman who rode to the presidency with a brash, anti-establishment cam
  • Jair Bolsonaro backs Trump's border wall ahead of White House meeting

    Brazil president endorses hardline US immigration policy‘Vast majority of … immigrants do not have good intentions’Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has endorsed Donald Trump’s immigration agenda on the eve of their first meeting at the White House, saying he supports a wall on the US-Mexico border and that most immigrants to the United States wish to do harm.Bolsonaro, a far-right congressman who rode to the presidency with a brash, anti-establishment campaign mod
  • 'Same rhetoric': Bolsonaro's US visit to showcase populist alliance with Trump

    Brazilian president shares some of Trump’s habits: he is active on Twitter and also dismisses negative media coverage as ‘fake news’
    Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, landed in Washington DC on Sunday two days before meeting Donald Trump, his first visit to a foreign leader since taking office on 1 January – a visit he hopes will showcase the alignment between the right-wing, populist leaders of the two biggest economies in the Americas.Bolsonaro’s spokesman
  • Who ordered Marielle Franco's murder? | David Miranda

    Finding who ordered her death is key to the most important political cause of our time: stopping authoritarianism in BrazilThis Thursday will mark a year since my friend and colleague Marielle Franco was assassinated. The execution of an elected politician and human rights activist in the city of Rio de Janeiro highlighted just how tightly interwoven crime and politics have become in one of Brazil’s main cities.According to the NGO Global Witness, more human rights activists are killed in
  • Brazil school shooting: eight people killed, including five students

    Eight people and the two gunmen are among the dead in school shooting near São PauloEight people, including five schoolchildren, have been killed by gunmen who opened fire in a high school near São Paulo, before turning their guns on themselves when police arrived. The two gunmen, ages 25 and 17, walked into the state school in Suzano, near São Paulo, around 9.30am on Wednesday, and opened fire while students were on a break. Related: Brazil's Bolsonaro signs decree loosenin
  • Bolsonaro in spotlight after photo with Marielle Franco murder suspect surfaces

    An image of Brazil’s president with a suspect in the councillor’s death has raised questions over his family’s alleged mafia tiesBrazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, is facing growing calls to explain his family’s alleged links to the heavily armed and notoriously violent paramilitary gangs that control large swaths of Rio de Janeiro. Related: Brazil: two ex-police officers arrested over murder of Marielle Franco "The worst photograph in Jair Bolsonaro's li
  • Bolsonaro paramilitary ties in spotlight after photo with murder suspect

    An image of Brazil’s president with a suspect in Marielle Franco’s death has raised questions over his family’s alleged mafia tiesBrazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, is facing growing calls to explain his family’s alleged links to the heavily armed and notoriously violent paramilitary gangs that control large swaths of Rio de Janeiro. Related: Brazil: two ex-police officers arrested over murder of Marielle Franco Publicação teria sido feita e
  • Brazil shooting: at least 10 killed at elementary school

    Six children, two adults, one person standing outside and the two gunmen among the dead, said São Paulo governor João DoriaAt least 10 people have been killed at a Brazilian elementary school where two young men were seen entering the building and firing weapons early on Wednesday.Among the dead were six schoolchildren, two adults who worked at the building, one person who was standing just outside the school and the two gunmen, said São Paulo’s governor,João Do
  • 'Almost certain extinction': 1,200 species under severe threat across world

    Scientists map out threats faced by thousands of species of birds, mammals and amphibiansMore than 1,200 species globally face threats to their survival in more than 90% of their habitat and “will almost certainly face extinction” without conservation intervention, according to new research.Scientists working with Australia’s University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society have mapped threats faced by 5,457 species of birds, mammals and amphibians to determine wh
  • Brazil: two ex-police officers arrested over murder of Marielle Franco

    Franco, an outspoken critic of police violence against favela residents, was killed in 2018, prompting international outrageTwo former police officers have been arrested over the murder of the Rio de Janeiro councillor Marielle Franco, two days before the first anniversary of her death, which prompted international outrage.Franco, a groundbreaking politician who was born in one of Rio’s largest favelas and became a voice for disadvantaged people in the city, was killed in a drive-by shooti
  • Two ex-police officers arrested over murder of Brazilian politician

    Marielle Franco, a critic of police violence against favela residents, was killed in 2018Two former police officers have been arrested over the murder of the Rio de Janeiro councillor Marielle Franco, two days before the first anniversary of her death, which prompted international outrage.Franco, a groundbreaking politician who was born in one of Rio’s largest favelas and became a voice for disadvantaged people in the city, was killed in a drive-by shooting along with her driver, Anderson
  • Bolsonaro under fire for smearing reporter who covered scandal involving his son

    ‘Bolsonaro is Fake News’ became a top hashtag in Brazil after president shared ‘false information’ to attack a journalistBrazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has provoked a storm of protest after sharing fake news to attack a journalist who has covered a scandal involving a former aide of his son Flávio, a senator who is also under investigation for money laundering.Leading newspapers, the Brazilian Investigative Journalism Association and the Brazilian Bar Asso
  • Rio carnival turns political as ‘Barbie Fascists’ defend women’s rights

    Revellers in fancy dress protest against widespread sexism and Brazil’s president, Jair BolsonaroTens of thousands of people in outlandish fancy dress were crammed into Rio’s Praça XV square for the Cordão de Boitatá street party, one of the most traditional shows of Rio’s notoriously decadent carnival.But amid the samba rhythms and fantastical costumes, there were calls for action, speeches about feminism and demands for respect. Related: Brazil's Bolsonar
  • Brazil launches high-risk expedition to protect isolated tribe

    Team sponsored by Funai is searching for the indigenous Korubo community, saying move is necessary to avoid bloodshedBrazil’s agency for indigenous peoples has sent off a rare and high-risk expedition, hoping to contact a small, isolated group in the Amazon and reunite its members with some of their relatives, saying the move is necessary to avoid bloodshed in an area near the border with Peru. Related: Lost tribes: the 1,000km rainforest mission to protect an Amazon village | Dom Phillips
  • Revealed: populist leaders linked to reduced inequality

    Populists on left and right have closed gap between rich and poor - but also eroded freedomsPopulist presidents and prime ministers are associated with significant reductions in economic inequality across the world, according to groundbreaking research that will challenge the assumption that populism only has negative consequences.However, the research by political scientists and economists also found that governments run by populist leaders are correlated with declines in the quality of electio
  • Brazil's Bolsonaro ridiculed after tweeting explicit carnival video

    Brazilian president tweeted pornographic clip reportedly filmed during carnival in apparent attempt to hit back at criticismBrazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has sparked outrage, disgust and ridicule after tweeting a pornographic video in an apparent attempt to hit back at criticism of his administration during this year’s carnival.Revellers across the country have used the annual street party as an opportunity to protest against their extremist leader who is notorious fo
  • Bolsonaro ridiculed after tweeting explicit carnival video

    Brazilian president tweeted pornographic clip reportedly filmed during carnival in apparent attempt to hit back at criticismBrazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has sparked outrage, disgust and ridicule after tweeting a pornographic video in an apparent attempt to hit back at criticism of his administration during this year’s carnival.Revellers across the country have used the annual street party as an opportunity to protest against their extremist leader who is notorious fo
  • Brazilians demand answers for Marielle Franco's murder at Rio carnival

    Revellers used annual carnival to ‘protest’ and pay tribute to the councilwoman nearly a year after the still-unsolved murderNearly a year after the still-unsolved murder of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman and LGBT activist Marielle Franco, Brazilian revellers have used their country’s annual carnival to demand answers. Related: Lights, sequins, samba: Rio carnival at the Sambadrome – in picturesRelated: 'I'm waiting for her to come back': Marielle Franco's fiancee on life a
  • Lights, sequins, samba: Rio carnival at the Sambadrome in pictures

    From giant turtles to Roman centurions, Rio de Janeiro’s two nights of carnival parades at the Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí began in a burst of fireworks and continued with the cheers of thousands of tourists and locals who also enjoyed street celebrations all around the city Continue reading...
  • Macuxi indigenous people of the Raposa reserve - in pictures

    The Raposa Serra do Sol reserve in northern Brazil is home to 25,000 indigenous people, whose land has been targeted by the country’s rightwing president, Jair BolsonaroContinue reading...
  • 'We are fighting': Brazil's indigenous groups unite to protect their land

    Residents of Raposa Serra do Sol are determined to face down the threat posed by mining “A united people will never be defeated!” shouted Maria Betânia Mota, as the indigenous assembly in a partially burned-out agricultural college began. Hundreds of voices roared back in approval.Betânia Mota is the women’s secretary of its organisers, the Indigenous Council of Roraima (CIR), which represents the majority of those living in the 1.7m hectares of savannah and scrub t
  • Brazilian mining CEO steps down amid anger over dam collapse

    Fabio Schvartsman and other executives resign after claims firm knew dam was unstableThe boss of the Brazilian iron ore mining firm Vale has resigned, following growing public and political anger over the collapse of a dam in which at least 186 people died.Fabio Schvartsman and several other senior executives resigned on a temporary basis on Saturday after prosecutors recommended their dismissal. The move came after a leak of official documents suggested that Vale knew the dam was at a heightene
  • Ex-Brazil president Lula leaves prison to attend grandson's funeral

    Workers’ party leader serving 12 years for corruptionLula reiterates his innocence, vowing: ‘I’m going to get out’Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva left prison on Saturday to attend the funeral of his seven-year-old grandson, reiterating his innocence before political leaders and relatives who had gathered to mourn.Lula, who is serving a 12-year sentence for corruption and money laundering, was released at 7am local time from a prison in the Para
  • Outrage after Brazil ministry asks schools to read aloud Bolsonaro slogan

    New education minister admits ‘mistake’ after asking schools to film students singing the national anthem and as slogan is readBrazil’s new education minister has been forced into a humiliating retreat after he asked schools in the country to film students singing the national anthem in front of a Brazilian flag and being read the campaign slogan of new far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro.“I recognised the mistake,” Ricardo Vélez Rodríguez said on Tues

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