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Brazil: At least 7 dead, 32 injured after part of canyon collapses onto leisure boats on lake

At least seven people have been killed after part of a cliff collapsed onto leisure boats on a Brazilian lake. Another three are missing and 32 injured following the accident in the south-east of the country. Video circulating online shows the moment the rock detaches from the cliff face as onlookers try to yell warnings […]

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Rio de Janeiro cancels annual Carnival parade due to rising Covid-19 cases, Omicron fears

Rio de Janeiro has cancelled its world-famous Carnival parade for a second year due to an increase in Covid-19 cases and the threat from the arrival of the Omicron coronavirus variant, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday. Mayor Eduardo Paes announced after a meeting with health authorities that the city would call off the event […]

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Jair Bolsonaro: Brazilian president hospitalised for intestinal obstruction

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was taken to a Sao Paulo hospital for tests early Monday after experiencing abdominal discomfort, the government said in a statement. The hospital where he was admitted, Vila Nova Star, said in a statement the president had an intestinal obstruction and was in stable condition. Bolsonaro is “doing well” and further […]

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Heavy rains swell rivers, burst two dams in northeastern Brazil; thousands affected by flooding

Two dams gave way in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia after weeks of heavy rains, swamping already swollen local rivers as flooding hit towns across the region, authorities said on Sunday. The Igua dam, on the Verruga river near the city of Vitoria da Conquista in southern Bahia, collapsed on Saturday night, forcing authorities […]

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Jair Bolsonaro had ‘direct’ role in spreading disinformation on Brazil’s voting system: Police document

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had a “direct and relevant” role in spreading disinformation about the country’s electoral process during live streams on social media, according to a police document. Federal police commissioner Denisse Ribeiro wrote in the document that Bolsonaro’s streams had a “clear purpose” of misguiding Brazilians over the integrity of the country’s elections, […]

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Brazil: Four convicted in nightclub fire that killed 242 club-goers during party

A court in Brazil sentenced four people to lengthy prison terms over the deaths of 242 club-goers in a fire during a party in 2013. The blaze began when members of a band performing at the Kiss nightclub, in the southern city of Santa Maria, lit flares which set light to the ceiling. There was […]

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Brazil’s Amazon rainforest sees worst deforestation levels in over 15 years

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has hit its highest level in over 15 years, official data shows. A report by Brazil’s space research agency found that deforestation increased by 22% in a year. Brazil was among a number of nations who promised to end and reverse deforestation by 2030 during the COP26 climate summit. The […]

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Marilia Mendonca: Chart topping Brazilian singer dies in plane crash at 26

Marília Mendonça, one of Brazil’s most popular contemporary singers, has been killed in a plane crash at the age of 26, officials say. Four other people her uncle, her producer and two crew members also died in the accident in a rural area in south-eastern Minas Gerais state. An investigation has been launched to determine […]

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Brazil: Nine firefighters killed after roof of cave collapses

Nine firefighters have died near Brazil’s Altinopolis city after the roof collapsed in a cave while they were training inside, according to authorities. The accident occurred on Sunday as 26 firefighters were on a training exercise in the Duas Bocas cave, the Sao Paulo fire department said on Twitter. “There were nine dead and one […]

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Police in Brazil kill at least 25 suspects part of heavily armed bank robbers

Police in Brazil killed at least 25 suspects as part of an unprecedented offensive against heavily armed bank robbers whose brazen heists have brought several major cities to a standstill. The alleged criminals were gunned down in the early hours of Sunday in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais, where police claimed they had been […]

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Brazilian Senate backs criminal charges against President Bolsonaro over Covid-19 handling

A Senate committee in Brazil has voted to recommend that President Jair Bolsonaro face charges over his handling of the Covid pandemic. Seven of the panel’s 11 members backed a report calling for nine charges to be filed against Mr Bolsonaro, including crimes against humanity. The committee chair, Senator Omar Aziz, will send the findings […]

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Brazil pandemic probe to recommend President Jair Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges

A probe into the Brazilian government’s handling of Covid-19 pandemic by the Senate will recommend that President Jair Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges, the senator leading the inquiry said on Friday, though it remains highly unlikely that he will face a trial on any such charges. Renan Calheiros said that the investigation launched in April […]