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3 illegal miners killed in shootout for entering indigenous area in the Brazilian Amazon

Three suspected illegal miners were killed in a shootout that erupted after they entered an indigenous area in the Brazilian Amazon. The Yanomami group said armed miners on seven boats attacked a remote community on Monday. One indigenous person and four other miners were injured. An estimated 20,000 illegal gold miners are in the Yanomami […]

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Brazil: 25 killed in police raid on drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro

At least 25 people, including a police officer, were killed in a shootout on Thursday during an operation against drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro’s Jacarezinho slum, police said. Suspects tried to escape across rooftops as police entered the slum in armoured vehicles and helicopters flew overhead, local media footage showed. Bullets fired during the […]

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Teenager stabs 3 kids, 2 teachers to death after breaking into day-care centre in Brazil

A teenager broke into a daycare center in southern Brazil and stabbed three children and two workers to death Tuesday before being overpowered by police, officials said. Municipal Education Secretary Gisela Hermann described a “horror scene” at the facility in Saudades, a town in Santa Catarina state. A female teacher and an educational assistant were […]

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Roof-top swimming pool collapses and crashes onto floors below

Hundreds of residents at a luxury waterfront block of flats in Brazil had to be evacuated last week when a swimming pool collapsed and crashed through the roof. Shocking CCTV footage captured the moment the floor of the 75 feet-long pool suddenly gave way, sending water flooding into the car park below, along with debris […]

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Brazil’s coronavirus death toll surpasses 400,000

Brazil surpassed 400,000 coronavirus-related deaths, the second-highest total in the world after the United States. More than half of those were recorded in 2021, while April has been the deadliest month since the start of the pandemic. With 212 million people, the South American giant also has one of the highest mortality rates in the […]

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Brazilian Senate opens investigation into President Bolsonaro‘s handling of COVID-19 pandemic

Brazil’s Senate opened an investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro‘s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the nation approaches the sombre milestone of 400,000 coronavirus-related deaths. The government of Bolsonaro, a far-right COVID-19 sceptic who has downplayed the virus and rebuffed efforts to enact public health restrictions, is facing widespread criticism for Brazil’s high coronavirus death […]

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João Filipe Barbieri: World’s biggest arms smuggler arrested

One of the world’s biggest arms traffickers was captured in Brazil, police said five months after he escaped from prison using a fake early release document. João Filipe Barbieri was convicted for being part of a gang that smuggled hundreds of rifles from the US hidden in swimming pool equipment. Barbieri was found at his […]

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Brazil’s P1 coronavirus variant is worrying and may become more dangerous, study finds

Brazil’s P1 coronavirus variant, behind a deadly COVID-19 surge in the Latin American country has raised alarm overseas and is mutating in ways that could make it better able to evade antibodies, according to scientists studying the virus. Research conducted by the public health institute Fiocruz into the variants circulating in Brazil found mutations in […]

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Coronavirus Brazil: Supreme Court orders probe into Bolsonaro’s pandemic response

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attacked Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso after the judge ordered Congress to begin a probe of the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Bolsonaro criticized the request for the congressional probe to focus on the failures of the federal government in its COVID response. Brazil’s daily COVID-19 death toll […]

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Brazilian student shoots himself dead while playing Russian roulette

A 20-year-old Brazilian law student shot himself while playing Russian roulette with a friend during a house party. The tragic incident took place on April 1, when Cades Emanuel Pimenta Santos Norte was at his house in the northern municipality of Janauba in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. The boy used .38 revolver to […]

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Brazil’s army, navy and air force chiefs resign in protest against Jair Bolsonaro’s leadership style

The heads of Brazil’s army, navy and air force have all resigned as President Jair Bolsonaro struggles to contain a crisis over his leadership. The defence chiefs are reported to have stepped down in protest at what they see as an attempt by Mr Bolsonaro to exert undue control over the military. On Monday, six […]

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Brazil: 6 ministers in Bolsonaro’s cabinet resign as the nation’s Covid-19 situation worsens

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro replaced six of his ministers on Monday as the nation’s Covid-19 situation worsens. Resignation letters were released by now ex-ministers throughout the day, with Former Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva releasing a statement saying he had “preserved the Armed Forces as a State institution.” He will be replaced by Army […]