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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 […]

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Thousands hit the streets across Brazil to protest against president Jair Bolsonaro

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in towns and cities across Brazil to protest against the country’s president Jair Bolsonaro. The protests were organised by opposition parties and trade unions and fall exactly one year ahead of the country’s elections. Mr Bolsonaro is currently falling behind in opinion polls. Many Brazilians are upset […]

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Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro hold huge fan rally as tussle escalates with judiciary

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro got a rousing reception from tens of thousands of people gathered in the capital on Tuesday in a show of support for the country’s leader who is embroiled in a fierce fight with the Supreme Court. “We will no longer accept that any authority, using force, goes above the constitution,” Bolsonaro […]

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Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro signs decree to limit powers of tech giants from removing accounts and content

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has signed a decree aimed at restricting the powers of social media companies to remove accounts and content. Mr Bolsonaro said a change of regulations was needed to combat the “arbitrary removal” of profiles. He said the new legislation would help protect freedom of speech. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Twitter and […]

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Indigenous organisation in Brazil ask International Criminal Court to investigate Bolsonaro for ‘genocide’ and ‘ecocide’

An Indigenous organisation in Brazil has asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro for “genocide” and “ecocide”, accusing him of persecuting native peoples and destroying their homelands. The Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) alleged in a case filed with the Hague-based court on Monday that the far-right president […]

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‘I can’t wait to get back to work .. get Brazil moving’: President Bolsonaro from hospital

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro could be discharged in the coming days, the Vila Nova Star hospital said where he is being treated. Mr Bolsonaro has been in the hospital since Wednesday after being diagnosed with an obstructed intestine. In a statement on Saturday, the hospital said Bolsonaro will be offered a diet of soups and […]

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Jair Bolsonaro transferred to Sao Paulo, may need emergency surgery to end hiccup bouts

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was transferred to a hospital in Sao Paulo for additional tests to determine whether he needs emergency surgery or not, Brazil’s Special Secretariat for Social Communication said. Local media had earlier reported Bolsonaro felt abdominal pain and was admitted to a hospital in Brasilia to investigate the cause of persistent hiccups, […]

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Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro hospitalised to identify cause of chronic hiccups

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was hospitalized on Wednesday to identify the cause of chronic hiccups, the president’s office said. This is the latest health scare for the far-right leader who was stabbed in the gut on the campaign trail in 2018. Bolsonaro, 66, went to the military hospital in Brasilia and is expected to be […]

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Bolsonaro bans outdoor fires for 120 days ahead of annual burning season, redeploys military

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has issued a broad 120-day ban on unauthorised outdoor fires ahead of the annual burning season in the Amazon rainforest. The decree, published in the official government gazette on Tuesday, comes a day after Bolsonaro redeployed the military in an effort to stop deforestation in the world’s largest rainforest. Deforestation has […]

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Covid-19 related deaths surpass 500,000 in Brazil

The number of deaths related to Covid-19 surpassed 500,000 in Brazil, the second-highest in the world, as experts say the outbreak could worsen amid slow vaccination and the start of winter. The virus continues to spread as President Jair Bolsonaro refuses to back measures like social distancing. The health institute Fiocruz says the situation is […]

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Jair Bolsonaro fined for breaching coronavirus public health rules

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been fined for failing to adhere to health safety regulations at a public event in Maranhao state. State Governor Flavio Dino said health authorities filed the case against Bolsonaro “for the promotion in Maranhao of gatherings with no sanitary safeguards”. “The law applies to everyone,” Dino tweeted, reminding the public […]

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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 […]