Coronavirus infects 38 indigenous groups in Brazil

World / Science & Health May 17, 2020

Coronavirus infects 38 indigenous groups in Brazil

The coronavirus pandemic has hit 38 indigenous groups in Brazil, raising fears for populations that have a history of being decimated by outside diseases, the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples' Association (APIB) said Friday. "The virus is reaching indigenous territories across Brazil with frightening speed," the association ...

With attention on the coronavirus, Amazon deforestation surges

World May 9, 2020

With attention on the coronavirus, Amazon deforestation surges

As the world focuses on the coronavirus, deforestation continues to surge in the Amazon rainforest this year, raising fears of a repeat of last year's record-breaking devastation — or worse. Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon hit a new high in the first four months of ...

Amazon city resorts to mass graves as Brazil COVID-19 deaths soar

World Apr 30, 2020

Amazon city resorts to mass graves as Brazil COVID-19 deaths soar

Deaths from the coronavirus outbreak have piled up so fast in the Amazon rainforest's biggest city that the main cemetery is burying five coffins at a time in collective graves. Soon, the city may run out of coffins. "It's chaos here," said Maria Garcia, who waited ...

Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro isolated and weakened by coronavirus denial

World Apr 4, 2020

Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro isolated and weakened by coronavirus denial

At a tense Cabinet meeting on Saturday in the Brazilian president's official residence, Jair Bolsonaro found himself isolated. The far-right leader convened the emergency meeting in Brasilia's modernist Alvorada Palace to resolve a dispute with Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta, who publicly opposed the president's ...

South America's indigenous people lock down as coronavirus takes hold

World Mar 27, 2020

South America's indigenous people lock down as coronavirus takes hold

For decades, indigenous groups from Colombia to Brazil have been fighting the threat to their lives posed by oil exploration, deforestation and illegal logging. Now the battle is against the deadly coronavirus outbreak. Indigenous tribes are locking down and closing off their reserves to visitors as ...

World / Politics Mar 6, 2020

Brazil recalls all diplomats and officials in Venezuela, source says

Brazil recalled its entire corps of diplomats and foreign service officials from Venezuela while ordering the government of Nicolas Maduro to pull out its representatives in Brazil, a government source said on Thursday, further hardening ties between the two. Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro had ...