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Tesco urged to ditch meat company over alleged links to Amazon deforestation

Responding to Greenpeace campaign to cut links to Brazilian meat giant JBS, supermarket calls on government to ensure all UK food is deforestation-freeTesco has called on the UK government to order food companies to ensure all food sold in the UK is deforestation-free. The move comes in response to a new Greenpeace campaign calling on the supermarket to cut links to JBS, the world’s biggest meat company, over its alleged links to farms involved in Amazon deforestation.The supermarket says the UK...
Tags: Amazon, Business, UK, Germany, Angela Merkel, Environment, Americas, Cattle, Tesco, Supermarkets, Conservation, Deforestation, Brazil, Amazon Rainforest, Greenpeace, Environmental Activism


Brazil’s Troll Army Moves Into the Streets

President Jair Bolsonaro and his allies have seeded online hatred against the institutions that defend democracy. Now the outrage is spilling beyond the internet.
Tags: News, Brazil, Facebook Inc, Jair Bolsonaro, Corruption (Institutional, Rumors and Misinformation, Troll Army, Bolsonaro, Jair (1955-, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Facebook fights order to globally block accounts linked to Brazilian election meddling

Facebook has branded a legal order to globally block a number of Brazilian accounts linked to the spread of political disinformation targeting the country’s 2018 election as “extreme”, claiming it poses a threat to freedom of expression outside the country. The tech giant is simultaneously complying with the block order — beginning Saturday after it was fined by a Supreme Court judge for non-compliance — citing the risk of criminal liability for a local employee were it not to do so. However ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Twitter, Lawsuit, Instagram, Supreme Court, Tech, Policy, Brazil, Group, Reuters, Facebook Image, Jair Bolsonaro, Fake News, Disinformation, Election Interference


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Microsoft is in talks to buy TikTok from its parent company ByteDance, which are set to conclude by September 15. Microsoft announced Sunday talks were resuming after Trump threatened to ban the app in the US, and CEO Satya Nadella said he had personally spoken with Trump. Microsoft isn't the only company bidding on TikTok, Bloomberg reports. An anonymous source said Ti...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Spacex, Microsoft, Stanford, China, Softbank, Satya Nadella, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Bloomberg, Nasa, Earth, Bbc, New York Times


Under Pressure, Brazil’s Bolsonaro Forced to Fight Deforestation

After fending off international criticism on rainforest destruction, President Jair Bolsonaro caved to pressure and took steps to curb deforestation and forest fires.
Tags: News, Environment, Wildfires, Brazil, Indigenous People, Amazon Jungle, Jair Bolsonaro, Forests and Forestry, Bolsonaro, Jair (1955-


Bolsonaro says he has 'mold' in his lungs

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he felt weak and might have "mold in the lung" having spent weeks in isolation after catching Covid-19.
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Brazil's president traveling despite complaining of 'mold' in his lungs

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said in his first Facebook live video since recovering from Covid-19 that he felt weak and might have "mold in the lung." His wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, has also tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement from the President's press office.
Tags: Facebook, News, Stories, Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, COVID, Michelle Bolsonaro


Mexican president Amlo says he will wear mask 'when there is no corruption'

Andrés Manuel López Obrador has consistently avoided wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirusMexico’s president has said he will only wear a mask when the country eradicates corruption – a pledge made the day after Mexico surpassed the United Kingdom in total Covid-19 deaths.Speaking to reporters on Friday morning, Andrés Manuel López Obrador said: “You know when I’m going to put on a mask? When there is no corruption. Then I’ll put on a mask and I’ll stop talking.”Like his popul...
Tags: UK, News, Mexico, US, United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, Donald Trump, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Jair Bolsonaro, AMLO, Rodolfo Soriano Nuñez, Hugo Lopez Gatell, Soriano Núñez


Brazil's Bolsonaro says he has 'mold' in his lungs as his wife tests positive for Covid-19

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he felt weak and might have "mold in the lung" having spent weeks in isolation after catching Covid-19.
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Brazilian President Bolsonaro says he has 'mold' in his lungs after Covid-19 infection

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he felt weak and might have "mold in the lung" having spent weeks in isolation after catching Covid-19.
Tags: Cnn, Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro


Firearms exports to Brazil surge as gun ownership increases under Bolsonaro

Controversial relaxation of gun laws is fuelling fears among experts that moves will add to already shocking levels of violenceFirearms exports from Austria to Brazil have surged by more than 377% in the first half of this year as gun ownership increases under the South American country’s rightwing president, Jair Bolsonaro.Official data from Brazil’s trade ministry seen by the Guardian shows the renowned Austrian weapons manufacturer Glock exported more than $14.8m of guns from Austria to Brazi...
Tags: Americas, World news, Austria, Brazil, Guardian, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro


'It's just madness': Brazil music legend Caetano Veloso on Bolsonaro

The musician, 77, exiled to London under Brazil’s military dictatorship says he fears the president’s ‘ultra-reactionary bunch’ will not let go of power easilyHalf a century has passed since agents of the Brazilian dictatorship appeared on the doorstep of the music legend Caetano Veloso and announced: “You’d better bring your toothbrush.”Six months of detention and confinement later he was forced into European exile, spending the next two and a half years as a resident of Chelsea, West Kensingto...
Tags: Music, London, Americas, World news, Culture, Brazil, Caetano Veloso, Golders Green, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Chelsea West Kensington


Caetano Veloso: 'Bolsonaro is so confused, so incompetent'

The musician, 77, exiled to London under Brazil’s military dictatorship says he fears the president’s ‘ultra-reactionary bunch’ will not let go of power easilyHalf a century has passed since agents of the Brazilian dictatorship appeared on the doorstep of the music legend Caetano Veloso and announced: “You’d better bring your toothbrush.”Six months of detention and confinement later he was forced into European exile, spending the next two and a half years as a resident of Chelsea, West Kensingto...
Tags: Music, London, Americas, World news, Culture, Brazil, Caetano Veloso, Golders Green, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Chelsea West Kensington


Resistance to the 'environmental sect' is a cornerstone of Bolsonaro's rule

Brazil’s populist president shows no sign of changing his policies on the climate crisis despite a backlash at home and abroadIt is not just meat companies in Brazil that are under pressure over rising deforestation and widespread fires in the Amazon. The government has been forced to react after international investors and CEOs of Brazilian companies have protested, and now its own environmental officials have joined the chorus.But its response is hobbled by a deep distrust of global heating, f...
Tags: Amazon, Food, Climate Change, Environment, Americas, World news, Deforestation, Global development, Brazil, Amazon Rainforest, Meat Industry, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro


It’s cheaper to preserve the Amazon than we might think

“The cattle need ladders to graze here.” That is what my wife’s relatives used to tell her after they moved to the Amazon rainforest. She visited their farm when she was 13, and the planted grass was taller than she was. Grass grows tall there because of the substantial amount of nutrients left on the ground immediately after deforesting. A few years after clearing the land, though, most nutrients were gone and the grass became thin. That is hardly surprising as the Amazon soil is known to be am...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Politics, Featured, Education, Climate Change, California, US, Economics, Deforestation, Sociology, Farmers, Economic policy, Brazil, Geography, Social Sciences


Brazilian President Announces He Is Over Coronavirus, Poses With Hydroxychloroquine

Infamous coronavirus skeptic Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, triumphantly declared on Saturday that he had recovered from covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. To celebrate, Bolsonaro posted a photo of himself doing a thumbs-up with hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug he has promoted…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Tsunami of fake news hurts Latin America's effort to fight coronavirus

More than 160,000 people have died but from Mexico to Brazil, social networks are awash with quack cures and conspiraciesFor months Gustavo Andrade has been battling to convince his parishioners to take Covid-19 seriously.“This town is full of infected people. Two or three die every day,” said the priest, from the town of Venustiano Carranza in southern Mexico.Yet for all Andrade’s efforts, many locals remain unconvinced. “Their understanding is that these deaths are from the poison the mayor is...
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Coronavirus live news: US cases top 4m as WHO chief chides Pompeo for 'untrue' claims

US Secretary of State’s reported comments ‘untrue, unacceptable and without foundation’ says WHO; Trump cancels Jacksonville RNC; Bolsonaro not distancing despite positive test. Follow the latest updatesUS surpasses 4m Covid-19 cases as states dial back reopeningSouth Africa sees spike in excess deaths suggesting high Covid-19 tollSouth Korea goes into recession as Australia flags huge deficitUS daily coronavirus deaths surpass 1,000 for first time since June 1.12am BST Here is the full stor...
Tags: Science, Australia, Africa, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Korea, Brazil, Who, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, State


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19 a 3rd time

The president of Brazil has once again tested positive for COVID-19.Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday told CNN that his latest COVID-19 test came back positive, with this coming roughly two weeks after he announced that he had contracted the coronavirus. This was Bolsonaro's third COVID-19 test since July 7, according to Reuters."The test carried out on the president yesterday, on the 21st, showed a positive result," a statement from the Communications Ministry said, per Reuter...
Tags: News, America, Cnn, Brazil, Trump, Reuters, Brianna Keilar, Communications Ministry, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, COVID, Brazilian Press Association


Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

* The Florida Education Association sued the state, claiming the planned restart of classroom instruction next month during the pandemic would jeopardize the health of its members and students. * Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's low approval ratings rose for a third consecutive month as the perception of his handling of the coronavirus crisis and the economy's direction continued to improve gradually. * Indian police have arrested 14 people on suspicion of selling locally made doses of Gilead...
Tags: News, Brazil, Gilead Sciences Inc, Florida Education Association, Jair Bolsonaro


Two Brazilian ministers test positive for coronavirus in a day

Two Brazilian ministers have tested positive for the coronavirus in one day, following in the footsteps of President Jair Bolsonaro and three other high-ranking government officials.
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Brazil Bolsonaro's low approval rating improves despite rising COVID-19 cases

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's low approval ratings rose for a third consecutive month, a poll showed on Monday, as the perception of his handling of the coronavirus crisis and the economy's direction continued to improve gradually. The latest monthly XP/Ipespe poll findings come as the coronavirus-related deaths and cases also continue rising, cementing Brazil's place as the world's second-biggest hotspot for the pandemic after the United States. Bolsonaro's overall approval rating rose tw...
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Two more Brazil ministers test positive for coronavirus

Two more Brazilian government ministers said on Monday they had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, underscoring a struggle to limit the world's second-worst outbreak even among the political elite. Citizenship Minister Onyx Lorenzoni and newly appointed Education Minister Milton Ribeiro both announced their diagnoses and new quarantine measures on social media. Lorenzoni, a close ally of President Jair Bolsonaro, credited relatively mild symptoms to an anti-malarial drug touted by the ...
Tags: News, Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, Onyx Lorenzoni, Lorenzoni, Milton Ribeiro


Coronavirus and deforestation rip through Brazil's people and the world's lungs

President Jair Bolsonaro's management of the Covid pandemic has immediate life-and-death repercussions for Brazilians. But he is also managing most of the Amazon rainforest, and that could impace Life As We Know It, for generations.
Tags: Amazon, Cnn, Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro


Brazil's Bolsonaro says coronavirus restrictions kill economy

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday that lockdown measures used to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus "kill" and have "suffocated" the country's economy. The president's statement comes as Brazil's economy is expected to contract 6.4% this year, hit by the pandemic. Bolsonaro said he is feeling well, despite the virus, and again credited his health to the use of hydroxychloroquine to fight COVID-19, despite no scientific evidence.
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Dramatic footage fuels fears Amazon fires could be worse than last year

As dry season starts campaigners sound alarm over ‘shocking’ scale of fires, as Bolsonaro doubles down on denialsDramatic new images have shown fires raging over wide areas of the Brazilian Amazon nearly a year after blazes across the region sparked an international crisis for the far-right government of President Jair Bolsonaro.The video images and photographs were filmed during a flight by Greenpeace over a wide area of forest in Mato Grosso state in the south of the Amazon on 9 July. Filmed j...
Tags: Amazon, Environment, Americas, World news, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Brazil, Amazon Rainforest, Greenpeace, Mato Grosso, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro


Los inversores ponen a Bolsonaro bajo presión para preservar la Amazonía

El gobierno de Jair Bolsonaro cambió el tono de su discurso sobre la preservación de la Amazonía brasileña ante la fuerte y repentina presión de inversionistas que le reclaman más esfuerzos contra la deforestación, aunque ahora tendrá que pasar a los actos para convencerlos.
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What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, July 17

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined US President Donald Trump and Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro in presiding over a country that has reported more than 1 million cases of the novel coronavirus.
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What you need to know about coronavirus today

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined US President Donald Trump and Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro in presiding over a country that has reported more than 1 million cases of the novel coronavirus.
Tags: Health, India, Narendra Modi, US, Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro


Brazil tops 2 million coronavirus cases, with more than 76,000 deaths

On Thursday evening, Brazil's federal health ministry reported that the country has surpassed two million confirmed cases of coronavirus, with the death toll topping 76,000.Since the end of May, Brazil has recorded more than 1,000 daily COVID-19 deaths on average. "People have become callous," former health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta told The Associated Press. "When you say, 'Yesterday, there was 1,300 deaths,' people say, 'Okay, then it didn't go up. It was 1,300 people...
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