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Crimes against humanity: Senate report urges charging Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro over pandemic

Crimes against humanity: Senate report urges charging Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro over pandemic

Brazil’s leader has consistently downplayed the threat of the coronavirus, touted misinformation and unproven treatments while ignoring global health guidelines.

  • by Debora Alvares and Diane Jeantet

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How rum is helping Venezuelan gangsters break out of a vicious cycle

How rum is helping Venezuelan gangsters break out of a vicious cycle

A crime boss and his gang are part of an unusual social reintegration project that has helped a family-run rum company go from bankruptcy to exporting an award-winning vintage.

  • by Isayen Herrera and Anatoly Kurmanaev
WHO advises a third COVID shot for users of Chinese vaccines

WHO advises a third COVID shot for users of Chinese vaccines

Observational data on Sinopharm and Sinovac shots “clearly showed that in older age groups ... the vaccine performs less well after two doses”, the health body said.

  • by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge
Ecuador declares prison emergency after more than 100 killed in riot

Ecuador declares prison emergency after more than 100 killed in riot

Images circulating on social media showed dozens of bodies in the prison’s pavilions in what authorities say was the worst prison bloodbath ever in the country.

  • by Gabriela Molina
Biden develops rival to China’s Belt and Road, starting in Latin America

Biden develops rival to China’s Belt and Road, starting in Latin America

The White House’s program - Build Back Better for the World - aims to win back some of the ground China has gained with its massive foreign policy project.

  • by Jennifer Jacobs
Severe Brazil drought reignites debate over daylight saving

Severe Brazil drought reignites debate over daylight saving

As energy rationing looms in a nation powered by hydro-electricity, businesses lobby for an extra hour of evening sunlight before lights come on.

  • by Diane Jeantet
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Brazil’s health minister COVID positive while attending UN

Brazil’s health minister COVID positive while attending UN

Marcelo Queiroga was the second member of the Brazilian delegation to test positive. He was reportedly staying in the same hotel as US President Joe Biden.

  • by Anthony Boadle
Ex-Trump adviser Jason Miller detained in Brazil as political tumult grips country

Ex-Trump adviser Jason Miller detained in Brazil as political tumult grips country

His detention comes on the same day that tens of thousands of people rallied in support of embattled Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, with whom Miller met during his visit.

  • by Felicia Sonmez and Terrence McCoy
‘Not easy to explain’: Sharp drop in South America’s COVID infections stuns experts

‘Not easy to explain’: Sharp drop in South America’s COVID infections stuns experts

A few weeks ago COVID was ravaging the continent. Now new infections have fallen in nearly every nation as vaccination rates have ramped up.

  • by Ernesto Londoño, Daniel Politi and Flávia Milhorance
From the Archives, 1916: Antarctic explorers rescued after 137 days

From the Archives, 1916: Antarctic explorers rescued after 137 days

On August 30, 1916, 22 men from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic exploration team were rescued after 137 days marooned on Elephant Island. The men had been left in a hole in the ice cliffs while Shackleton sailed for help in a rowboat.

  • by Staff Writers
The country with the most fresh water on the planet has lost 15 per cent of it

The country with the most fresh water on the planet has lost 15 per cent of it

The Brazilian scientists were sceptical. They ran different models to check calculations, but they all returned the same startling result.

  • by Diane Jeantet