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Michelle Bolsonaro Has Virus

President of Brazil has said he's recovered

(Newser) - No sooner had Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced his recovery from the coronavirus than his wife tested positive. Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive Thursday, NPR reports. She's in the care of a presidential medical team, the government said. "She is in a state of good health and will follow... More »

Reporters Suing Brazil Leader Over His COVID Briefing

Jair Bolsonaro took off his mask after announcing he tested positive

(Newser) - A group of journalists in Brazil plans to sue President Jair Bolsonaro after he removed his mask during a Tuesday press conference in which he announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 . Several masked reporters held microphones close to Bolsonaro's chest as he spoke from behind a mask. Bolsonaro... More »

Bolsonaro Proclaims Hydroxychloroquine 'Is Certainly Working'

Jair Bolsonaro downs hydroxychloroquine in Facebook video to treat his COVID-19

(Newser) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he's confident he'll swiftly recover from COVID-19 thanks to treatment with hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug that hasn't been proven effective against the coronavirus. Bolsonaro said he tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday after months of downplaying its severity while deaths mounted rapidly... More »

Brazil's President Tests Positive for COVID

Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the virus as a public health threat

(Newser) - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the coronavirus, an illness he has repeatedly downplayed as a threat to public health. "It came back positive," the 65-year-old told reporters Tuesday, per the Guardian . Bolsonaro was tested Monday after developing a fever and cough. The diagnosis will test... More »

Bolsonaro Tested for COVID After Symptoms Develop

Brazil's president says, though, that 'everything is fine'

(Newser) - The president of Brazil has been tested for COVID-19 after developing symptoms consistent with the coronavirus, Bloomberg reports. Jair Bolsonaro says "everything is fine" and his office describes him as being "in good health," but he recently had a slight fever and has been seen coughing. Per... More »

US Travel Ban Hurts Bolsonaro Further as Toll Skyrockets

One mayor says Brazil's president wants to be a dictator but is 'too stupid'

(Newser) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil has quadrupled this month, to 363,000, making it No. 2 in the world. The nation's COVID-19 death toll neared 23,000 on Monday. President Jair Bolsonaro has had to answer for a travel ban on noncitizens arriving from Brazil this... More »

Brazil's Governors Defy Bolsonaro Over Pandemic

President called for easing measures against coronavirus in address to nation

(Newser) - Brazil's governors are defying President Jair Bolsonaro over his call to reopen schools and businesses, dismissing his argument that the "cure" of widespread shutdowns to contain the spread of the new coronavirus is worse than the disease. Bolsonaro contends that the clampdown already ordered by many governors will... More »

Graham to Self-Quarantine After Exposure at Mar-a-Lago

Senator was at an event with Brazilian official who tested positive for coronavirus

(Newser) - Sen. Lindsey Graham has put himself in quarantine after being at Mar-a-Lago last weekend with a Brazilian official who's tested positive for coronavirus. Graham will work from home, his office said Thursday, while he awaits the results of his own test for the virus. President Trump was hosting Brazilian... More »

Netflix Ordered to Pull Film About Gay Jesus

Brazilian judge says 'freedom of expression ... is not absolute'

(Newser) - A Brazilian judge has ordered Netflix to remove a film depicting Jesus Christ with a boyfriend. The First Temptation of Christ, released as a Christmas special, caused such fury among Brazil's conservative Christians that 2 million signed a petition calling for its removal, while a group lobbed firebombs at... More »

Leo DiCaprio Has Response for Brazil Prez

'We did not fund the organizations targeted'

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio has responded to Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's accusation that he helped fund environmental NGOs that were setting fire to the Amazon , and the answer is no, he did not, reports CNN . "The future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake and I am proud to stand... More »

Brazil Leader Targets A-List Actor Over Amazon Fires

Jair Bolsonaro points finger at Leonardo DiCaprio for rainforest blazes

(Newser) - Without offering proof, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday said actor Leonardo DiCaprio had funded nonprofit groups that Bolsonaro claims are partly responsible for fires in the Amazon this year. Bolsonaro’s remarks about the actor were part of a wider government campaign against environmental nonprofit groups operating in Brazil.... More »

Environmentalists Alarmed Over Latest Amazon Data

Deforestation is at an 11-year high, Brazil says

(Newser) - Environmentalists are ringing alarm bells after Brazil released its latest data on the Amazon rainforest, CNN reports. According to the government, the rainforest lost nearly 3,800 square miles over 12 months through July 2019, marking an 11-year high in deforestation and a 29.5% increase over the year before.... More »

Bolsonaro Waging War on ... Bic Pens

Amid feud with Macron, Brazil president says he'll stop using pen 'because it is French'

(Newser) - The US-China trade war might be grabbing most headlines, but things just got serious in the spat between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. "A pen (of the Brazilian brand) Compactor and no more Bic, will work," said Bolsonaro in announcing that he's going... More »

Now Bolsonaro Might Take That $22M, on One Condition

Brazilian president wants Emmanuel Macron to apologize

(Newser) - So maybe Brazil will take that $22 million after all. After a rep for President Jair Bolsonaro rejected the aid package offered by the G7 and mocked French President Emmanuel Macron while doing so early Tuesday, Bolsonaro hours later indicated he actually would accept it—on one condition. The Washington ... More »

Brazil Rejects G7 Money to Fight Amazon Fires, Trolls Macron

Government says Europe should use funds to 'reforest'

(Newser) - With thousands of wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest, the Brazilian government has decided it is more interested in trolling Emmanuel Macron than in accepting assistance. After the G7 offered $22 million to help Brazil fight the fires, a spokesman for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rejected the offer and mocked... More »

Macron: Brazil President 'Incredibly' Rude to My Wife

French leader accuses Jair Bolsonaro of making 'disrespectful comment' about Brigitte

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron and Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro have been publicly sniping over the wildfires in the Amazon. Now things have turned personal. On Monday, Macron accused Bolsonaro of insulting his wife, Brigitte. "For him to have made incredibly disrespectful comments about my spouse—what can I say... More »

Amazon Fires Catch the World's Attention

Even amid disagreement over just how bad they are

(Newser) - It's the dry season in Brazil, meaning wildfires are burning all over the country, including in the Amazon rainforest. In fact, the Brazilian agency in charge of monitoring fires—the National Institute for Space Research—reports that a record 74,155 blazes were burning as of this week, up... More »

Whistleblower: Brazil Is Aiding in Amazon's Destruction

About 2.5 acres of rainforest are destroyed every minute

(Newser) - "It feels like we are the enemies of the Amazon." That's according to a senior environmental official in Brazil, where satellite images show a chunk of Amazon rainforest the size of a soccer field is being destroyed every minute. Speaking anonymously to the BBC , the official describes... More »

He Was to Fly With Brazil's Prez —Then Came Luggage Search

Airman accused of smuggling cocaine into Spain ahead of G20

(Newser) - A promise to curtail drugs and crime helped Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro get elected last year—hence why NPR reports the arrest of a member of his G20 party is so embarrassing. Brazilian Air Force Sgt. Manoel Silva Rodrigues—serving as flight steward on a military plane en route to... More »

Brazil Prez Backs Off Holocaust 'Forgiveness'

Israel had criticized Bolsonaro's statement

(Newser) - After drawing criticism for remarks suggesting the Jewish genocide during World War II could be forgiven, Brazil's president now says that isn't quite what he meant. Jair Bolsonaro had said Thursday of the Holocaust: "We can forgive, but we can't forget. That's my phrase. Those... More »

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