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Leonardo DiCaprio 'Better Keep His Mouth Shut,' Says Bolsonaro

Brazil president is not happy with actor's attempts to get out the vote

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio is in a feud, not with another celebrity, but with Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro. Following a series of recent tweets in which DiCaprio urged Brazilians to get out and vote in this October's elections to ensure the Amazon rainforest is protected, Bolsonaro on Tuesday hit back at...

Bolsonaro Answers DiCaprio Sarcastically

Actor and Amazon activist had appealed to the country's young people to vote

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio took his environmental worries directly to the young voters of Brazil this week, drawing a sarcastic response from the nation's president. "Brazil is home to the Amazon and other ecosystems critical to climate change," the actor tweeted Thursday, the BBC reports. "What happens there...

Amazon Deforestation Sets Record
Sets Record

Amazon Deforestation Sets Record

Brazil's government promised to do better, but polices remain, experts say

(Newser) - "There is a race to deforest the Amazon," said a researcher at Brazil's Federal University of Minas Gerais. It's becoming clearer that the Amazon is the loser. Trees in the Brazilian Amazon were cut down in an area five times the size of the deforested land...

As Brazil's Senate Pounces, Trump Salutes Bolsonaro

Senate panel votes to recommend charges against the Brazilian president

(Newser) - Former President Trump is on Jair Bolsonaro's side, but the Brazilian president can't say the same about his Senate. A panel of senators on Tuesday voted 7-4 to recommend charges over Bolsonaro's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, following a six-month investigation that culminated in a 1,288-page...

Brazil Senators Say 300K COVID Deaths Were Homicides

Panel recommends charges against Bolsonaro

(Newser) - The pandemic has killed at least 603,000 people in Brazil, more than in any country except the US—and a panel of senators is accusing President Jair Bolsonaro of killing half of them. After a six-month investigation, the panel plans to recommend charges of mass homicide and genocide of...

Bolsonaro Plans to Ignore NYC Vaccine Mandate

'Why would I get vaccinated?' asks Brazilian leader

(Newser) - "Just guess which politician hasn’t been vaccinated and is going to expose his country and citizens to yet another international embarrassment?" tweeted Brazilian lawmaker Erika Kokay Thursday. The answer is President Jair Bolsonaro, who is apparently planning to flout New York City's indoor vaccine mandate when he...

YouTube Yanks Videos From Brazil's Bolsonaro

Platform accuses him of spreading misinformation about COVID

(Newser) - YouTube has removed some 15 videos posted by Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro that spread misinformation about COVID-19. The platform says it does not allow content "that states that hydroxychloroquine and/or ivermectin are effective in treating or preventing Covid-19, that states there is a cure for the disease, or says...

Brazil's President Apparently Can't Stop Hiccuping

Jair Bolsonaro hospitalized after abdominal pain, 10-day bout of hiccups

(Newser) - Brazil's president has been admitted to the hospital with a strange bout of hiccups, so far lasting more than 10 days, per the Guardian . Jair Bolsonaro was taken to a military hospital in the capital city of Brasilia around 4am local time on Wednesday when the hiccups failed to...

Brazil's Bolsonaro May Be in Real Trouble
Brazil's Bolsonaro
May Be in Real Trouble
the rundown

Brazil's Bolsonaro May Be in Real Trouble

Criminal investigation begins related to vaccine purchase, as his approval hits all-time low

(Newser) - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro is one of the most controversial leaders in the world, one who seems to relish a fight with his political enemies. But multiple accounts say what's currently unfolding in Brazil is different—and poses a real threat to his presidency. Coverage:
  • The scandal: Bolsonaro is

Bolsonaro Fined After Motorcycle Rally Appearance

Brazil's conservative president just won't wear a mask

(Newser) - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro led thousands of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday—and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask in violation of local pandemic restrictions, per the AP . The conservative president waved to the crowd from his motorcycle and...

Brazilian Cops Accused of Executions During Raid

24 people designated as criminals were killed in police action

(Newser) - A bloody, hourslong gunbattle in a Rio de Janeiro slum echoed into Friday, with authorities saying the police mission killed two dozen criminals while residents and activists claimed human rights abuses. It was just after sunrise Thursday when dozens of officers from Rio de Janeiro state’s civil police stormed...

Bolsonaro: I Might Send Army Into the Streets

President says local pandemic lockdowns are worsening hunger in Brazil

(Newser) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has suggested that the army might be called into the streets to restore order if lockdown measures against COVID-19 that he opposes lead to chaos. In a television interview Friday night with TV Criticia in the Amazon city of Manaus, Bolsonaro repeated his frequent criticism of...

Brazil to US: Want the Amazon Protected? Pay Up

Critics say Bolsonaro government can't be trusted with demand for $1B

(Newser) - After years of being criticized for failing to prevent the destruction of the Amazon, Brazil's government says it is willing to take action to stop deforestation. But it wants cash up front from other countries, including $1 billion from the US. President Jair Bolsonaro's government made the request...

Argentine Leader Has COVID, Despite Russian Vaccine

But Alberto Fernández's case is mild because of the vaccination, says his doctor

(Newser) - Argentina's president has become the latest world leader to test positive for COVID, but Alberto Fernández's case comes with a twist. Fernández was vaccinated in January, reports CNN . The 62-year-old received Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, and he was fine until a mild headache and a...

President Ordered to Pay Damages to Journalist

Bolsonaro 'damaged the honor' of the reporter

(Newser) - A Brazilian judge has ordered that country’s leader to compensate a journalist, saying that comments made by President Jair Bolsonaro had “damaged the honor of the complainant, causing moral damage,” AFP reports. The March 16 decision calls for Bolsonaro to pay Patricia Campos Mello, a reporter for...

The Brazil Stories Have Been Bad. This One's Worse
The Brazil Stories Have
Been Bad. This One's Worse
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The Brazil Stories Have Been Bad. This One's Worse

Country announced a record number of deaths Tuesday

(Newser) - The headlines about the state of things in Brazil this month have been gloomy. Things are now much worse. The BBC reports the country on Tuesday night reported 2,841 COVID-19 deaths over the last 24 hours, which it paints as a "large jump" from the previous high of...

Brazil Smashes Daily Record for COVID Deaths—Again

Wednesday's nearly 2.3K deaths broke Tuesday's record

(Newser) - A week after President Jair Bolsonaro told Brazilians to quit their whining , the struggling nation has hit a new ominous milestone of nearly 2,300 daily deaths due to COVID-19. Brazil on Wednesday recorded 2,286 deaths—beating the record high of 1,972 set the day before—and 79,...

Bolsonaro: Quit Whining About COVID

Cases and deaths are up as coronavirus variants spread

(Newser) - President Jair Bolsonaro has responded to the increase in Brazil's COVID-19 deaths by telling his countrymen to quit fretting about it. "Enough fussing and whining. How much longer will the crying go on?" Bolsonaro told an audience Thursday, Reuters reports. "How much longer will you stay at...

Brazil Halts Vaccine Trial After 'Serious Incident'

Bolsonaro calls CoronaVac move a 'victory'

(Newser) - Brazil's health regulator has halted clinical trials of the potential coronavirus vaccine CoronaVac, citing an "adverse, serious event." Adversaries of President Jair Bolsonaro said they feared the decision was motivated not by science but by the leader's political hostility to the country and state involved in...

Senator Had 'Stacks of Money' in His Underwear, Police Say

Sen. Chico Rodrigues finds himself suspended in Brazil

(Newser) - A Brazilian lawmaker stepped down from his position representing President Jair Bolsonaro's government and was suspended from the senate, after police searched his house and found cash inside the underwear he was wearing, the AP reports. Federal police targeted Roraima state's Sen. Chico Rodrigues as part of a...

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