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Brazil’s Bolsonaro gathers supporters in show of strength amid coup probe

Reuters Supporters of Jair Bolsonaro gathered on Sunday on Sao Paulo’s iconic Paulista Avenue to show support for the former far-right Brazilian President as he finds himself embroiled in several investigations that many believe could land him in jail. Bolsonaro called the rally, which he dubbed a “peaceful gathering in favour of the rule of […]

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon falls to lowest since 2018

A general view shows the water conditions in the Piraiba river before a summit of Amazon rainforest nations, in Belem, Para state, Brazil on 5th August, 2023

Sao Paulo, BrazilReuters Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon dropped by 22.3 per cent in the 12 months through July, government data showed on Thursday, as President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made good on a pledge to rein in the destruction that happened under his predecessor Jair Bolsonaro. Some 9,001 square kilometres of Amazon jungle were […]

Brazil’s Lula legalises more Indigenous reservations in Amazon

Brazil's Environment Minister Marina Silva meets Davi Kopenawa, chief of the Yanomami, after a ceremony to commemorate Amazon Day, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, on 5th September, 2023.

Brasilia, Brazil Reuters Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Tuesday officially recognised two Indigenous territories, granting them legal protection as reservations to defend against invasions by illegal loggers, gold miners and cattle ranchers. The announcement came on the day Brazil celebrates its Amazon region, home to the world’s largest tropical rainforest, the preservation […]

Brazil to step up removal of Indigenous land invaders after Yanomami killing

People who were working in illegal mining arrive in boats at Porto do Arame after leaving the Yanomami indigenous land, in Alto Alegre, Roraima state, Brazil, on 12th February, 2023

Brasilia, BrazilReuters Brazil will increase efforts to remove the remainder of wildcat miners from indigenous lands following a shooting attack by invaders that killed a Yanomami Indigenous person and left two others seriously injured, the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples said on Sunday. An inter-ministerial delegation is en route to Roraima state to “further reinforce actions […]

Brazil’s Lula recognises Indigenous territories halted by Bolsonaro

Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gestures along Brazil's Indigenous Peoples Minister Sonia Guajajara, during the closing of the Terra Livre camp, a protest camp to demand the demarcation of land and to defend cultural rights, in Brasilia, Brazil, on 28th April, 2023.

Brasilia, BrazilReuters President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva legally recognised six Indigenous territories on Friday, fulfilling a campaign promise to reverse the policy of his far-right predecessor Jair Bolsonaro said Brazil’s original people had too much land. The recognition is crucial to protect Indigenous lands from increasing encroachment by farming and invasions by gold miners […]

Lula floats shared ‘trading currency’ during Argentina trip

Argentina Buenos Aires President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and President Alberto Fernandez

Buenos Aires, ArgentinaReuters Brazil and Argentina are in early talks to establish a shared unit of value for bilateral trade to reduce reliance on the US dollar, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Monday, though the move is not aimed at replacing existing currencies. In Buenos Aires on his first international visit […]

Brazil declares emergency over deaths of Yanomami children from malnutrition

Brazil Boa Vista President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Brasilia, BrazilReuters Brazil’s ministry of health has declared a medical emergency in the Yanomami territory, the country’s largest Indigenous reservation bordering Venezuela, following reports of children dying of malnutrition and other diseases caused by illegal gold mining. A decree published on Friday by the incoming government of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the […]

Brazil’s Lula removes soldiers from guarding presidential residence

Brazil Brasilia Planalto Palace soldiers

Brasilia, Brazil Reuters Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has removed 40 troops guarding the presidential residence after expressing distrust in the military for failing to act against demonstrators that ransacked government buildings on 8th January. His decision was published on Tuesday in the government’s official gazette.  Army officers stand guard outside the Planalto […]