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Brazil paves highway to soy, sparking worries about Amazon

Dec. 12, 2019 4:31 PM EST

TRAIRAO, Brazil (AP) — Night falls in Brazil’s Amazon and two logging trucks without license plates emerge from the jungle. They rumble over dirt roads that lead away from a national forest, carrying trunks of trees hundreds of years old. After pulling onto a darkened highway, the truckers chug to...

Brazil's Amazon states seek $500 million from Norway

Dec. 11, 2019 5:57 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The states of Brazil's Amazon region held talks Wednesday with Norway about possibly receiving some $500 million in funding for sustainable rainforest projects, if a deal to provide the funds at a federal level falls through. The $500 million had been earmarked for Brazil's Amazon...

Bolsonaro vs NGOs: Amazon town becomes ground zero for spat

Dec. 4, 2019 8:53 AM EST

ALTER DO CHAO, Brazil (AP) — A sleepy Amazon town has become the flashpoint for the growing hostility between Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and environmental groups following the arrest of volunteer firefighters he has said set blazes in the rainforest. The episode prompted leaders of...

Brazil’s president criticizes DiCaprio over Amazon fires

Nov. 29, 2019 8:52 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Without offering proof, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday said actor Leonardo DiCaprio had funded nonprofit groups that he claimed are partly responsible for fires in the Amazon this year. Bolsonaro’s remarks about the American actor were part of a wider government...

Brazil says Amazon deforestation is worst since 2008

Nov. 18, 2019 5:29 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is at its worst in more than a decade, a government report said Monday, undermining officials’ claims that concerns by environmentalists have been overblown. Deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019 reached 9,762 square...

Brazil says indigenous forest guard killed in Amazon ambush

Nov. 2, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Illegal loggers ambushed a group of indigenous forest guards in Brazil's Amazon, killing one and injuring another, authorities said Saturday. A logger also died in the attack Friday night in Maranhao, a northeastern state, according to FUNAI, a state agency that represents indigenous...

Right-wing Brazil president gives fiery Saudi Arabia speech

Oct. 30, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Brazil's president launched a fiery defense of his far-right government on Wednesday during a visit to Saudi Arabia, blasting international criticism of his handling of blazes this summer in the Amazon that drew worldwide attention over global warming fears. Speaking before the...

Pope's Amazon synod proposes married priests, female leaders

Oct. 27, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops from across the Amazon called Saturday for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in the region, an historic proposal that would upend centuries of Roman Catholic tradition. The majority of 180 bishops from nine Amazonian countries also...

Samba, Amazon fruits and fish at Brazil's Ver-O-Peso market

Oct. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

BELEM, Brazil (AP) — Exotic Amazonian fruits, medicinal tonics with natural ingredients from the rainforest that claim to cure it all and freshwater fish served fried with a side of thick, deep purple acai juice. Bands huddled in a circle that sing, tap on tambourines and bang drums to the rhythm of Samba....

President orders army onto streets of Ecuadorian capital

Oct. 13, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's army took to the streets after President Lenín Moreno ordered the first 24-hour curfew in decades in response to a day of attacks on government buildings and media offices. By Saturday night, soldiers had retaken control of the park and streets leading to the National...