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Amazon tribe in Brazil patrols territory, braces for fight

Sep. 18, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS RESERVE, Brazil (AP) — Deep in the Amazon rainforest, there is talk of a looming conflict over land. The men in the Tembe indigenous group sometimes daub themselves in traditional war paint and patrol the forest. They carry bows and arrows, but feel increasingly vulnerable as they...

Brazil's environmental workers tell of decline before fires

Sep. 17, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As fires burn across the Brazilian Amazon, the vast state of Amazonas has been among the hardest hit, with more than 6,600 blazes recorded in August, 2 1/2 times more than the same month a year ago. Yet official documents seen by The Associated Press show that Brazil's government has...

US, Brazil hold talks on trade, Amazon protection

Sep. 13, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Brazil deepened a new era of closer cooperation Friday with their first high-level strategic dialogue in seven years. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said both countries will seek to increase binational trade that already surpasses $100 billion a year and plan to...

Fire at hospital in Brazil kills 11 people, many elderly

Sep. 13, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A fire raced through a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, forcing staff to wheel patients into the streets on stretchers or in wheelchairs and killing at least 11 people, many of them elderly. Four firefighters were hospitalized after battling the overnight blaze at Badim Hospital and about...

In Brazil, president's son questions democracy

Sep. 10, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Like father, like son? A son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has caused a stir by questioning democracy in Latin America's biggest country, which emerged from a two-decade military dictatorship in 1985. "The transformation that Brazil wants will not happen at the speed we are...

World leaders support French first lady amid Brazil insults

Sep. 10, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — World leaders have offered their support to Brigitte Macron, the wife of France's president, after a string of public insults from Brazilian leaders targeting her appearance. The insults came as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and French President Emmanuel Macron have clashed repeatedly in...

European space agency records Amazon air pollution

Sep. 9, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — New satellite images published Monday by the European Space Agency show an increase in air pollution in the Brazilian Amazon while fires burned in the region last month. Several maps showed more carbon monoxide and other pollutants in August than in the previous month, when there were...

UN rights chief airs worries on climate change, migrant kids

Sep. 9, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief said Monday she was "alarmed" that migrant children are still being held in centers in the United States and Mexico and warned that climate change has become an unprecedented threat to human rights worldwide. In her introductory address for the start of the Human...

Brazil's president again stresses sovereignty over Amazon

Sep. 7, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has overseen independence day celebrations with a renewed assertion of his country's sovereignty over the Amazon. The president said Saturday that Brazil "cannot continue and will not continue to be passive" in the face of threats to his sovereignty....

In the Amazon, indigenous debate how to save their lands

Sep. 6, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

TEKOHAW, Brazil (AP) — Under a thatch-roof shelter in the Amazon rainforest, warriors wielding bows and arrows, elderly chieftains in face paint and nursing mothers gathered to debate a plan that some hope will hold at bay the loggers and other invaders threatening the tribes of the Tembe. Some had...