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Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro bizarrely suggests COVID-19 vaccines could turn people into crocodiles or bearded ladies


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Brazil’s Bolsonaro rejects COVID-19 shot, calls masks taboo


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‘You have a terribly homosexual face’: Brazil’s president launches homophobic attack on journalist

‘You have a terribly homosexual face’: Brazil’s president launches homophobic attack on journalistBrazil’s president has launched a homophobic attack on a journalist in a likely attempt to detract from a criminal investigation into his son’s alleged corruption.Jair Bolsonaro, who was elected on a ticket to purge the political class of corruption, railed against media scrutiny of his racism and apparent disdain for the environment, accusing the press of bias against him and his son Flavio Bolsonaro.



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Brazil’s environment minister ridicules climate talks with image of steak dinner

Brazil’s environment minister ridicules climate talks with image of steak dinnerBrazil’s environment minister Ricardo Salles has taunted COP25 climate talks with a photo of a large steak after President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed them as a “commercial game”.Mr Salles tweeted the photo with the caption: “To compensate for our emissions at COP, a vegetarian lunch!”



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Argentina President-Elect Calls for Brazil’s Lula to Be Freed

Argentina President-Elect Calls for Brazil’s Lula to Be Freed(Bloomberg) — Alberto Fernandez has set the stage for his first diplomatic tiff even before he takes office as Argentine president. An hour after his election win, he called for Brazil’s left-wing legend Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva to be freed from prison.Fernandez told supporters in Buenos Aires that Lula, who governed Brazil from 2003 through the end of 2010, was unfairly jailed. While he made similar comments during the campaign, his decision to raise it in the election aftermath risks friction with Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, a political rival of Lula.Fernandez, whose win puts a left-wing political movement known as Peronism back into national power in Argentina, visited Lula at his prison in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba in July. Bolsonaro meanwhile has warned Brazil could leave the Mercosur trade bloc if Argentina pivots to the left after the elections.Lula is serving nearly nine years for corruption and money-laundering. Last month he rejected prosecutors’ request that he leave prison for house arrest, in accordance with a Brazilian law that lets prisoners with good conduct and who have already served one-sixth of their jail time complete their sentence under a less-restrictive system.A Latin American Brexit? Analyzing Brazil’s Threat on MercosurWhat Our Economist Says“Bolsonaro has been outspoken against Fernandez throughout the campaign. Economy Minister Paulo Guedes defends more trade openness, and he has suggested in the past that this would be easier outside Mercosur. Fernandez’s victory may provide an additional political incentive for Bolsonaro to seek more independence from the bloc. Less proximity with its main trade partner would be bad news for Argentina — as boosting exports is one of the country’s best hopes to generate the dollars it needs.”\– Adriana Dupita, Latin America economist, Bloomberg EconomicsMercosur comprises Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. The bloc recently reached a trade deal with the European Union after 20 years of talks. Brazil runs a trade surplus with Argentina.Lula Rejects Jail Release as Clash With Brazil Judges EscalatesLula was the most high-profile figure ensnared by a graft probe known as Carwash, which uncovered a kickback scheme involving state-owned companies, construction firms and politicians. His arrest prevented him from running for president last year, even as opinion polls showed him leading the race that ultimately was won by Bolsonaro.To contact the reporter on this story: Juan Pablo Spinetto in Mexico City at jspinetto@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rosalind Mathieson at rmathieson3@bloomberg.net, Jon HerskovitzFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing babyA car plowed into a crowd on Rio de Janeiro's tourist-packed Copacabana seaside promenade, killing a baby and injuring more than a dozen people.



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The Latest: Global cyberattack hits Brazil’s systems

The Latest: Global cyberattack hits Brazil's systemsThe Latest on the global cyberattack (all times local): 8:10 p.m. The global cyberattack has hit Brazil’s social security system, forcing it to disconnect computers and cancel public access to the agency. …



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Brazil’s Olympic legacy: teenage girls tackle taboos through sport

By Sophie Davies RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Each week in a northern suburb of Rio de Janeiro, a dozen or so girls meet to play handball but are learning far more than how to master the fast-paced game. Part of a project called One Win Leads to Another, organized by U.N. Women and the International Olympic Committee, the teens take part before each game in group sessions with a psychologist talking about women’s rights, reproduction and sexual health. One Win Leads to Another, which also receives support from the Brazilian Olympic Committee, is one of several programs aimed at building a social legacy in Rio beyond this summer’s Olympic Games.
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HIV infections rise, thwart Brazil’s AIDS efforts

In this July 31, 2014, photo, a sex worker waits for costumers in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Even as HIV infection rates have begun declining in many other places, cases have been slowly rising in Brazil _ with the sharpest jump among youths 15 to 24. The national Health Ministry says overall numbers of HIV infections has reached nearly 800,000. That’s half of all the HIV cases in all of Latin America. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)SAO PAULO (AP) — The devastating news didn't make sense to Brazilian Pierre Freitaz. How was it possible that, at age 17, he was infected with HIV if his only boyfriend seemed fit and healthy?



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