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Brazil’s Bolsonaro calls activist Greta Thunberg a “brat”

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday called young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg a “brat” after she expressed concern about the slayings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon.

Bolsonaro questioned the coverage news media have given Thunberg, 16, who on Sunday tweeted a link to a story about the murder of two indigenous people in Brazil’s Maranhao state.

Brazil's president hails upcoming launch of Sino-Brazilian satellite

BRASILIA, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday hailed the upcoming launch of Sino-Brazilian satellite CBERS-4A from a base in Taiyuan, capital city of northern China's Shanxi province.

"This coming 20th (of December), the CBERS-4A satellite, as well as the Floripasat nanosatellite, will be launched from China for diverse surveillance purposes," Bolsonaro said via Twitter.

The CBERS-4A, built in part with Brazilian technology, "is part of a cooperation agreement with China dating from 1988," the president added.

Brazilian president denies U.S. accusation of devaluing currency

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday denied his administration has purposely devalued the currency to boost exports, as his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump has alleged.

"We are not artificially raising the price of the dollar," Bolsonaro told reporters.

On Monday, Trump said via Twitter he wanted to reimpose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Argentina and Brazil to compensate for their devaluing their currencies, presumably to better compete in the international market.

Revised data shows deforestation in Brazil Amazon at decade high

BRASÍLIA, Nov 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Brazil released revised statistics showing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest surpassed 10,000 sq km in the year to July 2019, the highest in more than a decade.

The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said last week that satellite data showed 9,762 sq km were cleared of trees in the 12-month period, an increase of 29.5 per cent.

Brazil’s president criticizes DiCaprio over Amazon fires

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 campaign against environmental nonprofit groups operating in Brazil.

“DiCaprio is a cool guy, isn’t he? Giving money to set the Amazon on fire,” the president said to supporters in Brasilia.

Brazil's Bolsonaro congratulates Uruguayan president-elect

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday congratulated Uruguay's president-elect Luis Lacalle Pou over phone on his victory in the election, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"President Bolsonaro wished success to President Lacalle Pou in carrying out the mandate granted by the Uruguayans and affirmed his willingness to work towards the wellbeing of both nations," said the statement.

Bolsonaro also invited Lacalle Pou to visit Brazil soon, it said.

Oil from spill in Brazil washes up in Rio state

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 25 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Oil from a spill that has contaminated a stretch of Brazil’s coast was detected in Rio de Janeiro state, the navy said, as President Jair Bolsonaro warned the country was preparing for the worst.

Some 300g – a small quantity of oil – were found far from the region’s most famous beaches, in the sand in the town of Sao Joao da Barra, as the spill moves southward.

The town is located about 300km north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s tourism capital, and far from the state’s most emblematic beaches such as Copacabana.

Bolivia’s parliament approves bill on snap presidential election

RIO DE JANEIRO, November 24. /TASS/: The Bolivian parliament’s Chamber of Deputies has voted in favor of holding new general elections, the lower house said in a Twitter post.

"The Chamber of Deputies unanimously voted to approve the bill on a special and transitional period for holding general elections," the tweet reads.

The document was earlier approved by Bolivia’s Senate. Now it will be sent to interim president Jeanine Anez for signature.

Bolivia’s parliament approves bill on snap presidential election

RIO DE JANEIRO, November 24. /TASS/: The Bolivian parliament’s Chamber of Deputies has voted in favor of holding new general elections, the lower house said in a Twitter post.

"The Chamber of Deputies unanimously voted to approve the bill on a special and transitional period for holding general elections," the tweet reads.

The document was earlier approved by Bolivia’s Senate. Now it will be sent to interim president Jeanine Anez for signature.

Bolsonaro launches new political party, Alliance for Brazil base on concepts of God, family and homeland

BRASILIA, Nov 23 (NNN-MERCOPRESS) — Brazil’s conservative president Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday launched a new political party called the Alliance for Brazil, which will put an emphasis on God, family and homeland, as he tries to win back evangelical voters.

“If I had done this sooner, we would have gotten 100 deputies and a senator elected in each state,” Bolsonaro said at a formal launch event in a luxury hotel in the capital Brasilia.

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