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Brazilian gold rush is destroying Amazon forests

The gold rush is fueled by robust international prices amid weak enforcement and speculation of a worldwide recession.

Brazilian gold rush is destroying Amazon forests

Brazil

'Our house is burning': Macron urges G7 action on Amazon fires

French president's call for G7 action on record Amazon blazes prompts sharp rebuke from Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro.

'Our house is burning': Macron urges G7 action on Amazon fires

AJ Impact

Ireland, France to block Brazil trade deal over Amazon

The deal has taken 20 years to negotiate, but Brazil's lack of environmental protection has sparked worldwide anger.

Ireland, France set to block EU-Mercosur trade deal over Amazon

Latin America

Analysis: Amazon rainforest fire - how can we help?

Fires raging in Brazil's Amazon rainforest have hit a record high this year.

Environment

Brazil: Concerns grow over burning Amazon as probe launched

Brazil's Bolsonaro says government lacks the resources to fight record number of fires burning in the Amazon rainforest.

Brazil: Concerns grow over burning Amazon as probe launched

Environment

Brazil's Amazon is burning: 'Some families lost everything'

Indigenous families fight to save their homes and land as fires rage on in parts of Brazil's Amazon.

Brazil's Amazon is burning: 'Some families lost everything'

Environment

Amazon burning: NGOs dispute Bolsonaro's claim they started fires

Rights groups call Brazilian president's unfounded claim 'sick' and 'pitiful' as fires rage on in parts of Amazon.

Amazon burning: NGOs dispute Bolsonaro's claim they started fires

Brazil

Amazon burning: Brazil reports record surge in forest fires

Brazilian Amazon beset by raging fires, prompting fresh scrutiny of President Bolsonaro's environmental stewardship.

Amazon burning: Brazil reports record surge in forest fires

Latin America

Brazil: Bus hijacking standoff ends after police shoot suspect

Four-hour standoff on busy bridge in Rio de Janeiro ends after police shoot dead man who they say hijacked commuter bus.

Brazil: Bus hijacking standoff ends after police shoot suspect

Venezuela

UN appeals for more aid for Venezuelan refugees

The UN and NGOs put out a humanitarian appeal for $770m at the start of the year and have received less than $180m.

UN appeals for more aid for Venezuelan refugees

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Brazil's deforestation of the Amazon threatens EU-Mercosur deal

Bolsonaro's plan to develop the Amazon is giving ammunition to European opponents of the trade deal.

Brazil's deforestation of the Amazon threatens EU-Mercosur deal

Environment

Bolsonaro angry as Norway stops funding Amazon protection

Over the last decade, Norway has donated more than $1.2bn to the Amazon Fund, which protects the Brazilian rainforest.

Bolsonaro angry as Norway stops funding Amazon protection

Environment

Brazil: Is Bolsonaro a death sentence for the Amazon?

Environmentalists worry Brazil's government is opening up too much of the Amazon rainforest to business interests.

Brazil: Is Bolsonaro a death sentence for the Amazon?

Brazil

Thousands protest in Brazil against Bolsonaro's education cuts

Demonstrators in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro denounce decision in July to cut $87m from budget for school textbooks.

Thousands protest in Brazil against Bolsonaro's education cuts

Environment

Brazil scientist 'sacked' after deforestation row with president

Ricardo Galvao leaves post after right-wing Jair Bolsonaro criticised data showing accelerated Amazon deforestation.

Brazil scientist 'sacked' after deforestation row with president