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Source: The Guradian

'Liberate' Venezuela from Maduro, urges Bolsonaro ally

Sunday 21:49 GMT

The incoming foreign minister under Brazil’s far-right president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, has called on the international community to unite to “liberate” Venezuela from the rule of its authoritarian leftist leader, Nicolás Maduro. Ernesto Araújo, a pro-Trump climate change sceptic, made the appeal on Sunday as he announced that Maduro was not being invited to Bolsonaro’s inauguration next month “out of respect for the Venezuelan people”.

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Source: BBC

China buys US soybeans under trade truce

Sunday 21:49 GMT

"But Brazil could never supply all the soybeans China needed, so ultimately [China has] been driven back to US soybeans. And I think it's just convenient for them to do that right now."

The trade war started over US claims that China engages in "unfair" trade practices, such as intellectual property theft. It has seen the two countries levy tit-for-tat tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of goods, including cars and soybeans.

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Source: The Guradian

What was agreed at COP24 in Poland and why did it take so long?

Sunday 21:49 GMT

Whoever hosts will have a diplomatic mountain to climb, if the fractious nature of this year’s talks is anything to go by.

Australia joined with the US in a celebration of coal, and Brazil signalled its climate scepticism under Jair Bolsonaro by withdrawing its offer to host next year’s talks. But the EU, a handful of other developed countries and scores of developing nations including the poorest and most vulnerable affirmed that they would strive to meet the IPCC’s advice on limiting warming to no more than 1.5C.

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Source: The Guradian

Brazil charges former Trafigura executives with corruption

Saturday 15:25 GMT

Federal prosecutors in Brazil have filed corruption charges against two former executives from commodities multinational Trafigura, a former executive at Petrobras and a middleman, over $1.5m allegedly paid in bribes for oil trading operations.

In a 146-page indictment, prosecutors in Curitiba in the southern state of Paraná said that former Trafigura executives Mariano Ferraz and Marcio Magalhães, middleman Carlos Herz and former Petrobras executive Marcus Alcoforado were involved in a corruption and asset laundering scheme that involved 31 oil trading operations between Trafigura and Petrobras, the Brazilian state-run oil giant.

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Source: The Guradian

Rightwing Venezuelan exiles hope Brazil’s Bolsonaro will help US invade

Saturday 08:04 GMT

Venezuelan dissident Roderick Navarro remembers shedding tears of joy when the far-right firebrand Jair Bolsonaro was confirmed as Brazil’s next president.

Navarro visited Bolsonaro at his Rio home the day after his election and says Brazil’s president-elect told him “he would definitely help to help secure our country’s freedom”. In a video celebrating Bolsonaro’s election, Navarro told Venezuelan viewers: “This is also a victory for Venezuelans, for the resistance, for those of us who are fighting for our freedom.

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Source: The Guradian

'A child is killed daily': saving lives in Brazil's deadliest city for adolescents

Saturday 12:41 GMT

Talking to Eduardo, experts and residents in Grande Bom Jardim, it is impossible to overstate the violence that is a backdrop to daily life for many.

Residents are used to seeing memorials to their young people in this low-income part of Fortaleza; reaching adulthood here means surviving one of the deadliest districts of Brazil’s most murderous city for young people. With 414 murders of adolescents aged 10-19, in 2017 Fortaleza became the youth murder capital of a country that broke its own record for homicides nationwide last year.


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