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Source: BBC

Rival concerts staged at Venezuela border

Today 06:59 GMT

Two rival concerts on either side of a bridge linking Venezuela and Colombia are to be held on Friday amid a row over the delivery of humanitarian aid.

A spokesman for Mr Branson told the BBC that he was working with the Colombian entrepreneur Bruno Ocampo to organise the concert and sort out the logistics while Mr Ocampo said the details "remain confidential".

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Source: DW

Venezuela: Juan Guaido urges army to let aid through

Today 06:59 GMT

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido urged the military to defy the acting president's orders and let Saturday's planned delivery of US-supplied humanitarian aid go ahead smoothly.

Venezuela's opposition is preparing to bring shipments of food and medical supplies into the country — against the orders of embattled acting President Maduro. The plan could lead to clashes with soldiers at the border.

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Source: Reuters

Venezuelan troops open fire near border as aid standoff intensifies

Today 06:59 GMT

Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on members of an indigenous community near the border with Brazil on Friday, killing at least one and injuring others, as President Nicolas Maduro defied U.S.-backed efforts to bring aid into his economically devastated nation.

The United States, which is among dozens of Western nations to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate president, has been stockpiling aid in the Colombian frontier town of Cucuta to ship across the border this weekend.

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Source: Global News

Venezuelan soldiers kill 2 after opening fire on indigenous people near border

Today 06:59 GMT

Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on indigenous people near the border with Brazil on Friday, killing two, as President Nicolas Maduro sought to block U.S.-backed efforts to bring aid into his economically devastated nation.

Friday’s violence broke out in the village of Kumarakapay in southern Venezuela after an indigenous community stopped a military convoy heading toward the border with Brazil that they believed was attempting to block aid, according to community leaders Richard Fernandez and Ricardo Delgado.

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Source: Fox News

Venezuelan aid clashes turn deadly as woman is killed by Maduro's forces near Brazilian border

Today 06:59 GMT

The standoff for humanitarian aid for Venezuela turned deadly Friday when a woman of an indigenous group was killed and another dozen injured after clashes with security forces at a border town with Brazil.

US SAYS IT WILL DELIVER AID BLOCKED BY VENEZUELA, SETTING UP CONFRONTATION WITH MADURO REGIME. The deadly clashes were not the only to turn violent in Venezuela over humanitarian aid. Trucks driven by Guaido supporters nearly rammed into a blockade by security forces in an attempt to reach aid in Colombia.

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Source: BBC

Brazil’s dam disaster

Friday 16:21 GMT

In a statement later sent to the BBC, Vale said: “The speed of dam breach and the lack of any signs prevented the activation of the emergency system that would have sounded the dam sirens.”

When the dam was breached, a tidal wave of red sludge surged through the valley with such force, that everything in its way was crushed. In the cemetery, gravedigger 63-year-old Atenaguos Moreira de Jesus explains that one of the hardest parts of his job is supporting families when body parts rather than whole bodies have been recovered.

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Source: BBC

Venezuela to close border with Brazil

Friday 17:15 GMT

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has announced he is closing the border with Brazil on Thursday night as a row over foreign humanitarian aid continues.

Despite denying there is any humanitarian crisis, Mr Maduro announced this week that 300 tonnes of aid would be shipped to Venezuela from its ally Russia. More than three million Venezuelans have fled in recent years as the country grapples with hyperinflation and shortages of essentials like food and medicine, the UN says.

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Source: Reuters

Ford's Brazil shutdown highlights automakers' woes with excess...

Friday 06:03 GMT

Ford Motor Co’s oldest factory in Brazil, slated for closure later this year, was a giant among auto plants, occupying a sprawling 12 million square feet (111.5 hectares), bigger than many of the automaker’s U.S. facilities.

Productivity troubles in Brazil are perhaps most severe at Ford but plague the industry as a whole, even as Latin America’s largest economy rebounds from its deepest recession ever with double-digit growth in car sales.

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Source: The Guradian

Marighella: revolutionary biopic from Narcos' Wagner Moura criticised by Bolsonaro

Thursday 08:59 GMT

A film about a leftist Brazilian revolutionary, directed by Narcos star Wagner Moura, has been denounced by President Jair Bolsonaro and sparked controversy across the country before it has even been released.

“Wagner Moura doesn’t show the crimes practised by Carlos Marighella,” Bolsonaro said in a video, citing Marighella’s call for violence against police and military officers. Critics started the hashtag #MarighellaTerrorista and flooded the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) with one-star reviews and negative comments, despite the fact that the film is not yet available for Brazilians to see.

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Source: Reuters

Ford to close oldest Brazil plant, exit South America truck biz

Wednesday 22:45 GMT

Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday it will close its oldest factory in Brazil and exit its heavy commercial truck business in South America, a move that could cost more than 2,700 jobs as part of a restructuring meant to end losses around the world.

Ford previously said the global reorganization, to impact thousands of jobs and possible plant closures in Europe, would result in $11 billion in charges.

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Source: BBC

Bolsonaro proposes major pension overhaul

Friday 08:04 GMT

They say it will penalise the poor, who are more likely to start working at a young age and would now be required to work longer before being able to collect pension benefits.

The new president of Brazil has put forward a plan to revamp the country's pension system - tackling a reform considered critical to boosting growth of South America's biggest economy. The proposal would set a minimum retirement age of 65 for men and 62 for women, among other changes.


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