Jake Spring

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17 Jan 2019 | 1:46 AM

Brazil plans to drop visas for Americans to boost tourism -minister

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil plans to eliminate visitor visas for Americans, the country's tourism minister said on Wednesday, as President Jair Bolsonaro seeks to turn around the lagging tourism sector and engineer cozier relations with the United States.

12 Dec 2018 | 6:37 AM

Brazil's Amazon rainforest under siege by illegal mines

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Environmental enforcement agents deep in the Amazon rainforest swooped down on an illegal mine in a dawn raid in early November, in a campaign to tamp down on such activities that environmental groups say have reached epidemic scale.

11 Dec 2018 | 5:15 PM

Brazil should stay in Paris climate agreement - future environment minister

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's future environment minister under President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday that the country should stay in the Paris Agreement on climate change, but the world must also respect its autonomy to set its environmental policies.

9 Nov 2018 | 5:20 AM

Brazil risks Middle East trade with Israel embassy move

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - A proposal by Brazil's next president to relocate its embassy in Israel, following U.S. President Donald Trump's lead, may set off a diplomatic storm in the Muslim world, threatening a key market for the world's largest meat companies.

25 Oct 2018 | 2:18 PM

Bolsonaro's anti-China rants have Beijing nervous about Brazil

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The Chinese government is trying to make peace with Brazil's leading presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, whose China-bashing threatens to chill a profitable trading relationship that has benefited both countries.

20 Oct 2018 | 8:17 AM

Brazil election battle rages over Facebook's WhatsApp

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messaging service became the frontline in Brazil's bitter presidential campaign on Friday, as front-runner Jair Bolsonaro angrily denied accusations he had encouraged widespread misinformation campaigns on the platform.

28 Aug 2018 | 7:16 PM

Special Report - Appetite for destruction: Soy boom devours Brazil's tropical savanna

CAMPOS LINDOS, Brazil (Reuters) - When farmer Julimar Pansera purchased land in Brazil's interior seven years ago, it was blanketed in tiers of fruit trees, twisted shrubs and the occasional palm standing tall in a thicket of undergrowth.

10 May 2018 | 3:58 AM

In wake of councilwoman's murder, black Brazilians seek political voice

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - When black Brazilian filmmaker Anderson Quack and rapper Nega Gizza launched their bids to run for office in October's elections, the absence of a murdered colleague cast a long shadow over the event in an impoverished district of Rio de Janeiro.

28 Dec 2017 | 8:58 PM

Brazil's top court suspends parts of President Temer's Christmas pardons

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (Reuters) - The president of Brazil's Supreme Court suspended parts of a Christmas decree from President Michel Temer granting pardons to convicted criminals on Thursday, saying Temer's actions needed further examination by the court.

15 Nov 2017 | 4:06 AM

Germany, Britain inject $153 million in Amazon climate change fight

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Germany and Britain will provide a combined $153 million (116.63 million pounds) to expand programs to fight climate change and deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, according to a statement from the Brazilian government on Tuesday.