The young people of the Amazon, proud protectors of their jungle | AFP

Fabio, Kelita and Maria were born in the middle of the Amazonas State, Brazil. They live amongst riverside communities, several days by boat from the city of Manaus. Despite the commodities offered by the big city, these young people have chosen to stay in the forest, and are committed to protecting it.

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Sao Paulo neighbours tackle coronavirus quarantine together | AFP

In Brazil’s megacity Sao Paulo, it’s common for residents to not know who their neighbours are. But the coronavirus pandemic is bringing some people together and now, thanks to a memo left in a building’s lift, neighbours are helping one another.

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Coronavirus: Brazil builds makeshift hospital | AFP

One of the largest convention centres in Latin America is being turned into a field hospital by the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. The facility will have an estimated capacity for 1,800 hospital beds, 72 of those for critical care, all dedicated to treating patients with the new coronavirus.

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Fear of Covid-19 spreads to isolated communities in Brazil’s Amazon | AFP

Communities in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon have until now been spared the effects of COVID-19, but in the municipality of Carauari, residents are worried that they will not be able to survive after a government decision to filter passenger arrivals to the village, which is reached only by boat thus limiting its access to goods.

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‘Green favela’ fights to live sustainably in Brazil | AFP

On the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Lia de Souza works hard to make the favela she leads as environmentally friendly as possible: houses built with the favela’s own soil, organic vegetable garden and fish pond for greater self-sufficiency. ARRANGED IN SEQUENCESN°1PD8BB

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Glamour and equality in Thailand at world’s top transgender pageant | AFP

After her friends were killed in transphobic attacks at home in Brazil, Ariella Moura’s aim was to make a statement against gender discrimination on Saturday at the world’s top transgender pageant in Thailand.

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Rescuers search for survivors after a landslide leaves 19 dead in Brazil | AFP

Firefighters are still searching for people under the rubble after a landslide caused by heavy rains in Guaruja, near Sao Paulo, killed at least 19 people.

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Mexico City residents react to country’s first confirmed coronavirus case | AFP

Residents of Mexico’s capital, where health officials confirmed the country’s first coronavirus case and the second in Latin America after Brazil, express worry and insecurity over the virus, which has infected 83,670 people and killed 2,865 around the world, according to an AFP toll.

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Viradouro, champion of the Rio Carnival with tribute to black women | AFP

Viradouro samba school is crowned the champion of the 2020 Rio Carnival after a performance that paid tribute to the black women of Brazil, a country marked by slavery. This is a second title for ‘Unidos de Viradouro’ samba school, the previous one dating back to 1997. IMAGES

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Tourists, nationals ‘not worried’ about coronavirus case in Brazil | AFP

Tourists and residents of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro say they are “not worried” about the novel coronavirus after the health ministry announced that a Sao Paulo resident has been diagnosed with Covid-19, the first case recorded in Latin America.

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Images of hospital in Sao Paulo as Brazil investigates possible coronavirus case | AFP

Brazil is investigating a possible case of the novel coronavirus known as Covid-19, which has infected more than 80,000 people worldwide since its emergence in central China last month. IMAGES of hospital

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Brazilian office worker becomes an LGBT+ icon | AFP

Fernando Magrin is the sales manager for American Airlines in Brazil. He is also a drag-queen in his free time. A few years ago, he created one of Sao Paulo Carnival’s biggest street parties: The “Bloco MinhoQueens”, which attracted 200,000 people in 2019. Thanks to the success of his group, Fernando has become a leading figure for LGBT+ diversity within his company and now regularly participates in events about diversity in the business world, both in Brazil and abroad.

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Catholic priest is father to flock, and his kids

In a Catholic world where debates over clerical celibacy flare from Brazil to the Vatican, Joshua Whitfield is a rarity: A married Catholic priest. (Feb 14)

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The Amazon rainforest | AFP Animé

Videographic on the Amazon rainforest. Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil more than doubled in January compared with the previous year, according to official data.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Brazilian director exposes Amazon’s mercury contamination in new film | AFP

Brazilian film director Jorge Bodanzky exposes the Amazon’s massive mercury contamination from gold mining in his new film: ‘Amazon, the new Minamata?’. He previewed his work at an environmental conference in Oxford which was attended by indigenous leaders from Brazil.

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Special gloves help Brazilian musician return piano playing | AFP

Joao Carlos Martins was Brazil’s most acclaimed pianist for decades, but an accident and a generative disease forced him to stop playing with both hands in 1998 and led to him leaving his instrument in 2019. But the famous musician is now able to play once more thanks to a pair of 3D printed gloves.

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Brazil continues clean-up after record rains and floods | AFP

Residents and workers start to clean up the damage in Lourdes, an affluent neighbourhood in Brazil’s southeastern city of Belo Horizonte, where at least 52 people have died and more than 20,000 have been displaced in floods that followed record rainfall.

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Brazilians clean up debris after floods and record rains | AFP

Workers and residents in Raposos, a town in a southeastern region of Brazil where at least 45 people have died in floods that followed record rainfall, clean up debris. IMAGES

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Misery and destruction after deadly torrential Brazil storms | AFP

Residents in landslide risk areas in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, say that they did not knew about the danger of building in those zones. In the Jardim Alvorada neighborhood some insist on staying in their homes and others, like Liliane Rodrigues, who lost her house, were welcomed into shelters like Pousada Piaui, where more than 100 evacuees remain. The floods have left at least 47 dead and about 14,000 people had to leave their homes across Minas Gerais state.

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Brazil residents survey damage after floods killed 45 | AFP

Residents survey the damage to their neighbourhoods and homes in Sabara, in southeastern Brazil, after floods and record rains killed at least 45 people in the region.

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Destruction in Brazil’s Minas Gerais after heavy rains kill 44 | AFP

Rains cause heavy damages in the streets of Sabara, in the outskirt of Brazil’s Belo Horizonte, as the floods kill 44. IMAGES

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Brazilian firefighters on site to help locals affected by rainstorms | AFP

At least 37 people have been killed in two days of intense storms in southeastern Brazil. 17 people are also missing missing and more than 3,500 homeless following a series of landslides and house collapses, Civil Defence officials said. IMAGES

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Brazil: One year after dam burst, Brumadinho on standby | AFP

“Vale #Murders”. The accusing message painted in black and white reflects the atmosphere at the entrance of the small Brazilian town of Brumadinho, which is on standby, along with the rest of the region, since the deadly dam disaster one year ago.

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