Coronavirus: is chloroquine an effective COVID-19 remedy? β€” 26th March | AFP

Governments around the world are stepping up their efforts against the coronavirus pandemic which has now left more than 20,000 people dead. Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases worldwide has soared past 450,000. The World Health Organisation has called on richer nations to offer support to lower and middle income countries to fight the spread of the virus while Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has drawn criticism for downplaying the coronavirus pandemic.

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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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Trump: ‘Not concerned’ about Brazilian official

President Donald Trump says he’s “not concerned” that a senior Brazilian official who attended weekend events with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida has tested positive for the coronavirus. (March 12)

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For millions of Brazilians, the Earth is flat | AFP

According to Anderson Neves, the Earth is flat and does not rotate, the sun and the moon are close to the world, within a large dome that surrounds our flattened planet. Like him, 7 percent of the Brazilian population think that the Earth is flat, according to the Brazilian polling institute Datafolha (2019), and the movement is particularly active on the Internet and social media platforms.

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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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Graft-accused former Mexico state oil chief is transferred to prison after court appearance | AFP

Former chief executive of Mexico’s state oil company PEMEX, Emilio Lozoya, is transferred to prison by Spanish police for provisional detention after appearing in court in Marbella. Lozoya is accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from scandal-tainted Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. IMAGES

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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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Brazilian town devastated by floods faces muddy desolation | AFP

Debris litters the streets of the Brazilian town of Raposos after a storm that left dozens dead after torrential rains — the worst since records were first kept 110 years ago.

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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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India celebrates 71st Republic Day | AFP

Indian President Narendra Modi welcomes chief guest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro as India holds a grand parade in the capital to celebrate its 71st Republic Day which marks the beginning of the Indian Constitution coming into effect.

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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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FIFA scandal: Brazil’s Margulies arrives at court in New York | AFP

Brazilian sports marketing executive, Jose Margulies, arrives at court in New York, ahead of his sentencing in the FIFA corruption scandal. IMAGES

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Brazilian firefighters on site to help locals affected by deadly flood | AFP

Firefighters begin a rescue effort after torrential rain leading to flooding and landslides claimed the lives of six people in the state of Espirito Santo in south-eastern Brazil. IMAGES

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Indigenous leaders gather to oppose development in Amazon | AFP

Brazilian indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire meets with other tribal leaders in the Amazon to plan opposition to proposals from President Jair Bolsonaro to open up protected native territory to oil and gas exploration and other economic activities.

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Rio Carnival unofficially opens with feminist anthem, street shows | AFP

Street carnival group Mulheres Rodadas perform the song “A Rapist In Your Way”, a Chilean viral feminist anthem against sexual violence, during the unofficial opening of the 2020 Carnival. Other carnival groups fill downtown Rio de Janeiro with music and dance while criticizing the Brazilian government.

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Bolsonaro mocks Macron over fires in Australia | AFP

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro mocks his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg in his first video address of the year.

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Brazil granny turned lingerie model shines light on older women | AFP

Brazilian grandmother Helena Schargel launches a lingerie line for the elderly — which she models herself — to “make women visible”.

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Opposition leader Keiko Fujimori leaves prison in Peru | AFP

Peru opposition leader Keiko Fujimori is released from prison after spending 13 months in pre-trial detention in a corruption case linked to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. IMAGES

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro greets China’s Xi Jinping | AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping greets Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, as Brazil seeks to boost ties with Beijing and avoid upsetting key ally Donald Trump. IMAGES

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Demonstration against former Brazilian president Lula’s release from jail | AFP

Hundreds of people in Sao Paulo gather to protest, a day after Brazil’s leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva walked free from jail following a year and a half behind bars for corruption. IMAGES

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