Maskless, Brazil’s Bolsonaro greets supporters amid pandemic despite court ruling | AFP

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro greets hundreds of supporters during a visit to Minas Gerais during which he appears maskless despite a court ruling that requires him to wear a face mask in public during the coronavirus pandemic. He appealed the decision on Friday.

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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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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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Protest in front of Vale headquarters after mine dam collapse

A protest is held in front of Vale headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, three days after a mine dam owned by the company collapsed, leaving hundreds missing in Brumadinho, in Minas Gerais state. Protesters are demanding for the re-nationalization of the mining company which was run by the state until 1997.

Families in Brazil wait for news after dam collapse

Brazilian families of those still missing after a tsunami of toxic mud broke through a dam at an iron-ore mine owned by Vale near the town of Brumadinho, in Minas Gerais, continue to wait for information three days after the disaster, which killed at least 60 people.

Fighting Escalates in Eastern Ukraine: VICE News Capsule, January 26

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Shelling kills dozens of civilians in eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Tokyo protesters criticize prime minister’s response to hostage situation, journalist who first reported on death of Argentinian state prosecutor flees to Israel, and three densely populated Brazilian states are facing their worst drought since 1930.

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Shelling Leaves Dozens Dead in Mariupol
President Petro Poroshenko says a de-escalation of the conflict is the only way forward.

Tokyo Protesters Criticize Government Response to Hostage Crisis
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refused to heed to the Islamic State’s demands of $200 million in exchange for the release of two Japanese hostages. One is believed to have been executed after the Friday deadline was not met.

Journalist Who First Reported Nisman Death Flees to Israel
Damian Pachter said he left because he feared for his life. Alberto Nisman was found dead the night before he was due to testify that he suspected the country’s president had conspired to cover up a notorious 1994 bomb attack.

Severe Drought Persists in Densely Populated States
The environment minister says residents in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Minas Gerais must conserve water to cope with the worsening situation.

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