Tag: brazil

Zooba maker Wildlife Studios raises $60 million to expand its mobile game empire

Wildlife Studios has quietly reached more than 2 billion mobile game downloads in the past eight years, and that’s one of the reasons it is announcing today it has raised $60 million in funding. Wildlife Studio’s mobile game hits include titles such as Zooba, Tennis Clash, and Castle Clash. They’re among a half-dozen big hits […]

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‘The Amazon Is Completely Lawless’: The Rainforest After Bolsonaro’s First Year

RIO DE JANEIRO — When the smoke cleared, the Amazon could breathe easy again. For months, black clouds had hung over the rainforest as work crews burned and chain-sawed through it. Now the rainy season had arrived, offering a respite to the jungle and a clearer view of the damage to the world. The picture […]

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From Friends to Frenemies? Trump’s Relationships With World Leaders

LONDON — Their bromance once made headlines. But on Tuesday, it was clear that the days of President Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France trading cheek kisses and clasping hands were gone. On the sidelines of a gathering for the 70th anniversary of NATO, Mr. Trump took his one-time friend to task, denouncing comments […]

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Brazil’s Sporty VW Virtus GTS And Polo GTS Pack 148 HP Turbo-Four

Volkswagen is injecting some sportiness into South America’s Polo hatchback and Virtus sedan with the release of these new GTS models. Previewed at the 2018 Sao Paulo Motor Show by the pre-production Virtus GTS Concept, the new versions will hit the Brazilian market in early 2020. The VW Polo GTS and Virtus GTS are the […]

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Trump Says U.S. Will Reinstate Metal Tariffs on Brazil and Argentina

President Trump said on Monday that he would reinstate tariffs on steel and aluminum from Brazil and Argentina, accusing the two countries of artificially weakening their currencies and hurting American farmers. Mr. Trump, in a message on Twitter, said the currency manipulation by Brazil and Argentina was hurting American farmers. “There, effective immediately, I will […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio Responds to Brazil’s President About Amazon Fires

The actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio said on Saturday that he was not going to let President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil get in the way of his support of the Amazon rainforest. Mr. DiCaprio released a statement after Mr. Bolsonaro falsely accused him of bankrolling fires recently set in the Amazon. “At this time of […]

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Brazil’s Leader Falsely Blames Leonardo DiCaprio for Amazon Fires

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil has falsely claimed that the Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio financed the fires recently set in the Amazon rainforest. It was the latest attempt by the right-wing leader to shift blame for fires that have focused international concern on his government, which has scaled back efforts to […]

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Measles Cases Continue to Rise Around the World

There has been a rapid increase in the global measles outbreak, with reported cases jumping 300 percent in the first three months of 2019 compared with the same period last year, according to the World Health Organization. As reasons for the increase, the organization has cited a deep mistrust of vaccines, gaps in immunization coverage […]

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Glenn Greenwald: Bolsonaro Wants to Silence Free Press in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — On Nov. 7, I was physically assaulted by a far-right, pro-Bolsonaro pundit, Augusto Nunes, at a television and radio studio in São Paulo while we were live on the air. This is the latest, and perhaps most vivid, example of journalists and news organizations in Brazil being threatened, menaced and subjected […]

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Amazon Deforestation in Brazil Rose Sharply on Bolsonaro’s Watch

RIO DE JANEIRO — The Amazon rainforest in Brazil lost an area about 12 times the size of New York City from August 2018 through July of this year, according to government data released Monday, which shows that deforestation in the biome has shot up significantly since the election of President Jair Bolsonaro. The 3,769 […]

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Can the Catholic Church Save the Amazon?

On a blue-skied October Sunday morning in Rome, an 85-year-old cardinal of the Catholic Church named Cláudio Hummes celebrated mass at the stone altar of the Catacombs of Santa Domitilla, a crypt of early Christian martyrs beneath the city’s southern outskirts. Even by the standards of the Roman Church, the sepulchral ceremony ran thick with […]

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Brazil Supreme Court Paves Way for Release of Ex-President ‘Lula’

RIO DE JANEIRO — Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil may be released from prison as early as Friday, after a ruling from Brazil’s Supreme Court gave defendants the right to remain free while they exhaust appeals for criminal convictions. In a six-to-five ruling handed down late Thursday, the court reversed itself […]

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Flood of Oil Is Coming, Complicating Efforts to Fight Global Warming

HOUSTON — A surge of oil production is coming, whether the world needs it or not. The flood of crude will arrive even as concerns about climate change are growing and worldwide oil demand is slowing. And it is not coming from the usual producers, but from Brazil, Canada, Norway and Guyana — countries that […]

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In the Amazon, Fires Steal Breath, but Smoke Smells of Money

ALTAMIRA, Brazil — With thousands of intentionally set fires raging across its enormous expanse, Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has been a smoky mess in recent weeks: Roads and airports enveloped by a soupy fog. Local governments declaring emergencies and advising people to stay indoors. Many coughing and spitting, their lungs clogged with irritating particles of dust. […]

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The Brutal Politics of Brazil’s Drug War

RIO DE JANEIRO — In the first quarter of 2019, the police killed an average of seven people a day in this city, the second most populous in Brazil. That’s the highest number in two decades. Even more atrocious is the fact that state security forces are responsible for 38 percent of the violent deaths […]

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Ford’s Troller T4 Off-Roader Refreshed For 2020, Remains A Brazil-Only Affair

Ford continues to improve its rugged Troller T4 off-roader in Brazil, with the automaker applying new updates to the 2020 model. The improvements are only aesthetic, as the Troller T4 introduces new combinations of exterior and interior colors, as well as new wheels. On the outside, the Ranger-based off-roader gains a new Dark London Gray […]

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How China Could Stop Brazil’s Ecological Tragedy

Since his election, Jair Bolsonaro has made good on his promises to open formerly protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon to development. The recent surge in deforestation and fires is a direct result of this policy change. Unless the international community takes action, Mr. Bolsonaro’s presidency poses a real threat to the world’s largest tropical […]

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Why Did a Vow to End Amazon Fires Falter? Blame ‘Cattle Laundering’

When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times investigates to see if those promises were kept. SERRA DO CACHIMBO BIOLOGICAL RESERVE, Brazil — A smoky, choking haze drifted over a lush rainforest reserve in the Brazilian Amazon last month, as fires lit […]

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Threats and Promises in Brazil’s Lawless Amazon

NOVO PROGRESSO, BRAZIL — In early August, Adecio Piran wrote an article for this Amazon town’s news website announcing a “Day of Fire,” to be started on August 10. The post suggested a coordinated criminal effort among local landowners and cattle ranchers to burn newly cleared rainforest — much of it on public land. The […]

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2020 Chevrolet Onix Shows The Hatchback Side Of Its Personality In South America

The latest-generation Chevrolet Onix may have debuted in China as a sedan, but in South America the subcompact model follows tradition and is available as a five-door hatchback as well. Customers from Brazil, Argentina, and other Latin American markets will be able to buy it both as a hatchback, in which case the name is […]

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