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Global study finds the extent of pharmaceutical pollution in the world's rivers

Global study finds the extent of pharmaceutical pollution in the world’s rivers

A new study looking at the presence of pharmaceuticals in the world’s rivers found concentrations at potentially toxic levels in more than a quarter of the locations studied. The new study looked at 258 rivers across the globe, including the Thames in London and the Amazon in Brazil, to measure the presence of 61 pharmaceuticals, such as carbamazepine, metformin and caffeine. The researchers studied rivers in ...
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Brazilian Police Kill Two Dozen In Deadliest Favela Raid In Rio's History

Brazilian Police Kill Two Dozen In Deadliest Favela Raid In Rio’s History

More than 100 heavily armed Brazilian police officers stormed a sprawling Rio de Janeiro favela (a shanty town or slum) Thursday and killed at least two dozen people, a raid that human rights activists, researchers, and journalists described as the deadliest such police atrocity in the city's history. The hours-long operation, purportedly aimed at drug traffickers in the poverty-stricken Jacarezinho favela, ultimately left at least 25 people dead, including one police officer. Horrific video ...
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Facebook Removes Conservative Brazilian Accounts After Court Declares Them ‘Fake News’

Facebook Removes Conservative Brazilian Accounts After Court Declares Them ‘Fake News’

Facebook announced on Sunday that it would comply with a Brazilian Supreme Court order to remove 12 accounts belonging to supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro. The court claimed that the accounts were guilty of “fake news” and forced the American company to delete them. In a company statement, Facebook said it would comply with the order to avoid risking criminal liability for employees in Brazil, but called the ...
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Glenn Greenwald Charged With Cybercrimes in Brazil

Glenn Greenwald Charged With Cybercrimes in Brazil

Federal prosecutors in Brazil on Tuesday charged the American journalist Glenn Greenwald with cybercrimes for his role in bringing to light cellphone messages that have embarrassed prosecutors and tarnished the image of an anticorruption task force. In a criminal complaint made public on Tuesday, prosecutors in the capital, Brasília, accused Mr. Greenwald of being part of a “criminal organization” that hacked into the cellphones of several ...
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Brazil’s former president Lula released from prison

Brazil’s former president Lula released from prison

A judge has ordered the release from jail of former President of Brazil Lula da Silva until his appeal process ends. Da Silva stands accused of corruption, though he and his supporters call the charges politically motivated. On Friday, the judge accepted the request filed by the ex-president’s defense team, authorizing him to leave jail. Da Silva will now be able to stay out of prison ...
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Survey finds 'sextortion' rife in Latin America, women worst hit

Survey finds ‘sextortion’ rife in Latin America, women worst hit

One in five people in Latin America and the Caribbean has either direct or indirect experience of officials using their positions of power to demand sexual favours, usually from women, according to a survey published on Monday. "Sextortion" - abuse of power to obtain sexual favours - is prevalent in Latin America partly due to inequality between men and women in politics and pay though few ...
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Study: Transgenic Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes Transfer Genes into a Natural Population

Study: Transgenic Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes Transfer Genes into a Natural Population

An experimental trial to reduce the number of mosquitoes in a Brazilian town by releasing genetically modified mosquitoes has not gone as planned. Traces of the mutated insects have been detected in the natural population of mosquitoes, which was never supposed to happen. The deliberate release of 450,000 transgenic mosquitoes in Jacobina, Brazil has resulted in the unintended genetic contamination of the local population of mosquitoes, ...
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Fake News: Celebrities and Politicians Pass Off Fake Pictures Of Burning Amazon

Fake News: Celebrities and Politicians Pass Off Fake Pictures Of Burning Amazon

The tens of thousands of fires burning in the Amazon right now have caught the attention of environmentalists, politicians and celebrities alike. Unfortunately, many of them have been spreading bad information in the form of decades-old pictures and incorrect facts, such as the claim that the Amazon is the "lungs of the world," according to Forbes. Singers and actors including Madonna and Jaden Smith shared photos ...
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Brazilian Celebrity Faith Healer, John of God, Arrested Accused of Sex Abuse and Child Trafficking

Brazilian Celebrity Faith Healer, John of God, Arrested Accused of Sex Abuse and Child Trafficking

A celebrity faith healer - John of God - sold babies for thousands as he impregnated teenage slaves he kept at his rural gem mines and farms in Brazil, an activist claims. Joao Teixeira de Faria, 77, was arrested on December 17 on the outskirts of Abadiania, in rural Brazil on rape charges. He became a wanted man after a bombshell late night chat show on Brazil's ...
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Twelve Women Announce Bombshell on Brazil's Globo TV Show Conversa com Bial: Celebrity Brazilian Spiritual Healer Sexually Assaulted Them

Twelve Women Announce Bombshell on Brazil’s Globo TV Show Conversa com Bial: Celebrity Brazilian Spiritual Healer Sexually Assaulted Them

A prominent Brazilian spiritual leader, who has been interviewed by Oprah and has treated Bill Clinton, has been accused of sexually abusing at least 12 women at his psychic healing clinic. Joao Teixeira de Faria, also known as John of God, came under fire on Saturday when 10 women in Brazil came forward to accuse the 76-year-old medium of sexually abusing them while they sought healing ...
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