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Brazil makes U-turn on £16m Amazon fire-fighting funds

Brazil makes U-turn on £16m Amazon fire-fighting funds

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By Philip Whiteside, international news reporter Brazil appears to have backtracked on its rejection of G7 funds to fight the Amazon forest fires, saying it will accept as long as it has control over how the money is spent.Presidential spokesman Rego Barros made the comments in an apparent attempt to smooth over a public spat between the Brazilian and French presidents. Image: The wildfires have devastated parts of the Amazon in Brazil Over the weekend, the G7 offered $ 20m (£16m) in aid to battle wildfires which have been causing devastation in Brazil's Amazon basin.On Tuesday, Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro said he would only accept an offer of international aid if French lea
Amazon fires: Brazil will only accept help if Macron withdraws ‘insults’

Amazon fires: Brazil will only accept help if Macron withdraws ‘insults’

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Brazil's president says he will only accept an offer of international aid to fight the devastating Amazon fires if French leader Emmanuel Macron withdraws his "insults".Jair Bolsonaro said Mr Macron had called him a liar and he accused the French president of questioning Brazil's sovereignty. It comes after Brazil's government said it would reject $ 20m (£16m) in aid from G7 countries to battle wildfires in the Amazon. Image: Emmanuel Macron (L) and Jair Bolsonaro (R) have been embroiled in a public war of words Mr Bolsonaro told reporters: "First of all, Macron has to withdraw his insults. He called me a liar."Before we talk or accept anything from France... he must withdraw these words then we can talk.
G7’s Amazon aid plan treats region like a ‘colony’, Bolsonaro says

G7’s Amazon aid plan treats region like a ‘colony’, Bolsonaro says

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Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro says the idea of an alliance of G7 countries helping save the Amazon from wildfires would leave his country treated like "a colony or no man's land".Mr Bolsonaro, a right-wing leader who wants to open the Amazon to more farming and mining, said on Twitter that Emmanuel Macron's initiative was an attack on Brazil's sovereignty. It followed the French President's announcement at the G7 summit he hosted in Biarritz that the Group of Seven had agreed on a $ 20m (£16m) firefighting fund as well as a long-term initiative to protect the rainforest. Image: There have been more than 26,000 wildfires across Brazil in August Mr Bolsonaro tweeted: "We cannot accept that a president, Macron, unleashes unreasonable