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Brazil’s Bolsonaro says DiCaprio gave cash ‘to set Amazon on fire’

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says DiCaprio gave cash ‘to set Amazon on fire’

Science
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has accused Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio of "giving money to set the Amazon on fire".The president gave no evidence but in the past has accused NGOs critical of his policies of starting fires that ravaged the rainforest this year.Several arrests have been made amid controversial and unproven allegations fires were started to obtain funding.DiCaprio, who has pledged $ 5m for the Amazon, denied Mr Bolsonaro's claim.The latest comments appear to arise from the arrest of four volunteer firefighters from northern Pará state on allegations they started fires to generate NGO donations.Rights groups, NGOs and critics claimed the police operation against them was politically motivated and an attempt

Amazon workers stage strike on Black Friday

World
Workers at Amazon distribution centers in Germany have gone on strike for better pay on Black Friday, one of the busiest days of the year for the online retailerByThe Associated PressNovember 29, 2019, 10:15 AM1 min read Workers at Amazon distribution centers in Germany have gone on strike for better pay on Black Friday, one of the busiest days of the year for the online retailer. Union ver.di said Friday that the walkouts began overnight at six distribution centers across the country, with some due to last until Tuesday. Union representative Orhan Akman said Amazon staff want to send a signal that their work can’t be bought with the kind of extreme discounts Amazon offers around this time of the year. Akman also accused the company of putting “extreme pressure” on staff that’s causing som
Amazon pulls skin-lightening products after groups’ concerns

Amazon pulls skin-lightening products after groups’ concerns

Health
Amazon pulls more than a dozen skin-lightening products with dangerous mercury levels off its website after Minnesota public-health and environmental activists raised concernsByThe Associated PressNovember 23, 2019, 12:13 AM3 min read Amazon has pulled more than a dozen skin-lightening products with dangerous levels of mercury off its website after Minnesota public-health and environmental activists raised concerns. The company’s change came after two groups, the BeautyWell Project and the state branch of the Sierra Club, delivered a petition on Wednesday with over 23,000 signatures to Amazon’s fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. “For a large retail company selling toxic products to individuals of color, I think it’s so wrong. And these are il

Amazon sues Pentagon over $10B contract awarded to Microsoft

Technology
Amazon is suing the Pentagon over a $ 10 billion cloud-computing contract awarded to MicrosoftByThe Associated PressNovember 23, 2019, 2:25 AM1 min read Amazon is suing the Pentagon over a $ 10 billion cloud-computing contract awarded to Microsoft. Amazon said it filed a legal complaint Friday with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims seeking to challenge the decision. The complaint is sealed, but the company said earlier this month there was “unmistakable bias” on the government’s part. Amazon’s competitive bid for the “war cloud” project drew criticism from President Donald Trump, who said over the summer that he wanted the Pentagon to take a closer look. The Pentagon awarded the contract to Microsoft in late October. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said the procurement was done fair
Amazon Echo may have been a witness to a suspected murder

Amazon Echo may have been a witness to a suspected murder

Technology
By Minyvonne Burke, NBC News Police in Florida believe recordings from a murder suspect's Amazon Echo may contain crucial information as they investigate an alleged argument at the man's home that ended in his girlfriend's death.Adam Reechard Crespo, 43, is charged with murder in connection to the July death of Silvia Galva, who died after suffering a stab wound to the chest. The Broward County Sheriff's Office believes Crespo's Echo - a smart speaker that connects to the Amazon voice-activated personal assistant Alexa - may have been a witness to the crime and obtained search warrants for all the device's recordings.Hallandale Beach Police Department spokesman Sgt Pedro Abut told the Sun-Sentinel that the department has received the re...