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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.
Amazon fires: Fines for environmental crimes drop under Bolsonaro

Amazon fires: Fines for environmental crimes drop under Bolsonaro

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The record number of fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest has coincided with a sharp drop in fines for environmental violations, BBC analysis has found.Official data from Brazil's environment agency shows fines from January to 23 August dropped almost a third compared with the same period last year. At the same time, the number of fires burning in Brazil has increased by 84%.It is not known how many of these fires have been set deliberately, but critics have accused President Jair Bolsonaro's administration of "green lighting" the destruction of the rainforest through a culture of impunity.Mr Bolsonaro has sent in the military to help put out the fires after coming under pressure from the internation...
Amazon fires: ‘Our house is burning’, Macron warns ahead of G7

Amazon fires: ‘Our house is burning’, Macron warns ahead of G7

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Media playback is unsupported on your device French President Emmanuel Macron has said the record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest is an "international crisis" that needs to top the agenda at this weekend's G7 summit."Our house is burning," he tweeted. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro responded by accusing Mr Macron of using the issue for "political gain". He said calls to discuss the fires at the G7 summit in Biarritz, which Brazil is not participating in, evoke "a misplaced colonialist mindset". The largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming.It is also home to about three million species of plants and animals, and one million indigenous people.Satellite data publish...
North Korea test fires two more missiles

North Korea test fires two more missiles

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North Korea has test fired two more ballistic missiles, the fourth round of weapons launches in less than two weeks.South Korea's joint chiefs of staff said the latest missiles were launched from an area in the North's western region and travelled about 279 miles (450km) before crashing into the sea off the country's eastern coast. The recent wave of missile tests comes against a backdrop of stalled nuclear disarmament talks with the US and joint military exercises between the US military and South Korean forces.The North regards such drills as an invasion rehearsal and in a statement an unidentified spokesperson said Pyongyang remained committed to dialogue, but it could seek a "new road" if the allies do not change their positions."It is too axiomatic that a constructive dialogue cannot ...