Chinese-made vaccine suspended for operating unauthorized plant in Brazil

South America 09/07/21, 02:56

Brazil's health regulator temporarily blocked more than 12 million doses of Sinovac Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine on Sept. 4. Anvisa took regulatory action after receiving a complaint from Sao Paulo's Butantan Institute biomedical center. The center, which helps the Chinese firm manufacture locally, accused the Asian pharmaceutical company of unlawfully producing several ...

Drunk man fatally attacked by shark at Brazilian beach

America 07/16/21, 15:25

A man was killed by a shark while stepping into the water to relieve himself on a Brazilian beach. The incident happened around 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, at Piedade Beach in Jaboatao dos Guararapes, northern Brazil. Marcelo Rocha Santos, 51, and another partygoer decided to go into the sea ...

Brazil president hospitalized for chronic hiccups

America 07/15/21, 04:13

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, July 14, after 10 consecutive days of chronic hiccups.  His office said he was hospitalized after suffering from a stomach ache on Tuesday night at the Armed Forces Hospital in the capital of Brasilia. Doctors initially conducted tests to clarify ...

Brazil at forefront of pro-life nations fighting Joe Biden’s global abortion agenda

U.S. 04/02/21, 23:55

At the first UN conference on women since President Joe Biden took office, pro-abortion groups gained no ground. Countries who backed Trump's pro-life diplomacy just a few weeks earlier thwarted the Biden administration and the European Union's attempts to use provocative abortion-related terminology and expressly pro-abortion wording in the UN Commission ...

Chinese laboratory obtained approval of its vaccines with bribes

South America 12/05/20, 14:22

One of the Chinese laboratories that is developing a vaccine against CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus (COVID-19), bribed authorities to approve other vaccines in the past, according to court records cited by The Washington Post on Dec. 4. The executive director and founder of Sinovac Biotech, one of two pioneering companies ...

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro calls Greta Thunberg a ‘brat’

South America 12/11/19, 06:06

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro called Swedish climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg a “brat” on Tuesday, Dec. 10, after her comment on two Indigenous people Brazilians' death in the Amazon. The fight ignited on Monday after Thunberg tweeted a link to a story about two indigenous men of the Guajajara tribe in ...

Trump announces tariffs on steel and aluminum from Argentina and Brazil

Politics 12/02/19, 18:01

President Donald Trump announced on Monday, Dec 2, that he will impose tariffs on imports from Argentina and Brazil on steel and aluminum. The decision is the result of the devaluation of their respective currencies, which has hurt U.S. farmers. Also, the president asked the Federal Reserve to take measures ...

Brazil’s ex-president could be freed after top court ruling

South America 11/08/19, 00:13

Brazil's Supreme Court delivered a ruling that could release almost 5,000 inmates still appealing their convictions, including former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and other powerful figures jailed in a sprawling corruption investigation. The court decided in a 6-5 vote late Thursday that a person can be imprisoned only after ...

7-story building collapses in Brazil; 1 dead, others trapped

South America 10/15/19, 15:08

A seven-story building collapsed Tuesday in an upscale part of the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, killing one person and leaving others trapped with some communicating with family members by cellphone from under debris, officials said. Fire department commander Cleyton Bezerra said 10 people were missing, though it was unclear if they ...

US blocks goods from companies suspected of forced labor

Business 10/02/19, 03:36

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced it is holding imports of clothing, gold, diamonds and other items believed to have been produced with forced labor by companies based in Brazil, China and Malaysia as well as some gold mined in eastern Congo and diamonds from a region in Zimbabwe. An official ...

White House hears Brazilian delegation on US aid to fight Amazon fires

South America 08/30/19, 18:01

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's son and the country's foreign minister visited the White House, on Friday, Aug. 30, seeking U.S. help, as firefighters battled to contain the ravaging wildfires in the Amazon. The Brazilian leader said he asked for President Donald Trump’s help and that the U.S. president had said he ...

Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

South America 08/24/19, 12:32

Backed by military aircraft, Brazilian troops on Saturday prepared to deploy in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry. Some 44,000 troops will be available for "unprecedented" operations to put out the fires, and forces are heading to ...

Walmart to pay $138M over Brazil corruption

Business 06/20/19, 12:13

Walmart agreed Thursday to pay a $138 million criminal penalty to settle Justice Department allegations that its Brazilian subsidiary secretly funneled more than $500,000 to an intermediary known as a "sorceress" for her uncanny ability to make permit problems disappear. Prosecutors went after Walmart under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which ...

Thousands pour into Colombia as Venezuela reopens border

America 06/08/19, 15:08

Thousands of people crossed into Colombia on Saturday to buy food and medicine after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reopened a border between the countries that had been shut down for the past four months. Long lines of Venezuelans stood at two international bridges near the city of Cúcuta waiting to have ...

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