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Jair Bolsonaro: President of Brazil
Jair Messias Bolsonaro is a Brazilian politician and retired military officer who is the 38th president of Brazil. Elected in 2018 as a member of the conservative Social Liberal Party before cutting ties with them, he has been in office since 1 January 2019. From 1991 to 2018 he served in Brazil's Chamber of Deputies, representing the state of Rio de Janeiro.

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Meet Bolsonaro's unlikely indigenous ally [Video]

Meet Bolsonaro's unlikely indigenous ally

Irisnaide Silva is female, Brazilian, indigenous, and she's found an unlikely ally: Brazil's nationalist president Jair Bolsonaro, renowned for his eagerness to develop the Amazon rainforest. Francesca..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 03:05Published
President Bolsonaro relaxes gun laws in Brazil [Video]

President Bolsonaro relaxes gun laws in Brazil

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has taken measures to make weapons available to more people.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:53Published
Brazil begins roll-out of 2 million COVID vaccines amid protests [Video]

Brazil begins roll-out of 2 million COVID vaccines amid protests

Thousands join rallies in several Brazilian cities against President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the deadly pandemic.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:36Published
'No Republic Day chief guest this year in India due to Covid-19': MEA [Video]

'No Republic Day chief guest this year in India due to Covid-19': MEA

MEA announced that there will be no foreign leader as Republic Day chief guest. The decision comes due to the global situation arising out of Covid-19. Earlier, India had invited UK PM Boris Johnson as..

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Bolsonaro tells Brazil to 'stop whining' over COVID despite world's second highest death toll

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President Jair Bolsonaro has told Brazil to stop "whining" about coronavirus and move on from the disease.
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Brazilian Prez Bolsonaro invokes Ramayana, thanks India for Covid-19 vaccine supply

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying "dhanyavaad" for supplying the "sanjeevni booti" (the vaccine) against the coronavirus to the South American..
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Brazil President thanks India for 'Sanjeevni Booti' against Covid; PM Modi says will continue to partner on healthcare

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying "dhanyavaad" for supplying the "sanjeevni booti" (the vaccine) against the coronavirus to the South American..
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Brazilian President Bolsonaro thanks PM Modi on Twitter with Hanuman image, here's why

On Hanuman Jayanti in 2020, Bolsonaro had written to PM Narendra Modi on COVID-19 crisis with references to the Ramayana.
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Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro writes to PM for 2m Covishield doses

With Covid cases in Brazil topping 8 million, its President Jair Bolsonaro wrote a letter to PM Modi this week asking for 2 million Covishield vaccines manufactured by Serum Institute. Brazil, he said,..
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Brazil's Bolsonaro asks India to expedite Covid vaccine shipment as delays loom

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to expedite a shipment of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine amid broader delays to the vaccine's arrival in Brazil, according to a..
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Brazil dials India on Covid vaccine imports

India’s vaccine diplomacy push might be impacted by confusing signals on the export of vaccines. On Monday, the Jair Bolsonaro government in Brazil dialled the Indian government after the chief of..
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'Meu amigo Presidente...': PM Modi writes in Portuguese, wishes 'friend' Jair Bolsonaro speedy recovery from COVID-19

Yesterday, Bolsonaro had confirmed the COVID-19 test results
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Brazil police arrest former aide to president's son in graft probe

Brazilian police on Thursday arrested a former aide to President Jair Bolsonaro's eldest son in a graft investigation threatening to undermine his campaign promises to crack down on corruption.
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Brazil's Bolsonaro says time to end 'abuses' of Supreme Court

Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday launched a new attack on the country's Supreme Court which has authorized probes into some of his activities, accusing the court of "committing..
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Brazil court allows police to access Bolsonaro allies' phone, bank records

Brazil's top court on Tuesday granted police permission to inspect financial and phone records of federal lawmakers allied with President Jair Bolsonaro as part of a probe into anti-democratic rallies,..
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Brazil police raid Bolsonaro backers in probe of rallies

Brazilian police raided the homes and offices of President Jair Bolsonaro's allies on Tuesday as part of an investigation into the financing of anti-democratic rallies in support of the right-wing..
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Brazil's Bolsonaro says military will not remove elected president

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday that the country's military would not obey any order to remove an elected president, deepening a war of words with the judicial branch that has led to..
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Governor shuts streets in Brasilia to stop protesters reaching Congress, Supreme Court

The governor of the federal district in which Brazil's capital Brasilia is located closed the area around the presidential palace, ministries, Supreme Court and Congress on Sunday to keep right-wing..
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Facing criticism, Brazil's Bolsonaro restores Ministry of Communications

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has decided to recreate the defunct Ministry of Communications as he faces criticism for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Brazil's Bolsonaro tells actress to 'get out' after she criticizes pandemic response

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro told an actress to "get out of here" after she criticized his response to the coronavirus pandemic in a gathering outside his official residence on Wednesday morning.
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Brazil takes down COVID-19 data, hiding soaring death toll

Brazil removed from public view months of data on its COVID-19 epidemic on Saturday, as President Jair Bolsonaro defended delays and changes to official record-keeping of the world's second-largest..
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Bolsonaro defends later, partial release of Brazil COVID-19 data

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday defended his government's move to partially withhold official data on the scale of the world's second-largest coronavirus outbreak.
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Bolsonaro threatens WHO exit as COVID-19 kills 'a Brazilian per minute'

President Jair Bolsonaro threatened on Friday to pull Brazil out of the World Health Organization after the U.N. agency warned governments about the risk of lifting lockdowns before slowing the spread..
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Bolsonaro calls WHO 'political,' threatens Brazil exit

President Jair Bolsonaro threatened to pull Brazil out of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday unless it stops being a "partisan political organization."
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Brazil's COVID-19 deaths surpass Italy's, daily toll hits record high

Brazil reeled on Friday at a record daily number of COVID-19 deaths, pushing the toll past Italy's ahead of planned protests over the weekend against the government of far-right President Jair..
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Brazil's Bolsonaro 'failed' on coronavirus, says climate activist Greta Thunberg

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has failed in managing the coronavirus crisis, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said on Friday, a day after a record rise in deaths in the South American..
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Bolsonaro asks security forces to act if protests against his government exceed limits

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday called groups protesting in favor of democracy "terrorists" and "delinquents", saying he had asked security forces to act if demonstrations expected on..
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COVID-19 crisis shakes Brazil, but Bolsonaro keeps impeachment at bay

One of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks, a paralyzed economy sending investors fleeing for the exit, and accusations that he has undermined Brazil's young democracy have not loosened President..
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Brazil court to hear cases seeking to invalidate election on Tuesday

The head of Brazil's top electoral court will hear arguments on Tuesday related to two cases seeking to nullify the 2018 presidential election which was won by current President Jair Bolsonaro, the..
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Exclusive: Flush with corruption cash, Brazilian states step up deforestation fight

Brazilian states are bolstering the fight against destruction of the Amazon rainforest with millions of dollars from an oil company's corruption settlement that allows them to partially compensate for..
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Trump and Bolsonaro discussed research effort on using hydroxychloroquine to fight coronavirus, White House says

U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro discussed a joint research effort on using the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as both a prophylaxis and treatment for the..
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Brazil's Supreme Court judge shelves request to seize Bolsonaro's cellphone

Brazil's Supreme Court Judge Celso de Mello shelved on Monday night a request made by political parties to seize President Jair Bolsonaro's cellphone as part of an investigation on whether or not he..
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After protests shake Brazil, Bolsonaro tries to rein in his backers

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro urged his supporters on Monday to put off their protests against the country's Supreme Court next weekend after counter-demonstrations triggered violent clashes on..
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Brazil House Speaker Maia says he will decide on impeachment at 'appropriate time'

Rodrigo Maia, the speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress, said during an online event on Monday that he would decide whether to open impeachment proceedings against President Jair Bolsonaro at..
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Bolsonaro tries to rein in backers as protests shake Brazil

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro told his supporters on Monday they should put off their protests against the country's Supreme Court next weekend after counter-demonstrations triggered violent..
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Bolsonaro joins rally against Brazil's top court; judge warns democracy at risk

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro joined a rally on Sunday on horseback as supporters urged the closing of the Supreme Court for investigating the right-wing leader, as one of its justices compared..
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Brazil's Bolsonaro urges Supreme Court to shelve 'fake news' probe

President Jair Bolsonaro slammed Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday for investigating an alleged disinformation and intimidation campaign by his supporters, as a political crisis deepened amid the..
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Brazil's Bolsonaro slams top court investigation of allies for alleged fake news

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro complained on Thursday that a Supreme Court investigation into fake news was aimed at silencing the social media that got him elected and said his opponents were..
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Bolsonaro signs into law $11.3 billion aid to states and municipalities

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has signed into law 60-billion-real ($11.3 billion) of federal government aid to states and municipalities affected by the coronavirus pandemic, but vetoed a section..
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Brazil police raid presidential allies in fake news probe

Brazil's federal police searched the homes and offices of allies of President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday in an investigation into alleged fake news attacks on social media against the country's..
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Brazilian media boycott Bolsonaro residence due to harassment

Brazil's four largest news media outlets said they have withdrawn their reporters from coverage of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro's official residence due to the lack of security to protect them..
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Brazil police raid Rio governor's residences amid COVID-19 probe

Brazilian federal police on Tuesday raided the residences of Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel as part of a COVID-19 corruption probe, targeting one of President Jair Bolsonaro's political foes as..
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Brazil's Rio governor denies wrongdoing in criminal probe; attacks Bolsonaro

The governor of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro denied any wrongdoing after the federal police searched his residences in connection with a corruption probe, according to a strongly worded statement on..
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Special Report: Bolsonaro brought in his generals to fight coronavirus. Brazil is losing the battle

In mid-March, Brazil took what seemed to be a forceful early strike against the coronavirus pandemic.
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Brazil's Bolsonaro says he expects top court to end probe into his conduct over police

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro expects the Supreme Court to find no wrongdoing and end an investigation into potential political interference in the federal police, according to a statement from..
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U.S. travel ban on Brazilians follows established benchmark: Bolsonaro advisor

An advisor to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Sunday the U.S. restrictions on travel from Brazil had followed previously established benchmarks, playing down the slight from U.S. President..
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Bolsonaro joins protesters as Brazil political scandal heats up amid pandemic

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday hailed supporters rallying in the country's capital to back his administration as an unfolding political scandal adds to the public health crisis driven by..
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In video, Bolsonaro says wanted cops replaced to stop family being 'screwed'

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he was unwilling to see his family get "screwed" because of his inability to change law enforcement officials, according to a video released on Friday set to..
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Bolsonaro says in video he tried to change police to prevent family being 'screwed'

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he was unwilling to see his family get "screwed" because of his inability to change law enforcement officials, according to a video released on Friday set to..
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Bolsonaro sought to protect family from being 'screwed' by police: video

Bolsonaro told his ministers he was unwilling to see his family or friends get "screwed" due to his inability to change his own law enforcement officials, according to a video released by a Supreme..
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Brazil Supreme Court rules to release video of Bolsonaro's alleged interference

A justice on Brazil's Supreme Court on Friday ruled to release a video in which far-right President Jair Bolsonaro allegedly tried to interfere in law enforcement appointments to protect his family..
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Bolsonaro will sign $10.7 billion coronavirus package but wants public pay freeze

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said he will sign off on Thursday or Friday a 60 billion-real ($10.72 billion) federal aid program for states and cities hit by coronavirus, but asked governors for..
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Brazil's Bolsonaro to sign $11 billion coronavirus aid package Thursday or Friday

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said he is due to sign a 60 billion reais ($10.77 billion) aid package on Thursday or Friday, adding that it is normal for governments to lose support after more than..
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Brazil clears way for use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19

Brazil's Health Ministry on Wednesday issued new guidelines clearing the way for the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat patients with COVID-19, days after a second health minister in a row quit under..
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