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Explainer: Why are the Amazon fires sparking a crisis for Brazil - and the world?

Reuters Sunday, 25 August 2019
A record number of fires ravaging the Amazon has drawn international outrage because of the rainforest's importance to the global environment and prompted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to dispatch the military to assist in firefighting.
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President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he had a very exciting conversation with Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who is currently facing scrutiny for his inaction in the face of raging fires in the Amazon rainforest, many of which were started intentionally by farmers.

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