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Christ and cocaine: Rio’s gangs of God blend faith and violence
In the city’s favelas, a new generation of ‘narco-pentecostals’ are embracing Christian symbols

Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro

23, Jan, 2022 @12:38 PM

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Elza Soares: samba’s greatest star epitomised the vivacious spirit of Brazil
The singer’s melodic, growling voice was a marvel – and she overcame great hardship in order to put it to astonishing use

Felipe Maia

21, Jan, 2022 @2:34 PM

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Elza Soares, one of Brazil’s greatest ever singers, dies at 91
Loss of much-loved samba star prompts outpouring of tributes and praise as six-decade career ends

Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro

20, Jan, 2022 @10:39 PM

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Heavily armed police launch bid to reclaim control of Rio de Janeiro favela
State governor says surprise operation against drug gangs and mafia groups is start of ‘transformational’ occupation

Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro

20, Jan, 2022 @12:14 AM

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Covid global report: Omicron alert in southern Chinese city bordering Macau
Variant detected in southern Chinese city of Zhuhai, say officials, while CDC in the US urges use of the ‘most protective’ masks

Staff and agencies

15, Jan, 2022 @6:15 AM

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Feed supplier to UK farm animals still linked to Amazon deforestation
Cargill, which had pledged to clean up its supply chain, sells feed for many of the billion chickens killed annually in UK

Andrew Wasley, Lucy Jordan and Elisângela Mendonça

14, Jan, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Brazilian turtle breeders shot dead along with teenage daughter
Activists mourn deaths in Amazon state of Pará as bodies of José Gomes, Márcia Nunes Lisboa and their daughter found by son

Sam Cowie

13, Jan, 2022 @7:30 AM

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Omicron dims optimism as South America enters pandemic’s third year
Signs of an incipient return to normality have been dashed as case numbers soar but high vaccination rates offer reason for hope

Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro and Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires

12, Jan, 2022 @10:10 AM

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Covid live: no need for fourth jab yet, UK advisers say; Germany toughens hospitality restrictions – as it happened
UK experts say protection against hospitalisation still 90% three months after booster; Germany also cuts isolation for boosted people after a Covid contact

Jem Bartholomew (now); Lucy Campbell, Georgina Quach, Martin Belam and Helen Livingstone (earlier)

08, Jan, 2022 @12:03 AM

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Brazil’s bars choose their customers for their politics as election nears
Unjabbed supporters of President Bolsonaro are banned from some pubs – but elsewhere fans can buy pizza named after him

Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro and Ouro Preto do Oeste

06, Jan, 2022 @5:00 AM

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France, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Netherlands report record daily cases as Omicron surges – as it happened
France reports 332,252 new Covid cases as Italy, Portugal, Netherlands and Turkey all see record cases

Helen Livingstone (now); Nicola Slawson, Matthew Weaver, Damien Gayle, Tom Ambrose and Samantha Lock (earlier)

06, Jan, 2022 @12:30 AM

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Rocky road: Paraguay’s new Chaco highway threatens rare forest and last of the Ayoreo people
Forced from their homes by missionaries, the Ayoreo cling on in the Chaco. Now the Bioceanic Corridor cuts through the fastest-vanishing forest on Earth, refuge of some of the Americas’ last hunter-gatherers

Laurence Blair. Photographs by Santi Carneri

05, Jan, 2022 @10:30 AM

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