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Brazilian Troops Begin Deploying to Fight Amazon Fires

Brazilian Troops Begin Deploying to Fight Amazon Fires

By Marcelo Silva de Sousa | Aug 25
Backed by military aircraft, Brazilian troops on Saturday were deploying in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry.

Bolsonaro to Send Army to Fight Huge Fires in the Amazon

Bolsonaro to Send Army to Fight Huge Fires in the Amazon

By Victor Caivano | Aug 24
Under international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of Brazil's Amazon, President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the huge blazes while thousands took to the streets to protest his environmental policies.

'Trump of the Tropics' Yanks Funding for LGBTQ Films

'Trump of the Tropics' Yanks Funding for LGBTQ Films

By Kilian Melloy | Aug 23
Brazil's autocratic president has announced that the government of that nation will no longer provide funds for movies with LGBTQ content.

New School Transgender Rules Fire Debate in Portugal

New School Transgender Rules Fire Debate in Portugal

Aug 22
New rules on gender identity at schools are causing a stir in Portugal, where some parents are expressing alarm that transgender children will be able to choose which bathroom they use.

UN Report Condemns Sexual Violence by Myanmar Military

UN Report Condemns Sexual Violence by Myanmar Military

By Grant Peck | Aug 22
Sexual violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide as well as warrants prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Polish Judges Want Lawmakers to Probe Online Hate Campaign

Polish Judges Want Lawmakers to Probe Online Hate Campaign

By Monica Scislowska | Aug 22
Some Polish judges on Wednesday urged lawmakers to investigate an online hate campaign against some of them that was apparently encouraged by a deputy justice minister who has resigned over the allegations.

Iceland's Leader Won't be Around to Welcome Pence

Iceland's Leader Won't be Around to Welcome Pence

By Egill Bjarnason | Aug 22
Iceland's leader has announced that she will skip U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's visit to her Nordic nation, opting instead to keep "prior commitments" by attending a trade union conference and meetings in Sweden.

Hong Kong Bakery's Mooncakes Display Protest Movement Slogans

Hong Kong Bakery's Mooncakes Display Protest Movement Slogans

Aug 22
A Hong Kong bakery is doing its part to support the city's pro-democracy protest movement by making mooncakes with a message.

Greenland Fallout: Trump Scolds Denmark Over Rejection

Greenland Fallout: Trump Scolds Denmark Over Rejection

By Jan M. Olsen and Laurie Kellman | Aug 21
Escalating an international spat , President Donald Trump said Wednesday he scrapped his trip to Denmark because the prime minister made a "nasty" statement when she rejected his idea to buy Greenland as an absurdity.

Venezuela Crisis Pushes Women into 'Forced Motherhood'

Venezuela Crisis Pushes Women into 'Forced Motherhood'

By Christine Armario | Aug 21
Despite promises by the socialist government to provide every woman access to family planning, recent surveys and interviews with health professionals indicate access to contraceptives remains incomprehensive.

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