Biden's grand game, Brazil's Petrobras, vaccine passports, vegetarian school meals
Joe Biden's first phone call to Riyadh went not to MBS but to his dad, the ailing King Salman. This came ahead of the declassification of intelligence that links the crown prince to the 2018 murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Overnight, we witnessed the first use of US military force on Joe Biden's watch: an air strike targeting facilities used by Iran-backed militias in Syria, just over the border with Iraqi Kurdistan. Some 17 people were killed, according to local sources.
Brazil's Serrana aims for COVID herd immunity first
A Brazilian city of 45,000 has launched a major coronavirus vaccination drive. Health experts hope herd immunity could be achieved by May.
No sea, no problem for Brazil's river surfer
Paulo Guido is a river surfer, braving unusual and treacherous currents to practice the sport he loves. "I have to have respect for the Doce River," says Guido as he sits on its banks in Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais state, where during rainy season its level rises providing optimal conditions for the surfer.
Giant vulva statue fuels gender debate in Brazil
A 33-meter, bright-red vagina sculpture -- which its author titled "Diva" -- stands out against the grassy hillside on a mountain in northeast Brazil, and is intended to promote dialogue on gender issues, particularly poignant under the conservative government of President Jair Bolsonaro.
Brazil: 50% effective Chinese vaccine 'not the best, but good'
The Chinese-developed Coronavac Covid-19 vaccine has demonstrated a 50 percent efficacy following tests in Brazil, according to the organization in charge of producing it in the South American country.
Grim start to 2021 for Brazil with 200,000 Covid deaths
Brazil's Covid-19 death toll passes 200,000 amid a surging second wave, dousing optimism that 2021 will bring respite anytime soon for a country whose government's erratic handling of the pandemic has drawn scathing criticism.
'Brazil is broke, I can't do anything' says Jair Bolsonaro
With state subsidies to fight poverty now ended, Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro says his country is "broke" and he is unable to do anything about it, attributing the crisis to "the press-fueled" coronavirus.
Brazil: Amazon deforestation races to 12-year high under Bolsonaro
Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest this year reached its highest level since 2008, government data shows. The destruction comes as President Jair Bolsonaro continues to weaken environmental regulations.