Brazil’s Bolsonaro says Amazon fires a ‘lie’ despite govt data Aug 13, 2020 0 1748 12345 RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said it is a “lie” that fires are ravaging the Amazon rainforest, despite data from his own government showing the number of blazes is rising.The far-right leader has faced international condemnation for presiding over huge fires and rising deforestation in the Amazon -- criticism he took issue with in a speech to a video conference of countries that share the world’s biggest rainforest.“Tropical rainforest doesn’t catch fire. So this story that the Amazon is burning is a lie, and we have to fight it with real numbers,” he said on Tuesday. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Belarus’s EU neighbours discuss mediation plan Aug 13, 2020 0 614 Biden, Harris kick off White House campaign Aug 13, 2020 0 956 Greece posts its highest daily number of COVID-19 cases Aug 13, 2020 0 609 Hungary, US agree on ‘biggest ever’ defence deal AFP Budapest Hungary agreed on Wednesday to buy $1 billion worth of air-to-air missiles from the US, a deal which Washington’s envoy in Budapest described as the EU member’s biggest-ever procurement from his country. .. Germany’s coronavirus cases see highest jump in months DPA Berlin Germany’s official coronavirus caseload on Wednesday witnessed its sharpest daily jump since early May. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the government’s agency for disease control, reported 1,226 new .. Over 5,000 wiped off UK’s virus toll following review AFP London Britain revised down its death toll from the coronavirus pandemic by more than 5,000 to 41,329 on Wednesday following a review into the way fatalities are recorded. In England, a person who died at any point .. China warns US against ‘playing with fire’ over Taiwan visit AFP Taipei China warned Washington not to “play with fire” on Wednesday as a US delegation wrapped up a historic trip to the self-ruled island of Taiwan. Beijing has been infuriated by the highest-profile visit in decades .. Arrested Hong Kong media tycoon tells staff to ‘fight on’ AFP Hong Kong Hong Kong pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai on Wednesday told his reporters to “fight on” after his dramatic arrest, as China widens its crackdown against critics in the semi-autonomous city. Lai was .. WHO keen to review Russian vaccine trials AFP Geneva The World Health Organization said on Wednesday it was looking forward to reviewing clinical trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed in Russia. President Vladimir Putin declared Russia the .. Trump says ‘surprised’ at Biden’s pick of ‘horrible’ Harris WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday called Kamala Harris the “most horrible” member of the US Senate and said he was “surprised” Joe Biden had picked her as his vice presidential candidate. Trump told ..