Bolsonaro to deploy troops to fight Amazon rainforest fires

(CNN)Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro plans to deploy the army to tackle the wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest. “Protecting the forest is our duty, acting to combat illegal deforestation and any other criminal activities that put our Amazon at risk,” he said. Brazil’s environmental agency, IBAMA, is also hiring hundreds of temporary firefighters to help fight the fires, the agency announced on Friday. The announcement came as political, civil society leaders and celebrities around the world stepped up their pressure on the Brazilian government over the blazing rainforest. France and Ireland said they would block a trade deal between the European Union and Mercosur, the economic and political bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, unless Brazil takes action on …

Canadian couple missing for weeks died in car crash close to their home

Police had widened search for James Evans, 23, and Easha Rayel, 36, until discovery of car hidden in ditch on highway For two long, devastating weeks, the families of a missing Canadian couple clung to every lead, desperately hoping that the smallest shred of evidence could help explain the sudden disappearance of their loved ones. James Evans, 23, and Easha Rayel, 36, were last seen travelling together near their home on Vancouver Island on Canadas west coast. But on Sunday, after weeks of waiting and a series of cold tips, families were told that Evans and Rayel had never left the island. Instead, the couple had died in a car accident along a busy highway, and their vehicle was obscured …

Bolsonaro tight-lipped as minister faces calls to resign over Lula scandal

Srgio Moro, who jailed Bolsonaros top rival, Lula, before Brazil election, accused of totally inappropriate links with prosecutors Brazils justice minister is facing growing calls to resign after a series of politically explosive leaks that some observers believe could have a profound effect on Brazilian politics and the administration of the far-right president, the historic Car Wash anti-corruption investigation. He controversially took his job last year after helping jail Bolsonaros key election rival, former president Luiz Incio Lula da Silva, and has been widely tipped as a future president himself. But Moros political future was thrown into doubt on Sunday after the Intercept began publishing a series of exposs based on what it called its Secret Brazil Archive reports which …

Police in Dominican Republic recover car used by couple who went missing

(CNN)The car used by a New York tourists who went missing last month has been recovered off the coast of the Dominican Republic, police said Friday. From the images, it’s difficult to discern the make and model of the car. Upholstery, cables and other debris appear to dangle from the car as it was pulled from the sea. Locals describe that zone as “la batidora” — the blender — because of the rough seas normally found in the area. Duran Mejia said a black iPhone was also recovered. It’s unclear where the phone was found in relation to the car. A photo provided to CNN by Dominican Republic National Police showed the back of the phone was shattered. The word …