Sep 4, 2018

Brazil museum fire: Funding sought to rebuild collection

Brazilian President Michel Temer says the government is seeking funding from companies and banks to help rebuild the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro after it was destroyed by fire. Museum officials say almost 90% of the collection has been destroyed. Staff have blamed the fire on years of funding cuts. Riot police fired tear gas outside the park housing the museum on Monday as a small, irate crowd tried to enter. "Luzia is a priceless loss for everyone interested in civilisation," museum director Paulo Knauss told AFP news agency.

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