Sep 3, 2019

Amazon fires: Jair Bolsonaro to miss summit for surgery

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro will miss a planned summit on the fires ravaging the Amazon rainforest to prepare for surgery, an aide has said. More than 80,000 fires have broken out in the Amazon rainforest this year. Environmentalists blame policies enacted by the Brazilian president for the 77% increase in fires this year compared with the same period in 2018. The surgery is scheduled for Sunday, and Mr Bolsonaro must start a liquid diet on Friday - the day of the regional conference in Colombia. Mr Bolsonaro has accused other nations of colonialism for offering $20 million to help tackle the fires.

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