Brazil managed to avoid recession in the last quarter. The latest GDP figures showed a slight acceleration of growth with an increase of 0.4%. Whether or not this is a one-off case will be demonstrated by the actual figures. Brazil is still expected to finish the year with growth.
The Amazon, 60 percent of which is in Brazil, absorbs 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide, but the world's lungs have been burning for more than 15 days.
The Brazilian Joao Gilberto, who died at the age of 88, was the last living father of bossa nova, the syncopated rhythm of samba, but mixed with the freshness of jazz that became a reflection of the Brazilian soul.