Brazil in 2020: Stories to read

An examination by the Brazilian government confirmed the first case of the new strain of coronavirus in Latin America, a source said Wednesday, after a hospital in Sao Paulo pointed to the possible infection of a 61-year-old person who had been in Italy.

The study analyzed the capacity of the dynamics of carbon sequestration in the Amazon. It found that between 2003 and 2016, the Amazon emitted more carbon than it was able to absorb. Indigenous lands and protected areas performed better than unprotected lands.

Four stirrers turn hundreds of bottles by hand in the half-light of a cellar. It looks like a typical print of the prestigious French champagne cellars. But this is Pinto Bandeira, one of the areas producing the increasingly renowned sparkling wine of southern Brazil.

According to the OECD, Brazil's economy is gradually recovering, due to internal factors. Confidence is improving after progress in approving economic reforms in Congress and investment has regained its strength after falling for two quarters.

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.

The Brazilian media operation, known as 'Lava Jato' ('Car Wash' in Portuguese), has Odebrecht as its main corrupting agent, which is supposed to have such important figures in Latin American politics on its payroll as former Brazilian presidents Lula (2003-2011) and Michel Temer (2016-2018); and those of Peru, Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006), Ollanta...