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Fires continue to burn in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil

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A handout satellite image made available by Maxar Technologies shows a fire burning in the upper Amazon River basin near Porto Velho, state of Rondonia, in Brazil.

Seven Brazilian states have formally requested the help of the military to fight the fires burning in the Amazon.

Fires continue to burn in the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil
A handout satellite image made available by Maxar Technologies shows a fire burning in the upper Amazon River basin near Porto Velho, state of Rondonia, Brazil.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has ruled out accepting a G7 offer of aid to fight fires in the Amazon rainforest unless he gets an apology from his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.

Bolsonaro said the French leader should apologise for insulting him personally by calling him a liar.

Fires continue to burn in the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil
A handout satellite image made available by Maxar Technologies shows fires burning in the upper Amazon River basin near Porto Velho, state of Rondonia, Brazil, 15 August 2019 (issued 28 August 2019). 

Macron had accused him of “lying” about fighting climate change.

Aid worth $22m (£18m) was announced by Macron at a summit in France of the seven leading industrial powers.

 

Photos: EPA-EFE/SATELLITE IMAGE ©2019 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES / HANDOUT

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