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Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky applauds U.S. President Joe Biden during the 78th Session of the U.N. General Assembly.


UN General Assembly debate kickoff

The UN General Assembly debate, where world leaders are given time at the podium to outline their respective global priorities, launched with a bang on Tuesday.

US President Joe Biden spoke to a jam-packed auditorium where he reinforced the US commitment to Ukraine. He also addressed China directly, saying that Washington does not seek to decouple from Beijing but rather to derisk, and emphasized that managing the ensuing rivalry responsibility was his administration's priority.

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An aerial view shows trees as the sun rises at the Amazon rainforest in Manaus, Amazonas State, Brazil.


Lula celebrates big drop in deforestation

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon fell 66% in August compared to the same month last year – a huge achievement reflecting the ambitious climate goals of President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva. What’s more, cumulative deforestation for the first eight months of 2023 was down 48%.

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Ecuador's Foreign Minister Gustavo Manrique, Guyana's Prime Minister Mark Phillips, Colombia's President Gustavo Petro, Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Bolivia's President Luis Arce, Peru's President Dina Boluarte, Venezuela's Vice President Delcy Rodriguez and Suriname's Foreign Minister Albert Ramdin at ACTO


Amazon nations can't agree on deforestation goal

Leaders of eight Amazon nations converged in Brazil this week for the first time in 14 years to devise a plan to save the Amazon rainforest, but they appeared to fall short of finding common ground on how to end deforestation.

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EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen shakes hands with Brazil's President Lula da Silva in Brasilia.

DPA via Reuters Connect

EU woos Latin America

On Monday and Tuesday, the EU will host Latin American and Caribbean leaders for a long-overdue summit eight years after they held the last one. It's fair to say that relations have not improved much since. But why?
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Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro talks with media


Bolsonaro gets benched

Brazil’s electoral court has forbidden former President Jair Bolsonaro from running for public office until 2030. The decision takes a top contender out of the 2026 presidential race after finding Bolsonaro guilty of violating election laws and undermining trust in the country’s electoral system.

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Displaced families from the north of burkina fas.

Hans Lucas

Hard Numbers: Burkina Faso warns of humanitarian crisis, Afghan girls poisoned at school, Lula unveils Amazon rescue plan, Saudi Arabia makes soccer “sovereign”

2,000: The number of internally displaced people in the West African nation of Burkina Faso has soared by more than 2,000% since 2019 and now surpasses 2 million people. They are mostly women and children who have fled attacks by Islamic extremist groups linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. The government and aid workers warn of a growing humanitarian crisis.

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Japanese PM Fumio Kishida (R) and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy bow after laying a bouquet of flowers at the Cenotaph for the Victims of the Atomic Bomb at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

Mami Nagaoki / The Yomiuri Shimbun via Reuters Connect

Zelensky charms G-7, but Brazil & India play hard to get

The indisputable star of the G-7 was Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, who showed up in Hiroshima after hitching a ride on a French military plane with a stopover in Saudi Arabia. Zelensky then worked the room, charming attendees and securing what seemed unthinkable just weeks ago: a US promise to allow its allies to send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, which Kyiv has long been begging for (no word yet on US direct supplies).

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Jess Frampton

Lula’s balancing act

Following the defeat of right-wing nationalist Jair Bolsonaro to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva last year, many in the West were hopeful that Latin America's most populous nation would become a likeminded partner in promoting democratic norms, upholding the rules-based order, and confronting authoritarian governments.

Yet in his first four months in office, Brazil's President Lula has refused to unequivocally condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine and chided the United States and Europe for not doing enough to end the war. He’s deepened ties to Moscow and Beijing. He’s dispatched a high-level delegation to meet with Venezuela's dictator Nicolas Maduro. He’s even allowed Iranian warships to dock in Rio de Janeiro.

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