The Central Bank of Brazil said it had ordered Visa and Mastercard to suspend a joint project with WhatsApp to roll out digital payments within the popular messaging service, over fears it would be anti-competitive.
Volunteers dug 100 graves on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday as a symbolic reminder of the thousands of Brazilians who have died from COVID-19, and also to denounce what they called the "incompetence" of public authorities handling the pandemic.
President Jair Bolsonaro threatened to pull Brazil from the World Health Organization over “ideological bias,” as his counterpart Donald Trump said the US economy was recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and Europe sought to reopen its borders.
Brazil recorded its highest number of coronavirus deaths in a day as Latin America began to feel the full force of the pandemic, while the World Health Organization agreed to investigate its response to the crisis.
Major landmarks including Vatican’s Saint Peter's Basilica and the Acropolis in Athens reopened Monday as Europe accelerated its lockdown easing, but mounting coronavirus infections in Brazil, India and South Africa showed the worst is still to come in many countries.
Brazil's 2020 deficit is approaching 500 billion reais ($96 billion), or seven percent of gross domestic product, even before a state aid proposal of up to 222 billion reais to tackle the coronavirus is factored in, the Economy Ministry said.
Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest rose in March, government data showed, indicating that illegal loggers and land speculators have not stopped destroying the forest with the onset of the coronavirus outbreak.
Iran National Science Foundation and the São Paulo Research Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the expansion of scientific cooperation to increase scientific cooperation between the two countries in various fields, Mehr News Agency reported.