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Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro:  the former army captain is learning that shooting from the hip can call down problems on his nascent administration. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Though he was sworn in on January 1st, the real business of governing Brazil starts on Friday for president Jair Bolsonaro with the opening of the new(...)

Members of a rescue team react on Monday upon returning from the mission, after a tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA collapsed, in Brumadinho. Photograph: Washington Alves/Reuters

Three employees of Brazilian miner Vale SA and two contractors were arrested on Tuesday, prosecutors said, as a criminal investigation began after a (...)

Rescuers search for vicitms near the town of Brumadinho, in  Brazil after the collapse of a dam at an iron-ore mine belonging to Brazil’s giant mining company Vale. Photograph:  Mauro Pimentel / AFP / Getty Images

Vale has suspended its dividend, share buyback programme and bonus payments to top executives in the wake of the deadly dam burst in the Brazilian sta(...)

 Firefighters work in the search and rescue of victims after the breakage of a mine’s dam, in Brumadinho, Brazil. Photograph: Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Brazilian firefighters are picking through treacherous mud in the search for survivors or bodies after a dam collapse that buried an iron mining compa(...)

Police officers block a bridge after firefighters ordered an evacuation  in Brumadinho, Brazil. Photograph: Washington Alves/Reuters

Brazilian firefighters on Sunday resumed searching for hundreds of people missing after a mining dam ruptured on Friday, triggering a deadly mudslide (...)

A rescue crew works through the aftermath of the dam burst in Brumadinho, Brazil on January 25th Photograph:  Washington Alves/Reuters

Brazilian rescuers have found seven bodies of people swept away by a burst tailings dam and more are expected to be found, with about 200 people still(...)