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Green Party agriculture spokeswoman Pippa Hackett: “We have said all along this trade agreement was a bad idea, and this report confirms that to be the case.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The controversial Mercosur trade deal is incompatible with the EU’s commitment to carbon neutrality and “may undermine global efforts to avert runaway(...)

 Since 2010 a total of 707 children have been adopted.  File photograph: Getty Images

Almost 5,000 children from 34 countries have been adopted by parents resident in Ireland since 1991, figures published on Wednesday show. A report f(...)

Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard (left), receives former president from Bolivia Evo Morales  and former vice president Álvaro García Linera at the International Airport of Mexico City, Mexico on Tuesday. Photograph: Maria Guzmán/EPA

Bolivia’s former leader Evo Morales landed in Mexico on Tuesday pledging to stay in politics as security forces back home quelled unrest over the lon(...)

Opposition supporters celebrate the resignation of Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, in La Paz on Sunday. Photograph: Martin Alipaz/EPA

Bolivian president Evo Morales said on Sunday he was resigning to ease violence that has gripped the South American nation since a disputed election,(...)

Incoming  EU commissioner for trade  Phil Hogan: argues that the Mercosur treaty will be the first real leverage the EU has on Brazil’s government over its policies in the Amazon. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The loss of Amazon forest between 1990 and 2016 now totals some 1.3 million square kilometres, at a rate equivalent to 800 football pitches an hour, T(...)

European Commission president German Ursula von der Leyen gestures as she gives a press conference to announce the names of the new European commissioners. Photograph: Kenzo tribouillard / AFP/Getty Images

The nomination of Ireland’s agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan to the trade portfolio, the commission’s president-elect said, would lay the basis for(...)

View of a burnt area of forest in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, on August 27th. Photograph:  Joao Laet/AFP/Getty Images

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that South American countries would meet to determine a common policy in defence of the Amazon r(...)

A burning tract of Amazon jungle is seen as it is being cleared by loggers and farmers in Porto Velho, Brazil . Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Six states in Brazil’s Amazon region requested military help on Saturday to combat record fires that are tearing through the rainforest, provoking an (...)

A general view over smoke from fires in the Amazon rainforest covering the city of Porto Velho, Rondonia, Brazil, on August 16th. Photograph: Roni Carvalho/EPA

Brazil’s nationalist president Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday his government lacked the resources to fight and investigate wildfires in the Amazon af(...)

Brazil’s agriculture minister Tereza Cristinao: ‘There isn’t an agreement where only one side wins.’ Photographer: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg

For Brazilian beef farmer Jonatan Pereira Barbosa the draft trade agreement between the European Union and the Mercosur trade bloc in South America is(...)

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