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Amazon fire: Bolsonaro sends army after EU threat on trade deal

Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has pledged to mobilise the army to help combat fires that have been ravaging large parts of the Amazon rainforest, while his administration launched a diplomatic charm offensive to try to mend bridges overseas after facing growing international criticism.

The fires in the Brazilian Amazon, which accounts for more than half of the world’s largest rainforest, have surged in number by 83 percent this year, according to government data, destroying vast swaths of a vital bulwark against global climate change.

Bolsonaro blames unusually-warm temperatures for the unprecedented blaze.

Al Jazeera’s Daniel Schweimler reports from the state of Rondonia, one of the worst affected regions.

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