November 1st, 2019.
Investigations made by the Brazilian government indicated that a Greek ship is responsible for the oil spill which affected several beaches throughout the Northeastern shores of the country. Following a request by his father, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro apologized on a TV show for having said that “a new AI-5” would be necessary if protests similar to the ones in Chile were held in Brazil. US president Donald Trump called his Chilean counterpart, Sebastián Piñera, expressing his support and denouncing foreign efforts to undermine institutions in the South American country. Brazilian Federal Supreme Court justice Gilmar Mendes has ordered the release of former Rio de Janeiro governors Anthony Garotinho and Rosinha Matheus, under arrest on corruption charges. Finally, despite recent pressures and criticism it has been suffering from regulatory agencies and security analysts, Facebook announced it has obtained a record in earnings during the latest trimester.
Take a look at our highlights.
Greek ship is suspected of spilling oil 700 km from Brazilian coast
A Greek ship has been singled out by Brazilian authorities as the main suspect of being responsible for the oil spill which affected several beaches in the Northeast of the country. Today, the Federal Police launched Operation Mácula, to investigate the source of the spill which has reached Brazil’s shores since August 30th. According to the police, the incident happened 700 kilometers from the coast, between June 28th and 29th. The ship has been identified through geospatial intelligence and regressive oceanographic calculations, and was the only one to navigate the area; it left Venezuela on July 18th. Two search and seizure warrants have been issued in Rio de Janeiro.
Eduardo Bolsonaro apologizes for AI-5 statement
Following a request by his father, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, federal congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro went to a TV show on Thursday evening to apologize for his statement on AI-5 made earlier this week. “I apologize to all those who may have understood that I am considering or the government is considering the return of AI-5.” Eduardo had said during an interview that “a new AI-5” would be necessary to contain street protests such as the ones being held in Chile. The Institutional Act Number 5 was implemented by the military dictatorship in 1968 to revoke fundamental rights and delegate to the president the right to remove from office members of parliament and personally intervene in states and municipalities.
Trump denounces “foreign efforts to undermine institutions” in Chile
United States president Donald Trump called Chilean president Sebastián Piñera on Thursday evening to express his support for Chile’s decision to call off the United Nations climate conference and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders meeting, citing the widespread political protests that rocked the country for weeks. “The United States stands with Chile, an important ally, as it works to peacefully restore national order,” the White House said. “President Trump denounced foreign efforts to undermine Chilean institutions, democracy, or society.”
Gilmar Mendes orders Garotinho and Rosinha released
Brazilian Federal Supreme Court justice Gilmar Mendes has ordered the release of former Rio de Janeiro governors Anthony Garotinho and Rosinha Matheus from jail. The couple was arrested on Wednesday morning after a decision by Rio de Janeiro Justice Court’s 2nd Criminal Chamber, which revoked a habeas corpus granted to the couple by appellate judge Siro Darlan. It was Garotinho’s fifth arrest, and Rosinha’s third. Mendes imposed cautionary restrictive measures, such as the prohibition to leave the country and to have contact with witnesses and other suspects. Both are being accused of defrauding R$ 62 million in overbilled contracts with construction company Odebrecht.
Pressured from all sides, Facebook is more profitable than ever
Social media giant Facebook shrugged off months of criticism from regulatory agencies and security analysts to celebrate, this week, a record in earnings in a single trimester. The company, which also owns WhatsApp and Instagram, informed that their earnings in the third trimester of the years rose by 29 percent, and hit the US$ 17.7 billion mark, indicating that the platform is still extremely appealing to advertisers. The number of daily active users was slightly above the company’s expectations, totaling 1.62 billion people – a 9.2 percent growth.