May 31st, 2019.
The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture is analyzing a suspected case of mad cow disease in the state of Mato Grosso. The government of North Korea is being accused of executing several officials, among them its top negotiator, after a failed denuclearization summit with the United States. The São Paulo city council has authorized the seizure of several shared electric scooters left on the streets of the city; according to the city’s mayor, the company responsible for them is in an irregular situation. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is expected to veto a provision which would allow passengers to check in their luggage for free on domestic flights, after pressure from airlines and official aviation agencies, which claimed that ticket prices would increase. Finally, the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations withdrew its invitation from the representative of Venezuela’s interim president, Juan Guaidó, to attend the credence presentation ceremony to be held next week.
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Ministry of Agriculture assesses suspected case of mad cow disease
The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture is studying a suspected case of mad cow disease in the state of Mato Grosso. The degenerative disease, which affects the animal’s brain, is officially called bovine spongiform encephalopathy and may pose a risk to humans if the meat from infected cattle is consumed. The case is still under investigation, and the government will have the results within the next days. If confirmed, it wouldn’t be the first case in the country; in 2010 a contaminated animal was found on a Paraná farm, and some countries even briefly barred meat imports from Brazil.
North Korea allegedly executes negotiator over summit failure
According to South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, North Korea executed its top negotiator for denuclearization talks with the US, after the failed summit between dictator Kim Jong-un and president Donald Trump. According to the report, Kim Huok Chol was executed in March in Pyongyang, along with four diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Relations, after being accused of spying for the United States. Among those allegedly executed is also the dictator’s official interpreter, accused of making crucial translation mistakes during the summit.
São Paulo city council seizes electric scooters
On Wednesday, the São Paulo city council began to apply inspection rules regarding shared electric scooters. Five hundred fifty-seven scooters were apprehended by metropolitan guards and officials of the Pinheiros district. According to scooter-sharing company Grow, around 400 of them were damaged during the operation, with some reports of users being stopped and having scooters seized by force by the guards. Mayor Bruno Covas said the company had been acting irregularly, with no registration as a transport operator, and that scooters were being left on public thoroughfares. Bruno Covas also added that “no company is above the law.”
Bolsonaro may veto free luggage on domestic flights
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said that he is inclined to veto a provision in a preliminary injunction which would force airlines to allow passengers to check in their luggage for free on domestic flights. In a live stream broadcast, he stressed that he expected to be criticized regardless of his decision, but will base his final word on a study about the increase in airplane ticket prices caused by free luggage. The Administrative Council for Economic Defense and the National Civil Aviation Agency defended the veto. Bolsonaro has until June 17th to decide on the matter.
After pressure from the military, invitation is withdrawn from Guaidó’s representative
Pressured by the military wing of president Jair Bolsonaro’s government, the Ministry of Foreign Relations withdrew the invitation for the representative in Brazil of Venezuela’s interim president, Juan Guaidó, to attend the credence presentation ceremony to be held next week. The military considered that the presence of an opposition figure to the Chavista regime could be seen as an “unnecessary provocation” to dictator Nicolás Maduro. On June 4th, Bolsonaro will receive diplomatic credentials from ambassadors of seven countries; the ceremony traditionally marks the beginning of a diplomatic mission in a foreign nation.