May 14th, 2019.
The city of Rio Branco do Sul, in the metropolitan region of Curitiba, felt the effects of an earthquake for the third time in less than a month; the tremor measured 2.3 on the Richter Scale. The Brazilian government declared that tax lawsuits which may cause losses of up to R$ 1.5 trillion to the federal coffers may bankrupt the country. The Vatican announced today it will recognize the second miracle of Catholic nun Sister Dulce, who will be officially proclaimed a saint. In the Middle East, the US Department of Defense announced plans to send 120 thousand soldiers to the region to counter Iranian threats against its troops, and Iran’s plans to resume its nuclear weapons program. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia oil production was damaged by drone attacks sent by Houthi rebels from neighboring Yemen.
Take a look at our highlights.
Paraná city is hit by third earthquake in less than one month
For the third time in less than one month, the city of Rio Branco do Sul, in the metropolitan region of Curitiba, felt the effects of an earthquake. Precisely one week after the last event, the Center of Seismology of the University of São Paulo registered another tremor in the city, which measured 2.3 on the Richter Scale. Inhabitants reported feeling the quake at around 3:45 a.m., with their beds rattling and windows shaking.
R$ 1.5 trillion in lawsuits may bankrupt the country in courts
A series of tax lawsuits against the government may cause losses of up to R$ 1.5 trillion to the federal coffers. This possibility was estimated in the report presented by the Budgetary Guidelines Law of 2019 and 2020. The amount represents 113 percent of the total primary expenses of 2018, according to the government. According to experts, Brazil is currently experiencing a state of “permanent tax litigation”.
Vatican recognizes second miracle and Sister Dulce will be proclaimed saint
Bahia-born nun Maria Rita Lopes Pontes, known as Sister Dulce, had her second miracle recognized by the Vatican and will be proclaimed a saint. The information was released this morning by the Vatican News, the official news channel of the Holy See. Born in 1914 in Salvador, she has defied the strict cloistering laws of the Catholic Church to provide assistance to poor communities of her native city, a type of social work she performed until her death in 1992.
White House revises military plans against Iran
The New York Times reported today that the US Department of Defense presented a new military plan to President Donald Trump: 120 thousand soldiers may be sent to the Middle East if Iran attacks American troops or accelerates its nuclear weapon development program. The military plan revision order for the region was given by the “hardline” officers led by White House national security advisor John Bolton. An invasion of that country, however, is not being considered at this time.
Drone attack damages Saudi oil infrastructure
Saudi Arabia Energy minister Khalid al-Falih has denounced that two large oil pipelines were attacked by drones. Oil company Aramco had to temporarily interrupt its production until the damage inspection process was concluded. Houthi rebels from neighboring Yemen had announced their intention to attack the Saudis in order to force Saudi Arabia to “stop its aggression” against that country.