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Brazil Rejects G-7’s Offer Of $22 Million To Fight Amazon Fires

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Brazil says it will reject an offer of at least $22 million from the rich countries in the Group of Seven to help fight fires sweeping through the Amazon rainforest. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he doesn’t want the money — unless it comes with an apology from French President Emmanuel Macron.


#Bolsonaro #Macron #Brazil #France


A massive study confirms no one ‘gay gene’ controls sexual preference

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In that analysis, the study found that between 8 percent and 25 percent of same-sex sexual behavior in the study population could be explained by genetics. Environmental and social factors contribute the rest. “I think it underscores that there is an element of biology and it underscores that there’s an element of the environment,” Neale says. “And it underscores that this is a natural part of our species.”



What Boris Johnson Did to the World’s Most Stable Democracy

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Johnson’s critics evidently remain free to denounce him in the press, and Parliament will be able to resume its job when it reconvenes in October. But while it would be a huge exaggeration to say that Johnson’s attack on Britain’s unwritten constitution spells the death of parliamentary democracy, it is equally futile to deny that he is trying to stop the country’s democratic institutions from shaping a decision of enormous importance.

China troops ‘will defend Hong Kong prosperity’ ahead of planned protest


The protests have posed the biggest challenge for Communist Party rulers in Beijing since President Xi Jinping took power in 2012.

Beijing is eager to quell the unrest before the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1, when Xi will oversee a large military parade in the Chinese capital.


#HongKong #China #Protest #Politics

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