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5 things you need to know about the Amazon fire. Photo : AP

For the last three weeks, The Amazon has been on fire. These are five things you need to know about what is happening in Brazil.

Latin America against the 2017 Hurricane

 01/03/2017 - 04:22
Voters across Latin America  – like those in Colombia who turned against a peace deal, those in the UK who opted for Brexit, and those in the US who cast ballots for Trump – were evidently jaded and ready for change, however uncertain, reports The Guardian. Photo: EFE/RICARDO MALDONADO ROZO

The past 12 to 14 months have been a disaster for the Latin American left. The Guardian reports on how after dominating the region for the previous decade, the socialist left has receded and with it has gone much of the progressive idealism that led to poverty reduction, improved access to healthcare and education, and greater rights for indigenous groups.

Who is to blame for the Champecoense plane crash?

 12/01/2016 - 16:26

CHAPECÓ (Brazil), 29/11/2016 – Families and directors of the Chapecoense Futbol Team greet the fans during the vigil today, Tuesday, 29th November 2016 in the Arena Condá Stadium in Chapecó (Brazil). The city of Chapecó (south Brazil) its shocked by the air crash that happened last night in Colombia. The crash has ended forever the project of the local team to play their first final in an international tournament, a sad incident that has left their fans speechless. EFE/Fernando Bizerra Jr.

Brazilian officials support Champecoense that they were not under any pressure from CONMEBOL to use the Bolivian based LaMia charter company to take the team to Colombia for the Copa Sudamerica final.

The LaMia BAE146 AvroRJ85, as mentioned by aviation experts was at its maximum range on the flight from Santa Cruz, Bolivia when it crashed while approaching Medellin, Colombia, Monday evening, killing 71 of the passengers on board.