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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree Wednesday to ban burning throughout the country for two months, government sources cited in local media said, as the authorities scramble to defuse the Amazon fires which have triggered a global outcry.
The blazes that have engulfed parts of the world's largest rainforest—which is crucial for maintaining a stable global climate—have also sparked a diplomatic spat between Brazil and Europe that threatens to torpedo a major trade deal.
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The decree, which will be officially published on Thursday, prohibits any burning for the next 60 days, barring some exceptions in cases of approved agricultural and forestry practices, media reports said.
It comes as Bolsonaro's renewed demand that French leader Emmanuel Macron withdraw "insults" against him cast doubt on whether Brazil would accept the G7's offer of $20 million to help combat the fires.
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Bolsonaro initially rejected the G7's offer, saying on Tuesday that he would be willing to accept it only if Macron withdrew his "insults," before appearing to change his mind to say Brazil would accept foreign aid on the condition that it controlled the money.
But later on Wednesday, the South American leader fired a fresh salvo.
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"Only after he withdraws what he said... we can talk again," Bolsonaro told reporters Wednesday, referring to Macron.
He also accused France and Germany of "buying" the Latin American country's sovereignty with Amazon fire aid.
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"It seems that $20 million is our price. Brazil doesn't have a price of 20 million or 20 trillion—it's the same thing for us," he said.
Macron has accused Bolsonaro of lying to him about his commitments on climate change and vowed to block the EU-Mercosur trade deal involving Brazil that took decades to negotiate.
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An aide to President Donald Trump said Wednesday the US was ready to assist with the Amazon crisis, but only if it involved the Brazilian...
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