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newsinfo.inquirer.net UN, France raise concern over Amazon wildfires ‘crisis’

SALVADOR, Brazil -- Paris and the United Nations called Thursday for the protection of the fire-plagued Amazon rainforest as Brazil's right-wing president accused his French counterpart of having a "colonialist mentality" over the issue.

Official figures show nearly 73,000 forest fires were recorded in Brazil in the first eight months of the year -- the highest number for any year since 2013. Most…
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