20190823 Global Hot News Review

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  1. 1. Brazilian President Bolsonaro May Send Army To Combat Amazon Rainforest Fires
Extinction Rebellion activists protest outside the Brazilian Embassy in London on Friday, calling on President Jair Bolsonaro to act to protect the Amazon rainforest. The European Union is throwing its weight behind French President Emmanuel Macron’s call to put the Amazon fires on the agenda of this weekend’s G-7 summit of world leaders in France.
Frank Augstein/AP

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has responded to growing international condemnation over the fires sweeping through vast swaths of the Amazon rainforest by announcing that the army may be sent in to tackle them.

2. US officials confirm Israel air raid in Iraq

There have been at least three explosions at Iraqi Shia militia bases in the past month [Screen grab/Al Jazeera]

US officials have confirmed that Israel was responsible for the bombing of an alleged Iranian weapons depot in Iraq last month, The Associated Press news agency reports.

The attack marks a significant escalation in Israel’s years-long campaign against what it sees as Iranian military assets in the region.

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