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Emmanuel Macron has dubbed the fires in the Amazon rainforest an “international crisis” and said it should be discussed at the upcoming G7 summit.The French President, who is hosting this weekend’s summit, tweeted: “Our house is burning. Literally.The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen - is on fire.“It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, let's discuss this emergency first order in two days! #ActForTheAmazon.”His comments come as data published by the the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) revealed that fires across Brazil are up 85% this year - many in the Amazon.But Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accused Mr Macron of using the issue for “personal political gain”.He said: “The French president's suggestion that Amazonian issues be discussed at the G7 without the participation of the countries of the region evokes a misplaced colonialist mindset, which does not belong in the 21st century.”
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A 30-year-old man was killed in a freak accident when the elevator he was exiting in his New York City apartment building suddenly plummeted, crushing him in the process. The man, identified as Samuel Charles Waisbren, was a resident of the building at 344 Third Avenue in the Kips Bay neighborhood of New York City, police said. Waisbren was exiting the elevator in the building's lobby after two other passengers had already left the elevator just before 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to New York ABC station WABC.
- Politics The Independent
A British journalist has said he was stopped at a US airport by a border agent who accused the writer of being part of the “fake news media”, a term regularly used by Donald Trump to attack media coverage he disapproves of.James Dyer, online editor-in-chief at Empire Magazine, said he was questioned by the Customs and Border Protection agent after he displayed his journalist visa at Los Angeles International Airport border control.
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Russia opened a showroom on Friday selling its first post-Soviet luxury limousine under the Aurus brand, a type of car used by President Vladimir Putin at his inauguration last year. Russia has been trying to reduce its dependence on imported goods and technology, a drive that gathered speed after Moscow was hit by Western sanctions in 2014.