Parlemento.com — L'agence de presse des minorités Brazil Fails to Bury Bad Amazon Deforestation Figures Deforestated area of the Amazon rainforest, where mass tree felling has risen 28% in a year (Reuters) The Brazilian government tried to bury bad news about an alarming rise in deforestation of the Amazon by releasing the figures on a public holiday, critics have claimed. The figures showed a 28% rise in the rate of deforestation in just 12 months but the data was published when most Brazilians were celebrating Republic Proclamation Day. The data showed that an area of rainforest the size of Devon was flattened in just a matter of months. Richard George, forest campaigner at Greenpeace, told IBTimes UK: "This is not the image which Brazil wants to be giving out to the world, especially with the football World Cup coming to the country in under a year's time. "It is not a good time for this to be happening. Fuelling the increase in deforestation was the appetite of politicians for surging economic growth to transform Brazil into the world's new "bread basket".
Accueil 'Dead' baby escapes cremation at funeral parlour in China Updated Fri 22 Nov 2013, 1:43am AEDT A Chinese baby boy who had been declared dead was saved from being cremated alive when he started crying at a funeral parlour. The parents of the critically-ill boy, who was less than one month old, had agreed to end his medical treatment at Anhui Provincial Children's Hospital in eastern China, hospital sources told the Xinhua state news agency. A death certificate was issued before the baby was sent to an undertakers in Hefei, the provincial capital, but staff there were alerted to the situation when the baby started crying. It was unclear how long he had been at the funeral parlour, or when his cremation had been due. The baby was immediately sent back to the hospital, the Beijing News reported. "Because the baby still had life signs, we continued to give him transfusion to maintain his life for humanitarian reasons," a hospital staff member said. The baby was born with a "congenital respiratory system malformation", reports said.
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Virginia lawmaker Deeds' condition improves as authorities eye motive in stabbing attack Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds' condition has been upgraded to good after he was stabbed yesterday inside his home, a hospital spokeswoman says, as authorities are trying to determine a motive in the attack. Deeds was initially left in critical condition after an altercation with his son, 24-year-old Austin "Gus" Deeds. His son was found dead inside the Millboro home from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said. State Police said an autopsy on Gus Deeds' body was planned Wednesday. The American Hospital Association defines a patient in good condition as having stable vital signs and being conscious and comfortable. Gus Deeds was one of the senator's four adult children, and had just received a mental health evaluation a day before, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. "We're leaning toward it being an attempted murder/suicide," Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman from the Virginia State Police said at a press conference late Tuesday.
Just Jared Teen football star accused in deadly Bloomfield stabbing A 27-year-old Bloomfield man is dead, and an 18-year-old football star is now behind bars, accused of stabbing him several times. Explosive information details in court documents show the two had been in a relationship in the past. The documents said the suspect was trying to move on, and the victim wouldn't let it go. Tarence Mitchell, Bloomfield High School's football captain stood scared before a judge Friday, accused in the fatal stabbing of Ronald Taylor, Jr. Police said Mitchell stabbed Taylor five times with a steak knife, and left the utensil in Taylor's back before he managed to pull it out on his own and later dying from his injuries. At first, investigators said Mitchell lied and said the two were attacked by two unidentified black men wearing hoodies. Taylor's family is trying to stay strong. "We're really grieving over my cousin," Jackie Harris said. "It's indescribable and heartbreaking," Mitchell's mother, Tyra Smith said. "It's not in his nature," Lajuane McCray said.