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Rising deforestation sparks concern in Brazil Amazon

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is on the rise sharply, sparking alarm over the future of the world's biggest rainforest. Between June and last August, Imazon, the first independent monitoring system for the area, detected a 100 percent surge in the clearing of land. That's in stark contrast to last year, when deforestation fell to 4,751 square kilometers (1,834 square miles), its lowest level in decades.

Catholic nun's Brazilian killer gets early release from prison

By Lucas Iberico-Lozada SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The man convicted of killing American nun and Amazon activist Dorothy Stang in 2005, has been released from a Brazilian prison after serving less than a third of his sentence, adding controversy to the long-running struggle over land rights in the rainforest.

Suspected killers of ecologists on trial in Brazil

Three suspected killers of a couple who blew the whistle on illegal logging in the Brazilian Amazon went on trial Wednesday. Antonio Filho, a member of Brazil's Catholic Church-affiliated Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) who is monitoring the trial before a court in the Amazonian town of Maraba, said it was expected to last until Thursday .
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