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Brazil court refuses to stop work on Amazon dam

BRASILIA — A federal court on Wednesday rejected an appeal for suspending construction of Brazil’s controversial $11 billion Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in the heart of the Amazon until after indigenous people have been consulted. The court, based in Brasilia, upheld a legislative decree that authorized construction, which is opposed…

Activists occupy site of huge Brazilian dam

SAO PAULO — More than 400 activists on Thursday occupied the site of Brazil’s $11 billion Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, demanding that construction be halted on the controversial project in the heart of the Amazon. “Everything was peaceful — there were no guards or workers,” a spokesman for the Indigenous…