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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (AFP) Germany said Saturday it would suspend Brazilian aid aimed at helping protect the Amazon forest in the light of data that showed deforestation had surged since president Jair Bolsonaro took office.

"Brazilian government policies in the Amazon raise doubts about continued, sustained declines in the rate of deforestation," Environment Minister Svenja Schulze told the television news show Tagesspiegel.

It said a first step would be to block the payment of 35 million . . .

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