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Man, missing 30 years ago, found alive thanks to family DNA



UThe man, who has been wanted by his family in Brazil for 30 years, was found in a DNA crossover by the Pernambuco scientific police. Cicero Marquez da Silva, 58, is the first time someone has been found using DNA samples from family members of missing persons.

Known on the streets as Francisco, Cicero disappeared without a trace 30 years ago. He was found in Arcoverd, a city 100 kilometers from where he was (Lahedo).

Living on the street without any identification documents, Cicero was never able to explain how he ended up in Arcoverd. It was contact with a retired police officer that ultimately marked the beginning of the happy outcome of this disappearance. Carlos Lopez has known Francisco (who was actually Cicero) since 1999. The only thing he knew about this man was that he was born in Lahedo.

Cicero was homeless in a town 100 km from his home.© Reproduction / G1

This year, in June, after the fall of Cicero, the former agent decided to take him home. Carlos confirmed there that Cicero was indeed from Lahedo. In this case, Carlos decided to enter the church and ask the priest to speak from the pulpit. Cicero was introduced to the believers and rumor spread. Although his name was Francisco, when he learned about the story told in the church, he tried to learn more about the mysterious man.

A saliva sample was taken from Cicero and his sister Antonia. A comparison of the analysis dispelled any doubts and confirmed that the two were brothers. Antonia confesses to G1 that even three decades later, she always retained the hope and belief that Cicero was alive.

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The Brazilian Ministry of Justice estimates that 80,000 people are currently missing in the country, but this number could be even higher, since not all disappearances are registered by the police, as in the case of Cicero.

As part of this campaign to find missing persons, free DNA tests are carried out, and there are sample collection points in 229 locations in Brazil. Anyone looking to find a missing family member can go to one of the posts to collect the collection. In total, according to G1, more than 2,600 people have registered genetic material in a program that analyzes data from all states.

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The underwater crisis opens the eyes of European partners



French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said Thursday that the submarine crisis shows that the European Union “can no longer count” on the United States to guarantee protection and asked Europeans to “open their eyes.”

“The first lesson to be learned from this episode is that the European Union must build its strategic independence. The Afghanistan episode and the submarine episode show that we can no longer count on the United States to provide our strategic protection, ”he said in his statements. at Franceinfo.

“The United States has only one strategic goal: China and containment of China’s growth in power,” the French minister added.

According to Bruno Le Meur, both former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden “believe that their allies must be obedient.”

“But we believe that we must be independent,” he defended, adding that “the European partners must open their eyes.”

The crisis between the two countries stems from the fact that the United States, Britain and Australia signed the AUKUS pact (English initials of the three Anglo-Saxon countries), which aims to strengthen trilateral cooperation in advanced defense technologies such as artificial intelligence, underwater systems and long-range surveillance.

The first consequence of this was the cancellation by Australia of the contract with France for the supply of conventional submarines and the intention to buy nuclear submarines from the United States, which caused strong protests and criticism from Paris.

France had a contract for the supply of twelve conventional submarines to Australia worth 56 billion euros. This delivery was canceled by Canberra as the Australian government decided to buy nuclear submarines from the United States.

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The decision was sharply criticized by France, a number of European countries and the leaders of the European Union. Since then, relations with the United States have soured.

The only European country that did not criticize this decision was Denmark, whose Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said that she did not understand the position of the European partners. The French economy minister used Thursday’s interview to criticize “Denmark’s support for the United States.”

“It is a mistake to think, as the head of state of Denmark, that the United States will continue to defend and protect us, no matter what happens,” he said, adding that from now on, Europe “cannot count on anyone but itself “.

The two dispersed presidents of the United States and France spoke on the phone Wednesday and agreed to meet in October to ease diplomatic tensions over the Australian submarine.

In a joint statement following the phone call, the leaders of the two countries announced that they would meet “in Europe at the end of October” and that the French ambassador to Washington, summoned for consultations last week, will resume his duties next week.

“The two leaders agreed that the situation could benefit from open consultations between allies,” the statement added, referring to protests in Paris over the lack of advance notice of a protection pact between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

“President Biden has expressed his unwavering commitment to this issue,” the joint statement added, noting that the US leader believes it is “necessary for European defense to be stronger and more effective” in order to promote transatlantic security and fulfill “NATO’s role”. …

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Bolsonaro and his entourage of about 50 people in isolation after contact with an infected minister



Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and a delegation of about 50 people will be quarantined after they contacted Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga, who tested positive at the end of his trip to New York to attend the 76th meeting. UN General Assembly.

According to the special secretary for social communications, André Costa, the entire presidential delegation was instructed to observe social isolation, despite the fact that it is “asymptomatic.” Five days after the risky contact, the members of the delegation will pass a new test.

“It should be noted that the entire delegation returning to Brazil is asymptomatic and, according to these guidelines, [guia epidemiológico para o novo coronavírus do Ministério da Saúde], will be in isolation and on the 5th day after the last contact with Marcelo Keiroga (which took place on Tuesday), a new RT-PCR test will take place, ”Andre Costa explained at a press conference.

If the test is negative, “the person will be released from isolation and will be under medical supervision until the 14th day.”

Andre Costa also said that Bolsonaro is completely asymptomatic and “will follow the directions” to remain socially isolated.

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