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Brazilian court shelves controversial indigenous rights case

Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned a hearing on a controversial change to indigenous land rights, defusing what had been feared to be a tense standoff with protesters in the capital. The court shelved the case after the federal body looking after indigenous people's affairs, FUNAI, said it wanted to introduce new arguments. At issue is ownership of swaths of ancestral tribal lands, much of it in the Amazon, where Brazil's powerful agricultural industry wants to expand soy, cattle, sugar cane and other commodity farming.
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