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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro waves to supporters during a motorcycle rally through the streets of Sao Paulo on June 12. Photo: Rodrigo Paiva/Getty Images

The state government of São Paulo fined Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro around $110 for not wearing a mask while leading a motorcade rally through the streets of São Paulo, according to AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro, who contracted the virus last July, has repeatedly flouted coronavirus restrictions meant to control its spread despite surging cases and deaths from the virus in the country.

Flashback: He was also fined for not wearing a mask during a rally in May in the state of Maranhao.

The big picture: Though Brazil has gained access to vaccines, less than 12% of its population has been vaccinated against the virus, according to AP.

  • The country reported more than 149,000 new coronavirus cases and 2,216 deaths from the virus on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
  • It has reported a total of 17 million cases and 484,235 deaths.

Go deeper: Thousands rally across Brazil against Bolsonaro over COVID crisis

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Smaller than expected "Justice for J6" rally met with large police presence

Police officers watch as demonstrators gather for the "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18, 2021. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

A few hundred demonstrators were met by a heavy law enforcement presence on Saturday at the "Justice for J6" rally outside the fenced-off U.S. Capitol, AP reports.

The latest: Four people were arrested at the rally, including one person with a gun, one with a knife and two with outstanding warrants, per the U.S. Capitol Police.

Updated 8 hours ago - World

UK government: Kremlin has plan "to install pro-Russian leadership" in Ukraine

British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss. Photo: Gints Ivuskans / AFP via Getty Images

The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary on Saturday night said the government has "information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine."

Driving the news: U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne called the intelligence "deeply concerning" in a statement to Axios. The Biden administration has said Russia is actively manufacturing a pretext for invasion and warned that Putin could use joint military exercises in Belarus as cover to invade from the north.

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This powerful new accelerator looks for keys to the center of atoms

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Nuclear physicists trying to piece together how atoms are built are about to get a powerful new tool.

Why it matters: When the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams begins experiments later this spring, physicists from around the world will use the particle accelerator to better understand the inner workings of atoms that make up all the matter that can be seen in the universe.