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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro greeting a crowd during a visit to the city of Senador La Rocque, Maranhao state, Brazil, on Friday. Photo: Isac Nobrega/Brazilian Presidency/AFP via Getty Images

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has been issued with a fine for failing to follow pandemic health regulations at a public event in Maranhao state.

Driving the news: Maranhao's leftist governor, Flávio Dino, tweeted late Friday that the far-right president would be fined "for the promotion ... of gatherings with no sanitary safeguards," noting that masks are mandatory and gatherings of over 100 people are banned in the state.

  • "The law applies to everyone," Dino said.

The big picture: Bolsonaro has repeatedly railed against COVID-19 precautionary measures, such as social distancing, masks and lockdowns despite soaring cases and deaths from the coronavirus in Brazil.

  • The country's Senate last month launched an investigation into the government's handling of the pandemic, a move that could bring political consequences for Bolsonaro.

What's next: Bolsonaro has 15 days to appeal the fine. The amount will be set after the appeal period lapses.

What they're saying: The president has yet to comment on the fine, but a maskless Bolsonaro said while while giving out rural property titles at the event in Acailandia, Maranhao, that Dino was a "chubby dictator," AFP notes.

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A relative of Ezmarai Ahmadi, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike, looks at the wreckage of a vehicle that was damaged in the strike in the Kwaja Burga neighbourhood of Kabul on Saturday. Photo: Hoshang Hashimi AFP via Getty Images

Relatives of 10 Afghans killed by a U.S. drone strike in Kabul last month said Saturday they want to see punishment and compensation over the deaths.

Driving the news: The relatives said it's "good news" that the U.S. had "officially admitted" that "they had attacked innocents" in the Aug. 29 strike that killed Zamarai Ahmadi, an aid worker with a U.S.-based group, and nine family members, but they still need "justice," per AFP.

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The all-civilian Inspiration4 crew is back on Earth after their three-day mission in orbit.

The big picture: The launch and landing of this fully amateur, private space crew marks a changing of the guard from spaceflight being a largely government-led venture to being under the purview of private companies.

28 U.S. citizens depart Afghanistan on Qatar Airways flight

Passengers board a Qatar Airways aircraft bound to Qatar at the airport in Kabul on September 10, 2021. Photo: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images

The State Department on Saturday confirmed that a Qatar Airways charter flight left Kabul on Friday with 28 U.S. citizens and seven lawful permanent residents on board.

The big picture: Friday's flight is the third such airlift by Qatar Airways since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, AP reports.