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Demonstrators take part in a protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 29. Photo: Nelson AlmeidaL/AFP via Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people rallied in over 200 cities and towns across Brazil Saturday to protest President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed some 460,000 people in the country, per the Guardian.

The big picture: Bolsonaro has frequently downplayed the pandemic despite soaring cases, with hospitals overstretched. Saturday's protests, organized by leftist groups, remained peaceful in most cities, but police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators in Recife, northeast Brazil, Reuters notes.

A protester kicks a papier mache head depicting Bolsonaro at a rally in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Fernando Souza/picture alliance via Getty Images
Demonstrators gather during a protest on Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo on May 29. Photo: Cristina Szucinski/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Members of opposition parties and social movements participate in a protest while displaying a large inflatable caricature of the president in the country's capital, Brasilia, on May 29. Evaristo Sa/AFP via Getty Images
Anti-Bolsonaro protesters in Belo Horizonte, the capital of southeastern Brazil’s Minas Gerais state, on May 29. Photo: Douglas Magno/AFP via Getty Images
A demonstrator wears a protective face mask that states in Portuguese: "Bolsonaro out" during a rally May 29 in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Buda Mendes/Getty Images
A demonstrator holds a sign stating that oxygen has became a privilege during a protest a at the Praca da Liberdade in Belo Horizonte on May 29. Photo: Douglas Magno/AFP via Getty Images

Go deeper: Brazilian Senate launches probe into government's handling of pandemic

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more photos.

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In photos: Biden tells Louisiana "we're going to have your back"

President Biden with residents of the Cambridge neighborhood in LaPlace, Louisiana. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden met with locals in Louisiana on Friday to offer federal assistance less than a week after Hurricane Ida tore through the Gulf Coast and destroyed millions of homes, AP reports.

Why it matters: Ida has killed at least 48 people in the Northeastern U.S. and 13 in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Over one million people were still without power in Louisiana as of Tuesday morning.

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All-civilian Inspiration4 is back on Earth after flight to space

A side-by-side of the Inspiration4 crew and a shot of their capsule on the way back to Earth. Photo: SpaceX

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.