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Brazil's Lula quits presidential race, Haddad to run instead

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:02 AM

The decision comes less than two weeks after Brazil's Superior Electoral Tribunal ruled that the popular but polarizing former president cannot run while serving his 12-year prison sentence

Knife attack set to boost Bolsonaro's Brazil presidential bid

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Right-wing Brazilian election front-runner Jair Bolsonaro leads the presidential race against jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva after surviving a knife attack by an activist

epa04149938 Legislator Jair Bolsonaro, who supports the dictatorship, participates in a session held at Chamber of Legislators in Brasilia, Brazil, 01 April 2014. Brazilian Chamber of Legislators abruptly stoped the session in rejection of the 50 year anniversary of the military coup at the moment that Bolsonaro wanted to start his speech. Members of Parliament jeered at him and turned their backs in way of protest. EPA/FERNANDO BIZERRA JR.

Lula appeals to UN in desperate bid to gain access to election

Sep 04, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The appeal will be accompanied by a request to suspend Friday's decision by the Superior Electoral Court to prevent Lula from running for a potential third term as president because he is serving a 12-year jail sentence for accepting a bribe

APPEALING TO THE UN. Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a rally in his support by trade unionists and members of social movements in Sao Paulo, Brazil on January 24, 2018. File photo by Miguel Schincariol

Brazil's top electoral court votes down Lula candidacy

Sep 01, 2018 - 9:19 AM

(UPDATED) Majority of Brazil's top electoral court voted against Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva presidential bid for a 3rd term

NEW CANDIDATE? This file photo shows Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters as he arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

Imprisoned Lula registers Brazil presidential candidacy

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:28 PM

'I registered my candidacy for the presidency of the republic...certain that I can do a lot to pull Brazil from one of its worst crises in history,' Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says in a letter

NEW CANDIDATE? This file photo shows Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters as he arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

Presidential debate showcases divided Brazil

Aug 10, 2018 - 12:45 PM

(UPDATED) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's enforced absence due to his corruption conviction casts a shadow, given his stunning lead in the polls

DEBATE. Composition made with pictures of Brazilian presidential candidates (top L-R) Alvaro Dias (Podemos), Marina Silva (Rede), Guilherme Boulos (PSOL), Henrique Meirelles (MDB) and (bottom L-R) Cabo Daciolo (Patriota), Geraldo Alkmin (PSDB), Ciro Gomes (PDT) and Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), taken during their participation in the first presidential debate ahead of the October 7 general election, at Bandeirantes television network in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 9, 2018. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil prosecutors probe judge who ordered release of Lula

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Attorney General Raquel Dodge says there is evidence that when appeals judge Rogerio Favreto acted professionally, he did so 'motivated by personal feelings and interests'

Lula remains in jail as Brazil judge voids shock release order

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Judge Pedro Gebran Neto overturns a shock order to free Lula, which dropped hours earlier from Judge Rogerio Favreto at an appeals court in the southern city of Porto Alegre

IMPRISONMENT. In this file photo, Ex-Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives at the Federal Police headquarters where he is due to serve his 12-year prison sentence, in Curitiba, Parana State, Brazil, on April 7, 2018. File photo by Heuler Andrey/AFP

Brazil's top court cancels ruling on Lula release

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:39 PM

The lower court that sentenced Lula argues that the Supreme Court should only handle cases related to possible constitutional violations, a standard which Lula's request did not meet

FORMER PRESIDENT. Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 15, 2016. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Lula says party free to find new candidate for Brazil vote

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:06 AM

'I want you to feel totally free to take whatever decision you need because 2018 is an important year for the PT, for the left and for democracy,' writes Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a letter to the Workers' Party

NEW CANDIDATE? This file photo shows Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters as he arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

Brazil's Lula spends first day in prison, hoping to get out

Apr 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is behind bars for corruption

Brazilian ex-president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives at the Federal Police headquarters where he is due to serve his 12-year prison sentence, in Curitiba, Parana State, Brazil, on April 7, 2018. Brazil's election frontrunner and controversial leftist icon said Saturday that he will comply with an arrest warrant to start a 12-year sentence for corruption. "I will comply with their warrant," he told a crowd of supporters. / AFP PHOTO / Heuler Andrey

Brazil's Lula says innocent but ready to surrender

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:08 AM

The ex-president accuses the judiciary and a media conglomerate of assisting a right-wing coup with the ultimate aim of preventing him from competing in October's presidential polls

LULA. This screen grab shows Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva waving to supporters at the metalworkers' union building in Sao Bernardo do Campo, in metropolitan Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 7, 2018. Lula is facing 12 years behind bars for taking bribes and money laundering. Photo by Carlos Reyes / AFP

Brazil's Lula given 24 hours to start prison sentence

Apr 06, 2018 - 8:26 AM

Judge Sergio Moro says a special cell 'was prepared in advance... in which the ex-president will be separated from other prisoners, with no risk for his moral or physical integrity'

LULA'S FATE. Brazilian newspapers headline the decision of the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) that denied a habeas corpus petition for Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 5, 2018. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Brazil's Supreme Court rejects Lula's bid to avoid prison

Apr 05, 2018 - 11:34 AM

The 6-5 ruling means that former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva could be arrested within days

FORMER PRESIDENT. Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 15, 2016. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Lula risks jail in coming weeks after Brazil court ruling

Mar 07, 2018 - 10:53 AM

The decision by the Superior Court of Justice adds a new layer of uncertainty to the campaign for Brazil's October presidential election, in which former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is the current frontrunner

Brazil's Lula fails again in legal bid to avoid prison

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:41 AM

Lula is making every effort to stave off any prison time while he angles to return as president in elections later this year

LULA. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends the testimony of suspended Brazilian President Dilma on impeachment trial, at the National Congress in Brasilia, on August 29, 2016. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

The week in photos: January 20-26, 2018

Jan 27, 2018 - 3:20 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Italy's Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek perform during the Gala Exhibition at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow on January 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri KADOBNOV

Brazil's Lula loses appeal against corruption conviction

Jan 25, 2018 - 7:09 AM

The court decision deals a body blow to his hopes of running for re-election this year

DEFIANT. Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a rally in his support by trade unionists and members of social movements in Sao Paulo, Brazil on January 24, 2018.  Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Scandal-plagued Lula heads Brazil election survey

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:33 AM

Underlining the turmoil in Brazilian politics, the poll also confirmed plummeting support for the current center-right government, with 75.6% saying it is doing a bad job

In this file photo, former Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 15, 2016. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil's Lula launches unlikely bid to retake presidency

Aug 18, 2017 - 1:33 PM

The presidential election won t take place until October 2018 and the many potential candidates are still keeping below the radar Campaigning is not even officially allowed

LULA. Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during the second congress of the IndustriALL Global Union in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 4, 2016. File photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Brazil's defiant Lula says people will decide his fate

Jul 16, 2017 - 7:53 AM

It was Lula s second public speech after an anti corruption judge handed him a nine and a half year sentence finding the icon of Latin America s left guilty of taking bribes and money laundering

FORMER PRESIDENT. Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 15, 2016. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 13, 2017

Jul 13, 2017 - 10:45 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday

A picture taken on June 27, 2017 shows a T-shirt featuring the U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin with a sign "We Love Russia" on sale at a souvenir shop in Saint Petersburg. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV

Former Brazil leader Lula gets nearly 10 years in jail for graft

Jul 13, 2017 - 8:26 AM

UPDATED Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who ruled Brazil from 2003 2010 is convicted and handed a 9 5 year prison term for accepting a bribe of a luxury seaside apartment and 1 1 million

Brazil's former president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 4, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/File

Brazil's Lula defiant after corruption trial

May 11, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Brazil s media talked up the court session as a showdown between two of the most powerful men in Brazil

DEFIANT. A hand out picture released by Instituto Lula showing Brazil's former president (2003-2010) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters while arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

Brazil's ex-president Lula faces corruption court

May 10, 2017 - 2:43 PM

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva 71 is accused of receiving a seaside apartment as a bribe in a much wider corruption scheme investigated by the so called Car Wash probe upending Brazilian politics

FACING CHARGES. Brazil's former president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 4, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/File/AFP

Wife of Brazil's Lula is brain dead – hospital

Feb 02, 2017 - 9:46 PM

The family of Marisa Leticia Lula da Silva 66 authorizes the donation of her organs and procedures were begun for the donation the hospital says in a statement

THE DA SILVAS. Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (L) chats with his wife Marisa Leticia during a meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 10, 2016. File photo by Nelson Almeida / AFP

Brazil's Lula faces new corruption charges

Oct 06, 2016 - 9:25 AM

Brazil s ex president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva faces new corruption charges connected to a construction project involving his nephew in Angola in the latest threat to his comeback hopes

NEW CASE. Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during the second congress of the IndustriALL Global Union in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 4, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Brazil's Lula to stand trial for corruption

Sep 21, 2016 - 8:41 AM

Prosecutors have accused the popular leftist of masterminding the large scale plundering of state oil company Petrobras

Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 15, 2016. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil prosecutors file corruption charges against Lula

Sep 15, 2016 - 8:51 AM

The charges allege that Lula received the equivalent of 3 7 million reais 1 1 million in bribes

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends the testimony of suspended Brazilian President Dilma on impeachment trial, at the National Congress in Brasilia, on August 29, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's Rousseff urges vote against 'coup' in Senate trial

Aug 30, 2016 - 6:24 AM

Rousseff to senators: I ve come to look your excellencies in the eye to say that I did not commit a crime

DEFENSE. Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff presents her final arguments in the impeachment process to the Senate, in Brasilia, Brazil, August 29, 2016. Cadu Gomes/EPA

Brazil police urge graft charges against ex-leader Lula

Aug 27, 2016 - 8:18 AM

Lula s lawyer brands it a politically motivated move

EMBATTLED. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brasilia, Brazil, March 9, 2016. File photo by Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

What went wrong in Brazil?

Aug 24, 2016 - 10:45 AM

Brazil was an emerging global superstar Then it all came crashing down

ORDER AND PROGRESS? Hundreds of people hold a protest against suspended president Dilma Rousseff outside the National Congress in Brasilia, on July 31, 2016. Andressa Anholete/AFP

Brazil's Rousseff doomed to impeachment – analysts

Aug 11, 2016 - 12:01 AM

An analyst says the bigger surprise would be if she managed to turn the process around

DILMA ROUSSEFF. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks in Brasilia, Brazil, March 16, 2015. Fie photo by Fernando Bizerra Jr./EPA

Brazil Senate debates impeachment end game

Aug 09, 2016 - 10:11 AM

UPDATED Suspended President Rousseff s opponents only need a simple majority of the 81 senators votes to open an impeachment trial

Brazilian suspended President Dilma Rousseff (L) greets workers during her visit to the construction site in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 9, 2016. Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Brazil interim leader says he's ready to be booed at Olympics

Jul 31, 2016 - 11:46 AM

Michel Temer: I have to fulfil my institutional responsibilities And I also understand the ex presidents are not going to be in attendance So the fun part is they can save all the boos just for the president

Brazil's acting president Michel Temer speaks during the inauguration of the Line 4 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 30, 2016. Vanderlei Almeida/AFP

Brazil's Rousseff, Lula to boycott Olympic opening ceremony

Jul 27, 2016 - 10:20 AM

Their absence at the August 5 ceremony highlights the political crisis in Brazil

ALLIES. In this file photo, former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R) and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff attend Lula's swear in ceremony as chief of staff, in Brasilia on March 17, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's Lula says Rousseff can escape impeachment

Jul 13, 2016 - 10:12 AM

Lula says Rousseff needs to secure support from a handful of extra senators to swing the vote

ALLIES. In this file photo, former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R) and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff attend Lula's swear in ceremony as chief of staff, in Brasilia on March 17, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

New era for Brazil as Rousseff cedes power to Temer

May 13, 2016 - 9:00 AM

It is urgent to restore peace and unite Brazil says interim president Michel Temer

'NEW ERA.' Interim Brazilian President Michel Temer (R) attends an inauguration ceremony in Brasilia, Brazil, May 12, 2016. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Brazil Senate forms impeachment committee

Apr 26, 2016 - 8:36 AM

The Senate committee – comprising 21 of the 81 senators – is to debate Rousseff s fate for up to 10 working days before making a recommendation to the full upper house

ANGER IN BRASILIA. Activists supporting the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff demonstrate in front of the National Congress in Brasilia, on April 16, 2016. Beto Barata/AFP

Brazil's Rousseff vows long battle against impeachment

Apr 19, 2016 - 8:20 AM

Rousseff: I have strength spirit and courage I will not be beaten I will not be paralyzed I will continue to fight and I will fight as I did all my life

DEFIANT. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks during a press conference in Brasilia, Brasil, April 18, 2016. Fernando Bizerra Jr./EPA

Brazil lower house votes to impeach Rousseff

Apr 18, 2016 - 7:59 AM

UPDATED Brazil s lower house votes in favor of authorizing the Senate to start an impeachment trial for President Dilma Rousseff plunging the deeply divided country into crisis

IMPEACHMENT WATCH. Hundreds of people demonstrate against President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia, Brazil on April 17, 2016. Joel Rodrigues/EPA

Brazil Congress votes on Rousseff impeachment

Apr 16, 2016 - 9:23 PM

UPDATED President Dilma Rousseff accuses her vice president Michel Temer and House Speaker Eduardo Cunha of leading a conspiracy against her

ANGER IN BRASILIA. Activists supporting the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff demonstrate in front of the National Congress in Brasilia, on April 16, 2016. Beto Barata/AFP

Brazil Supreme Court majority rejects move to stop impeachment

Apr 15, 2016 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED Justices refuse a request for an injunction against the impeachment proceedings

IMPEACHMENT CASE. A file photo dated March 22, 2016 shows Brazil President Dilma Rousseff waving during a meeting with lawyers in Brasilia, Brazil. File photo by Fernando Bizarro Jr./EPA

Brazil's Rousseff brands VP a traitor, denounces 'coup'

Apr 13, 2016 - 11:19 AM

If there were any doubts about my reporting that a coup is under way there can t be now

DIVIDED. A file picture dated March 2, 2016 of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (L) and Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer (R) during a press conference on an agreement for the recovery of the Rio Doce river, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Brazil impeachment committee backs ousting Rousseff

Apr 12, 2016 - 8:11 AM

UPDATED The decision sets the stage for a crucial vote in the lower house to decide whether she should face trial

IN DANGER OF IMPEACHMENT. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visits the Aquatic Olympic Stadium with capacity for 18,000 people at the Olympic Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 8, 2016. Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Brazil president's fate on knife edge in impeachment vote

Apr 11, 2016 - 3:30 PM

A tense divided Brazil holds its breath and braces for disturbances on the streets

Picture taken on June 16, 2013 shows the National Congress Palace (Congresso Nacional) in the Brazilian federal capital of Brasilia, Brazil. Robert Ghement/EPA

Brazil prosecutor opposes Lula cabinet appointment

Apr 08, 2016 - 7:54 AM

UPDATED Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot says the nomination of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was aimed at disrupting the progress of the criminal investigations in the Car Wash case

BLOCKED. Former President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, at a ceremony to swear him in as the new Chief of Staff Minister, by President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff (not pictured), at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, March 17, 2016. File photo by Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Rousseff impeachment should go ahead – commission rep

Apr 07, 2016 - 6:28 AM

The decision means the opposition draws first blood just as an increasingly bitter battle to remove Brazil s first woman president from office gathers pace

DARK DAYS. Brazil President Dilma Rousseff waves during a meeting with lawyers in Brasilia, Brazil, 22 March 2016. Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Brazil president faces key call in impeachment drive

Apr 06, 2016 - 3:44 PM

A congressional committee has wrapped up its preliminary sessions and will now hear lawmaker Jovair Arantes present his recommendation on whether congress should vote to open an impeachment trial

Picture taken on June 16, 2013 shows the National Congress Palace (Congresso Nacional) in the Brazilian federal capital of Brasilia, Brazil. Robert Ghement/EPA

Brazil president mounts final plea against impeachment

Apr 04, 2016 - 1:46 PM

UPDATED Attorney General Jose Eduardo Cardozo makes his final arguments before a congressional impeachment committee a clutch moment in a political crisis that has brought the government of Latin America s biggest economy to the brink of collapse

IN TROUBLE. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech in Brasilia, March 23, 2016. File photo by Andressa Anholete/AFP