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Brazil's congress throws out corruption charge against president

Aug 03, 2017 - 9:37 AM

Brazilian lawmakers toss out a corruption charge against scandal plagued President Michel Temer saving the center right leader from becoming the country s second leader in 12 months to be forced from office

In this file photo, Brazilian President Michel Temer offers a press conference at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on November 27, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

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

Temer abroad as Brazil's crisis gets messier amid graft proof

Jun 21, 2017 - 10:36 AM

In a report the Federal Supreme Court says Temer – who is away in Russia – benefited from bribe funds even if he did so using someone else to collect or deposit the bribes

IN RUSSIA. Brazilian President Michel Temer reviews an honor guard upon his arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport on June 20, 2017. Kirill Kudrayvtsev/AFP

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

Corruption probes target 9 Brazilian ministers

Apr 12, 2017 - 8:41 AM

The new probes threaten the stability of Temer s deeply unpopular government just as he struggles to enact austerity measures in a bid to pull Brazil out of a historic recession

CONTROVERSIAL. The headquarters of Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobras in the center of Rio de Janeiro, on January 21, 2016. Vanderlei Almeida/AFP

Brazil protesters demand anti-corruption drive go 'all the way'

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:20 AM

Protesters say a huge investigation known as Operation Car Wash must not let up in intensity

A protester dressed as the Death stands by portraits of former President Lula da Silva (R) and Senator Aecio Neves during a rally against corruption at the Esplanade of the Ministries in Brasilia,on March 26, 2017.  Popular movements have called for demonstrations in all Brazilian capitals against political attempts to curb corruption investigations, as the scandal in the State Oil Petrobras and the bribes paid by large construction companies for political parties.  / AFP PHOTO / EVARISTO SA

Brazil's graft scandal heats up with 83 new probes sought

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:14 AM

Brazil s prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot requests permission to open 83 new corruption probes against politicians in an escalation of a vast graft scandal

CENTER OF CORRUPTION? The headquarters of Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobras in the center of Rio de Janeiro, on January 21, 2016. Vanderlei Almeida/AFP

Brazil's president digs in ahead of corruption time-bomb

Feb 12, 2017 - 10:39 AM

An embezzlement and bribery probe called Operation Car Wash has already shaken high level Brazilian politics for almost 3 years But far from winding down it s expected soon to escalate

Brazilian President Michel Temer attends the announcement of new funds for the school lunch program at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia on February 8, 2017. Andressa Anholete/AFP

Brazil judges spare Senate speaker from sacking

Dec 08, 2016 - 11:04 AM

The court s judges vote to let Renan Calheiros remain in his post but strips him of his status as third in line after the president on grounds that he faces corruption charges – which he denies

Senate's President Renan Calheiros speaks during a public hearing on the bill that establishes the abuse of authority for judges and prosecutors, in the Senate in Brasilia on December 1, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil judge suspends Senate leader in blow to Temer

Dec 06, 2016 - 8:15 AM

The interim decision to strip Renan Calheiros of his duties worsens the outlook for Temer as he struggles to lift Latin America s biggest economy out of crisis

Senate's President Renan Calheiros speaks during a public hearing on the bill that establishes the abuse of authority for judges and prosecutors, in the Senate in Brasilia on December 1, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazilians protest corruption, target president's ally

Dec 05, 2016 - 3:15 AM

UPDATED Thousands of protesters express support for Operation Car Wash a probe that has uncovered mass embezzlement by politicians and top executives

People take part in a nation-wide protest against corruption at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 4, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA

Brazil prosecutor wants arrests of Senate boss, ex-president – reports

Jun 08, 2016 - 8:41 AM

If reports in the main Brazilian newspapers are confirmed new doubts would be cast over the impeachment of Rousseff pushing Latin America s biggest economy into ever greater uncertainty

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 wants arrest of Senate boss, ex-president – reports

Jun 07, 2016 - 10:49 PM

If reports in the main Brazilian newspapers are confirmed new doubts would be cast over the impeachment of Rousseff pushing Latin America s biggest economy into ever greater turmoil

RODRIGO JANOT. Brazil's Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot speaks during a session of the Supreme Court, in Brasilia, Brazil, May 5, 2015. File photo by Cadu Gomes/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'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

What you need to know about Brazil's corruption scandal

Mar 05, 2016 - 9:52 AM

Here is a nutshell look at the probe code named Operation Car Wash and the mega scandal that it seeks to unravel

OPERATION CAR WASH. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio 'Lula' da Silva (C) is cheered by supporters after being released by Federal Police, at the headquarters of Workers' Party in Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 4, 2016. Photo by Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

Brazil hands down first sentences against Petrobras scandal businessmen

Jul 21, 2015 - 8:51 AM

A Brazilian judge hands down the first sentences against businessmen caught up in a huge corruption scandal centered around state oil company Petrobras

A file picture dated 03 September 2010 shows an exterior view of the Brazilian state-owner oil company Petrobras' headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Ruling party took oil bribes, former Petrobras exec claims

Mar 11, 2015 - 9:17 AM

Police say dozens of politicians benefited from a scheme facilitating corruption and money laundering that saw an estimated 3 8 billion creamed off inflated contracts over a decade

A file picture dated 03 September 2010 shows an exterior view of the Brazilian state-owner oil company Petrobras' headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Brazil politicians dragged into growing Petrobras scandal

Mar 04, 2015 - 9:08 AM

UPDATED The scandal which investigators have dubbed Operation Car Wash concerns a huge kickbacks scandal estimated at some 3 8 billion at state owned oil giant Petrobras

A file picture dated 03 September 2010 shows an exterior view of the Brazilian state-owner oil company Petrobras' headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Antonio Lacerda/EPA