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Iran ships stranded in Brazil to depart this weekend

Jul 27, 2019 - 9:51 PM

The Iran ships stranded in Brazil will head home after Tehran threatens Rio de Janeiro that their imports will be suspended

HEADING HOME. Iranian ship Bavand, loaded with 48,000 tons of corn, is seen anchored in the port of Paranagua, Brazil, on July 19, 2019. Photo by Heuler Andrey/AFP

Brazil denies Total license to drill near Amazon mouth

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Regulatory agency Ibama says the decision comes after it found concerning uncertainties, including the 'possibility of an oil spill that may affect the coral reef present in the region and by extension marine biodiversity'

THE AMAZON. A photograph made available on 04 October 2013 shows the river Tiputini as it passes by the northern border of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, 16 May 2007. File Photo by Cecilia Puebla/EPA

Former Brazilian leaders Rousseff, Lula accused in fresh graft case

Nov 24, 2018 - 11:12 AM

The two former presidents are accused of receiving bribes through the state-owned oil company Petrobas

Ex-chief of Brazil's Petrobras arrested in graft probe

Jul 27, 2017 - 10:43 PM

According to a statement ex chief of Petrobras Aldemir Bendine and associates are suspected of organizing bribes worth 3 million reais currently about 946 000 from construction conglomerate Odebrecht

ALDEMIR BENDINE. Aldemir Bendine speaks during a working breakfast with foreign correspondents at the company headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 15, 2015. File photo by Vanderlei Almeida/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'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

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

3rd Brazil minister resigns over bribery scandal

Jun 17, 2016 - 12:45 PM

In an open letter tourism minister Henrique Eduardo Alves says he s stepping down to avoid creating problems for the government

ANOTHER RESIGNATION. In this file photo, then Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer (R) attends the inauguration ceremony for new Brazilian Minister of Tourism Henrique Eduardo Alves (L), at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, April 16, 2015. File photo by Fernando Bizerra Jr/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

Brazilian leader names new CEO of scandal-tainted Petrobras

May 20, 2016 - 12:30 PM

The new boss is Pedro Parente a former government minister and until now chairman of Bunge a big agribusiness and food company

NEW CEO. Brazilian Interim President Michel Temer (L) meets new Petrobras President Pedro Parente (R) at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 19, 2016. Photo by Cadu Gomes/EPA

Families, friends divided over Brazil political crisis

May 11, 2016 - 7:45 PM

My son was making provocative comments on Facebook so I unfriended him says 54 year old Dayse Lima a supporter of President Dilma Rousseff

Brazilian 54-year-old public servant Dayse Lima (L) and her son Gustavo Franco, 26, talk in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 4, 2016.  Dayse, a backer of President Dilma Rousseff and Gustavo, who supports her impeachment, are just a sample of the countless friends and relatives split by the deep crisis that affects the Brazilian society. / AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Corruption probe requested against Brazil opposition leader Neves

May 03, 2016 - 9:17 AM

Chief prosecutor Rodrigo Janot wants to investigate Neves over allegations he took bribes from a corruption scheme at a state electric company

Aecio Neves in Lisbon, Portugal, March 31, 2016. Mario Cruz/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

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

Rousseff left clinging to power as Brazil coalition collapses

Mar 30, 2016 - 8:07 AM

UPDATED Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is left scrambling for votes to save her presidency in a looming impeachment showdown after her main coalition partner walks out of the government

CUTTING TIES. (L-R) President of the Chamber of Deputies, Eduardo Cunha, Brazilian Senator Romero Juca and Former Minister of Civil Aviation of Brazil, Eliseu Padilha, participate in a Brazilian Democratic Movement Party meeting in order to celebrate the breakup with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff after declaring itself independent from the Government, at the National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, March 29, 2016. Fernando Bizerra Jr./EPA

Brazil's Rousseff faces coalition collapse

Mar 28, 2016 - 11:45 AM

UPDATED Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff could see her coalition disintegrate this week amid a political crisis that threatens to topple her government

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech in Brasilia, March 23, 2016. Andressa Anholete/AFP

Rousseff vows to 'never resign' over growing scandal

Mar 23, 2016 - 8:33 AM

The leftist leader accuses her opponents of seeking to stage a coup against democracy with impeachment proceedings and mass protests calling for her ouster

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

Brazil police arrest dozens in anti-graft raids

Mar 22, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Federal police say they uncovered a parallel accounting system at Odebrecht that oversees the company s involvement in what investigators say is a multi billion dollar corruption scheme centered on state oil company Petrobras

Step aside 'House of Cards': There's no topping Brazil

Mar 22, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Brazilian politics looks a lot like a dark and twisted TV series these days

HOUSE OF CARDS. In this photo, demonstrators gather to protest against the government of Brazil at the National Congress building in Brasilia, Brazil, March 17, 2016. Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Brazil's Lula hits back at 'intimidation' by judges

Mar 21, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Lawyers for Brazil s ex president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appeals to the Supreme Court to annul a ruling blocking his appointment as cabinet chief

FIGHTING FORM Brazilian former President and Minister of Presidency (Chief of Staff) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) speaks to followers of the Partido de los Trabajadores party who demonstrate to show their support of the government of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 18, 2016. Sebasti„o Moreira/EPA

Rival protests ignite debate on race, class in Brazil

Mar 20, 2016 - 6:10 PM

The rival protests sweeping Brazil have exposes a demographic divide between President Dilma Rousseff s haters and backers igniting a national debate about race and class that is only increasing tensions

UNDER THE FLAG. Followers of the Partido de los Trabajadores party demonstrate to show their support of the government of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia, Brazil, March 18, 2016. Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Brazil's Rousseff 'knew everything' about corruption scandal – senator

Mar 20, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Senator Delcidio do Amaral says ex president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva masterminded the graft scheme at Petrobras and that Rousseff used some of the proceeds to fund her presidential campaigns

The new Justice Minister Eugenio Aragão (L), Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (C) and former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during the minister's swearing-in ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on March 17, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's Rousseff condemns 'coup' as judge blocks Lula

Mar 18, 2016 - 12:48 AM

Rousseff gets as far as giving Lula a post ceremony hug before federal judge Itagiba Catta Preta suspends the embattled ex president s nomination to the cabinet chief post or any other that grants him immunity

QUASHING THE APPOINTMENT. President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff (L) embraces her predecessor, Former President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R), as she swears him in as the new Chief of Staff Minister, in a ceremony held an Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, March 17, 2016. Photo by Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Facing graft charges, Brazil's Lula joins government in crisis

Mar 17, 2016 - 7:33 AM

UPDATED The appointment is a risky bet for President Dilma Rousseff who is battling crises on multiple fronts: an impeachment attempt a deep recession mass protests and the fallout of an explosive corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras

EMBATTLED PAIR. In this file photo, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (L) and former President Luis Inacio Lula Da Silva participate at the Brazilian Workers Central Union National Congress, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, October 13, 2015. Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

Brazil's Rousseff hit by explosive new accusations

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:21 AM

UPDATED Prosecutors say a senator charged in a huge graft investigation centered on state oil company Petrobras has accused President Dilma Rousseff of sending a powerful cabinet minister to try to buy his silence

In this file photo, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks in Brasilia, Brazil, March 16, 2015. Fernando Bizerra Jr./EPA

Brazil's Lula on verge of joining government – sources

Mar 15, 2016 - 10:10 PM

UPDATED Lula is facing charges in a case linked to a massive corruption scandal

BRAZIL PROTEST. Protesters gather at the Paulista avenue with dolls allusive of the Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and President Dilma Rousseff in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 13 March 2016. Photo by Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

Rousseff in survival mode after historic Brazil protests

Mar 15, 2016 - 8:18 AM

The historic rebuff on the streets left Rousseff few options as another grueling week started with Congress geared up to relaunch stalled impeachment proceedings

EN MASSE. Demonstrators take part in a protest demanding the resignation of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, on March 13, 2016 in Curitiba, Brazil. Heuler Andrey/AFP

'Historic' crowds protest against Brazil's president

Mar 14, 2016 - 12:37 AM

UPDATED Some 3 million Brazilians enraged at corruption recession and demanding the removal of leftist President Dilma Rousseff demonstrate across Latin America s biggest nation

epa05209633 Protesters gather at the Praca da Liberdade in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 13 March 2016, to demand the dismissal of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The first demonstrations were reported in some cities in the north and northeast of the country where thousands of protesters demanded the 'end' of the government of Rousseff and expressed support for investigations into the corruption case at the state-run oil company Petrobras. EPA/PAULO FONSECA

Brazil prosecutors request ex-president Lula's arrest

Mar 11, 2016 - 8:15 AM

It is now up to a Sao Paulo judge to decide whether to accept the charges against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and whether to jail him pending trial

PROSECUTORS WANT ARREST. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva leaves a breakfeast meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, 09 March 2016. File photo by Fernando Bizerra Jr./EPA

Brazilian construction tycoon sentenced to 19 years prison

Mar 08, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Marcelo Odebrecht of the global construction company Odebrecht is unmasked as one of the main players in a bribes and embezzlement scheme that cost state oil company Petrobras at least 2 billion

MARCELO ODEBRECHT. Odebrecht construction company president, Marcelo Odebrecht, testifies in front of a group of deputies investigating corruption in the state-run oil company Petrobras, in Curitiba, Brazil, 01 September 2015. File Photo by Paulo Lisboa/EPA

Brazil's Rousseff fights for her political survival

Mar 08, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The path for Dilma Rousseff s political survival is getting narrower as she faces Congress the courts and street protests this week

PRESIDENCY IN PERIL? In this file photo, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks during an event at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, March 2, 2016. Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Corruption scandal stokes anger in bitterly divided Brazil

Mar 06, 2016 - 1:12 AM

The scandal has unfolded mostly in courtrooms and lawyers offices but Friday s brief detention of ex president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pushes debate ever further into the volatile setting of the street

PRO-LULA. Supporters of the ruling Worker's Party and former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva demonstrate to show their support in front of Lula's house in Sao Bernardo do Campo, near Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 5, 2016. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil's ex-president Lula defiant after detention

Mar 05, 2016 - 4:34 PM

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva tells supporters If they want to defeat me they will have to face me in the streets of this country

DEFIANT. During a press conference shortly after being freed, Lula said the decision to take him forcibly into custody for questioning about links to a corruption network amounted to "judicial authoritarianism." Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

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

Crowds march against 'coup' targeting Brazil's president

Dec 17, 2015 - 12:15 PM

I am a woman who has worked hard I am an honest woman Dilma Rousseff said at a rally in Brasilia

Members of unions and social movements participate in a march in support of Dilma Rousseff, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, December 16, 2015. Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

Brazil's Rousseff to be investigated for alleged funds misuse

Oct 07, 2015 - 11:28 AM

Opposition lawmakers say Rousseff and running mate Michel Temer funded their campaign with donations from companies involved in the corruption scheme that has rocked Brazil

FACING PROBE. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks in Brasilia, Brazil, March 16, 2015. Fernando Bizerra Jr./File/EPA

Brazilians rage against president, corruption

Aug 17, 2015 - 9:14 AM

It is the third major anti Rousseff protest this year with 600 000 demonstrators taking to the streets in April and at least one million in March

'FORA DILMA!' Demonstrators gather at Monumental Axis with a banner reading 'Dilma Out!' to attend a national protest against corruption and the economic management by Dilma Roussef's government in Brasilia, Brazil, August 16, 2015. Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA