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Black ex-high court justice touted as Brazil's savior

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilians are desperate for a fresh face in the presidency after years of crisis. And in Joaquim Barbosa, a black former Supreme Court justice who started as a janitor, they may have just found him.

Brazil's army chief warns of graft threat to democracy

Bras - Brazil's top army commander on Thursday made another foray into political commentary, warning that corruption poses a threat to democracy in Latin America's biggest country.

Brazil court rejects Lula's latest appeal

S - A Brazilian court on Wednesday turned down ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's latest appeal against his 12-year sentence for corruption, seemingly putting his bid for a political comeback even farther out of reach.

Powerful Brazilian senator faces corruption trial

Bras - Aecio Neves, a Brazilian senator who narrowly lost the 2014 presidential election, will face trial for corruption and obstruction of justice, Brazil's top court decided Tuesday.

Brazil homeless group occupies apartment in Lula corruption case

Guaruja - A group of homelessness activists briefly occupied Monday the seaside apartment at the heart of the corruption case that saw ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva imprisoned earlier this month.

Rio criminal gangs may have slain black activist: minister

Bras - Shadowy criminal gangs operating in Rio de Janeiro are the chief suspects in last month's murder of Marielle Franco, a prominent black rights activist and city councilor, a government minister said Monday.

A month after her murder, Rio remembers Marielle Franco

Rio De Janeiro - A handful of quiet memorials took place in Rio de Janeiro Saturday remembering Marielle Franco, the black councilor gunned down a month ago in a killing that made international headlines but for which no-one has been arrested.

Brazil AG files racism suit against far-right presidential candidate

Bras - Brazil's top prosecutor has filed a complaint against far-right firebrand and presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro for "racism" against Afro-Brazilians, indigenous peoples, refugees, women and members of the LGBT community.

Fighting Marielle's war: women battle on after Rio councilor's murder

Rio De Janeiro - It has been a month since the murder of Marielle Franco, a black Brazilian activist who fought her way out of the slums to become a popular councilor, in a killing which made headlines around the world.

Brazil Workers' Party planning on backing Lula to the end

Bras - Luis Inacio Lula da Silva may be in jail but his Workers' Party is still backing him to contest presidential elections against the odds, a high-risk strategy that demonstrates the lack of real options.

Brazil's leftists rename themselves 'Lula'

Bras - If Brazil's right-wing politicians thought they'd seen the last of Lula with his imprisonment, they couldn't have reckoned on running into more than 60 new "Lulas" popping up in Congress on Wednesday.

At least 21 killed in Brazil prison breakout bid: officials

Rio De Janeiro - At least 21 people died Tuesday in an attempted breakout from a prison in northern Brazil aided by an armed group on the outside trying to blow up a wall, officials said.

Brazil's Supreme Court delays debate that could see Lula released

Bras - A justice on Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a delay until next week of a debate on changing a law that could, if passed, lead to the imminent release of recently jailed ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Brazil's Lula has TV in prison, but prefers to read: reports

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva could be watching television and sunbathing but so far prefers staying in his prison cell with a book, local media reports said Tuesday.

Lula's arrest leaves volatile Brazil stumbling

Rio De Janeiro - The imprisonment of ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has given already chaotic Brazil another push down an ever more unpredictable future.

Imprisoned Lula is still 'our candidate,' his party says

Curitiba - Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, imprisoned since the weekend on a corruption conviction, will still be the Workers' Party candidate in Brazil's October presidential election, party leaders said Monday.

Brazil top court could make ruling that frees Lula

Rio De Janeiro - The dust is just settling after the dramatic jailing of Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, but it could quickly be stirred up again -- the nation's Supreme Court could vote this Wednesday on a legal change potentially letting Lula bac...

With Lula behind bars, what's next for Brazil?

S - After more than 52 hours of fraught twists and turns, Brazil's former president Lula was finally put behind bars over the weekend, watched by a nation divided between those who adore him and those who abhor him.

Brazil top court holds key to Lula reprieve

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who began a 12-year jail sentence Saturday, could win an early reprieve if the country's top court decides to change a key law.

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

Curitiba - Brazil's leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva served the first day of a 12-year prison sentence for corruption Sunday, but was already hoping for a way out through the courts this week, threatening to extend the drama ahead of presidential elections....
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