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Pele's son turns self in for Brazil prison sentence

S - The son of football legend Pele turned himself in late Friday after being ordered by a Brazilian court to begin serving a nearly 13-year prison sentence for money laundering and drug trafficking.

Rio sets aside recession, violence fears for carnival

Rio De Janeiro - The economy is crumbling and street protests are turning violent, but Rio de Janeiro put all worries aside for the opening of carnival Friday.

Brazil's top diplomat resigns

S - Brazil's Foreign Minister Jose Serra resigned citing health concerns, in a new blow to Michel Temer's administration.

Brazil names president's ally to top court post

Bras - Brazil's Senate on Wednesday appointed an ally of President Michel Temer to the post of Supreme Court judge to replace one who died in a plane crash while investigating corruption.

Brazilian troops withdraw from Rio ahead of carnival

Rio De Janeiro - Authorities on Wednesday began withdrawing 9,000 army soldiers who had been deployed to Rio de Janeiro to provide security ahead of this week's carnival celebrations following a strike by police officers.

Brazil's poorest region suffers worst drought in a century

Quixeramobim - A cow's skull lies baking in the sun and nearby another dead cow rots, symbols of the desolation gripping northeastern Brazil during its worst drought in a century.Farmer Kerginaldo Pereira, 30, walks through the dust and cactuses in dismay.

Impeached Brazil leader Rousseff eyes political return

Bras - Six months after her humiliating departure from Brazil's presidency following an impeachment trial, Dilma Rousseff is contemplating her political future.

Rio mayor may skip carnival: reports

Rio De Janeiro - Rio's evangelical mayor, Marcelo Crivella, may skip the Rio carnival, the city's biggest annual event and one of the world's most famous street parties, reports said Friday.

Prosecutors from 15 countries to meet on Brazil scandal

Bras - Prosecutors from 15 countries will meet Thursday and Friday in Brasilia to discuss a massive bribery scandal at Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht which has spread across Latin America.

Brazil judge overturns 'censorship' of newspaper

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian judge on Wednesday overturned a ruling that barred leading newspapers from publishing reports on an extortion attempt against President Michel Temer's wife.

Brazilian court approves Temer's ministerial pick

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that an ally of President Michel Temer can be a government minister despite allegations that his promotion was to protect him from a corruption probe.

Brazilian town embraces universal income experiment

Maric - Does being handed money every month -- no strings attached -- sound attractive? The residents of a small town in Brazil are finding out.

9,000 Brazilian troops deploy in Rio ahead of carnival

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil is sending 9,000 soldiers to Rio de Janeiro ahead of the city's carnival to boost security, following violent street protests and attempts to paralyze the police, the defense minister said Tuesday.

Brazil president denies protecting corruption-tainted minister

Bras - Brazilian President Michel Temer on Monday denied suggestions that he is trying to protect a minister implicated in a corruption scandal.

Brazil police return to work after strike triggered violent chaos

Rio De Janeiro - Several hundred police returned to their patrols on Sunday after eight days of strikes in a southeastern Brazilian state that was plunged into violence during the work stoppage.

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

Rio De Janeiro - In the face of pending corruption allegations likened to a ticking bomb, Brazilian President Michel Temer is building himself a bunker.

Missing Canadian man found lost in Amazon

Rio De Janeiro - A mentally disturbed Canadian man who disappeared in 2012 has been found by Brazilian police in the Amazon after wandering on foot, with no passport, through terrain filled with predators.

Brazil police strike on despite agreement

Rio De Janeiro - Relatives of police in Brazil blockaded law enforcement stations in a protest over pay despite an agreement to end an officers' strike and limited police presence in some of the southeastern state's cities.

Brazilian army sends paratroopers to chaotic state

Rio De Janeiro - The Brazilian army said Thursday it is sending elite troops and military aviation to a state where more than 100 people are reported to have been killed since police went on strike.

Brazilian judge bars Temer ministerial pick

Bras - A Brazilian court barred a close ally of President Michel Temer from taking a ministerial position Wednesday because he has been implicated in a corruption probe.
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