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Brazil grieves for football team killed in crash

Chapec - A small Brazilian city will hold a massive funeral Saturday to honor its football team, wiped out at the height of their glory in a plane crash that killed 71 people.

Key bloc Mercosur suspends Venezuela: source

Rio De Janeiro - The key South American economic bloc Mercosur has suspended crisis-hit Venezuela for failing to meet democratic and trade standards, a government source in member country Brazil said.

Brazil political drama deepens with graft plea deal

Bras - A political drama threatening Brazil's President Michel Temer deepened Thursday with judges ordering his top ally to stand trial and corruption suspects lining up to make more potentially explosive revelations.

Brazil Senate president to be tried for embezzlement: court

Bras - The president of Brazil's Senate, Renan Calheiros, will face trial for alleged embezzlement, the Supreme Court said Thursday, the latest development in a political drama threatening to destabilize President Michel Temer.

Brazil central bank cuts interest rate again

Bras - Brazil's central bank cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the second month running, as data showed that the recession hitting Latin America's largest economy continued into the third quarter.

Brazilian graft judges threaten to resign over intimidation

Bras - Brazilian prosecutors running a giant corruption probe threatened to quit Wednesday over what they said was intimidation by members of the graft-plagued Congress, many of whom face investigation.

Brazilian Senate approves austerity after violent protest

Bras - Brazil's Senate approved the cornerstone of an austerity program aimed at putting the country's finances in order, but violent clashes between police and protesters highlighted growing tensions.

Pele leads football tributes to plane crash victims

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil football legend Pele and Argentines Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi led numerous sporting tributes Tuesday to the Brazilian footballers killed in a plane crash in Colombia.

Plane crash kills dream of Brazilian football team that defied odds

S - Traveling on the doomed airliner that crashed in Colombia overnight were the players and staff of a Brazilian football club about to complete a fairytale journey from unknowns to would-be South American champions.

Brazilian opposition demands Temer impeachment

Bras - A Brazilian opposition party on Monday filed a petition for the impeachment of President Michel Temer, underlining the growing difficulties facing the center-right leader as he tries to introduce austerity reforms.

Brazil's president to block any corruption amnesty

Bras - Brazil's President Michel Temer, together with congressional leaders, vowed on Sunday to block any attempt by legislators to grant themselves a corruption amnesty as he sought to defuse a series of scandals.

Brazilian judge freezes Michelin assets in tax case

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian judge froze Friday some $300 million in assets owned by a former Rio de Janeiro state governor, five of his aides and French tire-maker Michelin over illegal tax breaks.

Influence-peddling case fells Brazil president's ally

Bras - A prominent Brazilian government minister resigned on Friday in a scandal over alleged influence-peddling reportedly implicating President Michel Temer.

Brazil's Congress accused of seeking corruption amnesty

Bras - Brazil's Congress was accused Thursday of seeking to rush into law an amnesty that would let lawmakers off the hook from a ballooning corruption probe.

Tribal protesters with arrows try to enter Brazil's Congress

Bras - Brazilian police on Wednesday used pepper spray to force back about 300 protesters from indigenous tribes, some armed with bows and arrows, from entering Congress.

In crisis-struck Rio, police need donated toilet paper

Rio De Janeiro - Maria Thereza Sombra may rely on Rio de Janeiro's police to keep her safe -- but in the grip of financial crisis they rely on the 82-year-old to supply them with toilet paper.

Protesters take over entrance to Brazil's presidency

Bras - Hundreds of indigenous people and traditional fishermen occupied the veranda outside the entrance to Brazil's presidential palace on Tuesday.

Rio: 11 dead, vast police sweep in notorious slum

Rio De Janeiro - Police in Rio launched a vast operation Sunday in the City of God slum, where seven youths were found killed a day after four police officers died when their helicopter crashed nearby.

Parachutists in illicit jump from Brazil skyscraper: report

S - Two Brazilian parachutists jumped from a 46-story skyscraper in the heart of Sao Paulo, Brazil's biggest city, this week after slipping past security, Globo news site G1 reported Saturday.

Brazil prosecutor warns corruption drive under threat

S - The top prosecutor in Brazil's biggest ever corruption investigation called Friday on the public to rally around the operation in the face of attempts to shut it down.
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