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At least 160 people die violently each day in Brazil: Report

S - A total of 58,559 people died violent deaths in Brazil in 2014, or about 160 every day -- and police actions were the second-biggest cause, new statistics said Thursday.

Brazilian president fights for political life

Rio De Janeiro - President Dilma Rousseff claims to detect a glimmer at the end of the tunnel in Brazil's political crisis, but what she really may be seeing, analysts say, are the headlights of an oncoming train.

Brazil court hits Rousseff again, fueling impeachment talk

Bras - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff suffered a new setback when a court declared her government's accounting practices were illegal, handing ammunition to opponents threatening impeachment proceedings.

Brazil's Rousseff to be investigated for alleged funds misuse

Bras - President Dilma Rousseff's campaign will be investigated for alleged use of funds skimmed from the vast Petrobras corruption scheme, officials said Wednesday, in a twist that could potentially end her term early.

Brazil high court: Lula can be questioned in Petrobras probe

Bras - Police in Brazil can question former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as they probe the massive money-laundering scandal at state oil giant Petrobras, the nation's Supreme Court ruled.

Brazil president reshuffles cabinet to avert disaster

Matupa - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff ordered a government reshuffle Friday, axing eight ministries in what was announced as a cost-cutting measure but seemed aimed at ending political paralysis and threats of impeachment.

Twenty-two killed in Brazilian beach city

Rio De Janeiro - Twenty-two people were murdered over the weekend in Natal, a northeast Brazilian city renowned for its fine beaches, in what police said Monday was drug trade-related violence.

Gangs of thieves spark panic on famous Brazil beaches

Rio De Janeiro - Gangs of young thieves set off panic and chaos over the weekend as they raided Rio's famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, less than a year before the city hosts the Olympics.

Brazil ruling-party heavyweight sentenced for corruption

Bras - The former treasurer of Brazil's ruling party was sentenced Monday to more than 15 years in prison for his role in a massive corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras.

Brazil drugs squad nabs face-lift trafficker

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian drug police have caught an alleged trafficker who once was in business with infamous kingpin Pablo Escobar and long evaded an international dragnet with the help of plastic surgery to change his features.

Brazil priest opens parish doors to war-battered Syrians

Rio De Janeiro - More than a year before Pope Francis urged Europe's Catholics to take in Syrian refugees, a priest in Brazil marshaled the support of his parishioners to ease the suffering of those fleeing unimaginable horror.

Brazil police want court OK to question Lula on Petrobras

Bras - Brazilian police have asked the Supreme Court for permission to question former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who they say may have benefited from the corruption scandal roiling state oil giant Petrobras.

Brazil economy junked, president on ropes

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil wants to party as next year's Olympics host, but a credit downgrade to junk status means the world's seventh largest economy will be nursing a terrible hangover instead.

S&P cuts Brazil sovereign credit rating to junk

Rio De Janeiro - Standard & Poor's cut Brazil's sovereign credit rating to junk, citing the struggle by President Dilma Rousseff's government to master growing debt and political turmoil.

Dwarf lap dance gets Brazil police in trouble: report

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian anti-narcotics cops were in hot water Wednesday after footage emerged of a nearly naked dwarf lap dancing at a party attended by officers at the police station.

At least 15 dead, 40 injured in Brazil resort town bus crash

S - At least 15 people died and 40 were injured when a bus crashed in the Brazilian resort town of Paraty, state officials said.

Brazil graft probe targets two in president's inner circle: Reports

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's former campaign treasurer and her chief of staff have been placed under investigation in the Petrobras mega corruption scandal, the local press reported Sunday.

Top former aide to Lula charged in Brazil corruption

Bras - A former top aide to ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was charged Friday in Brazil's huge corruption probe, along with the former treasurer of the ruling Workers' Party.

Brazil denies economy minister departure rumors

S - Brazil's government denied rumors that the country's finance minister was about to step down, which come as the world's seventh-biggest economy struggles with a steep slowdown.

Tensions mount over death of Brazil indigenous leader

Bras - Tensions over land ownership are soaring between Brazil's indigenous Guarani people and ranchers after the shooting of a Guarani leader, activists said Wednesday.
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