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Brazil 'ungovernable' if court blocks Lula bid: Rousseff

Bras - Former president Dilma Rousseff said Friday Brazil will be ungovernable if a court decision due next week blocks Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva from running in October polls, and upholds his corruption conviction.

Australian in serious condition after Copacabana accident

Rio De Janeiro - An Australian man, one of 17 people injured when a car crashed into a crowd at Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach, was in a serious condition Friday, health officials said.

Car hits crowd at Brazil's Copacabana, killing baby

Rio De Janeiro - A car ploughed into a crowd on Rio de Janeiro's tourist-packed Copacabana seaside promenade on Thursday, killing a baby and injuring 17 people, authorities said, with the driver telling investigators he suffered a seizure.

'What's that shot?' ask disturbing videos going viral in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - In the middle of the street or a crowded mall, Brazilians hurl themselves to the ground as if struck by lightning, in scenes that are filmed and posted on the internet, where they are taking the crime-plagued country by storm."What's that shot?

Four ex-South American leaders back Lula comeback petition

Rio De Janeiro - Four South American ex-presidents are among more than 170,000 people who signed a petition supporting former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva bid for another term as Brazil's president, despite his corruption conviction.

Rio brings in state law cracking down on sexist ads

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state on Wednesday brought in a law cracking down on ads deemed to be sexist, threatening violators with hefty fines.

Drugs, booze and violence in Brazil prisons revealed in cell videos

Bras - Inmates lining up to snort cocaine, booze-fueled parties, and brazen escapes: these unfiltered images from inside Brazil's prisons are offering outsiders a graphic picture of the anarchic conditions in one of the world's most populous penitentiary syst...

Rio counting down to carnival under party-pooper mayor

Rio De Janeiro - Rio's annual carnival is seen as a money-making extravaganza for the city. But evangelical Mayor Marcelo Crivella isn't a fan and slashed funding for next month's parade, forcing samba schools to cut their cloth accordingly.

Brazil authorities put down third prison riot in a week

S - Brazilian authorities on Friday put down the third prison uprising this week at a penitentiary in the state of Goias, which was shaken by deadly gang fights earlier in the week, officials said.

Striding Temer says 'fully recovered' after latest op

Bras - Brazil's President Michel Temer appeared keen to demonstrate Thursday he had recovered from his latest bout of ill health, inviting the press to photograph him during a brisk walk in a Brasilia park.

Petrobras agrees to pay nearly $3 bn to settle US class action suit

Rio De Janeiro - Petrobras has agreed to pay $2.95 billion to settle a class action suit in New York brought on behalf of investors harmed by a huge corruption scandal at the Brazilian state oil giant, the company said Wednesday.

A hundred inmates on the loose after deadly Brazil prison riot

Rio De Janeiro - Nearly a hundred escaped inmates remained at large from a state penitentiary in Brazil Tuesday after a deadly riot between rival gangs left nine prisoners dead, all of them burned and two decapitated, officials said.

Brazil closes out 2017 with record trade surplus

Bras - Brazil's road to economic recovery has passed another milestone with official data showing Tuesday that the country finished 2017 with a record trade surplus 40.5 percent higher than in the previous year.

Echoes of escaped Brazilian slaves live on in Rio

Rio De Janeiro - Hundreds of years after Brazilian slaves first fled to rebel communities called quilombos, remnants of those outposts of freedom live on in the heart of Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil's Temer urges pension reform in Christmas message

Bras - Brazilian President Michel Temer took advantage of his Christmas message broadcast Sunday night to once again urge congress to approve his controversial pension reform plan.

Brazilian president's pardons ignite corruption row

Rio De Janeiro - President Michel Temer was accused Saturday of handing Brazilians convicted of corruption a get out of jail card with changes to the traditional collective Christmas pardon.

Veteran Brazilian politician jailed for corruption

Sao Paulo - One of Brazil's longest-serving politicians, a former mayor of Sao Paulo, surrendered to police Wednesday to start a nearly eight year prison sentence for money laundering.

Corrupt Brazilian tycoon begins house arrest

S - Marcelo Odebrecht, the construction tycoon at the center of Brazil's biggest ever corruption scandal, was released from prison Tuesday to begin house arrest in his luxury Sao Paulo home.

Corrupt Brazilian tycoon freed for house arrest

Curitiba - Marcelo Odebrecht, the construction tycoon at the center of Brazil's biggest ever corruption scandal, was released from prison Tuesday to begin house arrest, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

Brazilian tycoon leaves prison, enters family feud

Rio De Janeiro - The good news for Marcelo Odebrecht, the tycoon at the center of Brazil's biggest ever corruption scandal, is he'll be out of prison Tuesday, in time for Christmas. The bad news: not all his family is celebrating.
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