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Brazil stocks slide as Rousseff gains in polls

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's stock market and currency tumbled Monday on signs that President Dilma Rousseff is making up ground on her main challenger less than a week before the country's elections.The country's benchmark Bovespa index fell 4.

Brazil's Rousseff: Tortured guerrilla to first woman president

- Brazil's first female president, Dilma Rousseff, is seeking a second term next Sunday, the next step on a political journey that began when she was a Marxist guerrilla tortured under the military dictatorship.

Ex-rubber tapper Silva out to land Brazil presidency

- Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva only learned to read at 16 and endured a tough childhood as a rubber tapper in the Amazon before considering whether to become a Catholic nun.

Brazil split ahead of presidential poll

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's electorate is split a week ahead of presidential elections, with polls showing leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff locked in a dead heat with main rival Marina Silva, who preaches the need for a "new politics."A total of 142.

Brazil's Neves long-shot for presidency

- While Brazil's financial sector would like to see social democrat Aecio Neves as president, voters are less keen and opinion polls give the senator and former state governor little hope.

Brazilian gay politician Waldir Pires Bittencourt attacked

Macaparana - A young out-gay Brazilian politician and human-rights activist has been attacked while out campaigning in the city of Macapá.

Brazil launches 'good mosquitoes' to fight Dengue fever

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian scientists, based in Rio de Janeiro, have released thousands of mosquitoes infected with bacteria that suppress dengue fever.

Ex-footballers seek to score points with Brazil voters

Liberdade - More than 20 retired footballers are running in Brazil's elections next month, trading their boots for suits and the "beautiful game" for the sometimes ugly sport of politics.

Election apps bring smartphone democracy to Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Have you ever wanted to pelt a politician with a tomato? Or wished for that perfect candidate to come along and sweep you off your feet?

Brazil candidates carefully tread religious divide

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's evangelical Christians -- rapidly gaining in number and political clout -- are giving a boost to the presidential bid of their fellow convert, Marina Silva.

Defeating corruption dominates Brazil debate

Bras - Less than two weeks before Brazil's presidential vote, corruption concerns dominate the campaign, amid allegations that leading politicians benefited from huge kickbacks on oil deals by state-owned energy giant Petrobras.

Brazil readies election thriller

Rio De Janeiro - A fiery plane crash that claimed the life of a popular politician has provided Brazil's presidential campaign with a dramatic plot twist worthy of a telenovela.And it may end with election of the country's first black president.

Nun-killer arrested for link to three new killings in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - A man convicted of killing a US Amazon activist who was also a nun, was re-arrested in Brazil on suspicion of involvement in three new murders.

Brazil ex-leader Lula key to Rousseff re-election bid

Liberdade - Keen to secure his political legacy, former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is campaigning energetically for successor Dilma Rousseff as she struggles to win a second term.

In tight Brazil race, candidates avoid moral quagmires

Rio De Janeiro - As the battle for Brazil's presidency heats up, the leading candidates -- determined not to scare voters away -- are steering clear of divisive social issues such as gay marriage and abortion.

Absence of 'Flying Rivers' causing severe drought in Brazil

The extreme drought now affecting Sao Paulo, Brazil is thought to be because of the absence of South America's "flying Rivers." No, they are not a mythical entity, but the name given the clouds of water vapor that bring rains to Southeastern Brazil.

Lula mobbed in Rio, defends govt on Petrobras

Rio De Janeiro - Influential former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Monday rallied behind successor Dilma Rousseff as she chases re-election next month amid a corruption scandal and weak economy.

Rousseff in Rio slum visit as poll gap closes

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil President Dilma Rousseff visited a Rio slum Friday as latest polls showed her gaining ground against ecologist rival Marina Silva ahead of October 5 presidential elections.

Petrobras scandal clouds Brazil presidential vote

Rio De Janeiro - A multi-billion dollar kickback scandal at Brazilian oil giant Petrobras, the country's state-owned industrial jewel, could affect the outcome of next month's presidential election.

Brazilian gay teenager João Antônio Donati found murdered

Inhumas - An 18-year-old man who was openly gay has been found dead — suspected murdered — in Inhumas, in the Brazilian state of Goiás, according to media reports.
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