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Brazil police to probe election disinformation on social media

Bras - Brazilian federal police will investigate massive amounts of disinformation circulating on social media against the two candidates vying to become president, Public Security Minister Raul Jungmann said Saturday.

Leftist's party urges Brazil authorities to act on WhatsApp election messages

Bras - The Workers Party of leftist Brazilian presidential candidate Fernando Haddad on Friday urged electoral authorities to take swift action over a flood of misinformation by WhatsApp they blamed on the far-right frontrunner, Jair Bolsonaro.

Brazil far-right candidate backs Church anti-abortion stance

Rio De Janeiro - The favored candidate to be Brazil's next president, far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro, on Wednesday signed a commitment to keep abortion illegal if he wins power, backing a stance by the influential Catholic Church.

Brazil federal police ask for president to be indicted for corruption

Bras - Brazil's Federal Police on Tuesday asked the Prosecutor General's office to charge President Michel Temer and ten others, including his daughter, with corruption, money laundering and racketeering.

Bolsonaro: I 'admire' Trump

Rio De Janeiro - Jair Bolsonaro, the favorite to win the second round of Brazil's presidential elections, on Thursday declared himself an "admirer" of US President Donald Trump.

Brazil's Bolsonaro: a tropical Trump?

Rio De Janeiro - Impetuous, admiring of military men, pro-guns, social media-savvy, accused of misogyny and racism: Brazil's far-right presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro shares more than a few qualities with US leader Donald Trump.But is it a fair comparison?

Bolsonaro, Haddad hold different visions of Brazil future

Rio De Janeiro - Right-winger Jair Bolsonaro and leftist candidate Fernando Haddad, who will contest a second-round runoff to become Brazil's next president, hold diametrically opposed visions of Brazil's future.

Presidential candidate running mate stirs Brazil with 'whitening of race' quip

Bras - The running mate of Brazil's far-right presidential election frontrunner on Sunday stirred outrage after proudly talking about a "whitening of the race" in relation to one of his grandchildren.

Brazil's Lula unable to vote in prison

Bras - Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is not only barred from running in elections taking place on Sunday -- but he will also be unable to cast his vote, according to authorities.

Brazil presidential candidate leaves hospital after prostate surgery

S - Brazil presidential election candidate Ciro Gomes left hospital in Sao Paulo on Wednesday, a day after undergoing surgery on his prostate.

Brazil presidential candidate expects to leave hospital by month's end

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro said in a video released Friday that he expects to leave hospital before the end of the month after he was stabbed in the abdomen two weeks ago."I've never felt so happy and good in my life.

Suspected Hezbollah financer arrested in Brazil

S - Brazilian police on Friday arrested a Lebanese citizen on suspicions of raising funds for Lebanon-based Shiite military group Hezbollah, which the United States considers a terrorist group.

Brazilian dark horse says God wants him to be president

Rio De Janeiro - One of the media darlings of Brazil's eccentric presidential race is a buff, bible-thumping reserve fireman who barely registers in the polls and insists God wants him to win.

Brazil's presidential campaign polarized between left and far right

Bras - Brazil looks to be charging headlong into a two-horse presidential race between the far right and the left in what has been an at times surreal and unpredictable campaign.

Brazil presidential candidate vows not to pardon comrade Lula

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's leftist presidential candidate Fernando Haddad on Tuesday ruled out pardoning the jailed former head of state and his own party's iconic leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva should he triumph in October's elections.

Far right, leftist rivals ahead in Brazil poll

Rio De Janeiro - Right-wing Brazil presidential election frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro consolidated his lead in an opinion poll published on Monday, with leftist challenger Fernando Haddad also building momentum.

Brazil orders museums to boost fire protection

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil has issued a 30-day deadline to improve fire protection at six federal museums, a week after a blaze gutted Rio de Janeiro's treasured National Museum.

Tough challenges facing Brazil presidential wannabe stepping into Lula's shoes

Bras - Fernando Haddad, the man stepping into former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's shoes at the last minute after the jailed ex-leader finally dropped his bid for re-election, has a good chance of making the run-off in next month's polls.

Fernando Haddad: jailed Brazilian leader's plan B

Curitiba - Fernando Haddad wasn't uppermost on anybody's mind in April, when Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva delivered a historic farewell speech hours before turning himself in to serve a 12-year prison sentence for corruption.

Stabbed Brazil presidential candidate needs another 'big' operation

S - Brazil presidential election front-runner Jair Bolsonaro remains in intensive care and needs another "big operation" following his stabbing ordeal, hospital authorities in Sao Paulo said on Monday.

Brazil army chief warns against jailed ex-president's candidacy

Rio De Janeiro - The head of Brazil's military has issued a warning against the presidential candidacy of the country's imprisoned former leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has been banned from standing for office.

Sons of injured Brazil candidate take control of campaign

Rio De Janeiro - The sons of seriously wounded right-wing Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro -- who was in hospital Saturday after his campaign trail assault -- said he was making progress, as they took his campaign reins.

Prison and hospital: primary battle grounds in Brazil's election race

Rio De Janeiro - A jail cell and hospital bed have turned into the most unlikely, and important, campaign barracks during Brazil's surreal and unpredictable presidential race.

Brazil judge rejects jailed ex-president Lula's appeal on election ban

Bras - A Brazilian Supreme Court judge on Thursday rejected an appeal by jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to overturn his ban on running in next month's elections.

Brazil judge rejects jailed ex-president Lula's appeal on election ban

Bras - A Brazilian Supreme Court judge on Thursday rejected an appeal by jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to overturn his ban on running in next month's elections.

Lula appeals to UN in desperate bid to gain access to election

Curitiba - Leftist ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will appeal his barring from October's elections to the United Nations and Brazil's Supreme Court, the man set to replace him on the ballot said Monday.

After Lula candidacy shot down, Brazil party faces replacement dilemma

Rio De Janeiro - After a top Brazilian court disqualified ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from participating in October elections, his party on Saturday was mulling whether to persist with their jailed leader or turn to his running mate.

Brazil minister expresses frustration with EU side in Mercosur trade talks

Bras - Brazil's Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes says he expects more "movement" from the European Union as long running talks on a free trade deal with his South American bloc Mercosur head into the home stretch.

With new album, Elza Soares celebrates status as an 'incredible woman'

Rio De Janeiro - Time seems to run at a different pace for Elza Soares. The Brazilian samba legend is 81 but on the eve of a Rio de Janeiro concert for her recent album "Deus e Mulher" ("God is a woman"), you wouldn't think so.

Venezuela crisis turns indigenous people into the lost tribe

Boa Vista - Auxiliano Zapata may be a Warao chief but after fleeing chaotic Venezuela for neighboring Brazil his people are a lost tribe, wondering if they will ever settle in their beloved Orinoco river delta again.
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