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Brazil Supreme Court puts off decision on Lula release

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday delayed indefinitely a decision on whether former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva should be freed from prison, where he is serving a 12-term for corruption.

Lula calls for united Brazil front against 'fascist adventure'

Rio De Janeiro - Jailed ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called on "democrats" on Wednesday to put aside their differences and unite in a bid to defeat a "fascist adventure" in Sunday's presidential election run-off.

From palace to prison: Brazil's ex-president Lula in dates

S - Ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, better known as Lula, is expected to formally bow out of a defiant bid to return to Brazil's presidency from a jail cell, where he is serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption.

From palace to prison: Brazil's ex-president Lula in dates

S - Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, better known as Lula, was Friday dealt a blow by an electoral court that barred him from running in October's presidential election.

Brazil's top electoral court votes down Lula candidacy

Bras - A majority of Brazil's top electoral court shot down late Friday the candidacy of popular leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the country's upcoming presidential vote, telling the jailed former leader he cannot participate in October's critical electi...

Brazil electoral court to rule Friday on Lula presidential candidacy

Bras - Brazil's top electoral court said it would make a decision Friday on jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's eligibility to run in October's presidential elections, a source told AFP.

Imprisoned Lula registers Brazil presidential candidacy

Bras - Imprisoned leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's unlikely bid for Brazil's presidency took a big step forward Wednesday with the formal registration of his candidacy in the capital Brasilia.

Brazil's leftists march for Lula candidacy

Bras - Supporters of former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva marched on Brasilia on Tuesday to support his attempt to take part in presidential elections, despite serving a prison sentence for corruption.

Ex-Sao Paulo mayor named as Lula's running mate

S - Brazil's leftist Workers' Party on Sunday named former Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad as the running mate of its charismatic founder Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for the October presidential election.

Brazil's defiant Lula gets presidential nomination behind bars

S - Brazil's leftist Workers' Party nominated its charismatic founder Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for the upcoming presidential contest Saturday despite him being imprisoned for corruption.

Lula to cease World Cup TV comments over election rules

Bras - Jailed former Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has decided to cease commenting on the World Cup for Brazilian television to avoid breaking election rules.

Brazil Supreme Court to consider Lula appeal

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court is scheduled to rule Tuesday on the latest effort by former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to be freed, pending new appeals to his 12-year corruption sentence.

Brazil lashes out at European backing for Lula candidacy

Bras - Brazil on Wednesday lashed out at a demand by former European leaders for disgraced ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to be allowed to take part in elections this year.

Brazilian apartment at center of Lula's downfall sold

S - The seaside apartment at the center of the corruption case that saw popular ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sent to prison last month was auctioned Tuesday for more than $600,000.

Brazilian leftists demonstrate outside Lula's prison

Curitiba - More than 2,000 leftist supporters of Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva demonstrated Tuesday near the prison in Curitiba where he is serving a 12-year sentence for corruption.

New graft charges filed against Brazil's Lula

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian prosecutors have filed new graft charges against imprisoned Workers' Party founder and ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, as well as the party's current chief.

Lula says party free to find new candidate for Brazil vote

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's ex-president Lula, who is imprisoned for corruption, on Tuesday gave his Workers' Party (PT) the green light to find a new candidate for the October presidential election in which he remains the frontrunner.

Brazil court rejects Lula's latest appeal

S - A Brazilian court on Wednesday turned down ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's latest appeal against his 12-year sentence for corruption, seemingly putting his bid for a political comeback even farther out of reach.

Brazil Workers' Party planning on backing Lula to the end

Bras - Luis Inacio Lula da Silva may be in jail but his Workers' Party is still backing him to contest presidential elections against the odds, a high-risk strategy that demonstrates the lack of real options.

Brazil's leftists rename themselves 'Lula'

Bras - If Brazil's right-wing politicians thought they'd seen the last of Lula with his imprisonment, they couldn't have reckoned on running into more than 60 new "Lulas" popping up in Congress on Wednesday.

Brazil's Supreme Court delays debate that could see Lula released

Bras - A justice on Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a delay until next week of a debate on changing a law that could, if passed, lead to the imminent release of recently jailed ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Brazil's Lula has TV in prison, but prefers to read: reports

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva could be watching television and sunbathing but so far prefers staying in his prison cell with a book, local media reports said Tuesday.

Rousseff appeals for 'international solidarity' with Brazil's Lula

Madrid - Brazil's former president Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday called for "international solidarity" with her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who was jailed over the weekend on a corruption conviction.

Lula's arrest leaves volatile Brazil stumbling

Rio De Janeiro - The imprisonment of ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has given already chaotic Brazil another push down an ever more unpredictable future.

Brazil's Lula spends first day in prison, hoping to get out

Curitiba - Brazil's leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva served the first day of a 12-year prison sentence for corruption Sunday, but was already hoping for a way out through the courts this week, threatening to extend the drama ahead of presidential elections....

Supporters prevent Brazil's Lula from surrendering

S - A crowd of supporters prevented Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from leaving to surrender to police and begin his prison sentence for corruption Saturday, an AFP journalist said.

Under scrutiny, Brazil's political elite eyes Lula arrest with concern

Bras - The imminent jailing of Brazil's Lula may have dealt a crippling blow to the country's left, but it has also shaken up their political rivals on the right, most of whom are also under investigation for graft.

Brazil's Lula arrives in prison after dramatic standoff

Curitiba - Brazil's ex-president and leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva flew in Saturday to the prison in Curitiba where he is due to serve his 12-year sentence for corruption, following days of drama that marked the downfall of once one of the world's most p...

Brazil's Lula negotiating surrender: ally

S - Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is negotiating his surrender after dramatically skipping a first deadline Friday to start his 12-year prison sentence for corruption, a close ally said.

Brazil's Lula to get cell with private shower, toilet

Curitiba - Brazil's leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva might have a feeling of deja vu as he's led into the cell awaiting him in the city of Curitiba -- in happier times as president his name was inscribed on the building's entrance.
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LEADERS: Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro (right) meets with then-Brazilian president  Luiz Ináci...
LEADERS: Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro (right) meets with then-Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in 2005.
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