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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.

Brazil's Lula given 24 hours to start prison sentence

S - Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, once one of the most popular politicians on the planet, was given 24 hours to surrender to police Thursday and start a 12 year prison sentence for corruption.

Five key questions for Brazil in Lula court showdown

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court is due to decide Wednesday whether former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva goes to jail in a ruling that could have a huge impact on October's presidential election.

Brazil's Supreme Court to rule on prison for Lula

Bras - Brazil's supreme court is to rule Wednesday on whether former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva should start a 12 year prison sentence for corruption, potentially upending this year's presidential election.

Brazil's supreme court chief urges calm ahead of Lula ruling

Bras - The chief justice of Brazil's Supreme Court urged calm and warned against violence Monday ahead of a ruling that could send former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to prison -- or give him a get-out-of-jail card.

Brazil's Lula denounces violence on campaign trail

Curitiba - Brazil's former leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday denounced violent protesters during his presidential campaign tour and vowed he'd return to power anyway.

Brazil's Lula, election rival hold dueling rallies — after gunfire

Curitiba - Brazil's fiery leftist former leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his right-wing rival planned dueling presidential campaign rallies Wednesday, hours after Lula's party said shots were fired at his bus convoy.

Brazil court rejects Lula's latest appeal

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian court on Monday rejected former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's latest appeal against a corruption conviction that could see him imprisoned for 12 years, and doom a bid to return to power in October elections.

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 on Sunday serving his first full day behind bars after receiving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption.

Lula risks jail in coming weeks after Brazil court ruling

Bras - A top Brazilian court rejected a bid by former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to stave off prison Tuesday, ruling he can be arrested if his 12-year jail sentence is upheld on appeal.

Brazil's Lula tells AFP he's innocent, unafraid of prison

S - Brazil's former leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told AFP on Thursday he is not afraid of a 12-year prison sentence for corruption, insisting on his innocence and determination to return to the presidency.

Brazil's Lula fails again in legal bid to avoid prison

Bras - A Brazilian supreme court judge rejected Friday a fresh bid by former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to avoid prison for corruption while appeals wind their way through the court system.
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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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