Rousseff vows to fight on after impeachment

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff vowed on Monday to fight impeachment tooth-and-nail in the Senate after a heavy defeat in the lower house of Congress raised the likelihood of an end to 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America’s largest economy. In a raucous vote late on Sunday that sparked[…]

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Brazil Congress votes to impeach Rousseff

Brazilian legislators have voted in favour of impeaching President Dilma Rousseff after a contest that has deeply divided the country and could end more than a decade of left wing rule. Tens of thousands of pro- and anti-impeachment protesters gathered in the capital Brasilia and other cities to watch the[…]

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Brazil court rejects bid to halt Rousseff’s impeachment

A majority of Brazil’s Supreme Court have rejected a last-ditch attempt by President Dilma Rousseff to halt an impeachment process against her in advance of a vote in Congress. Justices denied a request on Thursday for an injunction against proceedings that Brazil’s attorney general – the government lawyer – called “Kafkaesque”[…]

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Rio Olympics ‘to go ahead’ despite Zika outbreak

The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will not be cancelled and the mosquito-borne virus will not affect the Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said. Speaking in Los Angeles on Monday, IOC President Thomas Bach expressed confidence that there will be good conditions for athletes and spectators at the Rio[…]

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Syrian diaspora growing in Brazil

The largest concentration of Arabs outside the Middle East is in Brazil, which has 9 million Brazilians of Arab ancestry, according to Saudi Aramco World. Of these 9 million Arabs, seven million are of Lebanese ancestry making Brazil’s population of Lebanese greater than that of Lebanon itself. Currently, the refugees[…]

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Thousands march against Brazil’s president

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians marched peacefully Sunday in more than 150 cities around the country to demand President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment and to criticize government corruption amid a sprawling graft inquiry at state-run oil firm Petrobras. The biggest of the protests, held on the 30th anniversary of Brazil’s return[…]

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Rousseff re-elected Brazil president

Brazil’s incumbent president Dilma Rousseff has won a second term, defeating her opposition rival Aecio Neves with a narrow margin in a nearly complete count of votes after a presidential run-off election. An official tally of 99.66 percent of ballots showed Rousseff with 51.60 percent of valid votes and Neves[…]

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