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Montevideo, May 20th 2018 - 10:14 UTC


  • Thursday, April 19th 2018 - 08:52 UTC

    Lula's party preparing Plan B: a united left front for October elections

    Lula has privately discussed the need for Haddad to start preparing to run, even while the party plans to stick to their founder’s candidacy.

    The most likely political heir to jailed former President Lula da Silva insists the leftist leader is still the Workers Party’s candidate for the October elections, but he is preparing to step into the role. Fernando Haddad told the Brazilian media that he was talking with other left-wing parties about forging a united leftist front for the elections if Lula is barred from running by a corruption conviction.

  • Thursday, April 19th 2018 - 08:48 UTC

    Brazil allows processors to resume chicken exports but EU considering a ban

    The Brazilian agriculture ministry’s decision may bring only temporary relief to the company, with exports from several BRF poultry plants facing a possible EU ban

    Brazil’s largest chicken processor BRF SA has been allowed to resume production at nine plants that export to the European Union, the Ministry of Agriculture said on Wednesday, a day before a potential EU ban related to a food safety scandal. The ministry clarified that one more plant had been cleared, referring to a firm appearing in the document as SHB Comércio e Indústria de Alimentos SA, which is also controlled by BRF.

  • Thursday, April 19th 2018 - 08:45 UTC

    Brazilian court turns down Lula da Silva's latest appeal

    Lula was imprisoned on April 7 to begin his sentence for accepting a seaside apartment as a bribe from the OAS construction company

    A Brazilian court on Wednesday turned down ex-president 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. The court in Porto Alegre tweeted that it had unanimously turned down the appeal, which was of a technical nature and, even if successful, would not have changed Lula's guilty verdict.

  • Thursday, April 19th 2018 - 08:12 UTC

    Drilling near the mouth of the Amazon banned by Brazil's environmental regulator

    Scientists aboard a Greenpeace ship documented the existence of coral in an area off the northern coast of Brazil and Total’s plans to drill for oil should be banned

    The public prosecutor’s office in the northern state of Amapá recommended on Wednesday that Brazil’s environmental regulator Ibama deny French major Total a license to drill for oil near the mouth of the Amazon.

  • Wednesday, April 18th 2018 - 18:16 UTC

    Brazilian ex presidential candidate charged with passive corruption and obstruction of justice

    Aecio Neves ran for president and was defeated in the run-off in 2014 by ex president Dilma Rousseff. He was also the national president of his party, PSDB

    Justices from the First Panel of the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court (STF) voted, on Tuesday (17), accepting the charges filed by the Prosecutor General's Office against senator Aécio Neves (PSDB-MG), and former presidential candidate, accused of passive corruption and obstruction of justice.

  • Wednesday, April 18th 2018 - 09:07 UTC

    Brazil wants rules for internet data flows and takes the case to the WTO

    Brazil is pushing for rules regarding responsibility of online platforms, the data they handle and defining ownership for information generated across jurisdictions

    Brazil is pushing for the establishment of rules around Internet data flows and has presented a document on the subject to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to stress the urgency of starting a more objective debate. Amid concerns over Facebook's use of tracking users with pixels, Brazil joins the Netherlands, France, and EC in legal moves.

  • Tuesday, April 17th 2018 - 08:31 UTC

    Homeless activists occupy seaside apartment at the heart of Lula da Silva's imprisonment

    About 30 members of the Homeless Workers' Movement got into the triplex apartment in Guaruja, hanging placards from the balcony in support of Lula.

    A group of homelessness activists briefly occupied on Monday the seaside apartment at the heart of the corruption case that saw ex-president Lula da Silva imprisoned earlier this month. About 30 members of the Homeless Workers' Movement and other leftist activists got into the triplex apartment in Guaruja, near Sao Paulo, hanging placards from the balcony in support of Lula.

  • Tuesday, April 17th 2018 - 08:26 UTC

    Death of Brazilian black woman activist and councillor remains unsolved

    Franco was gunned down in central Rio on March 14 in what police say appears to have been a targeted assassination. So far, no arrests have been made.

    Shadowy criminal gangs operating in Rio de Janeiro are the chief suspects in last month's murder of Marielle Franco, a prominent black rights activist and city councilor, a government minister said on Monday.

  • Monday, April 16th 2018 - 18:22 UTC

    Most Latin American countries cautious or critical about bombings in Syria

    Temer and Macri condemned the use of chemical weapons but were not enthusiastic about the bombing of targets in Syria

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau backed air strikes by the United States and its allies on Syria’s chemical weapons program but Argentina, Brazil and Peru voiced caution during a regional summit about the escalating military action.

  • Monday, April 16th 2018 - 09:05 UTC

    Brazilian electorate cautious, a week after the imprisonment of Lula da Silva

    Bolsonaro, a former army captain who was charged with racism for inciting hatred with racist statements has 17% of voter support, down from a peak of 21%

    Brazilian voters are abandoning jailed former President Lula da Silva as his chances of running in October fade, but they are not transferring their support en masse to other leftist candidates, a Datafolha poll showed on Sunday. Without Lula in the running, support for far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has slipped and is now virtually tied with environmentalist Marina Silva in a presidential race thrown wide open, the survey said.