Leading political figures jailed in Brazil corruption case

Jose Dirceu (right), chief-of-staff under Brazil's former president Inacio Lula da Silva, turns himself in to police. Photo: Reuters

Top figures found guilty in Brazil’s biggest corruption scandal turned themselves in to police on Friday, just days after the Supreme Court in Brasilia ruled they must begin serving their prison sentences, a blow to long-standing immunity in the country where the rich and

Saturday, 16 November, 2013, 8:24pm

Brazil’s foreign minister resigns amid tensions

Luiz Alberto Figueiredo. Photo: AFP

Brazil’s president named a new foreign minister on Monday night following an embarrassing diplomatic manoeuvre involving neighbouring Bolivia.

The resignation of Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota was announced in a terse, two-paragraph statement from the office of President Dilma Rousseff.

27 Aug 2013 - 12:09pm

Kerry visits Brazil after defending spy programmes in Colombia

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: AP

US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Brazil on Tuesday following a stop in Colombia that saw him defending American surveillance programmes.

13 Aug 2013 - 5:06pm

Brazil youths protest in Rio, Sao Paulo over missing citizen

Demonstrators kneel in front of military police during a protest against Sao Paulo State Governor Alckmin, in Sao Paulo. Photo: Reuters

Hundreds of youths marched in Rio and Sao Paulo on Thursday to protest the disappearance of a construction worker who was detained by police two weeks ago and hasn’t been seen since.

The demonstrators demanded information about the fate of 42-year-old Amarildo de Souza, who was last seen on July 14 when he was picked up by officers in Rio’s Rocinha shantytown.

2 Aug 2013 - 3:50pm

Brazil’s social unrest easing but turning more radical

A group of demonstrators faces police during an invasion of the Municipality Chamber of Rio de Janeiro as part of a protest against corruption in the Brazilian capital. Photo: EPA

The massive street demonstrations that roiled Brazil last month have eased but more radical groups are coming to the fore and resorting to violence.

1 Aug 2013 - 5:05pm

Police clash with vandals in Sao Paulo

Police guard during a protest in support of Rio de Janeiro's protests and against Sao Paulo's governor Geraldo Alckmin in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Xinhua

Brazilian riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse extremist protesters who ransacked bank branches, shops and car dealerships in central Sao Paulo.

A police spokesman said five people were arrested during the clashes, which followed a peaceful march by 300 demonstrators against Sao Paulo state Governor Geraldo Alckmin.

31 Jul 2013 - 2:57pm

Report reveals 1.1m Brazilians murdered in 30 years

Violence in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A new report shows that more than one million people were murdered in Brazil between 1980 and 2011. Photo: Reuters

More than one million people were murdered in Brazil between 1980 and 2011, making it the world’s seventh most violent country, a survey showed Thursday.

19 Jul 2013 - 11:37pm

Brazil to probe local telecom operators over alleged US spying

US Ambassador to Brazil, Thomas Shannon, leaves Planalto palace after meeting with the Chief of the Institutional Security Cabinet of Brazil, Jose Elito, in Brasilia. Photo: AFP

Brazil’s telecommunications agency said on Monday that it would investigate whether local operators had violated customer privacy rules in alleged surveillance of Brazilian telecommunications data by US spy agencies.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Brazilians fill streets with protests and violence

A man stands between bonfires lit by demonstrators as they clashed with police during an anti-government protest in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

More than half a million Brazilians poured into the streets of at least 80 cities on Thursday in demonstrations that saw violent clashes and renewed calls for an end to government corruption and demands for better public services

21 Jun 2013 - 9:44am

Brazil wins back fans with convincing victory

Brazil's Neymar (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the FIFA's Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 match against Japan at Brasilia's National Stadium Mane Garrincha, in Brasilia, Brazil. Photo: Xinhua

Brazil got what it wanted in the opening game of the Confederations Cup. It beat Japan and regained support from demanding home fans after a series of disappointing home results.

16 Jun 2013 - 3:05pm

World Cup fans will have to dig deep as prices soar in Brazil

A protester's poster reads: 'World Cup in Brazil is more expensive than the last three editions.' Photo: AP

Prices have gone through the roof, particularly in the country's tourism gateway Rio, which this month is one of the hosts for the Confederations Cup and in July welcomes Pope Francis for a major Catholic youth festival.

16 Jun 2013 - 9:51am

Revamped Maracana finally returns to world stage

Workers remove mud after heavy rains outside Maracanã Stadium. Photo: AP

Rio de Janeiro’s new-look Maracana stadium finally gets to stage its first proper match on Sunday after a rebuilding programme plagued by delays, burgeoning costs and concern that ordinary fans will be priced out of the shiny plastic seats.

30 May 2013 - 4:40pm

Brazil offers Africa US$900m in debt relief

Brazilian president Dilma Vana Rousseff. Photo: Xinhua

Brazil is increasingly expanding its economic ties with Africa, a sign of how crises in the rich world are pushing faster-growing emerging economies to trade and invest among themselves, economists say.

27 May 2013 - 5:59am

Brazil’s WTO job a sign of trade clout, hope for talks

Incoming World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo could help revive stalled WTO talks. Photo: EPA

As Brazilian Roberto Azevedo prepares to take the helm of the WTO, analysts say his victory in its leadership race is a clear sign of the clout of emerging nations.

He is also seen as a having the potential to revive stalled World Trade Organization talks which aim to harness global commerce to give a boost to developing countries.

8 May 2013 - 10:55am

Amazon Indians refuse to end occupation of building site

Protesters at the controversial Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River in Brazil.  Photo: Reuters

Amazon Indians on Friday refused to end their occupation of a building site that has partially paralysed work on the world’s third largest hydroelectric dam for two days.

Some 200 people from various indigenous groups occupied one of three construction sites of the controversial Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River on Thursday, halting work by 3,000 of the 22,000 workers on the project.

4 May 2013 - 4:07pm