BRASILIA, Nov 1 (Reuters) – As the biggest corruption trial
in Brazilian history comes to an end with convictions of
once-powerful politicians, at least one hero has emerged from
the mess — the first black member of the country’s Supreme
People stop Justice Joaquim Barbosa in the street to thank
him. Revelers in Rio de Janeiro have been buying Barbosa
carnival masks and wearing them in demonstrations. His childhood
picture recently graced the cover of the country’s biggest
newsweekly with the caption “The Poor Boy Who Changed Brazil.”s
BRASILIA, Oct 26 (Reuters) – A massive blackout left as many
as 53 million Brazilians in the dark late Thursday and early
Friday, the latest in a string of energy shortages that have
raised questions about whether Brazil’s infrastructure is
keeping pace with economic growth.
Officials said a fire in a substation in the Amazon knocked
out the whole northeastern electricity grid in the region’s
worst blackout since 2001. The outage, which follows two other
big blackouts in Brazil in as many months, lasted up to four
hours in some places and brought major industries to a halt.
BRASILIA, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Brazil enacted a controversial
law on Thursday meant to protect forests and force farmers to
replant trees on scattered swathes of illegally cleared land
totaling an area roughly the size of Italy.
The law, signed by President Dilma Rousseff, overhauls the
“forest code,” a set of laws unchanged for decades that dictates
the minimum percentage and type of woodland that farmers, timber
companies and others must leave intact on their properties.
BRASILIA, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Supreme Court convicted
three top aides of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on
Tuesday on charges of diverting public funds to buy political
support for his leftist government when it came to power a
In a landmark ruling, the court found Lula’s former chief of
staff Jose Dirceu, co-founder of the ruling Workers’ Party,
guilty of running a scheme of monthly payments to politicians in
exchange for their votes in Congress.
BRASILIA, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Until a few weeks ago, Brazil’s
most popular politician and two-time president, Luiz Inacio Lula
da Silva, could seemingly do no wrong.
Yet a corruption trial involving many of his closest former
aides, plus new evidence that he was not the economic wizard
some took him for, has tarnished Lula’s reputation – and cooled
speculation that he might try to return as president in 2014.
BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party clinched a runoff for the mayorship of the country’s biggest city on Sunday in municipal elections marked by fraying relationships with coalition parties crucial to its grip on federal power since 2003.
Fernando Haddad, the left-leaning party’s candidate, dodged defeat in Sao Paulo after trailing a popular evangelical candidate and a veteran centrist in most of the polls before the vote.
BRASILIA, Oct 5 (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff wants
to regulate strikes by public workers after a series of walkouts
by civil servants in recent months paralyzed public services
But the plans, in proposals that could soon be presented to
Congress, are drawing fire from unions and labor activists – a
constituency that helped put Rousseff into office and that long
has formed the bedrock of the ruling Workers’ Party.
CARACAS (Reuters) – A healthy sounding President Hugo Chavez called Venezuelan state television from Cuba on Monday to dispel rumors fanned by a nine-day silence that he had died undergoing cancer treatment at a hospital in Havana.
“It seems we will have to become accustomed to live with these rumors, because it is part of the laboratories of psychological war, of dirty war,” the 57-year-old socialist leader said in the telephone call.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Officials in President Hugo Chavez’s government denied rumors that the leftist leader may have died while undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba six months ahead of an election in South America’s top oil exporter.
In the nine days since he left for Havana to have two final radiation sessions for an undisclosed cancer, Chavez has only addressed Venezuelans by short messages on Twitter to cheer supporters and hail the advances of his socialist “revolution.”
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez will not attend this weekend’s hemispheric summit in Colombia and will instead fly straight to Cuba to continue radiation treatment for cancer, his foreign minister said on Saturday.
The 57-year-old socialist leader said on Friday the radiation therapy was physically tiring and that his doctors were evaluating whether he should go to the “Summit of the Americas” en route to Havana for a fourth session.