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Big Brazil party makes 1st presidential bid in 24 years
SAO PAULO (AP) — The party of outgoing and unpopular Brazilian President Michel Temer picked its own presidential candidate Thursday for the first time in 24 years.
The Brazilian Democratic Movement announced that 72-year-old former Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles would be its candidate for the October election.
The large, centrist party has a history of not having its own presidential candidate so that it can easily form coalitions with other parties, playing kingmaker.
SAO PAULO (AP) — It's been a rough couple of years for Brazil's leftist Workers' Party. First President Dilma Rousseff was impeached and removed from office. Then a spreading scandal over corruption that had toppled other senior officials seized even the party's founder, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was imprisoned this month despite leading polls ahead of October elections.
Former Petrobras CEO sentenced to 11 years in jail
SAO PAULO (AP) — A former chief executive officer of state oil company Petrobras was sentenced to 11 years in prison Wednesday as part of sprawling corruption investigation that has ensnared many of Brazil's top business and political leaders.
Federal Judge Sergio Moro found Aldemir Bendine guilty of corruption and money laundering in connection with about $1 million in bribes paid by construction giant Odebrecht.
AP Explains: Brazil’s Congress to vote on trying president
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's lower chamber of Congress is preparing to vote on whether to try President Michel Temer on charges of leading a criminal organization and obstructing justice. It's the second time Temer has faced such a vote amid a litany of scandals that have dogged his presidency since he replaced President Dilma Rousseff, who was impeached and removed from office last year. The charges against Temer stem from a wide-ranging corruption probe that has ensnared dozens of politicians and top businessmen over the last three years.
Assets of ex-Brazilian president frozen over refinery deal
SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian court has ordered ex-President Dilma Rousseff's assets frozen in connection with an estimated $580 million loss at state oil company Petrobras resulting from the purchase of an oil refinery in Pasadena, Texas.
Wednesday's ruling also orders a freezing of assets for a former head of Petrobras and three members of its board of directors.
AP Explains: Brazil president charged, and what comes next
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's attorney general has charged President Michel Temer with obstruction of justice and leading a criminal organization. The accusations are the latest in a growing list of allegations and scandals that have dogged Temer since he replaced President Dilma Rousseff, who was impeached and removed from office last year. Temer has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. While widely expected, the charges deepen Brazil's political crisis and represent more fallout from a wide-ranging corruption probe that has ensnared many of the country's elite.
Ex-presidents accused of forming criminal group in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's top prosecutor accused former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva late Tuesday of leading a criminal organization, along with several of his political allies, in order to extract millions of dollars in bribes.
Ex-husband of Brazil’s former President Rousseff dies at 79
SAO PAULO (AP) — Carlos Franklin Paixao Araujo, ex-husband of Brazilian former President Dilma Rousseff, has died in a hospital at age 79.
The Sao Francisco Hospital in the southern city of Porto Alegre says Araujo died Saturday of complications related to cirrhosis. It did not give further details.
Araujo was a labor lawyer and a former state legislator for the Democratic Labor Party.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's attorney general strongly criticized Congress' lower house Monday for voting against putting President Michel Temer on trial for bribery, adding that plea bargains being negotiated could lead to charges of racketeering and obstruction of justice.
SAO PAULO (AP) — For Brazilian leaders, August is the cruelest month — and one that now presents a potentially fatal challenge to the presidency of Michel Temer.
In modern times, August has been a devastating month for Brazilian presidents, 31 days in which they have been impeached or resigned. One even committed suicide. Temer's own predecessor, President Dilma Rousseff, was removed last Aug. 31 for breaking fiscal rules in her management of the budget.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Friday that this week's corruption conviction of her mentor and predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is a political move aimed at keeping him out of next year's presidential election.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Rousseff said no candidate allied with President Michel Temer has the votes to beat Silva, universally known as Lula.
SAO PAULO (AP) — President Michel Temer is being accused of organizing the distribution of about $6 million of public funds into Brazil's election campaigns.
The latest corruption allegations against Temer came from fundraiser Lucio Bolonha Funaro in testimony made public by Brazil's top court late Tuesday.
Funaro is a stockbroker who is known among politicians as a key fundraiser for Temer's centrist Brazilian Democratic Movement Party.
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Venezuela entered its third month of street protests with clashes between authorities and demonstrators having left at least 60 dead.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With Brazil's presidency hanging in the balance, a majority of judges on the country's electoral court indicated Thursday they would exclude new evidence of alleged illegal campaign contributions in their consideration of a case that could force President Michel Temer from office.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's top electoral court is considering whether to annul what is left of President Michel Temer's term because of allegations his 2014 campaign ticket received illegal contributions. While that's the most immediate threat to Temer's political survival, it's only one of several. Temer vows to continue in office despite calls for his resignation and approval ratings around 9 percent, but could be forced out of office by any of the following:
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Judges on Brazil's top electoral court argued on Wednesday whether to accept new evidence of alleged illegal campaign contributions that stem from a sweeping probe of graft in Latin America's largest nation as they consider a case that could force President Michel Temer from office.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's top electoral court began hearing arguments Tuesday evening on whether embattled President Michel Temer should be pushed out of office over allegations of illegal campaign financing in the 2014 presidential election.
Judge Herman Benjamin, who was named by the court to examine the case, began with his analysis of the charges against Temer, but left his vote for the next session Wednesday morning.
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BRAZEN IN BRAZIL: ENDLESS CORRUPTION AT TOP IS REVERSING PROGRESS, May 31
Brazil, Latin America's largest country in population and area, appears to be coming unstuck politically in the face of persistent corruption among its leaders.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Key leaders in the governing coalition of embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer are now speculating about who might replace him if he is forced from office by a corruption scandal — frank talk that underscores his fragile grasp on power.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilians around the country staged demonstrations Sunday calling for their president to step down after the supreme court opened an investigation into allegations he endorsed the payment of hush money to a jailed former lawmaker.
The Latest: Brazil president denies OK’ing bribe
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer late Wednesday denied a report that he endorsed bribing a now jailed former congressman to keep him quiet, an allegation that could have widespread impact in a nation swamped by graft scandals and a populace furious about it.
The allegation made in Globo newspaper report represented a potentially significant blow for Temer, whose administration has lurched from one crisis to another since he took office just over a year ago.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Unpopular Brazilian President Michel Temer has pledged to retire from politics after he leaves office.
Temer also insisted in an interview aired that Thursday night that he has not made any mistakes in office since his predecessor Dilma Rousseff was impeached last year.
The 76-year-old Temer vowed he will not seek re-election and will deliver promised austerity measures before leaving office. His term ends the last day of 2018.
Brazil president says country not a banana republic
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Embattled President Michel Temer told new Brazilian diplomats on Thursday they need to convince foreigners that their country is not like a banana republic.
His comments came as his predecessor Dilma Rousseff travels around the United States to denounce her removal from the presidency as a coup, and Temer himself and members of his Cabinet are accused of corruption by former and current executives of constructor Odebrecht.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's top electoral court has postponed the judgment phase of a trial over illegal campaign finance that could lead to President Michel Temer's removal from office.
The court voted Tuesday to allow more testimony. That could give Temer time to replace two judges whose terms on the seven-member court are expiring.
Brazil’s Temer sees approval rate drop to 10 pct
SAO PAULO (AP) — A new poll shows the popularity of Brazilian President Michel Temer falling to just 10 percent.
The Instituto Ibope poll published on Friday also finds that 55 percent of Brazilians believe Temer's performance as president is either bad or terrible.
In December, Temer's approval was at 13 percent and his disapproval was at 46 percent.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A once-powerful politician who led impeachment proceedings against former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years and four months in prison for a corruption scheme at state-run oil giant Petrobras.
Hundreds demonstrate to support Brazil corruption probe
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Hundreds of people are demonstrating on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach to support a sprawling corruption probe that has ensnared Brazil's top politicians and even threatens to bring down President Michel Temer.
Investigators say more than $2 billion in bribes were paid in kickbacks centered on state oil company Petrobras and included major construction companies. Dozens of politicians and businessmen have been convicted and more face charges.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's economy has fallen sharply for a second consecutive year, putting Latin America's largest country in its deepest recession in modern history.
The country's statistics agency said on Tuesday that Brazil's gross domestic product shrank 3.6 percent in 2016 following a dip of 3.8 percent in 2015.
Brazil's deepest recession had been registered in 1930-1931, when its economy dropped 2.1 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is characterizing as "lies" this week's testimony that her presidential campaigns received illegal financing.
It's the latest development in an electoral court investigation that could have implications for current President Michel Temer.
Brazil’s Carnival revelers channel anger against president
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The exuberant, sassy celebration of Carnival is giving Brazil's battered leftists a stage to vent their frustrations — even while having a good time — after a year that saw their movement pushed out of power and the economic achievements of a decade undercut by a persistent crisis.
Brazil’s foreign minister resigns due to medical reasons
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's foreign minister resigned from his post Wednesday night, citing undisclosed medical reasons.
Jose Serra, who was named to the job last May, said in a letter to President Michel Temer that he needed at least four months to recover from a disease he did not identify. He also said he could not travel as much as needed or perform day-to-day work properly as foreign minister.
Brazil’s Temer to travel with judge who could oust him
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's embattled President Michel Temer is set to travel to Portugal accompanied by the chairman of the electoral court considering whether to remove him from his post.
Temer's office confirmed in a statement on Monday that Justice Gilmar Mendes will be on the presidential plane that leaves Brasilia on Tuesday bound for Lisbon.
They're scheduled to attend the funeral of former Portuguese President Mario Soares, who died at age 92.
Brazil’s Temer refuses to resign presidency early
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer has refused to resign before the end of 2016, a move that would allow voters to elect his replacement to take office next year.
Temer's term ends in December 2018, but many Brazilians want him to leave early so they can pick another president to finish out that period. He took office in May to replace President Dilma Rousseff after she was impeached.
Top aide of Brazil’s Temer resigns amid corruption scandal
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A top adviser to embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer has resigned after being accused of being the middleman in an illegal campaign finance scheme.
Jose Yunes denies any wrongdoing in the resignation letter he released Wednesday. Yunes says he is leaving so he will not be an obstacle to his longtime friend.
Brazil’s former President Rousseff to head think tank board
SAO PAULO (AP) — A think tank linked to Brazil's Worker's Party has named former President Dilma Rousseff the head of its board of trustees.
Rousseff's appointment was announced Friday on the website of Sao Paulo-based Perseu Abramo Foundation.
The foundation researches and debates political and economic issues.
Pro-Trump PAC’s Spanish ads show Clinton events in Nevada
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A super PAC supporting Donald Trump is releasing new Spanish-language TV ads featuring Hillary Clinton campaign events in Nevada.
Great America PAC said ads started running Monday on cable in Nevada and elsewhere.
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