Mar 29, 2015

Brazil uncovers multibillion-dollar tax fraud

Dozens of Brazilian firms, including industrial companies and banks, are under investigation amid allegations they paid $5.9 billion in bribes to tax officials, police said Saturday. Brazil is already reeling from the biggest graft scandal the country has known, a $3.8 billion scam involving ...

Brazil will join China-backed Asian investment bank

Mar 28, 2015

Brazil will join China-backed Asian investment bank

Brazil said on Friday it had accepted China’s invitation to join its Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member. “Brazil is very interested in participating in this initiative,” the office of President Dilma Rousseff said in a short statement. It said no conditions ...

Brazilians call for Rousseff's impeachment

| Mar 17, 2015

Brazilians call for Rousseff's impeachment

Massive protests calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff have narrowed her options to fend off political and economic crises and will mean more turbulence for the nation in the months to come, but her ouster remains highly unlikely, analysts said Monday. Polls ...

Mar 17, 2015

Workers' Party treasurer charged in Petrobras scandal

Prosecutors on Monday formally charged the treasurer of the ruling Workers’ Party and 26 others with corruption linked to state-run Petrobras, in the latest blow to President Dilma Rousseff from the widening scandal. Prosecutors have “ample proof” that Workers’ Party Treasurer Joao Vaccari solicited ...

Hundreds of thousands march to demand Brazil president's ouster

Mar 16, 2015

Hundreds of thousands march to demand Brazil president's ouster

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians peacefully marched Sunday in over 50 cities around the country to demand President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment and to criticize government corruption. Police estimated 15,000 people marched along the golden sands of Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, where they ...

Brazil, world's shower champ, grapples with drought

Mar 13, 2015

Brazil, world's shower champ, grapples with drought

During Rio de Janeiro’s long summers of sticky subtropical heat, Viviane Vargas says she needs not one, not two, but three showers a day to feel clean. The saleswoman is not alone: Surveys say Brazilians are the world’s most frequent bathers, taking on average ...

Indonesia nearly ready to execute nine foreign drug smugglers

Mar 4, 2015

Indonesia nearly ready to execute nine foreign drug smugglers

Indonesia on Wednesday transferred two Australians early Wednesday in preparation for the execution by firing squad of nine foreigners and an Indonesian condemned for drug smuggling, as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions. The preparations at the execution site have been completed and four ...

Feb 27, 2015

Brazil teen killed by police recorded shooting on phone

A 15-year-old Brazilian shot dead by police last week was carrying a mobile phone that caught the incident on camera, according to video published Thursday by a news site. Alan de Souza Lima was killed Friday in a favela near Rio by police gunfire ...