Brazil no safer a year after deadly club fire

2014-01-27 17:04

As Brazil marks the anniversary of the deadly blaze at the Kiss nightclub, almost nothing concrete has been done at any level of government to improve fire safety.

Destruction of Brazil's Amazon jumps 28%

2013-11-15 12:02

Brazil has reported that annual destruction of its Amazon rainforest jumped by 28% after four years of declines, an increase activists say is linked to recent loosening of laws.

NSA spying scale surprises, scandalises

2013-10-23 19:46

According to analysts American allies knew about the NSA spying, but not the sheer amount of spying that was conducted.

Argentina, Brazil in joint plan against US spying

2013-09-20 10:03

Argentina and Brazil are planning a co-ordinated response to US spying in Latin America, officials say.

Brazil hackers mistake Nasa for NSA

2013-09-17 19:47

Hackers have hit back in retaliation for US cyber-spying on Brazil but mistook the US space agency Nasa for the National Security Agency (NSA), a news website has reported.

US-Brazil tensions rise after new report

2013-09-02 19:12

The US ambassador to Brazil has met with his Brazilian counterpart following revelations that the NSA's spy programme directly targeted the South American nation's leader.

Brazil diplomat resigns over Bolivia row

2013-08-27 07:58

Brazil's foreign minister has resigned over soaring tensions with La Paz after Brazilian diplomats spirited away a Bolivian opposition senator wanted for corruption.


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Brazil turns down Snowden asylum request

2013-07-10 08:24

Brazil has turned down an asylum request made by US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden while other Latin American countries have offered to take him in.

Europe urged to free itself from US 'empire'

2013-07-04 09:13

Bolivian President Evo Morales has urged European countries to "free themselves from the US empire" following his arrival in Bolivia after his plane was diverted over suspicions Edward Snowden was on it.

Brazilian president breaks silence

2013-06-22 21:19

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has vowed to battle corruption while improving government services.

1 000s flood Brazilian streets

2013-06-18 10:37

In some of the biggest protests since the end of Brazil's 1964-85 dictatorship, more than 100 000 people have taken to the streets over poor basic services and tax burdens.

Drug mule's parents want to meet Rousseff

2013-03-02 12:13

The parents of Tessa Beetge, jailed in Brazil have asked to meet President Dilma Rousseff at the Brics summit in Durban later this month, according to report.

Brazil club co-owner surrenders to police

2013-01-29 08:25

Police in Brazil have arrested a fourth suspect after a nightclub fire killed 231, left dozens more clinging to life, and forced officials to defend readiness for the Olympics and World Cup.

Lula associate found guilty of corruption

2012-10-10 09:08

Brazil's Supreme Court convicted three top aides of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's of graft related to a vote-buying scheme in Congress.

Massive bribery trial begins in Brazil

2012-08-03 09:02

Brazil's biggest ever bribery trial has begun with dozens of former officials facing vote-buying charges in a case that could tarnish the legacy of ex-leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

WWF demands action at Rio+20

2012-06-18 13:01

The Rio+20 climate conference will be doomed to failure if negotiators squabble over words and neglect a commitment to concrete action, the WWF has said.

World leaders reach out to Hollande

2012-05-07 08:59

European and world leaders have reached out to France's Socialist Francois Hollande, whose election win has been built in part on a pledge to renegotiate Europe's austerity pact.

Billions lack social security - UN

2011-10-28 07:33

Two thirds of the world's population live without social security protection, according to a UN report.

Libya offers aid to flood-hit Brazil

2011-01-20 21:31

Libyan is offering aid to Brazil in the wake of devastating floods in the Latin American country that have killed at least 744 people.

Brazil's new president starts work

2011-01-02 16:47

Brazil's new president, Dilma Rousseff, has started her first full day in office with a series of short meetings with various leaders.

Brazil welcomes first female president

2011-01-01 17:55

Brazil's first female president is to take control of Latin America's biggest economy from outgoing popular leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a triumphant handover ceremony.

Minister to attend Brazil inauguration

2010-12-31 09:21

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will attend the inauguration of Brazil's President-elect Dilma Rousseff on New Year's Day, her department says.

Sparks fly in Brazil debate

2010-10-11 10:51

Brazil’s ruling party candidate Dilma Rousseff has lashed out at rival Jose Serra in a presidential debate, striking her most aggressive tone in the lead-up to the runoff vote.

Brazil vote goes to runoff

2010-10-04 08:39

Ruling party candidate Dilma Rousseff has been placed a strong first in Brazil's presidential election but will still have to face a runoff.


'Blacks for sale' online ad sparks outrage in Brazil

2014-01-11 10:19

A shocking ad on one of Latin America's biggest online marketplaces, offering "blacks for sale for one real" ($0.42), has sparked outrage in Brazil and a police investigation.

Brazil wants local data storage after US spying

2013-10-29 13:30

Brazil, seeking to shield its citizens from US spying, is pushing ahead with its plan to force global Internet companies to store data obtained from Brazilian users inside the country.

Brazil to host internet governance summit

2013-10-10 11:01

Brazil, which has slammed massive US electronic spying on its territory, has said it would host a global summit on internet governance.

Brazil leader postpones US state visit over spy row

2013-09-18 07:02

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has postponed a long-planned state visit to Washington, the most serious diplomatic fall-out yet from Edward Snowden's leak of US secrets.

US in question over Brazil spy claims

2013-09-12 08:00

Allegations of US spying on Brazil's president and on its state oil company have raised "legitimate questions", a US official says during talks with Brazil's foreign minister.

NSA spied on leaders of Brazil, Mexico

2013-09-02 08:02

The NSA's spy program targeted the communications of the Brazilian and Mexican presidents, the US journalist who obtained secret documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden says.

Chilly reception for Kerry?

2013-08-12 11:01

US Secretary of State John Kerry can expect a curt reception from Colombia and Brazil after reports that an American spy programme widely targeted data in e-mails and telephone calls across the region.

US spying won't hurt relations: Brazil

2013-07-11 10:02

Disclosures alleging that the United States has collected data on billions of telephone and e-mail conversations in Latin America's biggest country will not affect Brazil-US relations, says a Brazilian official.

Brazil to probe reports of US spying

2013-07-09 13:08

Brazil says it will investigate reports of US electronic spying on its citizens and has called for a multilateral agency to govern the global internet.

Rousseff proposes referendum on reform

2013-06-25 10:03

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has proposed a referendum on political reform in a bid to gain the upper hand after two weeks of nationwide street protests.

Brazil president calls emergency meeting

2013-06-21 07:57

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has called an emergency cabinet meeting after over a million people rallied for better public services and against the cost of staging the World Cup.

AU opens 50th anniversary celebrations

2013-05-25 11:00

African leaders have opened extravagant celebrations for the 50th jubilee of the continental bloc, with Africa's myriad problems set aside for a day to mark the progress that has been made.

Police probe if club fire evidence hidden

2013-01-30 09:02

A police probe into a nightclub fire in Brazil that killed 234 people and left dozens in critical condition has turned to whether key evidence has been hidden.

Brazil in mourning after nightclub blaze

2013-01-28 08:03

A massive fire at a nightclub in Brazil has killed more than 230 people and left relatives searching for loved ones as horrific accounts emerge of a tragic rush to escape the inferno.

Rio mayor re-elected, to oversee Olympics

2012-10-08 11:01

Riding a wave of support from Rio's slums, Eduardo Paes has been re-elected mayor and now takes up the challenge of overseeing infrastructure projects ahead of the 2016 Olympics.

Mexican recount confirms Pena Nieto win

2012-07-06 07:58

A recount has showed Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto as the clear winner of the country's presidential election, but the runner-up still refuses to concede.

Brazil urges commitment at Rio+20

2012-06-14 14:35

Kicking off Rio+20, Dilma Rousseff called on "all countries of the world to commit" to reaching an accord that addresses the most pressing environmental and social woes.

Rich nations causing 'monetary tsunami'

2012-03-02 08:13

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has accused the world's rich countries of unleashing a "tsunami" of cheap money that hurts developing countries like Brazil.

Brazil minister arrested in graft sweep

2011-08-09 22:22

Police arrested Brazil's deputy tourism minister in a corruption sweep tied to funding for major sports events, the latest in a series of scandals to tarnish President Dilma Rousseff's government.

Nearly 400 dead in Brazil disaster

2011-01-13 21:46

Brazil is grappling with its worst natural disaster in more than four decades, a calamitous collapse of rain-soaked hillsides near Rio.

Brazil's first female president sworn in

2011-01-01 20:26

Dilma Rousseff has been sworn in as Brazil's first female president pledging to build on the policies of her hugely popular predecessor and mentor.

Brazil bids goodbye to Lula

2011-01-01 11:31

Brazil's hugely popular President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is to step down in a lavish ceremony ushering in his successor and protégée, Dilma Rousseff.

Rousseff wins Brazil election

2010-11-01 09:32

Dilma Rousseff, a former Marxist guerrilla who was tortured and imprisoned during Brazil's dictatorship, has been elected as president of Latin America’s biggest country.

Brazil calm after runoff poll

2010-10-05 10:43

Brazil has reacted calmly after weekend elections showed a runoff will be needed to decide who succeeds outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Lula: Vote for 'continuity'

2010-09-28 11:25

Dilma Rousseff has wrapped up her campaigning with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva calling for Brazilians to elect her in the name of "continuity".

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