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U.S. Invites Brazil President to Visit after Spying Row

The United States has again invited Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to visit the United States, seeking to restore ties rattled by revelations of American spying against her and her country.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden extended the invitation by telephone last week, said a spokesman for the Brazilian presidency on Tuesday.

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Brazil's Top Court Rejects Rousseff Probe

Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an opposition request that President Dilma Rousseff be investigated as part of a widening probe into a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras.

The justice in charge of the case, Teori Zavascki, turned down the petition on grounds it contained "technical errors," the court's press office said.

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Poll: Support Plummets for Brazil's Rousseff

Public support for Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff plunged to 13 percent after mass protests over the weekend against government corruption, a new poll published on Wednesday found.

The Datafolha poll underscored the swiftness of Rousseff's fall from grace since her re-election to a second term as leader of the South American powerhouse less than three months ago.

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Brazil Police Make New Arrests in Petrobras Scandal

Brazilian police launched a new round of arrests Monday in the corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras, a day after massive nationwide demonstrations against leftist President Dilma Rousseff.

Federal police said they had warrants for the arrest of 18 people in connection with the 10-year scheme of kickbacks and political payoffs that allegedly siphoned off $3.8 billion from Petrobras.

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At least 49 Dead in Brazil Tour Bus Crash

At least 49 people were killed Saturday when a tour bus plunged hundreds of meters into a densely wooded ravine in southern Brazil, authorities said.

Among the dead were eight children and 24 women, regional government spokeswoman Ana Paula Keller told AFP.

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Brazil Arrests Italian Extremist Convicted of Murder

Police in Brazil arrested Thursday the Italian extremist and writer Cesare Battisti, who was convicted of murder in his home country and has been on the run for decades.

Battisti, who faces deportation, was detained in Embu das Artes, a city in the state of Sao Paulo. 

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Reports: Brazil Graft Probe Won't Extend to Rousseff

A probe into a multibillion-dollar graft scandal at state oil giant Petrobras will not extend to President Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian media reported Thursday.

Prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot on Tuesday said he wants to open investigations into 54 people, including politicians who would normally enjoy parliamentary immunity.

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Brazil Judge Orders Deportation of Italian Extremist

A Brazilian federal judge on Tuesday ordered the deportation of Italian extremist and writer Cesare Battisti, convicted of murder in his homeland, citing legislation providing for the removal of wanted foreign nationals.

Battisti's defense said it would appeal after judge Adverci Mendes de Abreu ruled that the former member of a violent far-left group should be expelled because he is "a foreigner in an irregular situation in Brazil who, as a criminal sentenced in his country for murder, does not have the right to stay."

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Brazil's Rousseff Refuses Indonesian Envoy Credentials

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday refused to accept the credentials of the Indonesian ambassador to demonstrate her anger at last month's execution of a Brazilian citizen for drug smuggling.

"We think it is important that there is an evolution in the situation in order to clarify the state of Indonesia's relations with Brazil," Rousseff said as she received the credentials of ambassadors from five other countries.

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Rousseff Refuses Indonesia Ambassador Credentials

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday refused to accept the credentials of the Indonesian ambassador to demonstrate her anger at last month's execution of a Brazilian citizen for drug smuggling.

"We think it is important that there is an evolution in the situation in order to clarify the state of Indonesia's relations with Brazil," Rousseff said as she received the credentials of ambassadors from five other countries.

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