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Brazil Landslides Kill 13 as Heavy Downpour Continues

At least 13 people have been killed in deadly landslides triggered by heavy rain in northeastern Brazil, and officials warned Tuesday havoc could continue as downpours persist. 

The downpour started Monday morning, causing more than 100 landslides and rockslides near the city of Salvador  in the Bahia region. 

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Australia: Halt Indonesia Drug Executions until Graft Claims Probed

Australia urged Indonesia Monday to ensure the trials of two men sentenced to death on drugs charges were corruption free before their executions go ahead, as family members readied to say their last goodbyes.

"Bali Nine" drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan could face the firing squad within days, along with others from Brazil, Nigeria, the Philippines and an Indonesian prisoner.

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Brazil Police Probing Lawyer's Alleged Links to Terror

Brazilian federal police have seized documents, computers and flash drives from a lawyer in Brasilia suspected of terror links, local media reported.

Police said in a statement that the investigation was classified and that they were responding to a warrant to search and seize documents that may have been falsified. 

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Families of Death Row Inmates, Fearing Worst, Head to Indonesia

Relatives and diplomats rushed to an Indonesian prison island on Friday ahead of the looming executions of nine foreign drug convicts who are set to be shot in defiance of international anger. 

Indonesia advised consular officials to go to Nusakambangan, the high-security prison island where its executions are carried out, and where all of the death row convicts are now congregated. 

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Brazil Ruling Party Treasurer Arrested in Petrobras Probe

The treasurer of Brazil's ruling Workers' party (PT), Joao Vaccari, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the widening probe into corruption at oil giant Petrobras, federal police said.

Vaccari was arrested in Sao Paulo and will be transferred to Curitiba in southern Parana state, where a judge is leading the probe into the massive corruption scandal, officials told AFP.

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Brazilians March against Rousseff Government

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets Sunday, venting anger over government corruption and a souring economy a month after protests gathered more than a million people.

With cries of "Dilma out" and "corrupt government," marchers -- many wearing the yellow and green jerseys of the national football team -- called for President Dilma Rousseff's ouster and an end to impunity for corruption.

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Fresh Anti-Government Protests in Brazil

Brazil on Sunday braced for more huge demonstrations against government corruption, just one month after more than a million people took to the streets to protest graft and economic drift.

A massive corruption scandal at state-owned oil giant Petrobras, rising inflation on the back of soaring utility bills and a perceived eroding of workers' rights have fueled opposition to leftist President Dilma Rousseff, re-elected just last October.

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Brazil Leader to Visit U.S. in June in Wake of Spy Row

U.S. President Barack Obama announced Saturday that Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff will visit Washington on June 30, almost two years after she canceled a trip over a U.S. spying scandal.

Obama made the announcement during a bilateral meeting with Rousseff on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.

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Crisis-Hit Latin America Leaders Seek Summit Breather

A massive corruption scandal at Brazil's state oil company. Protests over the presumed massacre of 43 students in Mexico. An Argentine prosecutor's mysterious death. Economies slowed by falling commodity prices.

Several of the Latin American leaders gathering at the Summit of the Americas in Panama on Friday and Saturday are facing major political headaches back home, from scandals to protests and sinking approval ratings.

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Rio Police Fire Tear Gas at Protest over Boy's Death

Brazilian police fired tear gas Friday to break up a protest in a Rio de Janeiro slum that erupted after a 10-year-old boy was killed in what officers called a shootout with drug traffickers.

Some 300 residents of the Complexo do Alemao, a sprawling group of shantytowns notorious for violence, blocked an access road to the area after the boy, Eduardo Jesus Ferreira, was killed by a gunshot -- the fourth person killed there in just over 24 hours.

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