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In Tiny Lebanon, a Little Brazil

At the eastern edge of the rural Bekaa Valley, where the rocky hillsides are stippled with cherry trees, a generations-old kinship with Brazil has imbued two Lebanese villages with a Latino spirit.

Lusi and Sultan Yaacoub are home to more than one thousand Brazilian nationals, many of whom speak Portuguese as fluently as they do Arabic.

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Corruption Claim Engulfs New Brazil Government

Brazil's interim government was rocked Monday by a new corruption scandal in which a key minister allegedly discusses using impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff to halt a massive probe into embezzlement.

Folha newspaper published what it said were excerpts of secretly taped conversations in March between Planning Minister Romero Juca and Sergio Machado, an ex-president of Transpetro oil company, both of whom have been caught up in the corruption probe.

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Red Star of Workers' Party Fades in Brazil

After 13 years in power, the Workers' Party has been forced out by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff's suspension and impeachment trial, its emblematic red star tarnished by corruption and economic collapse.

Can it battle back?

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New Era for Brazil as Rousseff Cedes Power to Temer

Brazil entered a new era Thursday as interim president Michel Temer took power from suspended leader Dilma Rousseff, installing a business-friendly government that ends 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America's biggest nation.

The center-right former vice president wasted no time in putting his stamp on Brazil, naming a new government he said would restore "credibility" after months of economic and political turmoil.

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Lebanese-Origin Politician Poised to be Brazil's Next President

Michel Temer used to be known in Brazil as a behind-the-scenes operator, but that was before he pulled the trigger on a masterful plot to topple his boss, President Dilma Rousseff, and take her job.

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Brazilian Senate Opens Rousseff Impeachment Vote Session

Brazil's Senate held a marathon debate Wednesday on suspending and impeaching President Dilma Rousseff, whose hours in office appeared to be numbered as the Supreme Court rejected her bid to halt the proceedings.

Even Rousseff's allies said she had no chance of surviving the Senate vote, which could end 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America's biggest country.

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Rousseff's Impeachment to Go ahead, Says Brazil House Speaker

The impeachment of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff looked set to go ahead on Tuesday, after the interim speaker of the lower house said he had reversed his earlier annulment.

In the latest twist to the country's spirling political crisis, local media said Waldir Maranhao had "reversed the decision" to cancel the April vote by lawmakers that had first begun the process.

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Brazil's People Will 'Prevent Setbacks' to Democracy, Says Rousseff at U.N.

President Dilma Rousseff voiced confidence Friday that Brazil's people will "be able to prevent any setbacks" to democracy as she battles a bid to impeach her.

"Brazil is a great country endowed with a society that was able to overcome authoritarianism in the past," Rousseff said at the United Nations during a ceremony for the signing of the Paris climate deal.

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Australian PM Turnbull Handed Early Election Trigger

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was Monday handed his trigger to call July elections after the Senate for a second time rejected government legislation to re-establish a construction industry watchdog.

Turnbull, who wrested the leadership from conservative Liberal Party colleague Tony Abbott in September, has threatened to hold national polls for both houses of parliament on July 2 unless the Senate passed two stalled bills relating to unions.

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Brazilians Divided by Wall and Losing Facebook Friends

The steel wall cutting across the heart of Brasilia does more than separate rival protesters for Sunday's Congress vote on impeaching President Dilma Rousseff -- it now symbolizes the divide tearing through Brazil.

Authorities installed the kilometer (half-mile) long barrier in front of Congress to prevent disturbances when an estimated hundreds of thousands of people gather for the controversial vote.

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