Police briefly detained Brazil's powerful ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for questioning and searched his home Friday as part of a probe into a huge corruption scheme at state oil company Petrobras.
Agents searched Lula's house in Sao Paulo, the offices of the Lula Institute, and houses of family members and associates, said Jose Chrispiniano, a spokesman for Lula and his institute.Full Story
Police in Rio de Janeiro tortured five young people, aged between 13 and 23, on Christmas night, allegedly burning them and sexually molesting them after demanding extortion money, local media reported Sunday.
The young people were riding home from a party on motorbikes when the police stopped them allegedly for not wearing their helmets, the Rio daily O Dia said.Full Story
Brazil's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Congress must restart impeachment proceedings against Dilma Rousseff from scratch and overhauled the procedure, in a badly needed win for the embattled president.
In an 8-3 decision, the judges annulled an opposition-dominated impeachment commission established by secret ballot in the lower house last week and ordered the procedure be restarted in an open vote.Full Story
Supporters of embattled President Dilma Rousseff marched across Brazil on Wednesday protesting what they say is a "coup" aimed at toppling the leftist leader by impeachment.
"There will be no coup!" chanted thousands of marchers in downtown Sao Paulo, most of them wearing the red shirts of Rousseff's Worker's Party (PT).Full Story
After an eight-month investigation, Rio police this week dismantled a network that had provided 72 Syrian immigrants with fake Brazilian identification documents, news reports said Wednesday.
The network had provided the Syrians with birth certificates, identity cards, voters' cards and passports, according to the government news agency Brasil.Full Story
Thousands of Brazilians took to the streets Sunday to demand that embattled President Dilma Rousseff -- facing a weak economy and calls for her impeachment -- be removed from office.
Rousseff is fighting for her political life, standing accused of illegal budgeting maneuvers that she says were long-accepted practices by previous governments.Full Story
Some are charged with bribe-taking, others electoral crimes and one with forming a gang: Meet the men overseeing the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
The first woman to lead Latin America's biggest country could be ejected one year into her second term on charges that her government illegally managed the federal budget.Full Story
Brazil's impeachment plot thickened Wednesday with speculation rife over whether President Dilma Rousseff will be abandoned by a key ally and the Supreme Court stepping in to put the whole process on hold.
For Rousseff, the court's decision late Tuesday to freeze the impeachment machine for a week offered badly needed respite as she fights to avoid being ejected one year into her second term at the head of Latin America's biggest country.Full Story
Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended action by a special congressional commission weighing impeachment proceedings against embattled President Dilma Rousseff.
The move freezes the impeachment process until December 16 when the court convenes for a full session.Full Story
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who is facing the prospect of impeachment, saw her woes deepen early Tuesday as the vice president appeared to distance himself from her.
Vice President Michel Temer is from the centrist PMDB party, the main partner in Brazil's ruling coalition, along with Rousseff's Workers' Party.Full Story