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Brazil's president holds wide lead ahead of re-election bid: poll

By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is holding on to her wide lead over potential rivals and would win a second term outright in the October 5 general election, according to a poll published on Thursday. Despite Brazil's lackluster economic performance and stubbornly high inflation on her watch, Rousseff would be re-elected in the first round if the vote was held today, the Ibope poll showed.

Rousseff maintains wide lead in latest Brazil voter survey

Rio de Janeiro, Mar 20 (EFE).- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff would win re-election in the first round if the election scheduled for October were held today, according to a voter survey released Thursday by the Ibope institute, thus maintaining her broad lead over all challengers. The survey, which was made public by the São Paulo daily O Estado and Globo television, found that Rousseff would receive 43 percent of the votes, the same rating she held last November in the latest poll undertaken by the firm.

Rousseff maintains wide lead in latest Brazil voter survey

Rio de Janeiro, Mar 20 (EFE).- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff would win re-election in the first round if the election scheduled for October were held today, according to a voter survey released Thursday by the Ibope institute, thus maintaining her broad lead over all challengers. The survey, which was made public by the São Paulo daily O Estado and Globo television, found that Rousseff would receive 43 percent of the votes, the same rating she held last November in the latest poll undertaken by the firm.

Hundreds of police swarm Rio favelas

Hundreds of police troops took up position in two volatile Rio de Janiero favelas Saturday, part of a drive to clean up the city for the June-July World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. The favelas in Rio's north, Complexo do Alemao and Penha, are among those authorities say they have "pacified," but a renewed uptick in organized crime and violence in recent weeks has regularly targeted police and security forces. A policeman was shot dead in clashes with drug traffickers in another "pacified" shantytown in Rio on Thursday, while another was killed Saturday in another area.

Football: Brazil leader receives soccer racism victims

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday personally received Cruzeiro star Tinga as well as a referee after both were subjected to racist chants at recent games. Rousseff has spoken out against racism in the game as Brazil prepares to host the World Cup and received Tinga at the presidential palace along with referee Marcio Chagas da Silva. Tinga was subjected to foul chanting during a Copa Libertadores match against Garcilaso in Peru -- whose President Ollanta Humala condemned the racist behaviour.

Brazil police take over favela without violence

A 270-strong police force Thursday occupied a favela in western Rio riven by drug violence, as authorities pursue their pre-World Cup crime crackdown. A convoy of police armored vehicles met no resistence after driving into the area before sunrise -- although some residents had set up barricades of trash, piles of wood and, in one case, a sofa to slow their progress.

Investment flows into Brazil remain 'strong' so far in March: central bank

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Investment inflows into Brazil remain "strong" so far in March, central bank president Alexandre Tombini said on Wednesday, adding that $9.2 billion entered the country in the form of portfolio and foreign direct investments in February.

Brazil's Lula urges Venezuelan to pursue talks with "democratic" opposition

Caracas, Mar 12 (EFE).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made public a letter sent to him by former Brazilian head of state Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in which he emphasizes the need for dialogue "with all democrats" at a time when the Andean country is facing a wave of protests. In the missive, which was sent on March 5, the one-year anniversary of the death of Maduro predecessor Hugo Chavez, Lula recalls that he was always united with the late president in "the battles for a fairer and more sovereign Latin America."

Rousseff: Brazil inspiring investor confidence

Brasilia, Mar 12 (EFE).- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said during a ceremony Wednesday in which private companies signed contracts to manage two major federal highways that the South American giant was inspiring confidence among private-sector investors. "Brazil has the great challenge of improving its infrastructure" and has the cooperation of the private sector in that pursuit, said Rousseff, who presided over the ceremony at the Planalto presidential palace.

Armed forces weigh return to notorious Rio favelas

Hundreds of security forces could be deployed again to a notorious maze of slums in northern Rio, home to a major 2010 police action, after the death of three officers, officials said Sunday. The area surrounding the Complexo do Alemao, a sprawling shantytown where police and armed forces fought in heavy 2010 clashes with drug traffickers controlling the zone, has been the site of three police deaths this year. Brazilian authorities have vowed to "take back" the Rio slums, known as favelas, from the drug lords ahead of June's World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
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