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Brazil finance official resigns in bribery scandal

Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega's chief of staff Marcel Fiche has resigned, his office has announced following accusations he received bribes from a contractor. The magazine Epoca reported two weeks ago that Fiche and his technical advisor Humberto Alencar, who also has quit, allegedly received 60,000 reais ($25,685) in kickbacks from a communications company in return for an inflated contract with the Finance Ministry. Mantega immediately asked the Justice Ministry and the federal police to investigate the allegations.

Brazil top court to review landmark case for banks, economy

By Alonso Soto and Guillermo Parra-Bernal BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday begins reviewing a two-decade old case on savings accounts that could cost banks almost one-third of their market value and throw a wrench into Latin America's largest economy.

Analysis: Brazil's Rousseff working to prevent a debacle in 2014

By Brian Winter and Cesar Bianconi BRASILIA (Reuters) - Seen from Brazil's modernist, glass-walled presidential palace, 2014 looks like a minefield. The economy, already sputtering, will probably slow even further. A downgrade of Brazil's credit rating seems possible, if not likely. The World Cup of soccer, which Brazil will host in June and July, could end up revealing to billions of TV viewers the shoddy government planning and transportation bottlenecks that have frustrated investors here for years.

Brazil: Ex-party leader surrenders to serve jail term

The former chairman of Brazil's ruling Workers' Party surrendered to police Friday after a court ruled that those convicted in a corruption scandal should serve their terms immediately. Jose Genoino was one of 25 party associates linked to the 2005 "Mensalao" kickbacks scandal, which reached the highest echelons of the party of then president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Genoino turned himself in following a landmark judgment Wednesday by Brazil's Supreme Court which upheld more than a dozen jail terms handed down in the scandal after a trial last year.

Brazil: Ex-party leader surrenders to serve jail term

The former chairman of Brazil's ruling Workers' Party surrendered to police Friday after a court ruled that those convicted in a corruption scandal should serve their terms immediately. Jose Genoino was one of 25 party associates linked to the 2005 "Mensalao" kickbacks scandal, which reached the highest echelons of the party of then president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Genoino turned himself in following a landmark judgment Wednesday by Brazil's Supreme Court which upheld more than a dozen jail terms handed down in the scandal after a trial last year.

Brazil honors ousted president 37 years after his death

Brasilia, Nov 14 (EFE).- The Brazilian state received late President João Goulart here Thursday with the honors denied to him at his death in 1976 by the country's then-military regime. President Dilma Rousseff led the delegation that met the Brazilian air force plane carrying the coffin of the man popularly known as "Jango."

Brazil pays homage to exhumed leader

Brazil on Thursday paid homage to Joao Goulart, ousted as Brazilian president ahead of the 1964-85 military dictatorship, after his remains were exhumed to determine if he was poisoned. Goulart's remains were exhumed Wednesday under police guard at a cemetery at Sao Borja, near the Argentinian border, and brought to the capital Brasilia. "This is a day where Brazil confronts its history ... this ceremony is an affirmation of our democracy," tweeted current President Dilma Rousseff, a former guerrilla who was jailed and tortured under the dictatorship.

Brazil exhumes former president in dirty war probe

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The remains of former Brazilian President João Goulart were exhumed on Thursday and flown to Brasilia to determine whether he was poisoned by agents of the right-wing military regime that deposed him in 1964. Goulart's coffin was received at an air force base in the capital with a 21-gun salute and full funeral honors that Brazil's military dictatorship denied the former president, a leftist, upon his death in 1976.

Brazil upholds graft jail terms

In a landmark judgment, Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld more than a dozen jail terms handed down in a political corruption scandal which broke in 2005. The court did not say exactly how many of 25 accused would be put behind bars. But it did confirm several figures who recently wielded considerable political influence face detention under a semi-open regime, allowing day release but nights in the cells.

Amid poison claims, ex-Brazil president exhumed

The remains of Joao Goulart, ousted as Brazilian president ahead of the 1964-85 military dictatorship, were Wednesday exhumed to determine if he was poisoned. Goulart's remains were exhumed under police guard at a cemetery at Sao Borja, near the Argentinian border some 600 kilometres (400 miles) from the southern city of Porto Alegre, an AFP photographer reported. Goulart, in office from 1961 to 1964, is suspected of having been poisoned under the Condor plan, a program of repression Latin American military regimes put in place to quash opposition in the 1970s and 1980s.
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