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Neymar backing Brazil challenger Neves in election run-off SAO PAULO: Brazilian football idol Neymar on Thursday voiced support for presidential challenger Aecio Neves, just three days before this weekend's election run-off.Neymar, the hugely popular captain of Brazil's national team, said he was backing Neves over leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff because he believed the center-right challenger was the best option for Brazil."I will support the candidate (Neves) because I identify with his proposals for Brazil," the 22-year-old multi-millionaire Barcelona star said in a video message.He said he had decided to go public with his support for Neves after "much discussion and thought" with his family.The striker said irrespective of his declaration for Neves, he would support whoever won Sunday's vote."Be sure that whatever the results are on Sunday, I will support my country and my president elected by the people," Neymar said.Two polls on Thursday pointed to a victory for Rousseff in Sunday's vote, with the Brazilian president opening ...

Mexico mayor accused of ordering attack on missing students MEXICO CITY: Mexico on Wednesday ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, his wife and an aide, charging they masterminded last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. Carrying torches and candles, tens of thousands of people marched through Mexico City and other cities to protest the disappearance of the students."We shall overcome," protesters shouted with clenched fists in the air. Marching were students, teachers, farmers and activists ...
Rousseff gains on Neves ahead of Sunday runoff BRASILIA: President Dilma Rousseff has gained 1 percentage point on her rival Aecio Neves ahead of an Oct. 26 runoff to Brazil's presidential election, a new poll showed on Wednesday.The leftist incumbent has 47 percent of voter support, according to the survey by polling firm Datafolha, up from 46 percent in the previous poll published on Monday. Support for Neves was unchanged at 43 percent.While Rousseff has widened her numerical lead to four percentage points, ...
Rousseff leads by whisker in latest Brazil polls BRASïLIA: Less a week before Brazil's presidential elections, two new polls Monday showed incumbent Dilma Rousseff fractionally ahead of rival Aecio Neves in a race that is still too close to call.The polls, by Datafolha and MDA consulting, saw Rousseff just edging ahead for the first time since the October 5 first round, though the margin for error meant the pair were in a technical tie.After interviewing 4389 Brazilians on Monday for broadcaster Globo and ...
Bolivia's Morales wins reelection with 61 percent: official LA PAZ: President Evo Morales swept to a third term with 61 percent of the vote, electoral officials said Saturday in confirming the result.The October 12 balloting was a massive vote of support and a strong mandate to expand his leftist reforms.In power since 2006 and Bolivia's first indigenous president, Morales earned 37 points more than his closest rival, wealthy cement magnate Samuel Doria Medina.Morales will extend his time in office to 14 years, until ...
At least one dead in major El Salvador quake: mayor SAN SALVADOR: At least one person died in El Salvador after a 7.4 magnitude quake struck off the coast late Monday, a mayor said.An electrical pylon in the city of San Miguel 135 kilometers (80 miles) east of the capital fell on a man and killed him, the city's mayor Wilfredo Salgado told YSKL radio.Several walls in the city crumbled but there were no immediate reports of other fatalities or injuries, Salgado said.Copyright AFP (Agence ...
Brazil election poll shows Rousseff, Neves running neck-and-neck BRASILIA: Brazil President Dilma Rousseff and pro-business challenger Aecio Neves are running neck-and-neck ahead of a runoff election on Oct. 26, a poll showed on Monday. The survey by research firm Vox Populi found 45 percent of voters favoring Rousseff and 44 percent for Neves, within the margin of error of 2.2 percentage points. Excluding undecided voters and spoiled or blank survey responses, Rousseff had 51 percent of valid votes against 49 percent for Neves. ...

 



 
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