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Brazil bans third builder from government work for Petrobras bribes BRASILIA: Brazil on Monday banned IESA Oil & Gas from government work for paying bribes, the third construction and engineering company barred in the massive graft and political kickbacks scandal involving contracts with state oil company Petrobras.The Ministry of Transparency, Brazil's primary anti-corruption agency, said IESA would not be able to bid for new government contracts for at least two years, and lifting the ban will depend on repayment of losses to Petrobras.Brazilian builder Mendes Junior Engenharia was barred from bidding for government contracts in April and the local unit of Swedish construction company Skanska AB was banned in May.All of the banned companies have denied wrongdoing. Skanska, the world's No. 5 construction firm, has challenged the Brazil government decision to ban its subsidiary from new contracts.The ministry said in a statement that IESA took part in a cartel that fixed prices on contracts with Petr?leo Brasileiro SA, as the ...

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'Biggest demo in decades' pressures Venezuela president CARACAS: Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed to have mobilized a million demonstrators Thursday in the biggest rally in decades, demanding a referendum on removing him from power.Police deployed in their hundreds to keep apart anti-government protesters angry at food and medicine shortages from Maduro's supporters who vowed to defend his "socialist revolution."The rallies raised fears of violence in the oil-rich South American state, where anti-government protests in 2014 led to clashes with police ...

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Brazil's ousted President Rousseff appeals to Supreme Court BRASILIA: Brazil's ousted President Dilma Rousseff appealed to the Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn the Senate's decision to remove her from office for breaking budgetary rules. The Senate voted 61-20 on Wednesday to dismiss the leftist leader, confirming her conservative Vice President Michel Temer as president for the remainder of her term through 2018. Rousseff's lawyer, Jose Eduardo Cardozo, sought the injunction on grounds that lawyers for her accusers had made changes to their ...

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Brazil's Rousseff appeals against losing presidency BRASÍLIA: Impeached Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff filed a Supreme Court challenge Thursday to her removal from office in an early blow to new President Michel Temer's bid to stabilize the country.The appeal, filed by Rousseff's lawyer Jose Eduardo Cardozo and seen by AFP, demands "the immediate suspension of the effects of the Senate decision."The Senate voted Wednesday to convict Rousseff on charges of having illegally manipulated government accounts, stripping her of her office and replacing ...

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Brazil's Rousseff lodges impeachment appeal BRASMLIA: Brazil's ex-president Dilma Rousseff filed a Supreme Court challenge Thursday asking for the overturning of a Senate impeachment vote that removed her from office.The appeal, filed by Rousseff's lawyer Jose Eduardo Cardozo and seen by AFP, demands "the immediate suspension of the effects of the Senate decision."The Senate voted Wednesday to convict Rousseff on charges of having illegally manipulated government accounts, stripping her of her office and replacing her with her bitter enemy and ...

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Michel Temer sworn in as Brazil's new president BRASÍLIA: Brazil's Michel Temer was sworn in as the country's new president on Wednesday after leftist Dilma Rousseff was removed in a Senate impeachment trial.Temer, 75, raised his hand and swore to uphold the constitution, drawing loud applause from his conservative supporters at the swearing-in ceremony in a packed Senate chamber.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Brazil's economy shrinks for 6th quarter but signals recovery BRASILIA: Brazil's economy shrank for a sixth straight quarter between April and June, but investments grew for the first time since 2013 and fueled hopes of a modest recovery following the likely ousting of President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday. Gross domestic product fell 0.6 percent in the second quarter compared with the first, statistics agency IBGE said on Wednesday, slightly more than the 0.5 percent drop expected by economists in a Reuters poll. Investments rose ...