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Brazil's Rousseff says being targeted because she is a woman BRASILIA: Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday the drive to impeach her was fuelling hatred and intolerance and she believed she was being singled out for unfair treatment partly because she is a woman.In a news conference with international media, Rousseff repeated that there were no legal grounds for her impeachment on charges of breaking budgetary laws. She said the opposition and her Vice President Michel Temer were conspiring to oust her.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Rescuers pull out survivors of deadly Ecuador quake PEDERNALES: Rescuers and desperate families clawed through rubble Monday, pulling out survivors two days after an earthquake that killed at least 413 people and devastated a tourist region of Ecuador.Tearful relatives grabbed chunks of debris with their bare hands as they joined in the search for their loved ones along with stretched firefighting teams and mechanical diggers.Among the stories of survival, authorities reported that one person was found alive Monday afternoon under the rubble of ...

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Senator with hairy past oversees Brazil president's fate RIO DE JANEIRO: With President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment case moving to the Senate, the fate of Latin America's biggest country rests in part on Renan Calheiros -- a man, who like most Brazilian lawmakers, faces hair-raising legal problems of his own.Calheiros is president of the Senate and will play a central role in how the final stages of impeachment unfold.From deciding tactical questions like the timing to setting the overall tone, the 60-year-old will be ...

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Brazil's Rousseff to fight on after heavy impeachment defeat BRASILIA: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's government vowed on Monday to fight impeachment after the lower house of Congress delivered a humiliating defeat that paved the way for her likely removal from office months before the country hosts the Olympics.In a vote late on Sunday that sparked jubilation among Rousseff's foes, the opposition comfortably surpassed the two-thirds majority needed to send the leftist president for trial in the Senate on charges she manipulated budget accounts to ...

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Brazil lawmakers authorize Rousseff impeachment trial BRASÍLIA: Brazilian lawmakers authorized impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff in a rowdy, circus-like showdown that plunged Latin America's biggest country into profound political crisis and sparked claims that democracy was under threat.Opposition deputies in the lower house of Congress needed 342 of the 513 votes, or a two thirds majority, to send Rousseff to the Senate, which will now decide whether to open a trial. They got there near midnight on Sunday after five ...

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Uruguay storms kill seven, displace 3,600 COLONIA SUIZA: Storms and floods in Uruguay have killed seven people and driven 3,600 from their homes in recent days, authorities said Sunday.Four people were killed when a storm struck the western city of Dolores on Friday and three others were later found to have died when trying to cross flooded rivers in the region, according to a government toll.President Tabare Vazquez declared Sunday a day of national mourning."We are going to rebuild Dolores," he ...

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Brazil's impeachment: what happened and what's next? BRASÍLIA: With Sunday's vote in the lower house of Congress to authorize the Senate to open an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's political crisis enters ever deeper crisis.Here's a snapshot of how Latin America's biggest country got there -- and what's next.How it all startedOn December 2, controversial lower house Speaker Eduardo Cunha formally opened the impeachment saga by accepting a petition from a group of lawyers.They accused Rousseff of having illegally juggled ...