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UN's Ban calls for calm in Brazil UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for calm and dialogue Thursday in Brazil after President Dilma Rousseff was suspended from office.Ban is closely following events in Brazil and "trusts that the country's authorities will honor Brazil's democratic processes, adhering to the rule of law and the constitution," his spokesman said in a statement.He "calls for calm and dialogue among all sectors of society," the statement added.Rousseff was suspended to face impeachment trial, ceding power to her vice president Michel Temer.Brazil's first female president denounced the Senate vote to impeach her as a "coup" and urged her supporters to mobilize to defend her.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Brazil's Rousseff suspended to face impeachment trial BRASÍLIA: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was suspended Thursday to face an impeachment trial, ceding power to her vice president-turned-enemy Michel Temer in a political earthquake ending 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America's biggest nation.Temer quickly pivoted toward a more business-friendly government, naming a cabinet chosen to calm the markets after a paralyzing impeachment battle and steer the country out of its worst recession in decades.He tapped a respected former central bank chief, Henrique ...

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Rousseff urges Brazilians to 'mobilize' against 'coup' BRASÍLIA: Dilma Rousseff Thursday urged Brazilians to "mobilize" against what she branded a "coup" to drive her from power after senators voted to launch an impeachment trial against her."I call on all Brazilians who are against the coup, whatever party they support, to stay mobilized, united and peaceful," Rousseff said in a speech at the presidential palace, in her first public reaction to her suspension and trial.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Brazil Senate puts Rousseff on trial, ending 13 years of leftist rule BRASILIA: Brazil's Senate voted on Thursday to put leftist President Dilma Rousseff on trial in a historic decision brought on by a deep recession and a corruption scandal that will now confront her successor, Vice President Michel Temer. With Rousseff to be suspended during the Senate trial for allegedly breaking budget rules, the centrist Temer will take the helm of a country that again finds itself mired in political and economic volatility after a recent ...

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Majority of Brazil senators back Rousseff impeachment BRASÍLIA: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff prepared Thursday to cede power to her vice president-turned-enemy, Michel Temer, after a majority of the Senate backed suspending her and opening an impeachment trial.With a marathon 17-hour debate continuing through the night ahead of a vote, the writing was already on the wall for Brazil's first female president.Only a simple majority of the 81-member Senate is required to suspend Rousseff for six months pending judgement on charges that she ...

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Rousseff's removal nears as Brazilian Senate debates impeachment trial BRASILIA: The Brazilian Senate was expected to suspend President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday in a vote to put her on trial for breaking budget laws, pushing a deeply unpopular leader from power and ending 13 years of rule by her leftist Workers Party.If her opponents garner a simple majority in the 81-seat Senate in a session that will last into the night, Rousseff will be replaced on Thursday by Vice President Michel Temer as acting ...

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Colombia's Santos says tax reform must and will pass this year LONDON: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said a tax reform bill, considered vital to help the country cope with plunging oil revenues, will be approved by Colombia's congress before the end of 2016 and would not be delayed by the country's peace process.Speaking to investors in London, Santos said he hoped the government would soon conclude lengthy talks with leftist FARC rebels to end Latin America's longest war but said this would not detract from ...