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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 Folha de Sao Paulo daily, Datafolha gave leftist Rousseff 52 percent of voter intentions to 48 for Neves, discounting blank and spoiled ballots.By the same token, MDA gave the incumbent a 50.5 to 49.5 percent lead over Neves, a Social Democrat who is mounting a stiff challenge for the presidency of the South American giant in Sunday's run-off elections.In polls last week, Neves had led by a similar margin. Rousseff, candidate of the leftist Workers ...

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. ...
Bolivia's tenacious indigenous leader LA PAZ: Evo Morales grew up in poverty on Bolivia's high plains and was a llama herder, musician, footballer and coca grower before rising to become the country's first indigenous president.After overseeing almost nine years of nationalizations, pro-poor policies and an economic boom that has transformed Latin America's poorest country, the 54-year-old won re-election by a landslide Sunday, according to exit polls, giving him a third term in power.He may be the region's longest-serving sitting ...
Brazil says man under observation for Ebola tests negative SAO PAULO: Brazil's health ministry said on Saturday a man under observation for a possible case of Ebola has tested negative for the disease.The 47-year-old man arrived in Brazil on Sept. 19 from Guinea, one of three African countries at the heart of an epidemic that has killed more than 4,000 people since March.He went to an emergency room in the southern state of Parana on Thursday complaining of a fever, sore throat and a ...
Brazil President Rousseff trailing in latest poll RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil President Dilma Rousseff narrowly trailed challenger Aecio Neves in latest opinion polls ahead of their October 26 election showdown, a survey showed Thursday.Neves, who upset predictions to eliminate environmentalist and early front-runner Marina Silva in Sunday's first round, was polling 46 percent to 44 for Rousseff, according to polls for Ibope and Datafolha institutes for Globo television and Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper.The two percent margin of error left the candidates ...


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