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Beaten Silva party backs Brazil challenger Neves BRASILIA: The party of beaten Brazil presidential candidate Marina Silva said Wednesday it is backing Social Democrat challenger Aecio Neves in his run-off battle against incumbent Dilma Rousseff.The national executive committee of Silva's Socialist Party (PSB) cast 21 votes in favor of Neves against one for Rousseff and seven for a neutral stance during a meeting in Brasilia, party official Vera Canfran saidEarlier reports had suggested the PSB, a former ally of Rousseff's Workers Party (PT) was split.Neves, campaigning in Brasilia, said: "There is a clear feeling of change in Brazil and my candidature is the only one responding to that."Three other parties, including the Greens, who Silva stood for in 2010, earlier said they would back Neves, and Silva is herself expected to publicly back Neves Thursday.Neves defied weeks of polls that showed him clearly trailing Silva when he earned a second-round place with 33.6 percent to Silva's 21.3.Rousseff ...

For Colombia's Wiwa, revered lightning takes deadly toll KEMAKüMAQUE: Deep in northern Colombia's mountains, an isolated community of indigenous Wiwa people struggled Tuesday to comprehend why 11 of their own were struck dead by a bolt of lightning during a tribal ceremony."We're trying to recover our spirits, because this was a big shock to our community. That nature would treat us this way -- we are in mourning," Lorenzo Gil, a Wiwa member told AFP.Lightning is both feared and revered by the Wiwa, ...
Brazil presidential, legislative polls open RIO DE JANEIRO: More than 142 million Brazilians went to the polls Sunday in presidential and legislative elections to cap a dramatic campaign.Leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff was expected to top the presidential poll but fail to secure the 50 percent necessary to avoid a run-off vote on October 26 against either social democrat Aecio Neves or environmentalist Marina Silva.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Brazil votes for next president after dramatic campaign RIO DE JANEIRO: After a topsy-turvy campaign, Brazil votes in presidential elections Sunday, with incumbent Dilma Rousseff headed for a likely runoff against one of two challengers promising very different brands of change.The telenovela-like drama of the race -- a candidate's death in a fiery plane crash, a poor maid's rise to the cusp of the presidency, a seedy oil scandal -- continued down to the wire.On the eve of the vote, Marina Silva, the ...
Brazil deploys 400,000 police, troops for poll RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil is deploying more than 400,000 security personnel, including 30,000 military, for Sunday's presidential and general elections, the country's Superior Electoral Court (TSE) said Saturday.The TSE told broadcaster Globo it had authorized the deployment of troops in 254 municipalities in 11 of Brazil's 27 federal states, including Rio, scene of urban violence across the week which claimed at least five lives, and Amazonia.During the last elections in 2010, the TSE authorized the ...
Brazil primed for closest election in decades RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's presidential elections on Sunday are likely to be the closest in a generation, but polls suggest leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff will secure a second term after a run-off.Rousseff, who was jailed and tortured as a dissident under the 1964-85 military dictatorship, has over the past month steadily risen in polls that now forecast her winning an October 26 second-round contest.The second half of August saw the 66-year-old playing catch-up after environmentalist-evangelist ...
Young 'Chavista' lawmaker murdered in Caracas CARACAS: A young lawmaker allied with Venezuela's socialist government was found murdered in Caracas, and the president hinted Thursday at political motivations.The bodies of Robert Serra, 27, and his partner Maria Herrera, were found at his home late Wednesday. Officials said they had been stabbed.Serra's coffin, draped with the Venezuelan flag and carried by government supporters, arrived at the National Assembly chapel Thursday, where members paid tribute to their slain comrade.Throngs of government supporters remained ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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