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Brazil's Rousseff to take stand at impeachment trial BRASÍLIA: Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff will take the stand to defend herself at her impeachment trial in the Senate, an aide said Wednesday, setting up a dramatic showdown with her accusers.Rousseff, who is accused of fiddling the national budget to make Brazil's tanking economy look better, will be allotted time to testify on August 29, said the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Ricardo Lewandowski, who will preside over the trial.A spokesman for the suspended leftist leader confirmed she would defend herself in person."She'll be there," he told AFP.Rousseff, Brazil's first woman president, accuses her opponents of trumping up the charges against her to remove her in a "coup."But she looks almost certain to lose the final vote in the Senate, ending 13 years of rule by the leftist Workers' Party.The trial is due to open on Thursday, August 25, four days after the Olympic Games end in Rio ...

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Rousseff ahead of trial: 'I'm innocent' BRASÍLIA: Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff admitted Tuesday she had made mistakes, but said she had done nothing worthy of impeachment in an address just over a week before she goes on trial.Rousseff, accused of using illegal budgetary maneuvers to cover up the depth of the country's economic problems during her 2014 re-election, faces trial in the Senate starting August 25, four days after the Olympic Games end in Rio.She looks near certain to be ...

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Brazil's Rousseff ahead of trial: 'I'm innocent' BRASÍLIA: Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff admitted Tuesday she had made mistakes but said she had done nothing worthy of impeachment in an address just over a week before she goes on trial.Rousseff, accused of using illegal budgetary maneuvers to cover up the depth of the country's economic problems during her 2014 re-election, faces trial in the Senate starting August 25, four days after the Olympic Games end in Rio.In a letter to the Brazilian ...

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Chile to choose from 84 bids on massive energy contracts SANTIAGO: Chile is due to announce on Wednesday the winners of bids to provide around a third of the country's energy needs for two decades from the 2020s as the world's top copper miner seeks to encourage renewables and cut high prices.Divided into five blocks, the winners will supply a total 12,430 gigawatts per hour annually for 20 years from 2021 and 2022.The massive auction - the biggest in the country's history - has attracted ...

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Earthquake in Peru kills at least four LIMA: A moderate 5.3-magnitude earthquake in Peru killed at least four people including a US tourist and left 68 injured, crushing villagers under rubble and blocking roads, officials said Monday.The quake late Sunday knocked down about 50 homes and cut off roads and power in the southern Arequipa region."It was tragic. They got wounded people out as best they could," said John Rivera, a resident of Yanque, a hard-hit rural village of mud huts."The electricity ...

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Shallow 5.3 quake in southern Peru kills at least 4 LIMA: A 5.3 magnitude shallow earthquake killed at least four people and injured more than two dozen when it rocked a copper-producing region late on Sunday, authorities said. The quake was 8 kilometers (5 miles) deep in the Caylloma province of the Andean region Arequipa and aftershocks continued to shake the region on Monday, the Geophysical Institute of Peru said. The USGS reported the earthquake as having a 5.4 magnitude.The Caylloma province is home to ...

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Venezuela hikes minimum wage by 50pc as inflation soars CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday announced a 50 percent minimum wage hike that takes effect on Sept. 1, amid triple-digit inflation that has severely weakened spending power in the crisis-stricken OPEC nation. Monthly minimum wage will rise to 22,577 bolivars, around $35 at the weaker of two official exchange rates but about $23 at the black market rate. Including meal tickets, it will rise to 65,056 bolivars."This is the third (minimum wage) hike ...