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Brazil faces dramatic impeachment week BRASÍLIA: Brazil faces one of the most dramatic weeks in its recent history with senators expected to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and open an impeachment trial against her.The political crisis comes on top of one of the deepest recessions in decades in Latin America's biggest economy, just three months before it hosts the Olympic Games in Rio from August 5 to 21.Senators gather on Wednesday to discuss whether to launch impeachment hearings against Rousseff over allegations that she covered up shortfalls in the public accounts while running for reelection.Around 50 of the 81 senators have said they will vote in favor of an impeachment trial, well over the simple majority needed to launch the process. The vote is expected on Thursday.Rousseff will then be suspended for six months while the trial in the Senate runs its course, before a definitive vote on whether to remove her from office for good.The ...

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Soldier who tortured Brazil president in 1970s dies: reports SAO PAULO: A soldier who Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff accused of torturing her during the 1970s has died in Sao Paulo, local media reported Friday.Captain Homero Cesar Machado was 75. He died Thursday and his body was cremated Friday in Sao Paulo, the reports said.Rousseff, a one-time Marxist guerrilla, was tortured by the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil from 1964 to 1985.She told Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper in a 2005 interview that Machado was ...

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Venezuela state opposition leader killed CARACAS: The leader of a Venezuelan opposition party in the northwestern state of Lara was shot in the head and killed by unidentified attackers, authorities said Friday.German Mavares, the state head of the New Time party (UNT), is the latest in a string of state and local politicians killed in Venezuela -- though it is often difficult to establish whether the killings are politically motivated or simply random violence in a country with one of ...

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Brazil Senate committee vote set on Rousseff impeachment BRASÍLIA: A special committee in Brazil's Senate was to vote Friday on whether to recommend starting an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff who faces being suspended from office in less than a week.The committee's vote is non-binding but marks the last formal stage before the full Senate votes Wednesday on starting a trial and suspending the leftist president. With a 'yes' vote almost certain, Rousseff is preparing to step aside for up to six ...

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Brazil court suspends key Rousseff rival BRASÍLIA: Brazil's Supreme Court Thursday suspended a powerful lawmaker at the center of efforts to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, on grounds he tried to obstruct a probe into his alleged corruption.Eduardo Cunha, the speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress, is the architect of the impeachment drive that is expected to force Rousseff to step aside from office on Wednesday.He said his suspension, the latest in a whirlpool of corruption scandals, was retaliation for his ...

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Brazil Supreme Court suspends mandate of lower house's speaker BRASILIA: A Supreme Court justice suspended the speaker of Brazil's Lower House, Eduardo Cunha, from all congressional duties, for allegedly trying to intimidate congressmen and obstruct investigations against him, a court spokeswoman said on Thursday.The decision by Justice Teori Zavascki adds to political uncertainty soon before the likely suspension of President Dilma Rousseff from office and the formation of a new government by Vice-President Michel Temer. Zavascki accepted an injunction requested by the country's general ...

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Rousseff's woes mount as Brazilian senator backs impeachment trial BRASILIA: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's chances of remaining in office plummeted on Wednesday after a key senator recommended the leftist leader face an impeachment trial and a top prosecutor said she should be included in a vast corruption investigation.Rousseff, whose popularity has fallen in the last year due in large part to a deepening economic recession, is expected to become the first Brazilian president to fail to complete a presidential term in more than 20 ...