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Brazil's Rousseff says no cabinet changes before impeachment vote BRASILIA: Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday said she is not planning a cabinet reshuffle, ignoring calls for immediate changes in her administration that would help secure political support to defeat an upcoming impeachment vote.Since Rousseff's main coalition partner, the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), broke away last week her government has offered jobs and pork barrel to other wavering allies ahead of an impeachment vote in the lower house expected for mid-April.Her Workers' Party has called for the replacement of the six PMDB ministers still in office to strengthen her new alliance.It was not immediately clear why Rousseff had decided not to switch out cabinet positions ahead of the crucial vote."The presidential palace does not intend to make any cabinet changes before the impeachment vote," Rousseff told reporters in Brasilia.Her Vice President Michel Temer stepped aside as the head of the PMDB on Tuesday, ceding leadership of Brazil's biggest ...

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Argentina president urged to explain Panama Papers link BUENOS AIRES: Argentine President Mauricio Macri's political opponents urged him Monday to clarify his links to a company named in the Panama Papers offshore finance scandal.The conservative president, his father, and his brother Mariano were on the board of directors of Fleg Trading, an offshore company registered in the Bahamas, the newspaper La Nacion reported.Several top members of the Renewal Front, a center-right alliance that forms part of the political opposition, called for Macri to ...

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Brazil attorney general seeks legal block of Rousseff impeachment case SAO PAULO: Brazilian Attorney General Jose Eduardo Cardozo will ask a Congressional committee on Monday to dismiss impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff on the grounds there is no legal basis for the claim, his office said in a statement. Cardozo will argue that the decision by the speaker of the lower house, Eduardo Cunha, to accept the impeachment request was motivated by his desire for political revenge against his bitter political enemy, Rousseff. The ...

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Brazil's president makes final plea to impeachment committee BRASÍLIA: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's top lawyer will present final arguments before an impeachment committee Monday at the start of a crucial two weeks in the embattled leader's bid to stay in power.Solicitor General Jose Eduardo Cardozo was due to face the cross-party committee for the last time before it votes on whether to recommend Rousseff face trial for allegedly illegal accounting practices.The session was expected to start at around 1930 GMT.The commission recommendation, scheduled ...

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Half of candidates out of chaotic Peru election LIMA: Half of the candidates in Peru's presidential election have abandoned or been banned from next week's polls and one of the leading contenders may follow, plunging the South American country into political uncertainty.An electoral law in force since January has ruled several candidates out of the running in the April 10 contest. One is even running his campaign from a jail cell.And further disruption could come if accusations of vote-buying lead to the elimination ...

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Brazilians march to support Rousseff against 'coup' BRASÍLIA: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's fight against impeachment gathered speed when tens of thousands of people marched nationwide to oppose what they said was a "coup."The rallies late Thursday were part of a concerted attempt by Rousseff to turn the tide ahead of an impeachment vote over her alleged manipulation of government accounts to disguise the depth of Brazil's recession during her 2014 reelection.Further boosting Rousseff, her chief ally in the spiraling political crisis -- ...

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Brazil's woes mount as swine flu adds to Zika problem SAO PAULO: Brazil, the country hardest hit by the Zika virus, is facing another health problem with the Olympics it is hosting just months away: a swine flu outbreak.The outbreak of Type A of the H1N1 virus has killed 46 people in less than two months in Brazil. That is 10 times the figure for all of 2015, the Health Ministry said.In Rio de Janeiro, which will host the Games from August 5-21, a first ...