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Brazil Supreme Court okays Temer probe RIO DE JANEIRO: A Brazilian Supreme Court judge has authorized opening preliminary investigations into allegations that President Michel Temer sought illicit campaign donations in 2012.The allegations were made under a plea deal by Sergio Machado, the former president of Transpetro, a subsidiary state oil giant Petrobras, which is embroiled in a massive bribe and kickback scandal.According to Machado, Temer sought donations from Transpetro in 2012 to support the campaign of a Sao Paulo mayoral candidate.The probe, announced by Judge Teori Zavascki late Friday, also cites several prominent policitians from Temer's Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), his Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) allies and the Workers Party (PT) of deposed president Dilma Rousseff and her mentor and predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.Based on the findings of the preliminary probe, prosecutors will decide whether to launch a formal investigation into the president.Under the corruption scheme, Petrobras allegedly gave over-inflated contracts to ...

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Former Brazil finance minister arrested in graft probe SAO PAULO: Brazilian police arrested former Finance Minister Guido Mantega on Thursday as part of a sweeping corruption investigation into political kickbacks on contracts at state oil company Petrobras, according to a source close to the former minister. Mantega served as finance minister for nearly a decade under former presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, steering Latin America's largest economy during most of the leftist Workers Party's 13 years in power. Attorneys ...

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New Brazil president tells UN he represents democracy UNITED NATIONS: Brazil's new president, Michel Temer, told the United Nations on Tuesday that his controversial ascent showed the triumph of democracy.Temer took office on August 31 after the impeachment over accounting irregularities of elected president Dilma Rousseff, whose supporters said Brazil's right-wing forces had staged a bloodless coup.But Temer, addressing the UN General Assembly, said that the impeachment took place "with the most absolute respect of the constitutional order."The move showed the world "there ...

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Brazil's Temer tells UN Rousseff impeachment fully legal UNITED NATIONS: Brazil's new President Michel Temer told the international community on Tuesday that the impeachment of his predecessor Dilma Rousseff was conducted with "absolute respect" for the constitution. Temer, who was sworn in last month after the dismissal of Rousseff, said in an address to the United Nations General Assembly that his task now was to restore economic growth and create work for millions of Brazilians who lost their jobs in the current recession. ...

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Venezuela state declares food emergency at schools CARACAS: The opposition governor of Venezuela's second-largest state, Henrique Capriles, declared an emergency Monday over a lack of food for public schools, blaming the socialist government's "misguided" policies."We are declaring a food emergency in our state," said Capriles, the governor of Miranda state, who is leading a campaign to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office in a recall referendum.Capriles and his center-right opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), blame the leftist president for an ...

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Non-Aligned summit opens in crisis-torn Venezuela PORLAMAR: The Non-Aligned Movement opens a summit Saturday in Venezuela, seeking relevance in a post-Cold War world as the crisis-torn host country seeks to lessen its growing isolation.Leaders from the 120-nation group will gather for two days on the Caribbean island of Margarita, where Venezuela will take over the movement's rotating presidency from Iran.Venezuela, an OPEC member and home to the world's largest proven oil reserves, will notably be seeking backing for its campaign to ...

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Venezuela postpones endgame of anti-Maduro referendum CARACAS: The Venezuelan opposition's push for a vote to remove President Nicolas Maduro ran into a roadblock Thursday when authorities announced a delay in setting the date for the final stage in the process.The leftist president's opponents must collect four million signatures in three days to trigger a referendum -- the last step in a bureaucratic obstacle course they are racing to complete by the end of the year.After months of political wrangling and mass ...