Corruption conviction: Gleisi Hoffmann of the Workers’ Party with Lula on Thursday. “Any election without the participation of President Lula is a fraud,” she warned. Photograph: Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty

Brazil’s former president, facing 10 years in prison, says witnesses lied to avoid jail

Police in Rio de Janeiro have denied Pat Hickey’s claim they were paid by local media to allow the filming of his arrest during the Olympic Games in the city last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ex-OCI boss claims Brazilian media paid officers to allow filming of his detention

Venezuelan security forces break up opposition protests heading to the supreme court. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Fears that country headed for collapse as political tensions escalate and violence flares

Geddel Vieira Lima,   the second member of Brazilian president Michel Temer’s four-man kitchen cabinet to be arrested in an ongoing corruption investigation. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Former minister Geddel Vieira Lima detained as part of ongoing corruption investigation

Brazilian president Michel Temer:  facing corruption charges and could  be removed from office for 180 days while the supreme court decides his fate. Photograph: Joédson Alves/EPA

Vote in congress could see controversial Michel Termer removed from office

Brazilian president Michel Temer described the corruption charge made against him as “a fiction” and accused prosecutors of wanting to bring the country and congress to a halt. Photograph:  Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Michel Temer accuses authorities of seeking ‘revenge, destruction and vengeance’

Brazilian president Michel Temer. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Further charges including obstruction of justice expected to follow this week

Former Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner arrives to a rally in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph: Reuters/Marcos Brindicci

As head of new party, Kirchner will contest a senate seat in midterm elections

Police handout image of Michael Lynn in Brazil. Photograph: Federal Police of Brazil Police handout image of Michael Lynn in Brazil. Photograph: Federal Police of Brazil

Fugitive former solicitor says his children’s births should allow him to remain in Brazil

President of Brazil Michel Temer has vehemently denied the accusation of spying. Photograph:  Igo Estrela/Getty Images)

Michel Temer survives vote on mandate and maintains he is victim of conspiracy

Brazilian President Michel Temer. Photograph: Evaristo Saevaristo Sa/AFP/Getty

Michel Temer rides out corruption storm as lack of replacement plays in his favour

Brazilian president Michel Temer: According to the “O Globo” newspaper, the president said: “You have to keep this up, okay?” during a conversation with a businessman about payments to a jailed colleague. He said he was the victim of a conspiracy. Photograph: Eraldo Peres/AP

Leader fights for political life over link to payments bound for jailed colleague

Brazilian president Michel Temer at  a steak house after a meeting with ambassadors of meat importing countries  in Brasília, Brazil on March 19th, 2017.  Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brussels seeks ‘urgent clarification’ as officials claim Brazil’s meat products are safe

Brazil’s prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot: his request to open 83 formal inquiries is based on plea-bargain testimony from executives of Odebrecht, Brazil’s biggest construction conglomerate. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Leaks show that Lula, Rousseff and five cabinet ministers among those facing investigation

Thousands march against corruption through the streets of downtown Lima on February 16th. An Interpol arrest warrant has been issued for ex-president Alejandro Toledo, who now lives in the US, after Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht said he sought and received a $20 million bribe. Photograph: Cris Bouroncle /AFP/Getty Images

Political leaders across South America now being dragged into corruption inquiry net

Brazil’s president Michel Temer, who has lost a minister month, most in controversial circumstances, since he was sworn in in May last year. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Michel Temer’s cabinet chief steps aside on ‘health grounds’ after illicit fundraising claim

Soldiers patrol the streets of Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil on Thursday: residents locked themselves in their homes as violence swept through the city after police went on strike. Photograph: Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Worst recession in decades means state cannot meet demands for pay increases

 Eike Batista is facing charges he paid a $16.5 million (€15.43 million) bribe to former Rio governor Sérgio Cabral. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Batista, who is in Bangu prison, is accused of being involved in a corruption scandal

Eike Batista, who has reportedly left his native Brazil, where he faces corruption charges. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Eike Batista, once world’s seventh richest person, wanted on corruption charges

Teori  Zavascki: In May  his son wrote: “If something happens to someone from my family, you already know where to look.” Photograph: Fernando Bizerra jnr/EPA

Teori Zavascki, supreme court justice investigating Petrobras affair, dies in plane crash

The graves at Nossa Senhora Aparecida Cemetery of the inmates killed in the recent riots in prisons in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil. Photograph: Raphael Alves/AFP/Getty Images

Letters from dead inmates accuse man of accepting money from gang behind murders

Prisoners are transferred to a public jail following a riot at Anisio Jobim prison in Manaus, Brazil, on New Year’s Day, in which 56 prisoners were killed. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Last week’s massacres were shocking, but barbarism is routine inside Brazil’s prisons

Former presidents Cristina Kirchner of Argentina and Dilma Rousseff of Brazil at the Portugal House in São Paulo. Photograph: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

World in 2016 review: Corruption scandals in Brazil and chaos in Venezuela

 Pat Hickey  outside his home in Castleknock on Monday after his return from four months in Brazil. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

‘Inevitable’ that OCI head would be released and allowed home to Ireland before trial

Brazil’s president Michel Temer and first lady Marcela Temer at a Christmas celebration in Brasilia on Friday.  Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Michel Temer sinking under weight of Petrobras graft scandal and rage over austerity

Renan Calheiros,  president of Brazil’s senate,  is accused of misusing public funds to pay child support for a daughter he had during an affair with a journalist. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Renan Calheiros accused of misusing public funds to support daughter he had from affair

Colombia’s House of Representatives in session on Wednesday before it voted to back a new peace deal with Farc. Photograph: Leonardo Muñoz/EPA

Government criticised over refusal to put revised agreement to second referendum

 Relatives of players and managers of Chapecoense attend a vigil at the Arena Conda in Chapeco  after 71 people were killed when the plane carrying them  crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin. Photograph: Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Miguel Quiroga had requested landing priority shortly before fatal crash near Medellín

Brazil’s Chapecoense players pose during their 2016 Copa Sudamericana semifinal on November 23rd. Photograph: Nelson Daniel/Getty Images

Chapecoense staff and players among about 70 fatalities in crash near Medellín, Colombia

Students at Havana University lay a wreath in tribute to Cuba’s late president Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba. Photograph:  Reuters

In Castro’s Cuba there was never a debate about balancing individual and social rights

Fidel Castro might have eliminated illiteracy, but he closely controlled what books his citizens had access to. Photograph: Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images

The late leader brought great social advances to Cuba, but with these came repression

People place candles beside a picture of Fidel Castro, as part of a tribute,  in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, following the announcement of the Cuban leader’s death. Photograph: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters

Analysis: Cuban leader seen as embodiment of resistance to dictators – and US power

Brazil’s president Michel Temer (right) with Geddel Vieira Lima, who has resigned as government chief secretary. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

President Michel Temer may face inquiry over influence peddling

Brazil’s former president Dilma Rousseff delivering her farewell address in Brasília on August 31st. Her impeachment, however, has resolved none of the ethical challenges the country faces from its political class. Photograph:  Mario Tama/Getty Images

Analysis: President seems to think it normal for minister to lobby another on personal interests

A man carries water collected from a hose up to an apartment in the Mangueira favela  in Rio de Janeiro, about a kilometre away from Maracana stadium, the site of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Creator of favela ‘pacification’ programme quits as funding for security evaporates

Marcelo Odebrecht: The boss of Brazil’s biggest construction conglomerate is reportedly plea bargaining with prosecutors.  Photograph: Heuler Andrey/AFP/Getty Images

From the president on down, Brasília’s political elite dangle as federal judges circle

Socialist Party leader Jorge Rodríguez (in red shirt) tries to dissuade supporters of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro from entering the national assembly on Sunday. Photograph: Cristian Hernández/EPA

Sitting of assembly disrupted by supporters of Chavista president Nicolás Maduro

Revolutionary lives: the execution of Maria Camila O’Gorman, who was 20, and eight months pregnant, when, in Argentina in August 1848, she was executed with her lover, Fr Ladislao Gutiérrez

From Bernardo O’Higgins and William Brown to Richard Wall and Maria Camila O’Gorman, Tim Fanning expertly stitches rich biographie(...)

Voting during municipal elections in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, on Sunday. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Support for party led by Lula collapses as it loses 60% of votes after 13 years in power

Hundreds of workers take part in a demonstration called by several trade unions on Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 22nd, 2016. Photograph: Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images

Anti-Workers’ Party climate in Brazil puts João Doria in the driving seat ahead of vote

 Colombian soldiers patrol a street in Cartagena prior to the signing ceremony on Monday of a peace deal between the Colombian government and Farc. Photograph: Ricardo Maldonado Rozo/EPA

Referendum to be held on accord to stop conflict that has cost about 250,000 lives

Brazil’s then president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva at the launch of a Petrobras platform  on the Brazilian coast on the Atlantic in October, 2010. Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Corruption charges may jeopardise plan by former president of Brazil to seek office again

Brazil’s supreme court has paved the way for the extradition of fugitive former solicitor Michael Lynn back to Ireland after it rejected the latest efforts by his defence to delay the move. File photograph:  Garrett White / Collins.

Latest effort by fugitive ex-solicitor, who fled Ireland with €80m debts, to delay return is rejected

Former speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha: faces imminent arrest as part of the probe into corruption at Petrobras. Photograph: Adriano Machado/Reuters

Eduardo Cunha expelled from congress after being caught lying about overseas accounts

Lawyer for Dermot Henihan, Kevin Kilty and Stephen Martin confirms passport return

Pat Hickey:  heartened and humbled by the “outpouring of support, letters, texts and emails from the thousands of people in Ireland”. Photograph: Humberto Ohana/Getty Images

Olympic figure vows to fight ticket charges and says he is not under house arrest

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey. Photograph: Humberto Ohana/AFP/Getty Images

Braxilian prosecutor charges 10 people in relation to ticket touting affair

As Brazilian police wound up investigation of the OCI tickets case, further details emerged of text messages between Pat Hickey and the president of the IOC Thomas Bach in the run-up to the Rio Games. Photograph: Larry French/Getty Images

Court must accept charges against Patrick Hickey and Kevin Mallon or throw them out

Police in Rio de Janeiro have named Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) sports director Martin Burke as a new suspect in the investigation into the ticketing scandal at the Rio Games last month.  File photograph: OCI/Twitter

Prosecutor says Pat Hickey and Kevin Mallon could receive terms of 8-10 years if convicted

 Kevin  Mallon arrives at a Brazilian police station to give a statement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,  September 5th,  regarding Olympic Games tickets. Photograph: Marcelo Sayão/EPA

Hickey and Mallon formally charged; both remain silent when questioned by police

 Kevin  Mallon arrives at a Brazilian police station  in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on  September 5th, 2016. Photograph: Marcelo Sayão/EPA

Police due to interview OCI head Pat Hickey on Tuesday over alleged involvement in affair

Brazil’s Rafinha celebrates beating Germany in Rio: Pat Hickey had wanted tickets for that final. File photograph: Getty Images

Text unfavourably compared OCI ticket allocation for Rio with what it received in 2012

Impeached president Dilma Rousseff delivers her farewell address in Brasília on Wednesday. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Whatever reform is promised, Brazilians remain hostages of their own political class

Former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland Pat Hickey arrives at a residential building after leaving the Bangu Jails Complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Administrative delay meant Olympic Council of Ireland figure spent extra night in Bangu jail

Former Olympic Committee of Ireland (OCI) president  Pat Hickey arrives at a residential building after leaving the Bangu Jails Complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 30th, 2016. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Ex-OCI chief driven out without speaking to media waiting at Bangu 10 prison entrance

Pat Hickey, former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ruling follows decision on Saturday to grant habeas corpus to Irishman Kevin Mallon

Irish man Kevin Mallon (centre, check shirt) with members of his legal team following his release from the Bangú 10 prison in the western suburbs of Rio on Saturday night. Photograph: Phil Clarke Hill/The Irish Times

Release was delayed when authorities could not find electronic ankle monitor for him

Pat Hickey of the Olympic Council of Ireland. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

Correspondence between the two appears to contradict claims made by OCI president

The offices of Pro10 in Lucan, Co Dublin. The Grant Thornton report will examine “interactions between Pro10 and THG in relation to OCI’s ticket allocation”.   Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Report will look at Pro10 role as Olympic Council of Ireland’s ticket seller for the Games

Police in Rio have said testimony from two Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) officials on Thursday night indicated that OCI president Patrick Hickey was in charge of the organisation’s ticketing. File photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

OCI officials Kevin Kilty and Stephen Martin not suspects in alleged touting controversy

Olympic Council of Ireland’s team leader Kevin Kilty, right, and chief executive Stephen Martin leave the police headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday. Police say the men are now ‘witnesses and not suspects’.  Photograph: Leo Correa/AP

Police say Olympic Council of Ireland officials confirmed Pat Hickey in charge of ticketing

Two OCI officials, Kevin Kilty and Stephen Martin, leave  a police station in north of Rio after being interviewed.  Photograph: AP Photo/Leo Correa

Police likely to recommend return of passports to Stephen Martin and Kevin Kilty

Ireland’s Olympic Council team leader Kevin Kilty, left, and chief executive Stephen Martin arrive at police headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Leo Correa/AP Photo

Kevin Kilty and Stephen Martin interviewed by detectives in Rio

Olympic Council of Ireland chief Pat Hickey’s lawyers in Rio de Janeiro have not responded to calls from this newspaper. File photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

OCI president and Kevin Mallon said to be ‘keeping well’ as they await decision

Olympic Council of Ireland  president Pat Hickey was arrested last Wednesday and remains in a remand prison in Rio de Janeiro. File photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Pair discussed arrest of Kevin Mallon, Irish finance director of THG

OCI president Pat Hickey.

Investigators have examined the Olympic Council of Ireland president’s emails

Lawyers for Pat Hickey, who has stepped aside temporarily as Olympic Council of Ireland president, have denied that he attempted to evade arrest by Brazilian police. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Officials who arrested OCI president said wife told them he was gone to Ireland

Pat Hickey has been arrested in Rio as part of the investigation into alleged ticket touting.

Dermot Henihan, Kevin Kilty and Stephen Martin agreed to go to a local police station

Michael Conlan’s post-defeat interview was grief in sport at it’s most cruel. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

From Thomas Barr’s heroics, to the lows of Michael Conlon and Katie Taylor’s exits

A Brazilian judge has authorised the country’s police to seize the passport of Football Association of Ireland chief executive and Olympic Council of Ireland vice-president John Delaney as part of the investigation into alleged ticket touting at the Olympic Games. .Photograph: Dave Meehan.

FAI chief, who is OCI vice president, and five other OCI figures named in warrant following interview with Hickey over ticket cont(...)

Hotel rooms searched ahead of questioning in ticket touting investigation

Pat Hickey and Kevin Mallon are being held at a remand unit of the Gericiná prison complex, known as Bangú 10Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

IOC president Thomas Bach says presumption of innocence must prevail

Olympic tickets: Pat Hickey at a Team Ireland briefing. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tom Hennigan picks apart the unfolding story surrounding the OCI chief and the Olympic tickets

Tickets for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games marked with the name of the Olympic Committee of Ireland. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Pat Hickey faces weekend in Rio jail after Brazilian judge rejects bid for release

International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Patrick Hickey arriving at the police station after being arrested on allegations of taking part in a black market ticket ring. Photograph: Tasso Marcelo/AFP/Getty Images

Conditions in Bangu 10 jail, where OCI chief who stepped aside is held, ‘ have improved’

OCI President Pat Hickey escorted From Hospital, Hospital Samaritano, Sao Paulo, Brazil . Photoghraph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

OCI says it will ‘co-operate fully’ with Shane Ross inquiry as Pat Hickey is transferred to prison

 Pat Hickey’s passport and accreditation on show at a police briefing in Rio. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rio officers often allow media to photograph documents of arrested people

OCI president Pat Hickey being escorted from the Samaritano hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 18th, 2016. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Shane Ross says senior counsel or judge to be appointed to inquiry into saga today

THG Sports says it acted as a go-between for people looking to buy tickets. Photograph: Tasso Marcelo/AFP/Getty Images.

Firm at heart of touting investigation says it ‘introduced’ people seeking tickets to Pro10

Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey’s passport and accreditation on show during Friday’s police press conference in Rio. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Minister for Sport Shane Ross returns from Rio to conduct independent investigation

A photograph posted on Twitter which shows Brazillian police arresting Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey.

President of organisation in ‘ill health’ after being arrested in Rio over ticket controversy

Minister for Sport  Shane Ross and his wife Ruth Buchanan at Annalise Murphy’s medal ceremony  in Rio. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Agency’s role was to help people access Olympic tickets and they ‘were not paid’

Police in Brazil say they want to arrest a second Irish man as part of their investigation into the alleged touting controversy involving Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) tickets for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Tasso Marcelo/AFP/Getty Images.

Officers investigating alleged illegal sale of OCI allocation seek David Patrick Gilmore

A picture of an ID card belonging to Kevin Mallon, an Irish director of THG Sports, who was arrested for allegedly illegally selling tickets for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. A court in Brazil has denied a request to release Mr Mallon. Photograph: Tasso marcelo/AFP/Getty Images.

THG Sports director Kevin Mallon has been detained in Rio since August 5th

Seized Olympic tickets allegedly are displayed during a press conference. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister ‘stunned’ as Olympic Council refuses request for independent figure on inquiry

The OCI’s official ticket vendor, Pro10 Sports Management, told Olympic organisers that Kevin Mallon was acting as a collection point in Rio for individuals transacting directly with it Photograph: Tasso Marcello/AFP/Getty Images

Dublin finance director’s lawyer says client confident of being out of custody soon

A spectator shows their tickets for gymnastics at the Rio Olympic Arena. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The route tickets take to fans is mapped by International Olympic Committee rules

Olympic tickets allegedly seized from Kevin Mallon of THG Sports are displayed during a press conference last Monday. Photograph: Tasso Marcelo/AFP/Getty Images

Police say THG executive Kevin Mallon arrested in Rio had hundreds of tickets

A picture of an ID card belonging to Kevin Mallon, a  THG Sports director, displayed during a press conference at the City Police’s station in Benfica, north of Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Tasso Marcelo/AFP/Getty Images

Irishman held in possession of several hundred tickets for high-profile events at Games

ID card of Kevin James Mallon, a director of THG Sports. Mallon was arrested in Rio charged with illegally re-selling Olympic tickets at high prices. Photograph: Tasso Marcelo/AFP/Getty Images

Police who arrested Dubliner Kevin Mallon in Rio said he had 813 tickets for events

The Olympic Council of Ireland said it had “no knowledge” of the two people arrested and had begun an investigation with its authorised ticket reseller “into how these individuals were allegedly in possession of OCI allocated tickets”.

Police recover over 1,000 tickets believed destined for Olympic Council of Ireland

Activists protest against suspended president Dilma Rousseff in Sao Paulo the week before the Olympic Games began. Photograph: Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty

Games have strong protest dimension as country is in midst of political scandal

The Olympics Rings at sun rise on Copabana Beach on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An Irishman has been arrested for ticket touting at the Olympic Games and is being held in prison by order of a Brazilian judge in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Getty Images

Kevin James Marlen is being held in prison by order of a Brazilian judge in Rio de Janeiro

A general view of the Deodoro Stadium during the  Women’s Pool C rugby match between Canada and Brazil. Photograph:  Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Brazil’s women suffer heavy defeats to Britain and Canada on opening day

 The Olympic flag is raised during the opening ceremony in Rio last night. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

South America’s first ever Olympic Games gets off to happy start writes Tom Hennigan in Rio

 James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’:  Borges was an early fan of Ulysses –“A total reality teems vociferously in the pages”.

Letter from Buenos Aires: Joyce and Borges at heart of double commemoration for Irish

Mark O’Brien (left) receives the flame during Olympic relay in the city of Volta Redonda, some 130kms from Rio, on   Thursday night. Photograph: Ciara Gilvarry

Mark O’Brien is the only Irish person taking part in the relay to bring the torch to Rio

Caroline Dwyer outside Bolivia’s foreign ministry in La Paz.

Caroline Dwyer expresses her ‘disgust’ during trip to Bolivia to investigate son’s murder

Aerial view of the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Hill and the Mario Filho (Maracana) stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 3, 2013. The Maracana stadium will host the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA   JAPAN OUT        (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Will there be any winners in Rio’s Olympic dream?

A shopper passes an empty fridge in a supermarket in Cumana, Venezuela. A recent survey  showed 87 per cent of Venezuelans said they did not have enough money to buy food. Photograph: Meridith Kohut/New York Times

Sharp drop in oil prices has left government without the means to pay for food imports

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