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

 Melissa Reid (22) at  International Airport Jorge Chavez in Callao, Peru, prior to returning to Britain,  June 21st, 2016. She was jailed in 2013 after trying to smuggle cocaine from Peru to Spain. Photograph: Sebastian Castaneda/EPA

Peruvian judge allows Scottish drug smuggler to return home following prison release

Argentinian former public works secretary Jose Lopez  is taken into custody after being arrested in General Rodriguez, province of Buenos Aires: he was trying to hide $9 million in the garden of a nunnery. Photograph:  Juan Vargas/AFP/Getty Images

The Kirchner circle is only being properly investigated now Cristina has left office

Peruvian presidential candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and his wife, Nancy Lange,  during a rally in Lima at the weekend. Photograph: EPA/Ernesto Arias

Economic liberal Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on course to win election by narrow margin

Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the imprisoned former dictator: her campaign has been hit by accusations that some of her backers are involved in drug trafficking. Photograph: Mariana Bazo

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski hopes to stop Keiko Fujimori becoming next Peruvian president

A Banco Bradesco branch in the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Banco Bradesco president Luiz Carlos Trabuco is accused of conspiring with officials in the finance ministry to annul a €750 million tax fine. Photograph: Nadia Sussman/Bloomberg via Getty Images

File on Banco Bradesco president Luiz Carlos Trabuco illustrates scale of investigation

Brazil’s former minister for transparency Fabiano Silveira. Leaked recordings suggest  he conspired to derail an  inquiry into corruption at the state oil company  Petrobras. Photograph: EPA

Transparency chief Silveira the second minister in Brazil to resign in just week

A favela in Rio de Janeiro: police are investigating the reported gang rape of a young woman in a poor area of the city. Photograph: Getty

Case renews debate about Brazil’s entrenched rape culture and police failure to tackle it

Acting Brazilian president Michel Temer (right) and Romero Jucá, a former minister of planning: Jucá’s lightning fall caps a rocky start as president for Temer who was the target of widespread criticism after he unveiled Brazil’s first all-male cabinet in more than three decades.  Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Controversial Michel Temer already one minister down following secret recording

Youths in São Paulo are checked in a security crackdown by police in May 2006. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/AFP/Getty Images

Federal police could reopen case of local São Paulo police who killed civilians in May 2006

Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer(centre) sits between chief of staff Eliseu Padilha (left) and economy minister Henrique Meirelles during the first ministers meeting at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on Friday. Photograph: Andressa Anholete/AFP

Many economists believe Dilma Rousseff’s administration did creative accounting

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva  earlier this year. President Dilma Rousseff says her accounting practices in government were  no different from those of her predecessors. Photograph: Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty

Voters are more angry about corruption than the president’s accounting ‘stepovers’

A protester in support of Dilma Rousseff holds a banner outside the Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016. Photograph: Lula Marques/Bloomberg

Analysis: President’s suspension unlikely to help dissatisfaction with political class

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff greets the secretary general of the Organisation of American States, Luis Almagro,   at her office in Brasilia on Tuesday, in what may prove to be one of her final engagements in office. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil’s president likely to be removed from office following senate debate on Wednesday

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff  was just two days from having her mandate suspended and is circumspect about the turnaround, saying, “I don’t know the consequences.” Photograph: Adriano Machado/ Reuters

Confusion after surprise move by acting speaker of lower house Waldir Maranhão

Brazilian volleyball player Fabiana Claudino and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff as the Olympic torch arrives in Brazil on May 3rd. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

As €10m is splashed out on showcase games, the state suffers from a shortage of cash

Eduardo Cunha, speaker of Brazil’s lower house of congress,  who has been temporarily suspended from office. He faces multiple accusations of corruption. Photograph:  Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Eduardo Cunha was prime mover behind the effort to impeach President Dilma Rousseff

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff at the opening ceremony of the National Conference on Human Rights. Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brazil’s battered leader tries to show she is still in command amid week of embarrassments

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff speaks to members of the foreign press at the presidential palace in Brasilia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Lula Marques/Bloomberg

Brazil’s president says those plotting to replace her are ‘selling land on the moon’

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff:  The  lower house of congress voted by 367 to 137 on Sunday night to send her for trial before the senate over accusations that she had broken budgetary laws. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Vote to send Brazil’s president for senate trial amounts to ‘coup’, says attorney general

Brazilian parliamenarian Bruno Araujo (centre) celebrates with fellow congressmen after his vote in favour of the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff was enough to confirm the process. Photograph:  Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Deputies conduct themselves with all the decorum of drunken fans at a football match

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff: she faces accusations that she manipulated government accounts to make economic performance look better. The impeachment vote is scheduled for April 17th. Photograph: Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Court rejects last-ditch effort by government to halt congressional vote on leader’s removal

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff:    battling to save  her presidency. Photograph:  Evaristo Saevaristo/AFP/Getty

Undecided deputies likely to turn against president in impeachment vote

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva addresses teachers and students  in Sao Paulo on Friday as he attempts to garner support for his protégée and successor Dilma Rousseff who faces impeachment.   Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters

Brazil’s ex-president attempts to boost public opinion of Rousseff amid Petrobras scandal

 Keiko Fujimori, the frontrunner in Peru’s presidential election,  waves to supporters during her closing campaign meeting in Lima on Thursday. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

Keiko Fujimori in pole position in election marked by protests and controversy

Supporters of Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff demonstrate  in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on Thursday. Photograph: Jefferson Bernardes/AFP/Getty Images

Incompetence and not a conspiracy has put Brazil’s president under pressure

Argentina’s Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay: Thursday’s vote now leaves the path clear for a resolution to the legal dispute between Argentina and the group of US hedge funds whose action in US courts prevented the country raising new debt. Photograph: Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty

Argentine senate votes to repeal laws that prevented government settling with creditors

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff: the campaign to oust her is being driven by anger at her mismanagement of the economy and revelations that her party oversaw a huge corruption scheme inside state-controlled oil giant Petrobras. Photograph: Eraldo Peres/AP Photo

Impeachment of president more likely after move by Democratic Movement of Brazil

The headquarters of Odebrecht in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Odebrecht testimony could be particularly damaging for embattled president Dilma Rousseff. Photograph: Reuters/Paulo Whitaker

Brazilian police find file detailing illicit payments to 200 politicians at Odebrecht

 Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva hugs President Dilma Rousseff after he is sworn in as the new chief of staff. Shortly after the  swearing-in ceremony, a judge suspended the appointment. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Taped phone conversations reveal move intended to shield Lula from prosecution

Demonstrators protest against the appointment of the former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as Chief of Staff, at the Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Wednesday night. Photograph: Ricardo Nogueira/EPA

Thousands call for the resignation of President Roussef and arrest of predecessor Lula

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva waves at supporters from the balcony of his apartment in Sao Bernardo do Campo at the weekend – he has been named as Dilma Rousseff’s chief of staff. Photograph: Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images

Former president becomes chief of staff, protecting him from prosecution for fraud

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff: Former party ally  Delcídio do Amaral made a series of explosive claims against the country’s political elite. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Former senate leader accuse Rousseff of trying to obstruct Petrobras investigation

Demonstrators  call for the impeachment of  Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff: her  Workers’ Party, with its proud history of militant mobilisation, appears to have  lost control of the Brazilian street to the middle class. Photograph: Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Pressure on president to resign over Petrobras scandal grows after nationwide protests

Union members and members of Workers’ Party demonstrate in support of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Sao Paulo on Friday. Photograph: Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images

Latest crux sparked by prosecutors’ call for arrest of ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Brasilia, Brazil. Lula has been formally charged with money-laudering and other crimes. File photograph: Fernando Bizerra jr/EPA

Former president is under investigation over luxury apartment and Petrobras scandal

A state worker protests in Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires. Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri is facing unrest as workers protest at rocketing inflation and job cuts. Photograph:  Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

President Macri secures €4.3bn agreement with creditors – but still faces local hurdles

Police officers confront supporters of former  president  Lula   during a protest in front of Lula’s apartment in Sao Bernardo do Campo, São Paolo, Brazil, on Friday, March 4th. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Prosecutor alleges Lula was ‘one of the principal beneficiaries’ of corruption scheme

Supporters of Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva protest in front of the Federal Police office at the Congonhas airport in São Paulo on Friday. Photograph: Marcelo Machado de Melo/Reuters

Analysis: Development a dramatic fall from grace for former leader, writes Tom Hennigan

Former Argentine president Cristina Kirchner: Due in court over sale of dollar future contracts. Photograph: Eitan Abramovich AFP/Getty Images

Corruption flourishes across the continent due to dysfunctional political systems

Relatives of patients suffering from microcephaly listen to therapists  at the Altino Ventura Foundation in Recife, BrazilPhotograph: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Corruption and lack of investment have eroded public health facilities for years

Relatives of patients suffering from microcephaly gather at the Altino Ventura Foundation in Recife, Brazil.  Photograph: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Conspiracy theories flourish in Recife, a city gripped by fear as the virus rapidly spreads

Bolivia’s president Evo Morales answers questions from the press  in La Paz on Monday a day after Bolivians appear to have rejected his bid to seek a fourth term in office. Photograph: Aizar Raldes/AFP/Getty Images

President set to lose referendum called to enable him to seek fourth term in office

Bolivia’s president Evo Morales: faces accusations of influence-peddling involving his former partner. Photograph: EPA/ABI

Polls show opposition to allowing president seek fourth term is gaining ground

The court’s decision leaves Michael Lynn with no further legal recourse in his campaign to avoid returning to Ireland.

Decision leaves no legal recourse in efforts to avoid return to face charges in Ireland

One of the final barriers to the extradition of fugitive solicitor Michael Lynn from Brazil to Ireland to face charges relating to the collapse of his property empire is expected to be overcome next week. Photograph: Federal Police of Brazil.

Judge in Brasilia expected to provide clarification of extradition ruling on Tuesday

A scientist hold a jar with Aedes Aegypti mosquitos inside, which transmit dengue fever and Zika virus: Brazil has confirmed its third Zika virus-linked death after a 20-year-old woman died 12 days after she was admitted to hospital in northeast Brazil. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

Health officials ‘extremely concerned’ at development of virus after woman (20) dies

Threat: a health technician with Aedes aegyti mosquito larvae. Photograph: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters

The World Health Organisation says its spread around the tropics has been ‘explosive’. Here’s what you need to know

 President Nicolás Maduro: The opposition  fears he  will  bypass the assembly’s decision by having the decree powers confirmed by the country’s top court. Photograph: EPA

President Nicolás Maduro sought the right to use treasury funds as he saw fit

People queue to try to buy corn flour and rice, outside a supermarket in Caracas  after Venezuela’s socialist government decreed an “economic emergency”. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

Slump in oil prices exposes government incompetence

Giant’s staircase: Utec, Lima has ‘opened up exciting new frontiers for Peruvian architecture’. Photograph: Grafton Architects, Iwan Baan Studio

Grafton Architects, the Irish team behind the spectacular University of Engineering and Technology in Lima, wanted to create a bui(...)

Newly-elected opposition deputy Juan Requesens   argues with Chavista deputies during the new parliament’s swearing-in ceremony in Caracas:  a Chavista-dominated court ordered the temporary suspension of the mandates of four new deputies, three from the opposition, after their victories were questioned by the ruling socialists.  Photograph: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images

Beleaguered Chavista president takes on MUD in court in bid to remain in office

Barra da Tijuca in Rio, where the Olympics will be held. Photograph: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Organisers of Games have failed to abide by their promise to clean up the city’s raw sewage problem

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff (right) and vice-president Michel Temer listen to Brazil’s national anthem: but all is not harmonious between them. Photograph:  Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brazilian president is feeling the heat, not least from deputy Michel Temer

Argentina’s president-elect Mauricio Macri: wants a free trade deal between Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance trade bloc of Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia. Photograph: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters

Ceremony will be muted as new president seeks to kickstart deeply flawed economy

Newly-elected Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Opposition United Democratic Table wins huge majority in weekend poll

A supporter of Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro holds a poster with a picture of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez  during the last campaign rally with pro-government candidates for Sunday’s upcoming parliamentary elections, in Caracas on Thursday. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

President Nicolás Maduro vows to ‘go to the street to fight with the people’ if PSUV loses

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff: said she was “indignant” at the move and said her administration had never practised “illicit acts”. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Dramatic new twist in political crisis linked to corruption scandal at oil giant Petrobas

Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro greets supporters after a meeting in the Petare district of Caracas. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

Opinion polls show populist left-wing movement set to lose control of national assembly

BTG Pactual investment bank chief executive André Esteves: federal prosecutors have accused him of attempting to obstruct their inquiry into corruption at Petrobras. Photograph: Cassimiro/AFP/Getty Images

Workers’ Party considering expelling senator Delcídio do Amaral following his arrest

Argentinian president-elect Mauricio Macri. He told his supporters that “change cannot be held up by revenge or score-settling”. Photograph: David Fernandez/EPA

Mauricio Macri defeated populist Peronist candidate Daniel Scioli by under three percentage points in run-off vote

Opposition leader Mauricio Macri during his closing campaign rally in Hamahuaca. He is expected to become the first right-wing politician to be elected Argentina’s president. Photograph: Frente Cambiemos/EPA

Opposition leader Mauricio Macri holds an ample lead ahead of Sunday’s election

Mauricio Macri: attempting to become the first right-wing politician to be elected president in Argentina’s history.  Photograph: Patricio Pidal/Bloomberg.

Daniel Scioli and Mauricio Macri to face each other again on November 22nd

Buenos Aires governor and presidential candidate Daniel Scioli and Argentina’s president Cristina Kirchner  at a  meeting with local authorities in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.  Photograph: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images

Argentinians vote for a new president this Sunday following divisive election campaign

Argentina’s Juan Imhoff celebrates scoring their fourth try against Ireland. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

‘Beautiful. Dynamic, offensive, typical of the powerhouses. Because Argentina exists’

File photograph of Michael Dwyer. Photograph: PA Wire

Irishman (24) was allegedly killed in a shoot-out with Bolivian police in 2009

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff: said she would “cut her own flesh” to root out corruption. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Efforts to impeach Dilma Rousseff overshadowed by supreme court decision

Cristina Kirchner’s backing of Daniel Scioli only followed her failure to find a candidate among her own inner circle. Photograph: Reuters/Enrique Marcarian

Stock exchange buoyed by international expectation of post-Kirchner rapprochement

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos (left) seals the deal in a handshake with  the head of the Farc, Rodrigo Londono, in the presence of   Cuban president Raul Castro.  Photograph: AFP Photo/Getty Images

Guerrilla movement commits to laying down arms within 60 days of a final treaty

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has struggled to win the necessary political support for an austerity programme to restore the public finances to health. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

President Rousseff struggles to win political support for austerity programme

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva may be questioned by police. Photograph: David Fernandez/EPA

Leaked motion suggests Lula was aware of corruption at state-controlled oil company

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff: Brazil’s loss of investment grade status heaped further pressure on emerging markets

Several leading Brazilian firms suffer credit downgrade amid country’s worst recession in decades

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff, who has been struggling with the country’s worst recession in decades. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Decision to cut to junk likely to intensify calls for president to resign or face impeachment

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff stands in a vehicle during a civic-military parade in Brasilia to commemorate Brazil’s Independence Day on Monday.  Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Survey reveals members of congress from all political parties are being investigated

An inflatable doll depicting former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in prison attire during a recent protest against Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff in São Paulo. photograph: paulo whitaker/reuters

A growing deficit and political divisions leaves Brazil on the brink

New world: the first map of the world to show America, drawn in 1500 by Juan de la Cosa, Christopher Columbus’s pilot. Photograph: Universal/UIG via Getty

Many Irish would say St Brendan crossed the Atlantic in the first millennium. Now Khalid Abualkair, maker of ‘We Discovered Americ(...)

Mr Lynn was arrested in Brazil almost two years ago – on August 29th – and has been held since in a prison in the city of Recife while fighting efforts to return him to Ireland. Photograph: Federal Police of Brazil

Lynn fled Ireland in 2007 with debts of €80m and is attempting to overturn extradition bid

Overcrowded and described as barbarous:  Cotel prison in Recife, Brazil. Photograph: Federal Police of Brazil

From a notoriously grim Brazilian jail, the fugitive Irish lawyer fights on not to be sent home

Eduardo Cunha, president of Brazil’s lower house of parliament, who has been accused of accepting a $5 million  bribe in return for helping a company win contracts to supply  oil giant Petrobras with drill ships. Photograph: Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images

Leader of lower house Eduardo Cunha could face trial over accusation he took $5m bribe

Recife: revival of interest in its Jewish past is part of a still-emerging change in Brazil since the return of democracy in the 1980s

First synagogue in New World built in Recife in 1640 for Portuguese and Dutch Jews

Dilma Rousseff: The president’s  Workers’ Party administration is now engulfed in a huge corruption scandal and struggling to navigate the country’s worst recession in two decades.   Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Bloomberg

Fresh corruption scandal as marches take place in 168 cities across Brazil

President Dilma Rousseff:  Hundreds of thousands are expected to take to the streets on Sunday  to demand her impeachment. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Dilma Rousseff’s government dogged by investigation into Petrobras corruption scandal

Mayor of Buenos Aires Mauricio Macri, who is attempting to become the first right-wing politician to secure Argentina’s presidency in free elections, speaking on Sunday as the results of primary elections began to come in. Photograph: AFP/Telam/Alejandro Santa Cruz

Country is set for most open presidential election in years after period of Peronist rule

Cristina Kirchner and Aníbal Fernández at a rally in Buenos Aires last month. Kirchner compared those allegedly behind the accusations to the death squads of the military dictatorship. Photograph: Charly Diaz Azcue/CON

Journalist’s allegations against cabinet chief Aníbal Fernández spark Peronist feud

José Dirceu, who was detained  yesterday morning at his home in Brasília. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters

High-profile politican is latest focus of oil company Petrobas bribery probe

A Petrobas drilling platform in Guanabara Bay:  the company has invited rivals to bid for stakes in some of its most promising offshore oil finds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

The goal of raising $57.7 billion dwarfs the sector’s previous largest downsizing

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff: has vowed a “tooth and nail” defence of her mandate, accusing her opponents of “coup mongering”. But popular support for her has drained away. Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/EPA/Pool

Amid a storm of policy and Petrobras, the president may not be the only one forced out

Jerry O’Callaghan: “Brazil has been dealt a really bad hand of cards in terms of how it has been perceived globally.” Photograph: Rui Nagae

JBS director Jerry O’Callaghan a critic of IFA policy of protectionism

A view of a Moy Park plant. The poultry producer has been sold by its owner to a 	Brazilian company in a deal worth €1.32 billion. Photograph: Brian Hallam/Moy Park

Brazilian company JBS buys North’s biggest private employer from debt-laden Marfrig

Language of the city: James Concagh with some of the pichação that inspired him. Photograph: Tom Hennigan

The graffiti and strange ‘pichação’ of his adopted city were the natural inspirations for James Concagh’s giant train-station mura(...)

Caroline and Martin Dwyer, and their daughter Aisling, pictured at the inquest into the death of their son Michael Dwyer, at the Dublin County Coroner’s Court, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Relatives claim Michael Dwyer was summarily executed by Bolivian authorities

The Bolivian hotel where Tipperary man Michael Dwyer was killed by police in 2009. Two men who were in the hotel on the night of the  killing have come forward. Photograph: Julien Behal/Phoenix Films

Brazilian men who were guests at Bolivian hotel contradict authorities’ version of events

Michael Dwyer. His family says it has gathered evidence that shows he was summarily executed by Bolivian state forces and is calling for an international investigation into their son’s death. Photograph: PA Wire

Marcos Brandt said there was no shootout as claimed by Bolivian police.

Police on  guard near the Corinthians fans’ Hall 9 headquarters, in Vila dos Remedios, west of São  Paulo, after a shooting that left eight people dead on April 19th, 2015. Seven  Corinthians fans were executed at the site, and an eighth person was shot at a nearby gas station. File photograph: Fernando Neves/AFP/Getty Images

Second suspect a former officer with a conviction for receiving stolen goods

Union members at May Day celebrations which were also attended by former Brazilian president “Lula”. Photograph: Victor Moriyama/Getty Images

Members of ruling Workers Party already being investigated over Petrobras scandal

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner  in Russia last week: she has expanded her offensive against dead prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s reputation. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Relief for Kirchner as prosecutor dismisses allegations of bombing cover-up

A vendor hangs shirts reading “Out, Dilma” during a protest against Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff over a corruption scandal at Petrobras. Photograph: Reuters

Brazilian oil firm attempts to re-establish credibility after political corruption scandal

A policeman outside the Corinthians fans’ headquarters in Vila dos Remedios, near São Paulo, after a shooting that left eight people dead on Saturday night. Photograph: Fernando Neves/AFP/Getty Images

Massacre over settling of accounts within criminal underworld, police believe

Joao Vaccari, treasurer of Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party, is escorted by police as he arrives at a legal medical institute in Curitiba. Brazilian police on Wednesday arrested Mr Vaccari, moving an investigation of graft and political kickbacks at state-run oil company Petrobras closer to President Dilma Rousseff’s inner circle. Photograph: Rodolfo Buhrer/Reuters

Detention of João Vaccari brings corruption investigation closer to Brazil’s ruling party leadership

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