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

Brazilian police want to question former president Luiz In ácio Lula da Silva about corruption in state-controlled oil company Petrobras, in the clea(...)

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

Petrobras and several other leading Brazilian companies had their credit ratings downgraded to junk by Standard & Poor’s in the wake of the rati(...)

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

Standard & Poor’s downgraded Brazil’s credit rating to junk on Wednesday in the latest blow to embattled president Dilma Rousseff as she struggles(...)

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

The depths of the institutional and ethical crisis facing Brazil have been laid bare by a new survey of the country’s congress, which reveals more tha(...)

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

Brazil’s transformation from investment community darling to black sheep gathered pace this week as evidence mounted that the country’s political clas(...)

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

As every Irish person knows, St Brendan discovered the Americas almost a full millennium before Christopher Columbus made landfall there, in 1492. Or (...)

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

Fugitive lawyer Michael Lynn should be back in Ireland before the end of the year to face charges relating to the collapse of his property empire, acc(...)

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

On a muggy Wednesday morning a steady stream of women make their way towards the Cotel remand prison, home of the fugitive Irish lawyer Michael Lynn s(...)

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

Brazil’s political crisis has entered a new and more volatile phase with last week’s decision by federal prosecutors to formally charge the powerful p(...)

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

In the heart of Old Recife is a street sign that hints at the remarkable history of one of Brazil’s oldest neighbourhoods. Painted onto tiles in the P(...)