Michael Lynne: being held in a prison in the city of Recife. Photograph:  Garrett White/Collins

Brazil’s supreme court has cleared the way for the extradition of fugitive former solicitor Michael Lynn back to Ireland to face charges relating to t(...)

Brazil’s supreme court has voted to allow the extradition of fugitive solicitor Michael Lynn back to Ireland. Picture Garrett White / Collins

More than 8,000km from Dublin, in the modernist halls of the Supreme Federal Court in Brasilia, a remarkable seven-year saga edged towards its dénouem(...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff with predecessor  Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. In her last term she lacked his authority when it came to forging the  deals  for getting her agenda through congress. Photograph: Eraldo Peres/AP

If Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff thought her victory in last week’s election would boost her authority heading into a second term, congress provid(...)

Dilma Rousseff celebrates victory with her mentor Lula da Silva, who campaigned tirelessly for her election. Photograph: AP Photo/Eraldo Peres

After her narrow victory in Sunday’s election, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has targeted political reform as a top priority during her second t(...)

Re-elected Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff (C) addresses a press conference in Brasilia last night after winning a narrow re-election victory. Photograph: Epa/Fernando Bizerra

Brazil’s leftist President Dilma Rousseff narrowly won re-election yesterday after convincing voters that her party’s strong record of reducing povert(...)

Dubious alliances: Brazil’s president and candidate for re-election Dilma Rousseff greets supporters in Teresina, Piaui, on Wednesday. Photograph: Ichiro Guerra/EPA

To understand the Janus-faced politics of Brazil, you could do worse than visit Residencial Ouro Preto, in Maceió, the capital of the northeastern sta(...)

Jovita Rosa in front of Brazil’s congress building in Brasília: ‘In Brazil it is not the lack of money that explains poor public services but corruption, and corruption flourishes because hidden business interests do not want public services to work.’ Photograph: Tom Hennigan

When Jovita Rosa approaches people while canvassing in Guará, a satellite city of nearby Brasília, most strike an inherently suspicious pose. Even her(...)

Brazilian presidential candidate Aécio Neves at a campaign rally in Rio de Janeiro. “If I win the elections it is going to be very good for Brazil . . . But if I don’t win, and this could happen, it is going to be very good for me from a personal point of view.” Photograph: Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Towards the end of a recent profile in Piauí­ magazine, Brazilian presidential candidate Aécio Neves told the monthly’s reporter: “If I win the ele(...)

Michael Dwyer: an elite police unit stormed the hotel  in which he was staying   on April 16th, 2009. Mr Dwyer and two others were shot dead in the raid. Photograph: PA Wire

The mother and sister of Michael Dwyer have made an “emotional but necessary” visit to the hotel room in Santa Cruz where the Irish man was shot dead(...)

Marina Silva, a conservationist and former environment minister, has been named the socialist candidate for the upcoming Brazilian presidential elections. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

The mixed-race daughter of a poor, illiterate family of Amazonian rubber tappers has been chosen as a Brazilian presidential candidate.Marina Silva, a(...)