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

Police in Brazil have arrested one of the founders of the ruling Workers’ Party, accusing him of being the mastermind behind the massive corruption s(...)

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

Nobody should mistake the recent calm of the Brazilian streets since anti-government agitation petered out for evidence that Dilma Rousseff has seen o(...)

Two films from Marriott Hotels Marriott Hotels has entered the movie business with Marriott International Content Studio producing short films. The fi(...)

With its £47 billion (€64.6bn) purchase of BG Group, Royal Dutch Shell has consolidated its position as a leading liquefied natural gas player. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

With its £47 billion (€64.6bn) purchase of BG Group, Royal Dutch Shell has consolidated its position as a leading liquefied natural gas player.But alo(...)

Brazil Independence day at University of Limerick 2:34

Despite the offer of a scholarship in Spain worth twice as much as one from Ireland, when it came to deciding where to do her doctoral research, Br(...)

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(...)