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(...)

Jim Boyce, FIFA Vice-President, says he was unaware of the expensive watch given to him during the World Cup in Rio this summer. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has confirmed he was given a €20,939 watch by the Brazilian FA during the World Cup but had no idea of its val(...)

Brazilians face economic woes following a disappointing World Cup. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh, Irish Times

Brazil suffered a recession in the first half of the year as investment plunged and the country’s hosting of the World Cup suffocated economic activit(...)

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(...)

The recent Mercosur summit in Caracas, Venezuela. Photograph: EPA

After being stalled for years, trade talks between the EU and the South American bloc Mercosur are showing signs of life, with a deal that could have (...)

Estela de Carlotto with her grandson Guido Montoya Carlotto: “We must keep searching for those missing because other grandmothers have to feel what I feel.” Photograph: Florencia Downes/EPA

For Estela de Carlotto it was the call she must have feared she would never receive. Last Tuesday the Argentinian grandmother announced that she had f(...)

A woman walks past a graffiti that reads “No to the debt payment” in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

Argentina looks set to default on its debts for a second time in less than 13 years as efforts to end an impasse with creditors suing the country b(...)

Brazil’s new manager Dunga smiles during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

The return yesterday of Dunga as coach of Brazil’s national team breaks one of the most sensible but least observed rules in South American football m(...)

The Portal del Morumbi camp, in one of the richest areas in Sao Paulo, which is occupied by 4,000 homeless families, supported by the Homeless Workers Movement. The MTST has intensified its protests in Sao Paulo in the last week, having compromised with the Brazilian government for a truce during the World Cup. Photograph: EPA/Sebastião Moreira

For several years during the build-up to the World Cup, Brazilians exasperated at the regular inconveniences suffered in the course of daily life here(...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff  with China’s president Xi Jinping at the sixth Brics summit in Fortaleza. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff had some reason to be pleased with herself this week.Not only did she host on Monday a successful meeting of the lea(...)