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(...)

Brazil’s President Dilma Roussef has become more isolated than ever in the presidential palace. Photograph: Carlos Pazos/Reuters

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff is in deep trouble.Though she has barely started her second term after securing re-election last October, she alread(...)

Petrobras president Aldemir Bendine: markets reacted negatively to news that a loyal lieutenant of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was being handed the job. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters

Brazil’s government has appointed the controversial head of a state bank to be the new president of the crisis-stricken oil giant Petrobras. Th(...)

Petrobas CEO Maria das Graças Foster who, along with five other managers, has resigned.

The head of Brazil’s state-controlled oil giant Petrobras has resigned along with five other senior managers becoming the latest high-profile casualti(...)

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff: during the campaign she claimed her opponents would inflict austerity on Brazilians if she lost, but since her victory, she has accepted that spending cuts will have to be made, subsidies to consumers unwound and interest rates raised.  Photograph: Joedson Alves/Reuters

Having tacked to the left during a deeply polarised campaign to secure re-election in October, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is coming under fire(...)

Demonstrators march in Sao Paulo against corruption and the government of president Dilma Rousseff. Photograph: Bosco Martin/EPA

Public prosecutors in Brazil have charged 36 people, including top executives from some of the country’s leading civil engineering companies, with inv(...)

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (left) receives the final report of the Commission of Truth about human rights violations during the last dictatorship (1964-1985) from the Commission of Truth coordinator Pedro Dallari, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Photograph: Fernando Bizzera Jr/EPA

A truth commission investigating humans rights abuses committed by Brazil’s 1964-85 military dictatorship called on Wednesday for the overturning of (...)

An anti-government demonstration in   Sao Paulo recently. Photograph: EPA/Aaron Cadena Ovalle

During her re-election bid Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff made great political capital by attacking her country’s elite, bankers, The Economist and(...)

For decades Brazilian football stadiums were the venues for mass displays of the racism that permeated Brazilian life. Black players were frequently s(...)

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(...)