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Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva attends a campaign rally to launch his presidential candidacy for the upcoming October elections, in São Paulo, Brazil. Photograph: Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images

When an appeal court upheld the corruption conviction of former Brazil president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva last month, leaders of his Workers’ Party w(...)

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva: his Workers Party has vowed to launch his candidacy regardless of Wednesday’s decision.  Photograph: Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Efforts by former Brazil president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to avoid prison and return to power were dealt a severe blow on Wednesday when an appeals(...)

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva: Biggest vote getter for the Workers Party.   Photograph: Patricia Monteiro/Bloomberg

Brazil’s year of political uncertainty gets under way on Wednesday when an appeals court will decide whether to uphold the conviction for corruption o(...)

This photo from Brazilian newspaper O Popular shows families of prisoners watching guards move inmates at the Coronel Odenir Guimaraes State Prison in Aparecida de Goiania, Goiás, Brazil, on January 1st, 2018.  Nine prisoners were killed and 14 injured in a riot on New Year’s Day. Photograph: O Popular/Claudio Reis/AFP/Getty Images

Prison authorities across Brazil should prepare for further violence after a New Year’s Day riot in which nine prisoners were murdered, according to p(...)

Peru’s president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, whose administration denied it offered a pardon for jailed former dictator Alberto Fujimori in exchange for votes to save his mandate. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

Peru’s president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has defied expectations by surviving an impeachment vote in congress called after he was accused of involveme(...)

U2 at Abbey Road, never getting old, always the same. Photograph: Guy Levy

The line of questioning during U2 at the BBC (BBC One, Tuesday, 9pm), an hour of live music shuffled into a cosy interview, hardly counts as a grillin(...)

Chilean president-elect Sebastián Piñera greets president Michelle Bachelet upon her arrival at his residence in Santiago. Photograph: Claudio Reyes/AFP/Getty Images

With his election on Sunday to a new term as president of Chile nearly four years after his first ended, Sebastián Piñera has confirmed South America’(...)

 Former president of Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner:  elected to the senate in October, which gives her parliamentary immunity from prosecution. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

The legal net closing in around Cristina Kirchner tightened this week after a judge charged the former Argentine president with treason. In an unprec(...)

Tom Daly with Hon Justice Gérard Niyungeko of the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights and Prof Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen of the Sorbonne, at the third African Judicial Dialogue in Arusha, Tanzania.

Growing up on a farm in the tiny half-parish of Garrienderk in south Co Limerick, I never imagined as an adult I’d find myself post-dinner dancing out(...)

Kevin Mallon after his release from prison in Rio de Janeiro.

The Supreme court in Brazil has granted an injunction to suspend the Rio de Janeiro court hearing in which Dublin man Kevin Mallon was due to give evi(...)

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