Brazilian Social Democracy Party presidential candidate Aecio Neves: spectacular political resurrection. Photograph: AP Photo/Eugenio Savio

After a contest already full of twists and turns, Brazilian voters delivered a major surprise on Sunday when they dumped Marina Silva out of the count(...)

Brazil’s President and Workers’ Party presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff reacts during a news conference after voting in the first round of election in Brasilia. Ms Rousseff placed first in Sunday’s election but did not get enough votes to avoid a runoff and will face pro-business rival Aecio Neves. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brazil’s leftist President Dilma Rousseff placed first in yesterday’s election but did not get enough votes to avoid a runoff and will face pro-busine(...)

Brazilian presidential candidates Dilma Roussef (left) and Marina Silva before their final campaign debate on TV Globo in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: EPA/Antonio Lacerda

At the heart of tomorrow’s presidential election in Brazil is a remarkable political epic starring three former colleagues now locked in a bitter d(...)

Marina Silva, Brazilian presidential candidate and former senator, been able to articulate a vision of a more just society, one that has resonated widely. Photograph: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Though young, energetic and telegenic Eduardo Campos had posed little threat to the re-election bid of Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff. Once (...)

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(...)

In Europe, stocks rose to their highest levels in a week, although Ireland lagged slightly behind the trend

A global gauge of stock markets rose as investors were cautiously optimistic about a possible de-escalation of the conflict in the Russia-Ukraine b(...)

Former governor of Pernambuco state and Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) presidential candidate Eduardo Campos pictured in this April 2014 file photograph: Photograph: Reuters

Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was killed in a plane crash today, throwing the October election into disarray and causing big swings(...)