Brazil’s Supreme Court voted on Thursday to overturn a ruling requiring convicted criminals to go to jail after losing their first appeal, allowing former president Lula to be freed. File photograph: Nelson Almeida/AFP via Getty

A Brazilian federal judge has ordered the immediate release of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva after the country’s supreme court paved the (...)

Brazil’s justice minister Sergio Moro at a news conference in Manaus on Monday: he said the messages did not represent any abnormality or show any direction by him of co-ordinating with prosecutors. Photograph: Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Brazil’s justice minister has been accused of co-ordinating with prosecutors when he was a judge in the case that led to the conviction and jailing of(...)

A man reloads a gun at a shooting club in Sao Paulo. Brazil suffered a record 64,000 murders in 2017, the most in the world. Nearly 45,000 of those homicides involved firearms. Photograph: Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has signed a temporary decree making it easier for Brazilians to buy guns, delivering on a campaign promise to over(...)

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s new president, and his wife Michelle: “We have a unique opportunity before us to reconstruct our country and rescue the hope of our compatriots.” Photograph: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg

Jair Bolsonaro has been sworn in as the 42nd president of Brazil, to the delight of passionate supporters, many of whom had travelled to its modernist(...)

Brazilian judge Sergio Moro leaves the house of president-elect Jair Bolsonaro in Rio de Janeiro after a meeting on Thursday. Photograph: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images

Brazilian far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has convinced crusading anti-graft judge Sergio Moro to become his justice minister, delighting su(...)

Far-right candidate for the Brazilian presidency, Jair Bolsonaro, speaks to journalists in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Brazilian far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that electoral victory was “within reach” and his campaign team said it ha(...)

 Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva greets supporters in front of the metal workers union headquarters in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil on Saturday. Photograph: Nelson Antoine/AP

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Saturday said he would surrender to police, a day after defying a judge’s order to start servi(...)

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is still Brazil’s most popular politician, despite his conviction and six separate pending corruption trials. Photograph: Evaristo Asevaristo/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil’s Supreme Court early on Thursday rejected former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s plea to avoid prison while he appeals a corruption conv(...)

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva File photograph: Paulo Fonseca/EPA

Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was convicted on corruption charges on Wednesday in the first of five trials he faces. He was sente(...)

 Brazilian president Michel Temer speaks during a televised message to the nation,  in Brasilia, Brazil. Photograph: Joédson Alves/EPA

Brazil’s supreme court released explosive plea-bargain testimony on Friday that accused president Michel Temer, along with former presidents Luiz Inac(...)

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