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A bus in flames at a protest organised by the National Students Union in Rio de Janeiro: Students and teachers began a nationwide demonstration on Wednesday in “defence of education”. Photograph: Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro scored an own goal this week when he described those protesting against budget cuts to the country’s educa(...)

 Brazil’s then President Michel Temer gives a speech in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, on December 21st last. Photograph:  Andres Cristaldo/EPA

Former Brazilian president Michel Temer was arrested on Thursday as part of the sprawling five-year Car Wash investigation into political corruption. (...)

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro:  the former army captain is learning that shooting from the hip can call down problems on his nascent administration. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Though he was sworn in on January 1st, the real business of governing Brazil starts on Friday for president Jair Bolsonaro with the opening of the new(...)

Supporters of far-right presidential winner   Jair Bolsonaro: disappointment seems almost inevitable. Photograph: Mauro Pimentel

Sunday’s victory of the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential election marks a major break with the country’s political traditio(...)

Brazil’s presidential candidate for the Workers Party Fernando Haddadd speaks about the results of the general elections in Sao Paulo on Sunday. Photograph: AP

A far-right former army captain has won the first round of Brazil’s presidential election by a surprisingly large margin but fell just short of gettin(...)

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva greets supporters during a rally in Francisco Beltrao, Parana state, Brazil, on Monday. Photograph: Eraldo Peres/AP

The campaign convoy of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was hit by gunfire on Tuesday night in the latest escalation of increasingly fraught(...)

A portrait of Brazilian councilwoman Marielle Franco, painted on the wall where she was murdered, in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/EPA

The assassination of an elected official represents a challenge to any democracy. But the brutal murder of Rio de Janeiro city council member Marielle(...)

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against the murder of Marielle Franco in  Rio de Janeiro last week. Photograph:  Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images

Despite living in a country in which about 60,000 people die violently each year, the assassination last week of Rio de Janeiro city council member Ma(...)

Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, whose pensions reform plan, already heavily watered down since it was unveiled a year ago, was last week all but abandoned. Photograph: Adriano Machado/Reuters

In a bitter historical irony Brazil’s pensions system, originally created to provide a social safety net and so promote greater equality, has morphed (...)

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It was after 10.30pm on March 7th when a car carrying billionaire Joesley Batista pulled up at the Jaburu Palace, one of the modernist masterpieces by(...)

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