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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(...)

Trade talks between the European Union and South America’s Mercosur bloc will likely extend into next year. Photograph: iStock

Trade talks between the European Union and South America’s Mercosur bloc will likely extend into next year after European negotiators said they needed(...)

OCI president Sarah Keane: “The board is uncomfortable with the situation. I think we’ve already come out and made our sentiments clear about that.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

As the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) continue to make wholesale changes to the way the organisation is governed and constituted, legacy issues cont(...)

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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(...)

Pat Hickey has been charged with ticket-touting, criminal organisation, larceny, ambush marketing, money laundering and tax evasion in Brazil. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Brazilian prosecutor handling the case against former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey has accused him of using the Brazil proceedi(...)

A demonstrator sits in front of a line of Bolivarian National Guard officers in Caracas, Venezuela. Photograph: Nathalie Sayago/EPA

Five people were reported dead in protests in Venezuela to mark a general strike called by the opposition to protest government plans to rewrite the S(...)

Brazilian President Michel Temer. Photograph: Evaristo Saevaristo Sa/AFP/Getty

Considering the trouble he currently finds himself in, Michel Temer’s continued occupancy of Brazil’s presidential palace is something of a minor poli(...)

 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(...)

An undated handout picture showing Greek ambassador to Brazil, Kyriakos Amiridis (centre), who is believed to have been murdered. Photograph: AFP

A Rio de Janeiro police officer confessed to murdering Greece’s ambassador to Brazil, possibly at the direction of the diplomat’s Brazilian wife with (...)

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