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Top Story — Brazil’s Federal Police on Thursday revealed an ongoing investigation into a multi-billion dollar corruption scheme within CARF, a government agency concerned with the issuing of taxes and fines. Authorities believe the scheme misappropriated more money than the case involving oil-giant Petrobras — the scope of the latter having roiled the country for…

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Top Story — Brazilian prosecutors have filed corruption charges against the treasurer of the ruling Workers’ Party as part of a continuing investigation into state-run oil company Petrobras, which prosecutors have described as the largest corruption case in Brazil’s history. The charges against Party Treasurer João Vaccari Neto, which allege that he disguised more than…

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Top Story — Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets on Sunday to protest the ruling Workers’ Party and demand President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment. The protests were largely peaceful demonstrations, unlike the 2013 protests that erupted across the country against Rousseff, frequently leading to violence. The protests come just three months after Rousseff…

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Protesters in over 150 cities across Brazil demanded the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff and an end to corruption on Sunday. Rousseff’s administration is struggling to reverse an economic downturn amid fears that the country will experience negative growth in 2015. In addition, the president is weathering the fallout from ongoing revelations regarding a massive…

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Top Story — Brazilian Attorney General Rodrigo Janot has asked the country’s Supreme Court to launch an investigation into 54 politicians implicated in the multibillion-dollar corruption case involving the ruling Workers’ Party and the partly state-run oil firm Petrobras. The attorney general’s request marks the first step in bringing charges against the politicians. Brazilian law…

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Truck drivers in Brazil continued blocking roads across much of the country on Wednesday, and the government offer aimed at halting the protests did not immediately receive a reply, Reuters reported. Drivers in at least 10 states are protesting a tax on diesel fuel put in place by the government of President Dilma Rousseff, amid…

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Top Story — A Brazilian man died and at least nine others were injured when two men — rival drug dealers of the deceased, according to Brazilian reports — opened fire during Carnival celebrations early Sunday in the Brazilian city of Paraty. The shooting led to the suspension of festivities planned for Sunday evening and…

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Top Story — João Vaccari Neto, the treasurer of Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party, testified on Thursday about his alleged involvement in the massive kickback scheme involving billions of dollars at state-run oil giant Petrobras — the first top party member to be compelled for questioning. The warrant ordering Vaccari’s testimony was issued early on the…

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Top Story — Shares of the Brazilian oil giant Petrobras on Tuesday soared by more than 15 percent — the company’s most significant one-day jump since 1999 — following newspaper reports that President Dilma Rousseff will replace the company’s chief executive officer. Petrobras, which is partially state-run, is currently embroiled in a corruption scandal alleged…