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Chinese officials announced on Tuesday a multibillion-dollar investment and loans package for Brazil, including substantial investments in the country’s crumbling infrastructure ahead of next summer’s Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. The announcement was part of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s first official visit to Latin America, and comes at a fortuitous time for Brazilian President…

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (left) and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in 2011. (Dilma Rousseff, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — The leaders of Brazil and Chile are facing their lowest approval ratings yet, a phenomenon owed to some combination of economic stagnation, political scandals and natural disasters, according to the results of two polls released Wednesday. Just 12 percent of respondents to a Brazilian poll said President Dilma Rousseff was doing a…

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Top Story — Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of São Paulo, Brazil, on Friday in support of an ongoing strike by the state teachers’ union, less than two weeks after nationwide anti-government protests drew international attention to growing nationwide unrest. The teachers’ protest was the largest of three separate demonstrations in…

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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…