Three dead, eight injured following shooting at two schools in southeastern Brazil

Three people were killed and at least eight injured on Friday when a shooter opened fire at two schools in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo, local police said. The attacks happened around 10 a.m. local time (1300 GMT) in the small town of Aracruz, located some 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of state capital… Read More Three dead, eight injured following shooting at two schools in southeastern Brazil

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro challenges presidential election citing irregularities

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has challenged the election he lost last month to leftist rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, arguing votes from some machines should be “invalidated” in a complaint that election authorities met with initial skepticism. Bolsonaro’s claim seems unlikely to get far, as Lula’s victory has been ratified by the Superior Electoral… Read More Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro challenges presidential election citing irregularities

Brazilian politician Roberto Jefferson arrested after injuring policemen while resisting

Brazilian politician Roberto Jefferson surrendered early Sunday evening after wounding two policemen while resisting arrest ordered by the country’s Supreme Court. President Jair Bolsonaro tried to distance himself from his ally posting a video on social media after his arrest, saying someone that fires at policemen should be treated as a criminal. Two officers were… Read More Brazilian politician Roberto Jefferson arrested after injuring policemen while resisting

Brazilians vote in first round of presidential election

Brazilians voted on Sunday in the first round of their country’s most polarized election in decades, with leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva favored to beat right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. There were reports of long, snaking lines across Brazil as many turned out to vote in a tense election, punctuated by episodes of violence and… Read More Brazilians vote in first round of presidential election

Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner survives assassination attempt

Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was unharmed on Thursday when a man with a loaded gun tried to shoot her but the gun did not go off, officials said. The attack underscores rising political tension in Argentina and around the region that has put politicians on edge from Colombia to Brazil. “A man… Read More Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner survives assassination attempt

Brazilian judge annuls conviction of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

A Brazilian Supreme Court judge on Monday annulled the criminal convictions against former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a move that could allow the popular politician to run in next year’s presidential election. The decision roiled financial markets and scrambled forecasts for the 2022 race, with many investors betting it would polarize voters… Read More Brazilian judge annuls conviction of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Paris makes former Brazil President Lula da Silva honorary citizen

Paris city hall made Brazil’s former leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva an honorary citizen on Monday, in a likely blow to his political enemy President Jair Bolsonaro whose relationship with France has deteriorated. The motion to honor Lula was backed by the city’s Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo. “Immense joy to give the Honorary Citizen… Read More Paris makes former Brazil President Lula da Silva honorary citizen

Former Brazilian President Lula sentenced to nearly ten years for corruption charges

Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a top contender to win next year’s presidential election, was convicted on corruption charges on Wednesday and sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison. The ruling marked a stunning fall for Lula, one of the country’s most popular politicians, and a serious blow to his chances of… Read More Former Brazilian President Lula sentenced to nearly ten years for corruption charges