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BRAZIL POLITICS: Lawmakers Approve Amnesty Program

BRAZIL POLITICS: Lawmakers Approve Amnesty Program

Brazil Lower House of Congress on Wednesday approved a bill that reopens a program providing an amnesty against criminal prosecution to Brazilians holding undeclared assets abroad if they pay tax and a fine.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Denies Shielding Ally From Corruption Case

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Denies Shielding Ally From Corruption Case

“My government would never interfere in the investigation which is the hands of the police, prosecutors and judiciary,” Temer said in the statement to reporters. “The government will not shield anyone.”

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Justice Roberto Barroso Backs Marijuana Legalization to Beat Gangs

BRAZIL POLITICS: Justice Roberto Barroso Backs Marijuana Legalization to Beat Gangs

Brazilian Supreme Court justice called for legalization of marijuana and even cocaine to undo the growing power of drug gangs behind a wave of violence that has shaken Latin America’s largest country.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Court Probes Jose Sarney, Juca, Calheiros

BRAZIL POLITICS: Court Probes Jose Sarney, Juca, Calheiros

Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot had earlier this week accused ex-President Jose Sarney, who now sits in the Senate, along with Senators Romero Juca and Renan Calheiros of conducting “political maneuvers” in a bid to hamper the massive investigation, known as Operation Carwash.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Court to Luiz Fernando Pezão: Step Down

BRAZIL POLITICS: Court to Luiz Fernando Pezão: Step Down

Electoral court in Rio de Janeiro ordered Rio de Janeiro state governor Luiz Fernando Pezão and his deputy to stand down, accusing them of offering state contracts to attract financing for a 2014 reelection campaign.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Sends Troops to State Torn By Violence Due to Police Strike

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Sends Troops to State Torn By Violence Due to Police Strike

President Michel Temer, who also authorized the use of federal troops to quell uprisings in prisons last month that led to around 140 deaths in various states, dispatched the country’s defense minister to Espirito Santo on Monday.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Ally Congressman Rodrigo Maia Re-Elected As Speaker

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Ally Congressman Rodrigo Maia Re-Elected As Speaker

Maia promised to make the lower chamber a “protagonist” in Temer’s reform agenda and give priority to passage of a bill modernizing Brazil’s outdated labor laws, a major demand from the businessmen struggling with a two-year recession.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Graft: Eike Batista Detained For $16m Bribe

BRAZIL POLITICS: Graft: Eike Batista Detained For $16m Bribe

Eike Batista, once Brazil’s richest man, flew into Rio de Janeiro and was detained by federal police in connection with charges including an alleged $16 million bribe to a former governor, Globo news television reported.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Marcos Pereira Sees Opportunities If US President Trump Pursues Protectionism

BRAZIL POLITICS: Marcos Pereira Sees Opportunities If US President Trump Pursues Protectionism

“So far, Brazil has not appeared in Trump’s sights,” Pereira said. “I think Brazilian manufacturers will not be hurt and that our trade discussions with Washington will continue to advance.”

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